There are few places scarier than the subway network in London, so the publication of a book documenting terrifying ghost stories from that subterranean network of tubes is enough to send shivers down any spine.
The London Underground has an established reputation for mysterious, if not supernatural, disturbances. Crashes, suicides, murders and freak accidents, have left about every station with their own ghoulish legacy.
The history of Liverpool Street underground alone is enough to make it a place to avoid if you are easily spooked. Hearing strange sounds floating up the back staircases of the older stations, or slamming doors, is nothing remarkable, especially given they are linked to miles of windy tubes.
In Ghost on the Platform, Will Underwood tells some truly spooky tales. He describes the underground as ‘London’s go-to suicide spot’ for over 100-years. ‘Just about every station in London has witnessed the moan of a soul in pain as they jumped before speeding trains’.
You’ll be amazed and puzzled, at how so many people were drawn to the same spot to commit their final act. In the years between 1940 and 1990 there were 3240 deaths – but as you’ll read, there was an alarming number of suicides prior to then.
As for ghosts, at Kings Cross, it’s easy to feel a little uneasy when waiting for a train, especially given the high rate of suicides and reports of chilling apparitions. The station is periodically haunted by a very terrifying ghost that seems distressed. There are many candidates that could be the infamous ghost of a screaming woman.
Most people link the apparition to the deadly fire of 1987, but chances are this disturbed spirit met her fate on the tracks of the station decades earlier.
The ghost screams loudly with arms outstretched – but when people approach her, she vanishes into thin air.
The list of calamities at Liverpool Street makes astonishing reading: Man decapitated in tunnel in 1882, a crash kills five in 1892, woman jumps to death from train 1901, a grisly employee suicide in 1930, man killed when falling onto tracks in 1932, dead man found in tunnel 1936, wartime shelter for thousands, man killed on tracks 1960 and a ghost in overalls stalking the platforms…