Jacqui Dempster, Cover to Cover

“What a blessing it is to love books as I love them;- to be able to converse with the dead, and to live amidst the unreal!”
– Thomas Babington Macaulay

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Thanks for visiting my author website and blogspot.  It's been a busy few months since my book for older children and young teens was published and I'm going to update news and social media posts on my 'About' page from time to time.

So the big news is that the latest PJ adventure, "PJ and the Paranormal Pursuers - The Phantoms of Pittenweem" was published on 28th April 2024 and here it is:

Find out all about it and see the book trailer in the PJ and the Paranormal Pursuers Blog tab above (Click More, then go to the PJ tab)!

My stories tend to have an element of truth to them, and "PJ and the Paranormal Pursuers - The Mackenzie Poltergeist" is about ghostly phenomena found at the Black Mausoleum at the Covenanters' Prison in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh. Just recently, I interviewed the manager, Jamie Corstorphine, of City of the Dead Tours, who explained some of the background to the scary Poltergeist who reputedly attacks his victims when visiting the kirkyard. Here is the link to the article, which appeared in the Edinburgh Reporter, recently:


PJ and the Paranormal Pursuers - The Phantoms of Pittenweem is also about a fascinating piece of Scottish history with witches and ghosts galore for the team to deal with.

For those of you who may be Outlander and Men in Kilts fans, there's an interesting twist to the tale, so read to the end!  

There will be more about PJ's Outlander connections soon. Check back to the PJ blog for news!


Here's the sequel to PJ's adventures with the Mackenzie Poltergeist. This time, together with Shuggie, Sunny and Freya, he's forced to deal with the malevolent spirit of Patrick Morton to save the troubled spirits of the Pittenweem Witches.

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Read about William McGonagall, reputedly Scotland's worst poet, whose rhymes inspired Shuggie in PJ and the Paranormal Pursuers.

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This was a special Halloween short story I wrote for the Cairneyhill Halloween Gala, tailored for Primary 1-3 age group. I read it to various groups of village children, during a spooky story telling night!

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  •  10/09/2023 04:56 PM

An Outlander guide to filming locations in the Kingdom of Fife

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  •  02/04/2023 06:20 PM

This is an article I wrote for the Edinburgh Reporter, which was first published in October 2021 for Halloween. The accompanying image is inside the Covenanters' Prison in Greyfriars Kirkyard and shows the haunted 'Black Mausoleum' where Sir George Mackenzie is said to attack visitors to the site. The original published article can be found here: https://theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2021/10/for-halloween-tales-from-the-outlanderish-crypt-keeper/

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  •  25/03/2023 05:32 PM

Experiencing the "Ginaissance" at the Pickering's Gin Gourmet Masterclass Cocktail and Cheese Experience

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  • Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom

Celebrate the 60s, 70s and 80s