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Mike Hallowell was born in South Shields, Tyne & Wear, in 1957. He was educated at
Jarrow Central School before starting an apprenticeship in Dental Technology. He
then changed his career path several times before spending a number of years in the
Police Service. Finally he launched his own media business and became a full-
Drawing on over four decades of research, Mike specialises in writing about the supernatural and paranormal phenomena, although he also pens books and features about local history and other subjects.
Mike has written over twenty columns during his career, including WraithScape, which
is the longest-
Mike has lived all of his life in the north east of England, and is passionate about his Geordie roots. He has been married to his wife Jackie for over thirty years, and has three children and three grandchildren.
In 2007, Mike was diagnosed with the brain disorder narcolepsy. His symptoms have
been described as “moderate to severe”, and he needs to take a number of different
medications to enable him to function “with anything akin to normality”. Mike also
suffers from a potentially fatal cardiac condition called ventricular standstill
which came very close to killing him in 2006. His near-
Mike’s books include the now-
“Of course I’m eccentric...its mandatory in my profession”.
“One of the finest Fortean researchers of the last fifty years”.