Haunted Bookshop & Ghost Tour
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Shops of the weird and wonderful

City Weekly 3-9 May, 2001, pp 1 & 8
By Bridget McManus with photography by Robert Hudson

Drew SintonAway from the glitzy department stores and the garish boutiques, Melbourne has a treasure chest of strange and seductive shops. Bridget McManus reports. Pictures by Robert Hudson

Lurking in the shadows of tiny McKillop Street, The Haunted Bookshop is a magnet for Gothics, witches, lovers of the occult and the curious.

It is not, stresses its owner Drew Sinton, for the sceptics or the new-age "crystal fairies". This is a place for the seriously dark and brooding.

"The occult for me is introspective and secret," Sinton says. "If people come in here and say, 'This is an interesting shop,' I know straight away they've got a problem with it.

"We do get Christians coming in, of course. They come bouncing up the stairs, take one look and bounce out again. That's the way I like it. Tormenting my oppressors is a part-time hobby I have. If they walk into my lair they can expect to be chomped."

The lair is swathed in velvet, with rubber bats dangling from the ceiling and demonic sculptures propping up altar-like tables spread with chalices, ouija boards and skulls. There are books on witchcraft, paganism, black magic, Jewish magic, the paranormal, aliens, astral travel and tarot cards - not the "naff" New Age ones, mind, but proper esoteric decks.

There is no mistaking the overtly black nature of the place - Sinton's own Antichrist Bible sits on the counter next to his familiar, Pazuzu - but Sinton is the first to admit to an element of theatrics.

"I get the bad boys and girls from Christian schools - I think they wag and come in here as a dare. I've got a video security system with audio, and I can hear them whispering, 'Go, on ask him', and I'll actually relay what they're about to ask.

"I held a seance workshop recently - the Captain Howdy Good Friday Seance Special. I did it as a bit of a joke, but I think people got a bit nervous when I started trying to summon the spirit from The Exorcist."


Other Haunted Bookshop offerings you might enjoy ...

"Dark and fascinating bookshop"
- Citysearch

"Melbourne's hidden treasure"
- Herald Sun

"A gothic Black Books"
- Chelsea Kwok, Adelaide


Drew Sinton
Witches Bible
Goetia
Vampires
Satanic Bible
Gothic Grimoire
Haunted
Real MIB
Ancient
Psychic's Handbook
Rider Waite
Angels
Jewellery
Nosferatu
Haunted DVD

"When you have bought your fill of paranormal books, tarot cards and occult jewellery, you can come back at 8.30 pm on a Saturday for one of Sinton's very popular ghost walk tours of Melbourne" - Narrelle Harris, author Witch Honour

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