As the Halloween season fast approaches, it appears Lancashire is already in the spooky spirit.
A new survey claims that the county is a hotspot for the supernatural phenomena.
Research by paranormal investigator Lionel Fanthorpe, who is also a priest and TV presenter, claims Lancashire is one of the top three places in England for things that go bump in the night.
And Lionel says there has even been 11 reports of vampire-type figures being spotted here over the last century, along with 500 other unexplained spooky sightings.
Lionel, who has been a paranormal investigator for over 50 years, said: “We discovered that Lancashire is a hive of activity when it comes to the paranormal and indeed, a number of vampire-type figures have been spotted over the years.
“Reports of vampires usually state that a floating figure has been seen, has an horrific face and typical vampire features, which is different from a ghost that can glide past you.
“During one incident at Yealand Conyers near Carnforth, a sinister figure took hold of the witnesses arm and tried to drag them towards the wood.”
The specially commissioned study, ‘The Strain Report’ looked at paranormal occurrences reported to the police and leading paranormal organisations in the UK over the last century.
And Lionel, who is also president of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena, said Lancashire is susceptible to paranormal activity due to its historic buildings and ancient past.
He said: “There is one theory that suggests sightings that are recorded in certain parts of the country are due to the natural recording equipment in the geology of that particular area.
“Just like heat and light are a form of energy, people give off an energy and that pattern is etched on natural facilities like stones of a building or into the earth.
“And when someone who is sensitive is in the area they pick up the energy and see it as it was recorded.
“Often the sensitivity is passed on through DNA so generations can experience the energy.”
The study was specially commissioned to celebrate the premiere of director Guillermo del Toro’s hotly anticipated new vampire-horror TV series The Strain, on Watch channel on Wednesdays from 10pm.