The unprintables: who you gonna call?

Some spend their entire lives escaping ghosts whilst other chase them.

Photography Hans Vercauter

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What used to be the former Executive Board house of the town’s mirror factory has been empty for more than half a century and is now referred to as “the haunted house of Sas Van Gent”.

Joost knop goes by the title of “The Ghosthunter”. He has always been receptive to paranormal forces but became a true believer 14 years ago. As he was taking pictures of the Sas Van Gent ruin, he experienced a strange feeling; the temperature suddenly dropped and something was throwing small rocks towards his camera. He realised shortly after that his negatives were covered with so-called orbs. His discovery was picked up by Dutch and Belgian television and changed his life. Joost now runs the popular website theghosthunter.nl and constantly thrawls the old continent on the lookout for new ghosts.

Joost knop goes by the title of “The Ghosthunter”. He has always been receptive to paranormal forces but became a true believer 14 years ago. As he was taking pictures of the Sas Van Gent ruin, he experienced a strange feeling; the temperature suddenly dropped and something was throwing small rocks towards his camera. He realised shortly after that his negatives were covered with so-called orbs. His discovery was picked up by Dutch and Belgian television and changed his life. Joost now runs the popular website theghosthunter.nl and constantly thrawls the old continent on the lookout for new ghosts.

“It happens that they start talking through me and that’s when it gets very emotional for the family,” explains Eric Naevaert, one of Belgium’s most famous mediums. He claims to be able to communicate with the dead and is also capable of cleansing houses from bad karmas and ghosts. ericnaeyaert.be

“It happens that they start talking through me and that’s when it gets very emotional for the family,” explains Eric Naevaert, one of Belgium’s most famous mediums. He claims to be able to communicate with the dead and is also capable of cleansing houses from bad karmas and ghosts. ericnaeyaert.be

Paul Dobberman was exposed to black magic from a very young age as his mother practiced witchcraft. “Life is short. You have to do the things you’re really good at. For me it’s ghost hunting,” says Paul, who has been doing this for the past 15 years. Together with his girlfriend Greetje, they have visited all the important ghost sites in Europe. Their discoveries can be found on spookjagers.nl

Paul Dobberman was exposed to black magic from a very young age as his mother practiced witchcraft. “Life is short. You have to do the things you’re really good at. For me it’s ghost hunting,” says Paul, who has been doing this for the past 15 years. Together with his girlfriend Greetje, they have visited all the important ghost sites in Europe. Their discoveries can be found on spookjagers.nl

Is he ever afraid? “No. These pentagrams tattooed on both my arms will protect me if things ever get really bad.”

Is he ever afraid? “No. These pentagrams tattooed on both my arms will protect me if things ever get really bad.”

The essential tools of the ghost hunter’s equipment: a digital video camera, two voice recorders, two digital cameras, an EMF meter (used to measure electromagnetic fields), an infrared temperature meter and an infrared light.

The essential tools of the ghost hunter’s equipment: a digital video camera, two voice recorders, two digital cameras, an EMF meter (used to measure electromagnetic fields), an infrared temperature meter and an infrared light.

Hans followed Paul on one of his gost hunting expeditions in an abandoned mansion near Sluis.

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