Graham Hodge

Graham Hodge - Horror Author.

A blog from Graham M Hodge. Horror Author

Maximum Respect to Ariana Grande

Until the attack on Manchester Arena on the 22nd May, I had never heard of Ariana Grande. Since that day her name has dominated the news in the UK. I have to say that I am very impressed with the way she has handled the whole incident, and the concert for Manchester on Sunday night was great.
There are many famous and wealthy people and many in politics who could learn a lot about humanity from this twenty three year old. Maximum Respect to Ariana Grande

June 5th 2017

Objects that are said to be Haunted or Possessed.  Part One.


Throughout the ages of history there have always been objects that people have claimed to be either haunted, possessed or that hold special powers, objects that people have owned but have come to fear.

Here we will look at some of these objects that are said to be possessed by an evil spirit, haunted or have been cursed.

Robert the Doll.

Many popular horror films have featured children’s dolls that move from the chair in the corner of the bedroom as the frightened child lays in bed afraid to look, but there have been many reports of these children’s toys taking on a life of their own. Robert the Doll is one such toy.

Robert Eugene Otto was born in October 1900 to a wealthy and successful family living in Key West, as with many wealthy families of this era the Otto household employed a number of servants from the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Robert Eugene Otto being an only child was cared for by a nanny who is believed to have originated from the Bahamas.

By 1904 when Gene as he was referred to by his family was four years old, the nanny had become dissatisfied with her role and the way she was being treated by the Otto family. The Nanny who is supposed to adept in the arts of Black Magic and Voodoo made a doll out of wire cloth and straw and even used cutting from Gene’s own hair for the hair of the doll. The nanny made a nice sailors outfit for the toy to be dressed in, and once complete she gave the doll to Gene as a present. The doll had a remarkable likeness in looks to Gene and he took to the toy immediately.

Gene called the doll Robert after himself and would take the doll around with him whenever he was home, the family would hear him talking away to Robert but thought nothing of this as most children of Gene’s age would have an active imagination and pretend that they can talk to their toys and imaginary friends. However the family started to hear a strange spine tingling giggles coming from a room that no one other than the doll was in, it would also happen as Gene was talking to the doll so he could not have made the laughter at the same time.

The family got more suspicious that something was not right when they started catching glimpses out of the corner of their eye of the doll darting from room to room. Things became a little more concerning for the Otto family when several neighbours reported to Mr and Mrs Otto that they had seen the doll moving from window to window, what made this more worrying for the Otto’s was that many of these sightings by the neighbours were at times when no one was in the house.  The family also swore that the dolls facial expression would change while you were looking at it or that Robert would even wink at you.

Gene however adored the toy and his attachment to it grew as time went on. The family would often be woken up in the early hours of the night by Gene screaming and crying, as his parents would run into his room to see what was wrong, they would find furniture in the room knocked over and room in disarray. The boy would be curled up in terror on his bed while Robert would be sitting on the edge of the bed gazing at the doorway where the Otto’s were standing. Once they had managed to calm down their son, they would enquire what the matter was and what had happened to his room. Gene would just point at the doll and say “Robert did it”.

As the months and years went on Robert was blamed for all the wrong doings that Gene was suspected of doing.

The doll remained a companion for Gene even into adulthood, as an adult Gene lived a solitary life for a while, keeping himself to himself, remaining in the house and not often venturing out, but one day he did meet a woman who he was to fall in love with and they finally got married.

Anne moved into the Otto house once they were married and for a time everything appeared ok, but as time passed Anne and Gene would argue a lot more and Gene became prone to fits of rage and anger. After the argument when the couple were making up and discussing the argument, Gene would always blame his behaviour on Robert.

Years moved on and Anne grew tired of her husband’s childish behaviour and attachment to the doll and decided to relegate the toy to the attic. However neighbours and children would often make comments about how they had seen the doll looking out turret window, children would be scared while playing in the street saying the doll was watching them, Gene who insisted that the doll was in the attic so could not be seen in the turret window finally went up to investigate, even he was surprised when he found the doll sitting and rocking back and forth in a rocking chair at the window of the turret room. The doll was placed back in the attic but each time it was, Robert managed to find his way back to the rocking chair by the window.

