This latest book from Tarquin Blake delves into the world of Irish ghosts, vampires, witches, werewolves and other spectral tales. Through detailed research of stories of unexplained phenomena, Blake found most could be dismissed as pure fiction but now and then he found something spooky that substantiated with historical or physical evidence. He drew up a list of 'true' ghost stories, researched each in detail, and set out to photograph Haunted Ireland. Each location was photographed using normal and infrared cameras. Infrared photography captures electromagnetic radiation invisible to the human eye and portrays a stunning world where vegetation takes on an ethereal glow and buildings, stone and ruins appea in stark contrast. Some say infrared photography, with its long exposures, can bend our perception of time and provide a glimpse into the spirit world. Collating the ghost stories with powerful images of where these stories played out, Haunted Ireland reveals an engrossing catalogue of tales of the unexplained, the spooky unknown, haunted caves, phantom ships, poltergeists and many other strange tales.From the curse of Castlelyons in County Cork to Abhartach the vampire dwarf of County Derry, from the Coonian Poltergeist in Fermanagh to the Werewolves of Ossory in Kilkeeny and Laois, these stories will amuse or raise the hairs on the back of your neck.
Tarquin Blake, architectural explorer, photographer and author has been collecting ghost stories for more than a decade. He is the author of the bestselling Abandoned Mansions of Ireland Volumes 1 and 2, Ancient Ireland - Exploring Irish Historic Monuments and of the website www.AbandonedIreland.com. He has extensively explored Irish architectural relics and historical sites and his passion is unravelling and documenting a lost heritage.