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Dark and Spooky

Although darkness can bring forth all assorts of positive effects and sensations, there is no getting away from the fact that it is often associated with the occult, the spooky and the scary. Here is Julian Holloway* discussing an organised ghost hunt in Salford’s Ordsall Hall at the point that the lights are turned off:

‘Only recently travelled and manoeuvred space shifts and changes, and we are filled by a sense of unease as the layout and dimensions of rooms, doorways, objects, and artefacts lose their recently gained familiarity. Open doors leading to rooms just passed through become spaces of fascination, spaces without inhabitation, spaces filled with the potential for mysterious shapes, outlines, and noises. Space takes on a different luminosity. Rooms and staircases are strobed by handheld torches. The darkness alters sensory registers. Sight becomes strained as we look round rooms at objects and at other ghost hunters. Listening becomes more highly attuned to knocks, taps, breathing, and other noises’.

*Holloway J (2010) Legend-tripping in Spooky Spaces: Ghost Tourism and Infrastructures of Enchantment, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 28(4),618-637.

March 7th, 2013 - 16:27pm

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