Living with Robert and Gene had its toll on Anne and she was finally diagnosed as officially being insane, not long after her diagnosis she passed away. Gene was once again alone with Robert and once again he became the recluse.

Robert was brought back out of the attic and Gene decorated a room and filled it with furniture for the doll.

On the death of Gene the house remain empty for a while until it was finally bought in early 1970’s by a family. The new owners of the house had a 10-year-old daughter and while moving in she found a toy that had been left behind by the previous occupants.

It was not long before the parents of the young girl started to be woken up in the early hours of the morning by the screams of their daughter, they would run into her room to find everything had been turned over and their little curled up in a tight ball shaking and crying, her explanation for the mess her room was in was “Robert did it”. As time went on, the relationship between the young girl and the doll deteriorated, the girl would tell her parents that the doll would attack her and that she felt the toy wanted to harm her, Even to this day she still recalls how she felt the doll wanted to cause her harm.

Robert was finally removed from the house and his new home is in a glass case at the East Martello Museum in Florida.

Today Robert’s features are reported to have changed over the years, his hair is said to have become much greyer. Staff at the museum have often reported that Robert has moved position in the case or that his head has turned to look in a different direction or the expression on his face has altered.

The museum allow their visitors to take photographs of the doll but do ask that they

ask for his permission beforehand, this may sound a little strange but even to this day, Robert has powers that cannot be explained, people who have taken pictures of Robert in the cage without first asking his permission, have reported their cameras malfunctioned or the pictures did not come out. Legend has it that you put yourself at risk of grave misfortune if you do not first request Roberts’s permission to photograph him.

How much of the above is real and how much is made up or Chinese whispers is hard to say for sure, but there must be something to the tale because even over 100 years after the dolls creation it is still the subject of reports of strange or paranormal activity.

In 2005 the then president of the United States of America, George Bush sent a letter to Robert the doll, congratulating him on his 101st birthday.

To this day the East Martello Museum receive letters addressed to Robert form all over the world.

Robert the doll is said to have been the subject and influence behind Chucky, the star of the Child’s Play Franchise.

May 30th 2017
<p>I watched the film Ouija: Origin of Evil last night. I had
heard a lot of people saying how disappointed they were with the film when it had
been going around the cinema. I rented it via on demand, so I expected the
experience to be less than that of those who watched it on the large screen. </p><p>My verdict on the film is as follows. </p><p>I enjoyed it. The first film in the series titled Ouija also
received very negative reviews, I have yet to see this film, but will make sure
I do soon to see how it compares to the prequel.</p><p>Ouija: Origin of Evil, based in the 1960’s Los Angeles the
film follows a widowed mother and her two daughters who earn money from
scamming people with their struggling fake séance and fortune telling business,
the mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) introduced an Ouija board to the performance
in an attempt to increase revenue. </p><p>I will not go into the story from there on as I do not want
to spoil it for those that have not yet seen it. </p><p>The film is well cast and the characters are engaging, a
special mention to Lulu Wilson and Annalise Basso whose acting is brilliant in
the film, it always amazes when me a child puts on a brilliant act in a horror
film. The rest of the cast is small in number but paly their parts well. </p><p>Lulu Wilson plays part of Doris Zander, the younger of the
two children, in my view, she plays this part brilliantly, turning the character
into a creepy and scary one. </p><p>The plot flows well and is convincing and keeps you guessing
what is really going on and who is behind it. The special effects are also well
done. Mike Flanagan (writer and Director) has put aside the normal suspense
jump-scare moments and has added some real scare scenes. </p><p>I give this film 7 out of 10 planchettes. Ouija: Origin of
Evil is one to add to the films to watch Halloween night. </p><p>Starring: Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson,
Henry Thomas, Lin Shaye</p><p>Directed by Mike Flanagan</p><p><b>PG – 13 </b><a href="https://www.universalpictures.com/">Universal
Pictures</a><b></b></p><p><b>Thriller, Horror</b></p>

I watched the film Ouija: Origin of Evil last night. I had heard a lot of people saying how disappointed they were with the film when it had been going around the cinema. I rented it via on demand, so I expected the experience to be less than that of those who watched it on the large screen.

