‘Colorful freak,’ tour guide, storyteller, general dogsbody, and in charge of guide training, he’s been working with City of the Dead tours for over a decade.
City of the Dead Tours has been named ‘Britain’s Best Ghost Walk’ by scare.com, Yahoo! Travel, and Virgin Media, ‘Best Ghost Tour’ by Scare Tours and recommended by Lonely Planet as ‘Edinburgh’s Best Ghost Tour.’ But Fred didn’t know any of this until he looked it up on the interwebs.
Fred has been taking people into the Covenanters’ Prison and the ‘Black Mausoleum’ in Greyfriars Graveyard, home of the infamous Mackenzie Poltergeist, and in to the South Bridge Vaults (Edinburgh’s ‘underground city’), the most concentrated areas of sightings in a city already fabled for its hauntings.
It’s his job to stay calm when people finish tours with scratches, bite marks, bruises, welts, vomit or end up passing out. It’s also his job to make up reassuring answers when asked, “So how long does this last for?”
If someone told Fred 30 years ago that there was a job where he could make adults and children cry in fear and with laughter simultaneously, present with numerous inexplicable minor injuries, and get paid for it, he’d have laughed you out of town. Now he’s going to be in Hawai‘i hoping for a little of the same treatment in return.
It all started at the beginning (as most stories often do) with a little boy perplexed as to how people fall through life without getting curious as to whether there may be another way of doing things, and a little book on hypnosis from the 1930s. After early injuries meant competitive sabre fencing was no longer a realistic prospect, he turned his thoughts from the physical to the mental. From there he’s embarked on a lifelong passion into studying what makes us human, the mind, behavior and change.
With over a decade of changing people’s lives, diplomas in hypnotherapy and 3D Mind™, a student of No Fault Psychology™ and Other Than Conscious Communication™, he’s traveled all over studying with some extraordinary people. He’s spent the last five years developing a system of well-being that makes improving and maintaining mental health accessible, fun and enjoyable, and firmly where it belongs: within YOU.
You can discover many ways to relax and feel good, how to create a luxurious spa in your mind, and how to take back control of your life over at mindspaodyssey.com.
All of this has informed his study of the weird, scary and wonderful things that happen in Edinburgh. He firmly believes it’s not his job to tell you what to believe. That’s your job. His job, he reckons, is to entertain you, to cajole you and to occupy your mind as you travel through history and experience these extraordinary locations as they would have been hundreds of years ago, and then wait for you to have an experience of your very own. Whether you get an interaction with something mysterious or not, Fred thinks that most importantly you’ll discover a bit more about yourself, how there’s something so human and enjoyable about being captivated by compelling story, and you can come to appreciate the world from another perspective.
Fred’s musical (but he can’t sing for 💩)! He’s been a professional bboy (breakdance), taught pop & lock and old school hip hop, and performs with a West African drum and dance group (particularly rhythms and dances from Ghana, Gambia, Senegal and Mali).
When Fred comes to Hawaii, he is most looking forward to visiting the haunted Kaimuki House, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, The Forbidden Isle, Hawaii Haunted Plantation, and a black sand beach as well as hiking through a lava tube.
Opening Skinner's Box by Lauren Slater
The Ghost that Haunted Itself by Jan-Andrew Henderson
Project MKUltra, The CIA's Program of Research in Behavioral Modification
(U.S. Senate Hearing)
Project MKUltra Documents (Gathered thru FOIA Requests)
Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond by Martin A. Lee & Bruce Shlain
Conjuring Up Philip: An Adventure in Psychokinesis by Iris M. Owen & Margaret Sparrow