Spooky: Five min­utes with Nor­wich’s ghostly Shad­ow­caster

As Nor­wich Ghost Walks cel­e­brates 20 spine-tin­gling years we dis­cover its lat­est haunts

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Why did you want to take over the Ghost Walks?

I was cho­sen by the Guild of Shad­ows after The Man In Black put in a good word for me. You do not lightly turn down an of­fer like this. Des­tiny was call­ing.

Where does the name The Shad­ow­caster come from?

A Shad­ow­caster is a dark sor­cerer who di­vines the se­crets of the uni­verse by draw­ing from the power of the Shadow Realm.

Is be­ing The Shad­ow­caster a full time job or do you have less haunt­ing work too?

Be­ing a Shad­ow­caster is a life­long com­mit­ment. I spend much of my time in deep con­tem­pla­tion, travers­ing the Shadow Realm. The Nor­wich Ghost Walks is re­ally just our pub­lic out­reach pro­gramme...

How many haunted helpers do you have for each walk?

The Silent Hand has been as­signed to the mas­sive task of re­search­ing your pe­cu­liar so­ci­ety for his­tor­i­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive pur­poses. With­out her in­put, the walks would be­gin at un­pre­dictable times, in un­pre­dictable places and would con­sist of in­for­ma­tion that no-one would un­der­stand. The other oc­ca­sion The Guild of Shad­ows pro­vides us with re­in­force­ments is for our Hal­loween Spe­cials, and be­lieve me, they are send­ing some very strange char­ac­ters...

What will you be do­ing for Hal­loween?

I will be guid­ing the pub­lic through the Cow Tower Park where a num­ber of pe­cu­liar cases, tes­ti­monies and tales from the re­gion will be pre­sented to them in the form of minia­ture playlets.

How does the Hal­loween event dif­fer from the reg­u­lar walks?

On the reg­u­lar walks we aim to in­form as op­posed to scare but at Hal­loween we feel it is im­por­tant that peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence a lit­tle fear. And rather than strolling about the city it is a con­tained event. Ex­pect strange char­ac­ters, good hu­mour, scares and a healthy dose of au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.

What are your favourite Nor­folk ghost sto­ries?

Some­times after the walks, peo­ple share per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences of the para­nor­mal, and of­ten it is th­ese ac­counts that strike me the most deeply. My favourite sto­ries to tell are the ones where the Silent Hand brings me his­tor­i­cal ac­counts that con­firm our sus­pi­cions about the na­ture of a haunt­ing. The ghost of Martha Alden was re­ported to have ter­ri­fied pris­on­ers in the Cas­tle in the mid-1800s. The

tragic re­al­ity of the events that lead to her death re­ally make this a story worth telling.

The Nor­wich Ghost Walks start at Nor­wich’s Adam and Eve pub three nights a week, with dif­fer­ent walks on Mon­days, Tues­days and Thurs­days; £7 and £5; no need to book.

The Hal­loween event runs from Oc­to­ber 28-31. Book­ing es­sen­tial; £10 plus book­ing fee. ghost­walk­snor­wich.co.uk

Pic­ture: Antony Kelly

ABOVE:Nor­wich Ghost Walks sto­ry­teller, The Man in Black, hands over the role to the Shad­ow­caster.

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