My verdict on the film is as follows.

I enjoyed it. The first film in the series titled Ouija also received very negative reviews, I have yet to see this film, but will make sure I do soon to see how it compares to the prequel.

Ouija: Origin of Evil, based in the 1960’s Los Angeles the film follows a widowed mother and her two daughters who earn money from scamming people with their struggling fake séance and fortune telling business, the mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) introduced an Ouija board to the performance in an attempt to increase revenue.

I will not go into the story from there on as I do not want to spoil it for those that have not yet seen it.

The film is well cast and the characters are engaging, a special mention to Lulu Wilson and Annalise Basso whose acting is brilliant in the film, it always amazes when me a child puts on a brilliant act in a horror film. The rest of the cast is small in number but paly their parts well.

Lulu Wilson plays part of Doris Zander, the younger of the two children, in my view, she plays this part brilliantly, turning the character into a creepy and scary one.

The plot flows well and is convincing and keeps you guessing what is really going on and who is behind it. The special effects are also well done. Mike Flanagan (writer and Director) has put aside the normal suspense jump-scare moments and has added some real scare scenes.

I give this film 7 out of 10 planchettes. Ouija: Origin of Evil is one to add to the films to watch Halloween night.

Starring: Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas, Lin Shaye

Directed by Mike Flanagan

PG – 13 Universal Pictures

Thriller, Horror

March 2nd 2017

Not sleeping at all tonight

Dear Mind, Please stop thinking about about everything, I really need to get some sleep this week.#grahamhodgeauthor

January 26th 2017

Off Investigating.

Right I am off to investigate a local house that the owners report experiencing paranormal activity over the last couple of months, let’s see what we find.

January 15th 2017
<p>London Underground Ghosts- Part Three.</p><p> Bank
Station. </p><p>Nestling
in the heart of London’s financial district is one of the oldest stations on
the underground network, Bank Station.</p><p>The
ticket hall of Bank Station is built under the site of old burial grounds
belonging to St Mary Woolnoth Church, this site has been used as a site of
worship for approximately 2000 years and traces of Roman and Pagan religious
buildings have been found under the foundations of the present church. </p><p><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J7iOUI_9vrI/T60Vk9jO7rI/AAAAAAAAADY/rjWfdjt39TM/s1600/St+Mary

In the late 19th and early 20th century the church underwent some major changes and was marked for demolition on a number of different occasions but managed to be saved this fate every time.

Between 1897 and 1900 the City and South London Railway built Bank Station beneath the church, they were in fact given permission to demolish the church but there was so much public outcry about this that the decision was made to let the church building remain. However the crypt was sold to the railway company and the bones were removed to be reburied in Ilford. The subsoil from this area was used in the building of the station. 

On January 11th, 1941, during the blitz, over 50 people were killed and nearly 70 people were injured when the Central Line ticket hall took a direct hit from a German bomb. The resulting crater measured 120ft long and 100ft wide and it had to be covered with a bailey-bridge for traffic to pass over. The station was put out of action for 2 months.

In 1982 Andy Harkness an underground employee of 35 years was working the night shift at Bank, the last train had left the station and it was Andy’s job to ensure that there was nobody left in the station and that it was safe to lock up. Part of this routine is to check that the 4 lifts were empty and clean, Andy checked all lifts including lift one that had not been operating that day, his inspection of lift one showed nothing, it was empty and clean he closed the doors and started to walk away, as he got about 6 feet away from the lift he heard a “Knock, Knock, Knock” coming from the other side of lift 1 door. Andy knew there was nobody in the lift as he had just checked it and the lift had been shut down, there was no wind around the station to rattle the doors either, Andy was alone on the station he was the only person who was doing the rounds on this station. Andy thought that he must have been hearing things so he decided to carry on with his inspection of the station.

