The story weren’t detailed enough for me to really enjoy them. The author skips over historical details, and the ghost stories aren’t backed up with interviews, or with the author’s own experiences. The collection seems thrown together, and not all stories are connected.(less)
In her memoir, Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy, author Gladys Simmons Carson tells readers about her early life, growing up, suffering through abuse, becoming a child warrior and growing up. In a clear, authentic voice she tells the readers her life story, the hardships she had to go through, and the lessons she learned along the way. Even though the subject matter isn’t always cheerful, she relates the story with a dosis of humor, which she mentioned in the book was sometimes one of her only defences.
The first part of the book focuses on the good days, when Gladys is living at home with her brothers and sisters and her Mom and Dad. All goes well in the world, and they sound like the perfect family. They go to Church, they have family dinners at set times, they love each other’s company. But then tragedy strikes and their mother passes away, leaving Gladys and her siblings in the care of their relatives. That’s when the second part of the book begins, which focuses at the abuse and negligence Gladys suffers at the hands of family members.
The third part focuses on Gladys as an adult, and at the racism she has to endure. By that point, I was amazed at how much she had to go through, and how she managed to keep on going despite all that, not giving up, not even giving up on happiness and on enjoying life. The fourth part focuses on the enemies of joy, and how to defeat them. It’s the largest part of the book, and reads like a call to action. While the first three parts are a memoir, the fourth part focuses on inspiring others to conquer their own enemies of joy. There are ten enemies mentioned, and how to handle them.
Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy is an inspiring read about overcoming hardships, and doing so with joy. The author has a distinct writing style that is quite enjoyable. The book’s interior design looks professional, and it’s a fast read. Once I started reading, I had no trouble finishing it in one go.(less)
Eerie America is a travel guide of the macabre. The author takes the reader on a ride through America, through all the States, and stops by to visit the most macabre spots out there. With beautiful photographs and an atmospheric layout design, this is a great guide for people wanting to experience the more macabre side of the United States.
However, as a person more interested in the hauntings than the traveling itself, I found the book lacking depth and detail in regards to the hauntings. For example, the book would mention an inn was haunted by a ghost named Mary, but there would be no history on the ghost, no eyewitness account, no evidence. And with thousands of ghosts named Mary (seriously, half of the time, the ghosts mentioned in the book, were called Mary), it quickly became repetitive. I would’ve preferred if the author focused on a few locations in detail, like say, one or two locations per state.
But if you want a quick guide for haunted locations across the states, then this book definitely works. It’s organized by state, and each state has a recommended place to stay and place to eat.(less)
In Policing the Paranormal, author Paul Hope tells us about the hauntings going on in Virginia, especially in the Virginia State Capitol. Since I’m not an American, and have been nowhere near Virginia ever in my life, I started out knowing absolutely zero about the Virginia State Capitol Building or its surroundings, but I got a good impression from it based on Paul Hope’s descriptions. And well, even if I hadn’t, I’m not here for a sightseeing tour – I’m here for some ghost stories. And boy, I definitely got enough of those.
Paul Hope was a police officer himself, who worked the graveyard shift in the Virginia State Capitol Building. So some of the stories are his own, others he heard from colleagues. He tells all the stories in a down-to-earth style, which makes them sound all the more believable. The stories aren’t over hte top either, they’re what you’d expect from a standard type of haunting. Creeping doors, disembodied voices, you know the drill.
As a downside though, it took about thirty pages before I felt really invested into the book. It had a slow start. But once I passed those first thirty-so pages, I just had to keep on reading.
A solid read for fans of true ghost encounters. The writing needed some work here and there, but I enjoyed it.(less)
I requested a copy of Surviving the Angel of Death, even though I was worried I might not be able to stomach it. But considering the source material, considering this is a real life account of what atrocities happened during World War I, I felt like I just had to read this. I’m glad I did.
Surviving the Angel of Death is a horrifying book. Some of the stories detailed in here…they made me squirm, made my stomach turn upside down, made me want to throw up. But at the same time, it deserves to be read just because of the stories it tells, so we know we should do whatever we can to never allow this to happen again.
Eva was ten years old when she arrived in Auschwitz. Her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, but Eva and her twin sisters, Miriam, were sent to the care of Dr. Josef Mengele, although “care” is the entirely wrong word here. They were forced to fight for their lives every single day ,and to witness the terrible experiments Dr. Mengele performed, not just on them, but on others – twins, dwarfs, pregnant women. What was truly inspiring about this book, was the girl’s strength. The things they could do in the face of danger, the horrors they could survive, their will to live. It was heart-wrenching, and heck, it damn near broke my heart to read this book.
The thought that people might still be going through something of the sort, even today, is horrible. We may deluce ourselves into thinking no one is getting tortured anywhere at this moment in time, or that we’ve somehow gotten rid of most of the evil in the world, but we must not kid ourselves. We must not stay blind for the horrors of this world.
This writing fits the audience – YA – and I can only imagine how hard it must’ve been to write a book of this caliber of horrendousness and make it suitable for a YA audience.
A testament to the courage of two young children, and to the power of hope.(less)
I’ve never been to the Canada, let alone Ontario. But after reading this book, I really, really, really want to go. Sounds to me like they have more haunted spots there in half of Europe. Or maybe we need more ghost hunters here. Just saying.
