We see people at every level of society struggling to come to terms with the ferocity and terror of the war, and their own losses: soldiers looking for miracles on the battlefield; parents searching for lost children in the séance room. It is a human story of people forced to look beyond the apparent certainties of the everyday. Dr. Leo Ruickbie shares some of the true stories he has collected that followed the First World War.
Once described as a “Young van Helsing” by the Ghost Club, Dr Leo Ruickbie has been researching and sometimes experiencing the darker side of human belief and experience from witches’s sabbats and Black Masses to haunted houses and séance rooms, with a foray into vampirology along the way. He has a PhD from King’s College London for his work on modern witchcraft and magic, and has now written six books, the latest being “Angels in the Trenches” about the paranormal during the First World War. He is also the editor of the “Paranormal Review”, the magazine of the Society for Psychical Research.