His next stop for inspection was the switch room, he says that he opened the door to the switch room and wedged it open, he then turned off the lights in this room just leaving the emergency lights on, he then left the switch room leaving the its door wedged open as was the customer at night, as he walked away the door to the switch room slammed shut with an almighty force making Andy jump to afraid to even look back.

Andy made a hasty retreat from Bank Station and never worked on that side of the station again.

Another report of ghostly sightings happened at Bank, an employee was working the late shift and was monitoring the CCTV cameras around the station, he noticed on one of them that there was an old lady standing in a corridor, she was not moving around and looked as if she were confused or lost, he said to his colleagues in the control room that he would go and investigate.

He made his way to the corridor where he had seen the lady standing and as he rounded the corner he could see her still standing there, he made his way over to where she was standing and asked the lady what she was doing there and if he could help her in any way, she turned to look at him but then just turned away and started to walk away from him, puzzled he watched her for a short while but then decided to go after her, he made his way around the corner of the corridor but the lady was nowhere to be seen, there was nowhere for her to have gone as there were no doors or corridors off this one, and he doubted she could have run to the end of the corridor in the time it took him to go after her.

Although not directly associated with Bank Station but more the building the station is named after and its location is a well-known haunting known as the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, Bank Station is located at the end of this street.

The story goes that in 1811 a clerk at the bank of England named Philip Whitehead was accused of forgery, he was arrested and tried and found guilty, in early1812 he was duly hung for the crime. Philip had a sister named Sarah, they were very close and friends of Sarah decided to keep the news of Philips crime and death from her as long as they possible could. 

They removed Sarah to a house in Wine Office Court off Fleet Street. However it was inevitable that Sarah would get concerned about the lack of visits and correspondence from her brother and one day took it upon herself to visit the bank to visit her brother, a clerk on duty at the counter told Sarah the whole story of Philips crime and subsequent death.

Sarah was devastated by the news she had heard, for a short while she locked herself away, slowly going crazy with grief, she took to wearing all black, she wore a black dress and a black cape with a hood and a black veil, this attire made her look like a nun and then she started turning up at the bank everyday asking the whereabouts of her brother. 

The grief had turned the poor woman’s mind, it had driven her crazy and she thought her beloved brother was still alive and still working at the bank. Staff at the bank started to refer to her as the Black Nun.

Upon her death she was buried at St Christopher le Stocks church which was located to the rear of the bank, (the bank has now been extended over this land).

Over the years there have been many people who have reported whilst making way along Threadneedle Street encountering an old lady dressed all in black and resembling a nun, who has walked up to them and with downcast eyes has asked them “have you seen my brother”, before disappearing in front of them.

Could it be that Sarah is the old lady that was seen in the corridor of the underground?

Not so much a ghost story but an interesting tale none the less. A bank clerk who died in 1798 was worried that his body would be stolen by body snatchers (who supplied London’s surgeons with corpses for dissections) as at 6ft 7½inches tall he was considered a giant. The bank’s directors agreed to allow him to be buried in the bank garden, and the coffin was discovered during the rebuilding works in 1933 and safely removed to Nunhead cemetery.

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London Underground Ghosts- Part Three.

 Bank Station.

Nestling in the heart of London’s financial district is one of the oldest stations on the underground network, Bank Station.

The ticket hall of Bank Station is built under the site of old burial grounds belonging to St Mary Woolnoth Church, this site has been used as a site of worship for approximately 2000 years and traces of Roman and Pagan religious buildings have been found under the foundations of the present church. 

In the late 19th and early 20th century the church underwent some major changes and was marked for demolition on a number of different occasions but managed to be saved this fate every time.

Between 1897 and 1900 the City and South London Railway built Bank Station beneath the church, they were in fact given permission to demolish the church but there was so much public outcry about this that the decision was made to let the church building remain. However the crypt was sold to the railway company and the bones were removed to be reburied in Ilford. The subsoil from this area was used in the building of the station. 

On January 11th, 1941, during the blitz, over 50 people were killed and nearly 70 people were injured when the Central Line ticket hall took a direct hit from a German bomb. The resulting crater measured 120ft long and 100ft wide and it had to be covered with a bailey-bridge for traffic to pass over. The station was put out of action for 2 months.

