Photographed, illustrated and written by Chris Spalton @chrisspalton
Published by: Fenbeast Publications
“East Anglia is a region filled with history and mystery. From the vast skies of the isolated fens, to the desolate Suffolk coast via the church ruins and deserted settlements of Norfolk, it is an oft overlooked part of Britain, dismissed as flat and featureless.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
In this latest book by Chris Spalton, creator of ‘The Eelman Chronicles’, we explore a selection of tall tales, grim history and extraordinary events from East Anglia. Out in that tranquil rural environment are ghosts, witches and devils – and these are some of their stories.
Conceived, explored and created during the covid pandemic of 2020, this book represents a connection with our history, our landscapes and ourselves. Immerse yourself in lore of the land, and awaken a new appreciation of the world that lies just beside and beyond us, whereever we may be.”
Every town, big or small has it’s own ghost stories.
In Carrickfergus, the small Northern Ireland town I live in its a Banshee that sits on a bridge in Love lane, brushing her beautiful hair. If you see her and she turns her head? You’ll see the terrifying face of decay that hair hides and you’ll die within the week.
Never mind that there isn’t actually a bridge over the small stream that runs parallel to Love Lane? Every time I walk there now as an adult ( not a chance in hell I would have done it as a child just in case ) I still look to see if I can see her.
I’m still here writing this , so clearly I haven’t.
But one day I might.
Just like I might see Buttoncap the beheaded ghost of the soldier that is said to haunt Carrickfergus Castle. Or the ghost of Maude a female spirit – said to haunt the halls of the Dobbins Inn Hotel.
That’s just 3 spooky happenings just in my small town.
Ghost stories endure.
Apparitions Of East Anglia by Chris Spalton chronicles the ghostly goings on in his part of the world. 30 stories of things that go bump in the night in the region of England known as East Anglia.
I’ve never been there, but thanks mostly to Chris Spalton’s work it’s somewhere I want to visit. He really should be employed by the East Anglia tourist board. In this and his previous book “The Eelman Chronicles” which by the way is still one of the greatest examples of storytelling in comics I’ve ever seen – he paints a picture of somewhere both idyllic and really interesting.
Add to that now… terrifying.
Each of the 30 tales in this 51 page book are accompanied by illustrations and photography also by Spalton and he is as talented at these arts as he is as a writer. Both enhance the stories and give you a real sense of place as you read them.
My favourite story is “Black Shuck” the demonic dog said to haunt the North Norfolk coast and also the subject of a song of the same name by the band The Darkness who hail from Lowestoft. In another nod to The Darkness St. Edmund The Martyr who features in the song “Barbarian” also appears in another story here. These tales must inhabit the very fabric of East Anglia and with great skill Spalton has collected them for us in one fantastic volume.
Whether it’s Tom Hickathrift, Tiddy Munn, The Screaming Cockler or any of the other stories that feature Spalton has created a beautifully designed, fascinating and well written collection of the local history.
Whether or not you believe any of it is up to you.
I for one am not taking any chances.
You can buy Apparitions Of East Anglia for kindle HERE
Or you can buy the beautiful print edition HERE