Feb 24 2012 by Sandy Kilpatrick, Dumfries Standard Friday
PARANORMAL investigators are sinking their teeth into a new hunt for the supernatural.
Members of Dumfries-based Mostly Ghostly plan to look into claims of a vampire haunting Lochmaben Castle ruins.
And they have enlisted the help of ghost hunter Tom Robertson who claimed to have encountered the creature in 1991 and later wrote a book on the experience.
Kathleen Cronie, founding member of Mostly Ghostly, said: “With any investigation there’s a level of anxiety, excitement and nervousness.
“We’d heard rumours about the Lochmaben vampire 10 years ago but nothing ever came about it until Tom’s book came out. It’s a creepy tale and we’re glad to have Tom on board.
“Lochmaben Castle is a place we’ve been around before because of the history.
“We’re called Mostly Ghostly and we are mainly concerned with hauntings but carrying out an investigation to other supernatural incidents won’t be too different.
“I’m not saying we believe in vampires or know what this creature is but that’s how Tom described it.”
Mr Robertson, from Biggar, tracked down the grotesque “hunchbacked” creature after being contacted by locals who found animal carcasses drained of blood in the wood.
He described the vampire as being tall but hunchbacked; dressed in sacking and wearing a hood. It has a grey face; black eyes; and transparent skin except for its purple veins.
Legends state the castle, owned by the Bruce family sheltered a traveller during the night who later bit one of the family members.
Mr Robertson, who previously vowed never to return to Lochmaben, has offered to help the Dumfries group.
“There is a creature slinking around in those woods, baying for blood.
“Mostly Ghostly are a bit apprehensive. I’m looking forward to coming along to make sure it’s safe enough before they carry out their own work.”
The team hopes to carry out the investigation in spring.