AN author has published a new book packed with spine-tingling ghost stories and tales of the paranormal.
Former Mail journalist Paul Screeton spent a year researching and writing about numerous ghostlty tales for Haunted Hartlepool and East Durham.
Chapters are dedicated to historical hauntings, pub spirits, poltergeists, phantom hitch-hikers, railway spectres, eerie ships and even flying saucers.
Paul, 68, who lives in Seaton Carew, said: “I researched some of the supernatural tales more than 40 years ago for a series called Strange Northumbria which ran for 50 consecutive weeks in the Hartlepool Mail.
“The research involved around 40 fresh interviews. As many of the hauntings occurred on licensed premises, this task was doubly pleasurable!
“Marie-Louise McKay also gave me a personal guided tour of Camerons Brewery’s haunted areas.”
Paul’s interest in hauntings arose after he was spooked by seeing a cloudy white wraith gliding past what is now The White House pub when it was a derelict house.
More recently, on three occasions he has witnessed people sitting in an alcove of The Ward Jackson pub, in Church Square, but on checking no-one was there.
But Paul insists he is no ghostbuster.
He added: “I approached the subject out of a mild interest in hauntings and to share the information I had already gathered.”
The book, published by The History Press, is dedicated to Paul’s former Mail colleague Margaret O’Rourke who had an interest in all matters paranormal.
The area’s rich maritime and mining history provided scores of stories for Paul to feature.
It is his 16th published book and covers Hartlepool, Seaton carew, Greatham, and Easington.
Paul has also written about a wide range of topics including the Hartlepool monkey legend, urban myths, railway folklore and rock music.