Edinburgh: City of the Dead
5” x 8” • 182 pages • b&w photos
ISBN 9781845023003 • paperback • $15.00 •
Edinburgh: City of the Dead explores macabre events, paranormal occurrences, haunted locations, occult societies, witchcraft, and even spooky hoaxes to try to discover why Edinburgh is a city that appears to have more than its fair share of supernatural goings-on. Jan-Andrew Henderson brings each tale to life through realistic dramatic reconstructions. By focusing on the scariest incident in each and fleshing out the characters and dialogue, the author adds a terrifying extra dimension to some of the most gory and ghoulish stories imaginable.
The so-called Mackenzie Poltergeist is one of the best documented cases of paranormal activity in the world. George Mackenzie-- or Bloody Mackenzie as he was aptly known-- was a hanging judge who sentenced dozens of Covenanters to death. Ironically, he was buried beside the Covenanters’ Prison the city’s Greyfriars Churchyard. His ghostly presence has been witnessed many times and it is believed that a trouble conscience keeps him from resting in peace. The Nor Loch was the site where those suspected of being witches were hurled into the water to see if they floated-- floating was definitely not the thing to do as it signified that the person was undoubtedly in league with the devil. For Euphame McCalzean, popping her face up to gasp air was enough to seal her fate and she was brutally strangled and then burned at the stake.
Jan-Andrew Henderson is an acclaimed novelist and historian. His children’s books, Secret City and The Ghost that Haunted Itself, met with huge critical acclaim. He has also written several books for adults, including The Emperor’s New Kilt, a quirky look at the things Scots are famous for but shouldn’t be, and the things they are not famous for but should be, and The Wee Book of Edinburgh, a pictorial overview of some of the most famous landmarks to be found in Scotland’s capital city.
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