Pilgrimages" we visit places associated with actual ghost stories, the
lives of their authors, or which provide inspiration for the creative
mind. Just as in the classic, antiquarian ghost stories, churches,
cathedrals, manor houses, and other ancient and historic buildings
feature prominently in the list of places visited.
We have been to many places around the UK and sometimes they lead us to
Europe in search of the inspirations of supernatural authors and other
things of esoteric interest!
two events happen each year.
They are social gatherings with trips to local 'spooky' places of
interest, talks by guest speakers and time to visit bookshops to hunt
for copies of your favourite stories and authors. There are
dinner events and fiendish quizzes too.
The next trip is planned for Chester in 2021. Further information on current and past events are posted here.
first gathering (or "Black Pilgrimage," taken from Count Magnusby M. R.
James) was held in October 2005 in Great Malvern, Worcestershire and
many other places have been visited since that occasion. Any companion
can plan an event in his or her local area and extend invitations to
the rest of the membership via email and/or the newsletter. An
obligatory AGM is held during one Black Pilgrimage each year but we are
hedonist enough to place pleasure before business and the latter erodes
the former only briefly! Apart from visits to places of interest, we
have had book sales, quizzes and film shows with ample opportunity to
fill the inner person.