A FASCINATION with myths, legends and unexplained events has made a dream come true for a former Widnes English teacher.

Steven Tucker quit the classroom two years ago to become an author.

His first book, Paranormal Merseyside, which includes light-hearted folklore and terrifying tales, has just been published.

Two other books, Terror Of The Tokoloshe, and The Hidden Folk, come out later in the year.

Steven, aged 31, of Kilsby Drive, who used to teach at a girls school in Woolton, said: “I’ve been interested in this kind of thing since I was young.

“I left teaching because I felt disillusioned with all the paperwork and government interference.”

His articles have appeared in various magazines, including Ireland’s Own, Paranormal and he is a regular contributor to Fortean Times.

Former SS Peter & Paul Catholic College student, Steven, said: “I set myself a goal every day. I do a lot of background research.

“With the internet and newspaper archives, I am able to work from home.”

Claims that Halton College catering student, 17-year-old Jacqueline Fitzsimon was the victim of spontaneous human combustion, are explored in his book.

She burst into flames walking down the stairs after a cookery lesson, in January 1985.

She died after 15 days in intensive care. Despite a full investigation, her death remains a mystery.

Runcorn tales of a pig-killing poltergeist, which haunted 17-year-old ICI apprentice, John Glynn in 1952, and spiritualist James Cooke who claimed he met aliens, are also recalled.

Steven said: “The book is not aimed at true believers or hard line sceptics. I’ve tried to include an element of humour, the weirdest and most amusing stories.

“My advice to anyone hoping to publish a book is not to be put off by rejections. Keep on trying.”

His 256-page book, priced £15.99, is available from Amberley Publishing.

 Author Steve Tucker with his book of bizarre stories