In 1982 Andy Harkness an underground employee of 35 years was working the night shift at Bank, the last train had left the station and it was Andy’s job to ensure that there was nobody left in the station and that it was safe to lock up. Part of this routine is to check that the 4 lifts were empty and clean, Andy checked all lifts including lift one that had not been operating that day, his inspection of lift one showed nothing, it was empty and clean he closed the doors and started to walk away, as he got about 6 feet away from the lift he heard a “Knock, Knock, Knock” coming from the other side of lift 1 door. Andy knew there was nobody in the lift as he had just checked it and the lift had been shut down, there was no wind around the station to rattle the doors either, Andy was alone on the station he was the only person who was doing the rounds on this station. Andy thought that he must have been hearing things so he decided to carry on with his inspection of the station.

His next stop for inspection was the switch room, he says that he opened the door to the switch room and wedged it open, he then turned off the lights in this room just leaving the emergency lights on, he then left the switch room leaving the its door wedged open as was the customer at night, as he walked away the door to the switch room slammed shut with an almighty force making Andy jump to afraid to even look back.

Andy made a hasty retreat from Bank Station and never worked on that side of the station again.

Another report of ghostly sightings happened at Bank, an employee was working the late shift and was monitoring the CCTV cameras around the station, he noticed on one of them that there was an old lady standing in a corridor, she was not moving around and looked as if she were confused or lost, he said to his colleagues in the control room that he would go and investigate.

He made his way to the corridor where he had seen the lady standing and as he rounded the corner he could see her still standing there, he made his way over to where she was standing and asked the lady what she was doing there and if he could help her in any way, she turned to look at him but then just turned away and started to walk away from him, puzzled he watched her for a short while but then decided to go after her, he made his way around the corner of the corridor but the lady was nowhere to be seen, there was nowhere for her to have gone as there were no doors or corridors off this one, and he doubted she could have run to the end of the corridor in the time it took him to go after her.

Although not directly associated with Bank Station but more the building the station is named after and its location is a well-known haunting known as the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, Bank Station is located at the end of this street.

The story goes that in 1811 a clerk at the bank of England named Philip Whitehead was accused of forgery, he was arrested and tried and found guilty, in early1812 he was duly hung for the crime. Philip had a sister named Sarah, they were very close and friends of Sarah decided to keep the news of Philips crime and death from her as long as they possible could. 

They removed Sarah to a house in Wine Office Court off Fleet Street. However it was inevitable that Sarah would get concerned about the lack of visits and correspondence from her brother and one day took it upon herself to visit the bank to visit her brother, a clerk on duty at the counter told Sarah the whole story of Philips crime and subsequent death.

Sarah was devastated by the news she had heard, for a short while she locked herself away, slowly going crazy with grief, she took to wearing all black, she wore a black dress and a black cape with a hood and a black veil, this attire made her look like a nun and then she started turning up at the bank everyday asking the whereabouts of her brother. 

The grief had turned the poor woman’s mind, it had driven her crazy and she thought her beloved brother was still alive and still working at the bank. Staff at the bank started to refer to her as the Black Nun.

Upon her death she was buried at St Christopher le Stocks church which was located to the rear of the bank, (the bank has now been extended over this land).

Over the years there have been many people who have reported whilst making way along Threadneedle Street encountering an old lady dressed all in black and resembling a nun, who has walked up to them and with downcast eyes has asked them “have you seen my brother”, before disappearing in front of them.

Could it be that Sarah is the old lady that was seen in the corridor of the underground?

Not so much a ghost story but an interesting tale none the less. A bank clerk who died in 1798 was worried that his body would be stolen by body snatchers (who supplied London’s surgeons with corpses for dissections) as at 6ft 7½inches tall he was considered a giant. The bank’s directors agreed to allow him to be buried in the bank garden, and the coffin was discovered during the rebuilding works in 1933 and safely removed to Nunhead cemetery.

November 28th 2016

London Underground Ghosts - Part Two.

The Bakerloo Line Photograph.


