All over the world motorists report giving lifts to hitch-hikers who then vanish, ghostlike, en route. Phantom Hitch-Hikers, as these insubstantial passengers are called, have become classified as an urban legend and related to historical tales of supernatural travelling companions. But is there more to such stories than picturesque folklore? Are there genuine pararmal experiences behind the reports? This book addresses itself seriously to such questions and examines the available evidence for these encounters critically and objectively. In so doing, it dispels several misconceptions about the phemen and presents new evidence to suggest that in some cases real experiences are being reported. Aspects covered include: The Phantom Hitch-Hiker as folklore The Hitch-Hiker as prophet Literary precedents - the Demon Lover The role of the press The sexual element The historical background Evaluating the evidence
Michael Goss read English at Leeds University and received an M.Phil. from Birmingham University for his thesis on Victorian supernatural literature. He is a freelance writer specializing in the paranormal, a former member of the Society for Psychical Research and the compiler of a bibliography of poltergeists. Hes is an active member of ASSAP and lives in Essex.