Worlingham author inspired by tales of the supernatural

Geoffrey Brock with his new "Tales of Ghostly East Anglia' book.

Geoffrey Brock with his new "Tales of Ghostly East Anglia' book. - Credit: Nick Butcher

An author known for his books on local people has turned to the supernatural to inspire his latest work.

Geoff Brock, who lives in Worlingham, recently published Tales of Ghostly East Anglia – a departure from his usual work.

“I thought I had just about exhausted my local characters,” he said. “And I’ve always been interested in the supernatural; I’ve seen a few ghosts in my time, someone suggested I write a book about ghosts, so I started to do the research.

“It’s different from anything I’ve ever written.”

Mr Brock (pictured) spent the summer travelling around East Anglia, then sat down and put pen to paper over the winter.

“I travelled to various places because it helps you get a flavour of whatever phenomenon it might be,” he said.

And the result of those months writing is Tales of Ghostly East Anglia, which includes the grisly history of Roos Hall, in Beccles.

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Built in the 16th century, the hall was owned by the family of Lord Nelson’s mother.

Not only does it feature a hanging tree where many criminals met their end, there is also a mysterious burn mark in a cupboard.

Legend says the Devil came to Roos Hall to make mischief, but the hall staff caught him and threw him into the cupboard.

In his fury, he kicked the door and left a mark.

“I had heard Barsham Church was haunted and I know about the boy on the bike in Yarmouth, but you do find out a lot as you go along,” he said.

Mr Brock says he had his own encounter with the local ghosts in Gorleston, about a decade ago.

“I saw something looming in my peripheral vision,” he said. “And there’s this kid on a bike and he seemed to take one push on the pedals and then disappear.”

And Mr Brock is undeterred by nay-sayers. “Let them be sceptical,” he said.

Tales of Ghostly East Anglia is available to buy now from Beccles Books, where Mr Brock will be doing a signing from 11am to 1pm on October 31.