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Get spooked

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 October, 2007, 12:00am
 

Hong Kong's only horror DJ talks to Miranda Yeung about his supernatural experiences

Walking up the long staircase on Ship Street in Wan Chai requires bravery - it leads you to Nam Kok Tai, the most well known haunted house in Hong Kong.

'The historical house made headlines in 2006 - a group of students broke into the house at night and three of the girls suddenly lost their minds and started screaming hysterically and running around. Police were called to control the girls who were sent to hospital,' says Edmond Poon Siu-chung, the only 'horror DJ' in Hong Kong.

For the past 10 years, Poon has hosted Metro Radio's Horror Hotline, the only radio programme dedicated to ghosts and spirits in the city. It is broadcast every Saturday and Sunday at midnight.

When Poon began hosting the show, he was frightened by what he heard.

'I felt scared and paranoid whenever I was alone in a lift - a listener had called in and said he had seen a ghost in an elevator.'

But he soon grew immune to the fear, and developed an interest in the supernatural events he was talking about.

Earlier this year, Poon was invited by a television station to visit a Taiwanese ghost town. He visited an abandoned villa allegedly occupied by vampires.

'We arrived there around 11pm. I went into the house first with two others, but saw nothing. We attached night-vision cameras to our heads and transmitted the footage to a monitor outside the house.'

When they came out, a second group tried their luck. Among them was a Taiwanese ghost hunter hired by the crew.

'The ghost hunter started yelling loudly. Then, as we watched the monitor, we saw two rows of ghosts wearing white robes appear.'

But the crew inside saw nothing.

Poon believes that ghosts or spirits are, for the most part, harmless.

'They won't hurt you as long as you don't provoke them. There has to be a reason for you to be haunted.

'They may approach you if you are extremely unlucky and in a weak mental state. But in those cases, they are usually seeking help,' says Poon.

Poon never imagined he would become an expert on all things spooky. But as well as telling ghost stories, he is seen as a supernatural agony aunt, with listeners calling in for advice.

'Some people ask me to introduce them to reputable [ghost-hunting] monks, while others ask me how to contact dead relatives.'

Poon has published more than 14 horror books, mostly about his experiences or those of his audience. He even inspired a movie, Big Head Monster.

In the 1960s, a group of students claimed to have found a baby monster with an enormous head and lots of eyes.

'About six or seven years ago, a man called up, said he was one of the students and told me what had happened: they were playing football when the ball fell into a ditch. In the ditch was the monster.

'They ran to report to the headmaster, who later called the police.'

Poon tried to get more information from the police. Although they confirmed the case, they refused to disclose any details. However, a film was made based on Poon's research.

Poon takes a positive attitude to all supernatural encounters.

'Evil exists in every spirit. Its effect on you depends on how you handle it,' says Poon.

'I uphold a principal - never exaggerate and report everything

fairly. I think that's why people support me and my work.'

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