Darren W. Ritson

Darren W. Ritson is a ghost hunter and paranormal investigator that was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and now lives in North Tyneside with his partner Jayne Watson, and their beautiful daughter. He took an interest in paranormal matters at an early age after experiencing poltergeist activity in France in 1986. Darren is the founding member of the well-known North East Ghost Research Team, which often features in the media. In 2005, with Drew Bartley, he co-founded the original G.H.O.S.T (Ghosts and Hauntings, Overnight Surveillance Team), and in 2007 co-founded WraithScape – Paranormal with a Passion. Darren has carried out over two hundred overnight paranormal investigations in over one hundred and fifty different locations all over the UK and, with Mike Hallowell, documented one of the most vicious and intense poltergeist cases on record known as The South Shields Poltergeist.

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In 2006 Darren joined the Incorporated Society for Psychical Research (SPR) and now corresponds with some of the world’s finest investigators. These once included the legendary late great Colin Wilson (1931 – 2013) and Peter Underwood (1923 – 2014). He continues, to this day to liaise with the infamous Enfield Poltergeist investigator and author of the book detailing the case, Guy Lyon Playfair and Head of the Spontaneous Cases Committee for the SPR, Alan Murdie. Darren has travelled the country lecturing on the poltergeist phenomenon and has been invited to conduct talks with some of the leading academic research associations into psychic study such as the Incorporated Society for Psychical Research (SPR) the Ghost Club of Great Britain and the Scottish Society for Psychical Research (SSPR).

Darren has also lectured on ghosts and the poltergeist enigma at Northumbria University after receiving a request from Dr Nick Neave (Head of Psychology/Parapsychology). His first book, Ghost Hunter: True-Life Encounters from the North East was published in 2006. Darren's other books include, In Search of Ghosts, Paranormal North East, Supernatural North, Haunted Newcastle, Haunted Berwick, Haunted Durham, Haunted Tyneside, Haunted Northumberland, Ghosts at Christmas, Paranormal County Durham, Haunted Wearside, The South Shields Poltergeist (with Michael J Hallowell), Ghost Taverns (with Michael J Hallowell), The Haunting of Willington Mill (with Michael J Hallowell) and Contagion (with Michael J Hallowell). Forthcoming books include Picturesque, Historic and Haunted – Cumbrian Tales of Ghosts and Legends.


Ghost Hunter, True Life Encounters from the North East (Grosvenor House Publishing, 2006).
In Search of Ghosts – Real Hauntings from around Britain (Grosvenor House Publishing, 2007).
In Search of Ghosts – Real Hauntings from around Britain (Amberley Publishing 2008).Revised Edition
The South Shields Poltergeist - One Family’s Fight against an Invisible Intruder (Sutton Publishing, 2008)
Ghost Taverns (Amberley Publishing, 2008)
The South Shields Poltergeist - One Family’s Fight against an Invisible Intruder, 2nd Ed
(The History Press, 2009)
Haunted Newcastle (The History Press, 2009)
Paranormal North East – True Ghost Stories (Amberley Publishing 2009)
The Supernatural North (Amberley Publishing 2009)
Ghost Taverns of the North East, 2nd Ed (Amberley Publishing, 2009)
Haunted Durham (The History Press, 2010)
Ghosts at Christmas (The History Press, 2010)
Haunted Berwick (The History Press, 2010)
Haunted Northumberland (The History Press, 2011)
Haunted Tyneside (The History Press, 2011)
The Haunting of Willington Mill (The History Press, 2011)
Paranormal County Durham (Amberley Publishing, 2012)
Haunted Carlisle (The History Press, 2012)
Newcastle East Through Time (Amberley Publishing, 2012)
Haunted Wearside (The History Press, 2012)
Contagion, In the Shadow of the South Shields Poltergeist (The Limbury Press, 2014)