For your viewing pleasure we present an audio-visual record of the third session of The Highgate Vampire Symposium 2015. This session, “Highgate and the Occult”, has been divided into two YouTube uploads, so be sure to check out Part 1 too.
Why devote such a long session to the subject of “Highgate and the Occult” during a conference devoted to exploring the nature of an alleged ghost (nicknamed the Highgate ‘vampire’) which inhabits Highgate Cemetery and its environs? Although the area had been reputedly haunted for many years prior to the 1960s and 1970s, the use of the cemetery for occult purposes during these decades coincides with a massive surge in reported sightings and experiences. Is it possible that necromantic rituals and more innocent Pagan rites could have some connection with this entity’s manifestations?
During Part 2 we hear from Necromancer and Dark Pagan, Fox the Rebel. Fox explains the ethics and perspectives that he assumes as a modern-day Necromancer, and elucidates for occultists and the uninitiated alike upon his own interpretation of the remains of ‘black magic’ rituals discovered in Highgate Cemetery in the 1970s. He also brings up the concept of ‘servitors’ – an occult concept representing a being or force which is sent forth into the ‘normal’ world to do the bidding of the group or individual which created it, as a potential explanation for the Highgate entity’s existence.
We are also joined by lecturer and much revered proprietor of Atlantis Bookshop Geraldine Beskin. Geraldine discusses the occult explosion which fixated 1960s and 1970s London with her contemporary, fellow speaker David Farrant. She remembers social anxieties and tensions pertaining to the occult, and raises the thorny issue of the acknowledged corruption within the Metropolitan Police during that era. Geraldine also makes observations about the ‘behaviour’ of the Highgate entity, and its apparently unchanging and immutable nature.
The end of Part 2 includes the session being opened up to the audience for questions, including lively yet respectful debate amongst practising Satanists and Highgate Cemetery volunteers alike.
This session, like all others, is compered by paranormal author Paul Adams, to whom the organisers of The Highgate Vampire Symposium extend their gratitude and thanks.
All images displayed are the copyright of David Farrant, with the exception of one photograph (‘The Head Hunter of Highgate’ also known as ‘Collector of Death’ and ‘The Death Man, Holloway, 1962’) by Don McCullin, which remains © Don McCullin. This image was first published in the British Journal of Photography 1964, is registered at the V and A Museum and was exhibited as part of McCullin’s 1980 exhibition at the V & A ‘Hearts of Darkness’ (and included in the accompanying photobook). The image is reproduced under fair use guidelines for educational purposes.
Fox the Rebel’s fascinating, enlightening and challenging blog can be found at this address: https://rebelwithoutasoul.wordpress.com/
In case you have never visited (shame on you!) full information about the Atlantis Bookshop, which is run by Geraldine Beskin and her daughter Bali can be found here: http://theatlantisbookshop.com
Information about Paul Adams’ paranormal research, including his 2014 work Written in Blood which covers the Highgate Vampire in depth can be found here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-Adams/e/B003W3MWQW
David Farrant’s personal website – which contains a wealth of information about his investigation into the Highgate entity – can be found here: http://davidfarrant.org
Charles Walker’s long-running organisation, the Worthing Occult and Paranormal Society, can be found on the web here: http://occultandparanormal.webs.com/
And you can read more about The Highgate Vampire Symposium’s organiser, Della Farrant, at her own website http://hidden-highgate.org and via her book, Haunted Highgate at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Haunted-Highgate-Della-Farrant/dp/0750958316/