As Halloween creeps closer a Sheffield expert in all things supernatural is putting some of the city’s spookiest tales to the test.
David Clarke has collected scores of Victorian ghost stories for his new book Scared To Death.
He used newspaper archives to check every detail and even tracked down the death certificate of somebody who was, literally, scared to death.
Now he is inviting Star readers to share details of stories they have heard over the years before heading off on a ghost walk in the city centre.
We are hosting a book signing with David in The Star shop on York Street from 4pm on Friday followed by the walk at 5.15pm, which is free of charge.
One of the tales will focus on tunnels discovered in the 1930s when workmen uncovered the entrance below our very own offices in York Street.
At the time a businessman, Frank Brindley, was very active gathering information on the city’s tunnel legends.
In 1936 Brindley spoke to a man who worked on a defunct sports paper that was printed in the cellars during the 19th century. He described seeing ‘a man in ancient dress, with a curious hood, like those he says he saw in a history book at school. The ghost came from an unused cellar and walked past him and seemed to go clean through a stone wall. He heard the clanking of a chain just before, which he thought was made by his mate, but as the figure passed he noticed it was carrying a curious bucket, as if it contained water’.
On hearing this Brindley co-opted two skilled masons to explore the section of the cellar where the ghost had disappeared.
On doing so they discovered what appeared to be a tunnel entrance, cut from solid rock, six feet wide.
Hear more of this tale at www.thestar.co.uk and look out for a different ghostly video each day this week.
n Copies of Scared to Death are available from The Star shop priced £12.95.