During the early 1980’s a photograph came to light which hit the news, the picture in question left paranormal investigators perplexed and photography experts only able to guess at what it could be.

Karen Collett had been showing her family the sights of London, something that millions of people do each year, as with so many people visiting London she was taking pictures of the sights and of her family, what she did not expect to find in one of her pictures was an image of a man who had been put to death in an electric chair in America in 1936.

Karen Collett thought she was taking an innocent picture of her family on an underground carriage, her nephew wanted her to take a picture of him in front of the brown framed windows of the carriage. Several months later while the family were looking at the pictures of the trip to London they noticed an eerie image in the background of the picture she had taken of her nephew on the Bakerloo Line.

The picture appeared to show a man sitting strapped onto an electric chair, the image appears to be at the moment of electrocution as there are sparks coming from the man’s hands.

Confused by the image and sure that the man in the chair was not visible when she took the picture the photograph was sent to Maurice Grosse of the Society for Psychical Research and famous for his investigation into the Enfield Poltergeist case. Grosse investigated the picture, it was strange as the image fitted perfectly into the framed window of the carriage but the underground did not block out their windows with posters.

Grosse’s investigation discovered that the man in photograph was in fact Bruno
Hauptman a German ex-convict who was executed in New Jersey State Prison on April 3rd 1936 for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr, Son of the Aviation hero Charles Lindbergh, the case became known as “the crime of the century”

Grosse continued to investigate the man in the picture and discovered that there was a waxwork model of Hauptman in the electric chair in Madame Tussauds, Karen Collett visited Madame Tussauds herself and took the photograph with her, and she was stunned when she discovered that the photograph she took on the tube was almost identical in every way to the waxwork of Hauptman. The buttons and the straps were identical as were the clothes he was wearing and the chair he was sitting in, the only difference was in the picture Karen took showed blue sparks coming out of the hands and fingers to show he was being electrocuted.

Experts have studied the negatives of Karen’s Picture and confirm that it has not been tampered with. Madame Tussauds have been unable to find any record of the waxwork of Hauptman ever being used in a poster or advertisement flyers.

Sometime later Karen accompanied a friend to visit a medium, her friends mother had passed away, Karen waited outside as her friend went in to see the medium, after a while her friend came out accompanied by the medium, the medium went over to Keren and said “I have a message for you.”

The medium continued “the man in your picture, I just want you to know that the man says I am accused of something I did not do, but I did something else.”

November 16th 2016

London Underground Ghosts - Part One.

This is not a story I have created, the details below are actual events which as described by the witnesses.

London Underground - Liverpool Station

The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world with the first part being opened in 1863, it is also the second largest underground railway in the world, only China’s Shanghai Metro has more route miles than London’s underground.

Over the years many of the routes have changed and others have been closed down, stations and platforms that were once full of people making their way around the city lay bricked up, dark and quite, forgotten by many, while others don’t even know they existed, but exist they do. To my knowledge there are approximately 40 Stations along the 255miles of track which have either been relocated or are classified as abandoned.

When you look at the history of the London underground you can understand why there are a lot of reports of strange happenings and even ghost sightings.

At the time the first tunnels were dug accidents were common place, the methods used to dig the tunnels were not that modern and the first attempts to tunnel under the Thames River resulted in failure and death.

The tunnels stretch for miles around London and some were even dug over or through graveyards, plague pits and other sites of disasters.

During WWII many of the tunnels were used as air raid shelters, when the sires would sound the coming raid people would make their way to the underground and wait out the German air attack, often they would have to spend the night in the tunnels and even at this depth they were not safe from the German Bombs. Many people lost their lives in the tunnels during WWII.

And then of course there are those who have lost their lives at the wheels of the trains themselves, many a poor soul has chosen to take their own life and picked the underground train as tool of choose, while other have either accidentally fallen to their death or even been pushed.

Liverpool Station.

