By day, he’s a Professor of Archaeology at Bristol University, but much prefers to be on his knees digging in the dirt with a trowel than lecturing in a stuffy hall. He likes to study the lay of the land, spotting anomalies, looking for clues from the past, piecing together shards of pottery or a pile of bones, and figuring out the role of a trinket no one has seen or touched for a thousand years or more.
Outside of academia, his thirst for solving puzzles continues. He enjoys delving into unexplained phenomena – be it hauntings and the supernatural but he’s much more than just a ghost hunter. Filton loves to investigate any mystery be it UFOs, strange lights, sounds or noises, incidents of déjà vu and re-incarnation, or weird creatures or monsters in lochs or lakes around the world. He’s always seeking answers using his fount of knowledge in science, history and geology. Because he believes every single strange occurrence has a logical, rational, scientific answer, and so will search endlessly for clues, analyse all the information he can find in any situation and then, using his skills and expertise, find the possible cause and hopefully the answer.
Filton Shields is an Unexplained Phenomena Investigator. And so far he’s always been right.
He’s also a character who, when Kit Domino created him in her latest novel, White Stones, she had no idea where his story would lead. His was the voice needed to convey and expand the ideas and theories of the paranormal in order to unravel the mystery within the story, little realising how much a central player he would become. Sometimes the characters we create turn out that way. It’s what makes writing fun.
And now, having come out of lockdown, Filton is eager to investigate his next mystery, anxious and tamping at the bit to solve another puzzle. But he needs help in finding his next mission. Can you help? If you have first-hand experience of something strange and inexplicable happening to you, no matter what, no matter how incredible or vague, no matter when or where, Filton would love to hear your story and help you find a satisfactory answer. And who knows, you may just find your mystery forms the next Filton Shields novel.
Email Filton with your story to FiltonShields@gmail.com or add your story as a comment below.
WHITE STONES. The First Filton Shields Mystery by Kit Domino
“Walls have ears, but sometimes they also have mouths with which to speak.”
Strange forces are at work causing Penny Cornwall to see and hear people from the past. More disconcerting is the tune she doesn’t recognise play over and over inside the home she shares with Harry Winchester. Music that will not go away, threatening to destroy the rural idyll she and Harry have found. A fruitless search begins to find the source of the music and its title begins; a quest that rapidly becomes an obsession taking over her life. It takes the intervention of eminent archaeologist Filton Shields UPI to find the answer to the music’s connection to their cottage and, in so doing, unravel a tragic story of a love bound by music transcending the barriers of space and time.