If someone told you they’d had an encounter with the supernatural, would you believe them?

Eleven New Ghost Stories is the first in a series of anthologies featuring real supernatural tales as told by those who experienced them.

Each story is taken directly from transcripts or written accounts provided by individuals who have witnessed and lived-through events which defy rational explanation. In many cases these people have never spoken about their experiences due to fear or embarrassment, and sometimes because the occurrences were too painful to discuss.

Author David Paul Nixon has spent more than six years travelling the UK, meeting people with a story to tell and recording their experiences. Having listened to hundreds of accounts, the stories collected here represent the ones that have stood up to the most investigation and scrutiny. Stories that may actually represent genuine encounters with the supernatural.

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It all started on a wet July afternoon…

In a London pub a friend told me of a relative with a real ghost story to tell. I was sceptical, but I agreed to listen. It was the beginning of a strange journey.

We think of ghost stories as being entertainment. Something to enjoy around the camp fire or with lights turned low. This story was anything but. Here was someone who’d experienced something inexplicable and horrifying. Events that had a life-changing effect and caused great angst and pain.

With some convincing, they agreed to allow me to put their story down on paper. This was a chance for them to tell their story as it happened, without judgement, scepticism or fear.

The meeting left an indelible mark. Were there others with a tale to tell? Others with stories they were afraid to discuss? Having made some preliminary searches and posts on the internet, accounts started to arrive. I was absolutely startled at what I discovered.

I spent the next six years travelling the country collecting stories. It hasn’t been easy; I was targeted by pranksters and those with problems entirely unrelated to the supernatural. I investigated and examined each story as best I could. I checked facts, dates, news stories – attempted to obtain anything that could back up what I had been told.

The stories in this collection are those that have stood up to most scrutiny. Where truth lies, I leave to your judgement. I’m not out to prove anything. My mind remains open; I am both believer and sceptic.

All I’ll say is that these stories present circumstances that are undoubtedly extraordinary. And whether or not they represent real encounters with the supernatural, or delusions borne of madness, they make for shocking, uncomfortable and frequently horrific reading.

David Paul Nixon

These audio recordings appear with the permission of those who provided the statements on which they are based. They are read by author David Paul Nixon.

A Rhythm of Six

A ghost story writer is pleased to find his new home haunted by a spirit who makes a harmless tapping sound. At least at first…

Wrong Number

A depressed bachelor is plagued with phone calls from a girl in crisis who may already be dead.

When it Rains

A young executive is troubled by the sound of dripping taps and a stranger in the bath tub.

On the Shoulder

The consequences of a drunken brawl threaten to tear a man’s life apart, even years later.

The Call of the Sea

A seaside romance takes an unexpectedly tragic turn.


In an as yet unpublished story, a new father underestimates the damp problem in his home.

If you’d like to find out more about the New Ghost Stories project, or contact the author or publisher, please fill in the form on the left.

Do you have a story to tell? If you have had an encounter with the supernatural, a genuine encounter which you believe can stand up to scrutiny, then please get in touch.

Due to the large amount of correspondence, we cannot guarantee a response to every message, but we will try to reply to as many emails as possible.