During the summer 2000 the line controllers who monitor all the CCTV cameras for the whole of the underground 24 hours a day picked up an image of a man in white overalls standing on the platform near the entrance to the east bound tunnel at Liverpool Station. Well you may ask what is strange about that. After all that is what the platforms are they not? The reason the Line Controller was so surprised was that it was 02:00 in the morning and the station was closed, all the doors to the platform should have been locked and all personnel gone home, The Line Controller checked the maintenance schedule to ensure that there were no contractors scheduled to work on that part of the track that morning and confirmed that there were no planned works.

Concerned that someone may have been locked in or even broken in the controller called the Station Supervisor on duty, Steve Coates was the Supervisor on duty that night, with 23 years experience under his belt Steve was no novice in this role. Coates received the call to investigate what the man was doing in the closed station and made his way to the platform in question.On arriving he could see nobody standing on the platform so he made his way into the tunnel to see if the man had run to hide there on hearing Steve making his approach, but the tunnel was empty also, Coates made a full search of the platform and surrounding area and could find no sign of the man in white overalls.  He made his way to a phone located near the escalators and called through to the line controller, he explained that he had searched the area and even looked into the tunnel but could find nobody there, the line controller replied that it was impossible for Coates to have not seen the man as he had been standing right next to him on the platform. Coates said he would go back and look again. Once again Coates searched the platform, looking in all of the places where it may be possible for a person to hide but again could not find anybody.

He returned to the phone and called the controller once more and explained that there was nobody around, the controllers reply was that is impossible I can see him on the CCTV screen, I could see you standing right next to him on the platform. Coates asked if it may be an issue with the CCTV system, the controller replied that he was certain that it was not.

Feeling a little confused Coates started to make his way off the east bound platform, as he turned he saw a bench and laying on the bench was a pair of white paper overalls, Coates was certain that nobody could have got past him without him noticing them and there was no way anyone could get out. He is certain he would have seen anybody placing the overalls on the bench if it had been done while he was on the platform.  

In recent years work to build a new ticket hall above Liverpool Street station began but the work stalled when several bodies were discovered. Archaeologists were called in and excavation work discovered that this is the site of a burial ground for London’s most infamous psychiatric hospital, the original ‘Bedlam’. The burial ground was used from 1569 to the mid-19th century, Bedlam’s patients and local residents were buried here when other burial site got overcrowded. 85 buries have so far been discovered.

Could the man in white overalls be one of the people buried at this site? Where did the white paper overalls found by Coates on the bench come from?

To be continued.

November 8th 2016
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October 3rd 2016
<p>Night Fears has now been released. </p><p>A short Horror story by Graham M Hodge. </p><p><b>Tonight not even the bed covers can protect you.</b></p><p><b>Noah Collins is an ordinary seven-year-old boy with
a history of sleepless nights, but tonight he will discover what keeps him
awake at night is not imaginary. The cause of Noah’s night fears is hell
itself.</b></p><p><b>As young children we have all had sleepless nights
where we have hidden beneath our bedsheets for protection from the monsters of
our imagination, for Noah, the night is a scary place.</b></p><p><b>Afraid to go to his parents for protection because
he has been accused of “Crying Wolf” too many times, he has to stay in his
bedroom alone and face the monsters that lurk in the dark recesses. Tonight
Noah has to face the biggest fear of his life so far. </b></p><p><b>No child should have to face this evil alone. </b></p><p>Available from <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Fears-Short-Horror-Story-ebook/dp/B01M1ILJ95/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1474823455&sr=8-14&keywords=Night+Fears">Amazon</a><br/></p>

Night Fears has now been released.

A short Horror story by Graham M Hodge.

Tonight not even the bed covers can protect you.

Noah Collins is an ordinary seven-year-old boy with a history of sleepless nights, but tonight he will discover what keeps him awake at night is not imaginary. The cause of Noah’s night fears is hell itself.

As young children we have all had sleepless nights where we have hidden beneath our bedsheets for protection from the monsters of our imagination, for Noah, the night is a scary place.

Afraid to go to his parents for protection because he has been accused of “Crying Wolf” too many times, he has to stay in his bedroom alone and face the monsters that lurk in the dark recesses. Tonight Noah has to face the biggest fear of his life so far.

No child should have to face this evil alone. 

Available from Amazon

September 25th 2016