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The Black Book of Modern Myths: True Stories of the Unexplained

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'True are The NIGHTmare Of a person that FEARs
Safe A re the BODIES Of tHe Silent World'

When a young man first saw this message typed out on his computer at home a shiver ran down his spine. It was clear what was happening - the poltergeist which had plagued him for months was now manifesting itself in a most original, modern and terrifying way.

As the world around us exper
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by Century
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Mersini
May 31, 2016 Mersini rated it liked it
Shelves: occult, used-to-own
First off, the title of this book is misleading. A book of modern "myths" evokes the idea that you'll be reading about creatures and practices that some believe to be true, but are ultimately untrue. Instead, what this book gives you is a list of events and occurrences that are accepted by the author to be true. This isn't a bad thing, but the word "myth" itself is misleading. I thought it would be a book about urban legends - vampires, alligators in the sewers, Nessie - but instead I got a book ...more
Catherine Graham
someone else wrote this is a misleading title and that it true.... I bought it mostly for my interest in ghost stories, and hauntings....as I have been wanting to to write ghost stories so one must try to read them and take an interest but its also about ghosts possession stories how demonic possession and poltergeists fix to places or people using sounds to communicate or haunt and hunt away those they don't want around, (I didn't believe in much of this til i had a few experiences myself, my ...more
Janette Fleming
Feb 07, 2014 Janette Fleming rated it liked it
"rue are The NIGHTmare Of a person that FEARsSafe A re the BODIES Of tHe Silent World'

When a young man first saw this message typed out on his computer at home a shiver ran down his spine. It was clear what was happening – the poltergeist which had plagued him for months was now manifesting itself in a most original, modern and terrifying way. As the world around us experiences an epidemic of supernatural events, Alasdair Wickham collects together the strangest, creepiest and most enthralling in
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Emma
Jan 29, 2014 Emma rated it it was ok
This book had so much potential to expose and explore a fascinating and unusual subject, but all the author does is meander into dullness and wild speculation. The book starts well, exploring well known hauntings and things that to bump in the night, stories of the 'mothman' still send shivers down my spine just thinking about them. But then it just slips into quite boring writing, about subjects that should insight interest due to their supernatural implications, not immense boredom. The second ...more
Tim Pendry

This is entertaining hokum even if it keeps you reading. None of the stories is foot-noted as to source so this is very much a book for the gullible or for the light-hearted.

Having said that, the book could be useful to some as a gold mine of ideas for creative writing in the supernatural and horror genre.

It also makes a few points well - about cultural differences in the treatment of ghosts and demons or the psychic thuggery in the Christian tradition of exorcism - and it may encourage you to d
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ChandaElaine
Apr 22, 2014 ChandaElaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research
There are two ways to look at The Black Book of Modern Myths:

If reading as a writing prompt for paranormal fiction, it is fantastic. The opinions presented along with "facts" can be read as part of the larger "story" discussed in each chapter. With this mindset, the book was an enjoyable, easy read.

If reading as a serious exposition into modern mythology and/or the paranormal, the lack of bibliography, interview citations and true scientific data (with notations) render it unusable as source m
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Kevinjwoods
Dec 10, 2013 Kevinjwoods rated it it was ok
Somebody really should have paid attention when editing this to avoid all the urban myths in the little boxes in the middle of each chapter, without these it is a good read.
Up until the chapter on movie curses which is bad even by the standards of chapters on movie curses, somebody needs to realise that it's not a curse if someone dies 25 years after making a movie, and any idea of taking the research on trust is completely blown by mentioning Morgan Freeman played the police chief in Batman Beg
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Alexandra
Aug 08, 2012 Alexandra rated it really liked it
This book is written very well. The tales between these pages make you take a second look on the dark streets, try to find the mysterious creaking on your stairs, and whether or not by recent circumstances, you have a poltergeist.
Chichi
Sep 02, 2012 Chichi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
love this book! The fact that it's nonfiction makes it scarier. I find myself staring intently at shadows. *shudder*
Laura
Im into the paranormal and all but this was just too boring. I only got up to page 14 then put it down.
Really bad.
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