The Life of Baba Vanga: The Blind Mystic of the Balkans

October 3rd, 1911 in what is now Strumica, North Macedonia, a baby was born prematurely. As is customary, she was not given a name until she was deemed likely to survive. It is said that when she first cried out, the midwife rushed into the street to ask a stranger for a name for the…

The Insatiable Tarrare

I first laid eyes on the man known as Tarrare in a Parisian side street in 1789.  “Monsieur,” he said, “care to see me eat this rat?” I did not wish to see such a thing, but before I could utter my resistance, this bizarre man – with sagging jowls that betrayed his youth –…

The Haunted Hexham Heads

I first came across the story of the Hexham Heads some years ago, which resulted in my own strange experience one dark and stormy night, but we’ll get to that.  For now, we’ll travel to Northumberland, where a chance find leads to one of the most obscure tales in modern British folklore. The Discovery of…

Around The World In Eighty Ghosts: Part Three

The end is in sight so let’s buckle up and continue our whistle-stop tour of the weird world we live in. Read Part’s One and Two 41. Highland Towers – Selangor, Malaysia On December 11th 1993, a 12 storey tower block in Selangor, Malaysia collapsed, resulting in the death of 48 people. As is often…