From ghoulies and beasties may the Lord deliver us!
Published 05/10/2016 | 02:30
We have all heard of places that have an evil aura and a sense of doom about them.
Maybe we don't fully believe this but don't disbelieve it either and there are definitely houses that over the years have acquired the name of being in some way, "unlucky".
Most people, especially those who have travelled widely, will know what I am referring to. I can even recall walking farms where I felt a definite sense of foreboding. One particular place in the midlands had an atmosphere all of its own where the very air seemed charged with menace.
My father often referred to properties that were believed to be in some way, unlucky and sometimes this would be backed up by tales of misfortune befalling successive generations of one family.
Edgar Allen Poe wrote dark novels about such places and while they were fiction, they reminded us of houses we ourselves had visited at some point in our lives.
In the 1930s, the author John Steinbeck went on a four month scientific voyage around the Gulf of California. He was accompanied by five others including his great friend, the marine biologist, Ed Ricketts.
They were a no nonsense group who spent their time studying the creatures along the shore and collecting saltwater specimens to preserve and bring home.
They would row ashore in a skiff during low tides and move along the coast to different locations. Towards the end of their voyage they put down anchor in a bay in an area known as Estero De Luno.