Author who told of N-east’s ghostly past dies aged 74
A WRITER who made his name documenting horrific crimes and ghostly happenings of the Northeast has died.
Norman Adams, pictured, started his career as a journalist in Aberdeen and went on to write novels and non-fiction books.
A member of the Scottish Society for Psychical Research, he was occasionally asked to investigate alleged hauntings.
Norman’s book Blood and Granite: True Crime from Aberdeen was a best-seller in 2003, while Hangman’s Brae was an account of blood-curdling crimes and brutal forms of punishment.
Haunted Scotland gathered eerie tales from across the country.
Aberdeen-born Norman, who was 74 and died peacefully at his Banchory home, was also the author of the popular Wee Book of Aberdeen.
His father, also Norman, was a fisherman and the family lived in Ferryhill before moving to Torry, where Norman spent his childhood.
He started his career with DC Thomson in 1952 in Aberdeen, he also ran a news agency and his journalism ranged from editing the Leopard Magazine in the North-east to working for The Rhodesia Herald.
He had three children to his first wife Edith Garrow, and married Moira Forbes after Edith died.
He collaborated with stepson Mark on several short films, which were screened at national film festivals.
A family statement said: “Norman was working almost up until his death, completing his latest book on body snatchers and scripts for the Commando mag a z i n e s p r o d u c e d by the DC Thomson group, with whom he started his career in journalism.”
The f uneral service will be held at Aberdeen Crematorium on Monday, August 22, at 11.45am.
Donations will go to Grampian GastroOesophageal Cancer Research Fund (GASTROCAN), which works to improve treatments.