- Aug 3, 2001
https://strangeattractorpress.bandcamp.com/album/gef-the-dalby-spook-audio-experienceAn audio exploration of the legendary 1930s poltergeist haunting, written and narrated by Christopher Josiffe, author of 'Gef!The Strange Tale of an Extra-Special Talking Mongoose', and Chris Hill (DiscountGnostic, soundscaping).
Was it really an obscure bit of Forteana though? I grew up knowing about Gef, my mum had been fascinated by it as a girl (she was born 1932) having grown up hearing stories about it which she passed down to me. Apart from that, she wasn't generally one for Fortean subjects. So it was known about in the wider population, even back then. Although I'd guess that the war kind of displaced such stories.
By coincidence I am enjoying this marvellous YouTube video on three of Saki's stories, featuring of course Gef's literary cousin Sredni Vashtar.
Doesn't it mean 'bitter', or something similar, in Manx? Bit of a label to give a child....Another interesting snippet is that the name "Voirrey" (Mary) is strictly only the form in the vocative grammatical case that you'd use if you were addressing them, or in the genitive case. In the nominative case it would be "Moirrey", much like you'd expect for a name that is the equivalent of "Mary". This sort of stuff happens with the name in Irish and Welsh too
Doesn't it mean 'bitter', or something similar, in Manx? Bit of a label to give a child....
Incidentally I have found a brief, tantalising reference to Voirrey / Moirrey being tracked down and interviewed at length (in the late 50s or '60s) by someone from the Manchester Phsychical Research Society, and continuing to maintain the truth of events. This seems to be separate to the better known interview with her carried out by W McGraw in 1970.
https://books.google.com/books?id=U... voirrey "Psychical Research Society"&f=falseDavid Cohen had sought out and interviewed at length Voirrey Irving, the only surviving member of the Isle of Man family involved in the controversial Talking Mongoose case, and Voirrey, more than a quarter-century later, retracted nothing, and still insisted that the family had indeed been afflicted by a mongoose-like animal that manifested and spoke.
SOURCE: https://pelicanist.blogspot.com/2017/04/paying-price.htmlCohen was clearly an interesting character who conducted a number of investigations, which were only reported on as lectures to the society. Most his material was binned by his family after his death, which seems to be all too common in this field.
Are you referring to the mention of David Cohen having visited and interviewed Voirrey on page 127 in:
No Common Task: The Autobiography of a Ghost-hunter
By Peter Underwood
https://books.google.com/books?id=UWcKEAAAQBAJ&pg=PA127&lpg=PA127&dq=gef+OR+moirrey+OR+voirrey+"Psychical+Research+Society"&source=bl&ots=VWRf88gWm5&sig=ACfU3U1kPzQ0ffFbRiew8b9DzMeXr-yLJw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjmkqet1OL2AhULFzQIHVn2DhoQ6AF6BAhDEAM#v=onepage&q=gef OR moirrey OR voirrey "Psychical Research Society"&f=false