Life couldn’t be better for Luton paranormal historian and author Paul Adams.
Thanks to a generous legacy from an uncle, he’s been able to pay off his mortgage, build a granny annex for his 94-year-old mother and ditch the day job.
His two latest books - Written in Blood: A Cultural History of the British Vampire and The Little Book of Ghosts – are selling well and he’s been commissioned to do two more.
The father-of-four said: “I’ve been working towards becoming a full-time writer for the past three years.
“After I got the legacy I thought ‘It’s now or never.’”
And although he enjoyed his previous career as an architectural draughtsman, he admitted his heart was never in it: “My colleagues were more like friends, but I didn’t share their passion for what we were doing.
“Now I’m writing every morning, it’s changed my life. And the bonus is I’m there if my mum needs me.
“I didn’t want her to go into a home.”
Paul’s fascination with all things spooky began with a kiddie’s horror comic called Eerie.
He recalled: “I was an only child and had to make my own entertainment.
“I read a lot of Dennis Wheatley and loved Hammer horror films.
“When I was about 11, I persuaded my parents to buy me Night of the Crabs by Guy N Smith and it blew me away.
“If I’d known then that Guy would become a friend, I’d never have believed it.”
Paul, 48, of Neville Road, has already written eight books including Haunted Luton and Dunstable. The Little Book of Ghosts contains an apparition of a workman at Luton’s Whitbread Brewery in 1978.
He’s a walking encyclopaedia regarding anything supernatural.
And although he’s never seen a ghost himself and has uncovered several dodgy mediums as well as some ‘wonderful fakers,’ he believes there’s as much evidence for the paranormal as there is for other scientific data.
He said: “My new book, Behind the Curtain, is about psychical mediumship and materialisation, which is really controversial.
“It probably won’t make me many friends in the spiritualist world because a lot of fraud was involved - even with women like Florrie Cook of Hackney who allegedly materialised into a spirit called Katie King.
“She was championed by Sir William Crookes who invented the Cathode tube, but it was later claimed the two were having an affair.”
Ponytail-wearing Paul describes himself as complete agnostic.
He said: “I have a very uneasy relationship with organised religion, they’re all artificial constructions.
“I wandered into Islam because my former wife was Muslim but I believe psychical research is the only way to reconcile faith and science.”
But he still has a hankering to attend a séance and experience something that would confirm the existence of other entities.
He smiled: “Even though I’m as sceptical as they come, I still really want it to be true.”
You can find out more at http://www.pauladamsauthor.co.uk/
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