Either way, Haunted Ontario 3 focuses mostly on Black Creek Pioneer Village, and several buildings there. Most of those buildings are, presumably, haunted. We get eye witness accounts, and some pictures that are really helpful to imagine how the buildings look like. I would’ve liked it though if the author included more of his own conclusions. He visited all the sites mentioned in this book, so I would’ve liked to know what he thought, and whether or not he did some actual investigating there. Sometimes he gives us his opinion, but it’s always rather short, and gets lost in the opinion and stories of others. I would’ve loved to read a longer description of one of his ghost hunts in the locations mentioned.
I imagine that if you know the Ontario area, and have the possibility to go to the areas mentioned in the book, that it must be three times as interesting to read about the tales of hauntings going on at the various locations. Since I’m not in that position, I would’ve liked less description of the sites, and more focus on the ghosts, their history, and some actual ghost hunting.
Nevertheless, it was an interesting read, and the author has a clear, basic writing style that fits this type of book. I’m kind of bummed this is the third book though, which is probably my OCD kicking in, but I wished I could read all three books in the series. I’m eager to read about more the hauntings, and about the author’s adventures while ghosthunting.
A solid book for fans of ghost hunting books, and true haunting books. If you’re heading to the area, then you should definitely read this book before going out there, so you know what spirits to look for, and where.(less)
Since I’m an author, I had to pick up The Author Training Manual for review. Even if one is already published, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to learn. The Author Training Manual helps authors come up with book proposals (which was useful since I had to write one for a publisher, and I’d never done that before) and uses the book proposal as a starting point to determine whether your manuscript is saleable or not, and if so, how you must market it.
The book is filled with solid tips and tricks, about how to get the right motivation of writing, how to market your book, and how to turn yourself from a writer into an author and launch your career. Nina Amir’s knowledge about the subject is substantial, and she brings it in a structured, well-researched way. The worksheets were my favorites – they were like some “call to action”, a reason not to just read the book, but to start implementing its advice.
While the advice in the book is great, the writing itself was a little dry at times. I struggled through the first chapters, because it took a while to get used to the writing style, which didn’t really lure me in. The interesting facts and pieces of advice make up for most of that though, but I felt the writing itself could’ve been better.
If you’re an author, or aspiring author, you should give this book a shot. It taught me a great deal, and I’m confident other authors will learn from it as well.(less)
Ghostly Tales wasn’t what I expected at all. I request almost any true haunting book I can get my hands on, because I love the genre. But for this one, I’ll make an exception. It doesn’t sound like a true haunting book at all – and that’s my major issue with the book. The stories in here are just stories. There’s no claim to the truth of the stories, we don’t even know if they’re real, or if the author just made them up. The stories are short, we feel no connection to the people mentioned in the stories, and in general, they could just be campfire stories, rather than real life accounts by a ghost hunter.
Some of the stories are downright ridiculous. I remember at the start there was a story about a man who’d passed away and visited his own funeral…yeah, and how would you know that?
Basically this reads more like an anthology of scary short stories than a non-fiction book. I’m not convinced at all that any of the stories mentioned here are true, since there’s no, or little, research, and some stories are very farfetched. Not impressed.(less)
In Fighting Malevolent Spirits, author Samantha E. Harris talks about evil spirits, the ones who have zero good intention and are focused on destroying everyone who stands in their way. The author talks about her darkest, creepiest and most terrifying encounters, ranging from poltergeists to demons. While I’m still skeptical about whether or not demons exist, I enjoyed all parts of this book, including the ones focused on demonic activity.
Some of the encounters sound a bit over the top, and too sensational to be real, but it still sounds more real than half of the ghost hunter shows on TV nowadays. The author tells the reader, time and time again, how dangerous it is to go up against a demon, poltergeist, or malicious spirit, alone and unprepared. She then goes on to give some tips on how one can prepare themselves for a supernatural encounter, which are actually rather helpful.
This is one of the scariest true haunting books I’ve read in a while. I couldn’t cope with reading the book at night, so I had to run it in the middle of the day. To imagine being really face to face with the haunts described here, that must be terrifying. Even when reading the book, I got goosebumps all over, and that creepy sense of being watched.
A solid read if you like true haunting books, and/or if you think your house may be infested with something malicious.(less)
I was hesitant to pick up Haunted Rock & Roll because, while I do enjoy rock music, I’m not the world’s greatest fan. I know of the connection between rock & roll music and hauntings and curses, but I was skeptical about it. I’m glad I picked up this book, because not only did I learn a ton about some of our world’s greatest rock & roll legends, I also began to suspect the curse may not be make-believe after all. But even if you don’t believe in curses, hauntings or anything supernatural, then you can still read this book for the wealth of knowledge it provides about rock & roll artists.
This is one of the best true haunting books I’ve read in terms of writing style. The author has a great way with words, and with submerging the reader into the story. He also has a vast knowledge of the world of rock & roll, but instead of just dumping that info on the reader, he tells us stories about some of the most famous and most haunted people to have walked our earth. I particularly enjoyed the stories about the deals at the crossroads and the 27 club. Even though I’m still not entirely convinced there is actually a demon responding to people who ask them for favors at crossroads, I must admit some of the accounts mentioned in the book are suspicious to say the least.
All the stories about the 27 club – a “club” of famous singers who passed away at the age of 27, of which notable members include Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse – are more than a little creepy. The toll of fame must be pretty high.
Some of the stories are more sad than creepy, and it shows there’s a thin line between a “curse” and something that is just a natural cause of living a life in the spotlights. But in some stories, there are way too many coincedences, which made me wonder if some supernatural power was involved after all.
A decent read for anyone who enjoys true haunting books, and especially for those with an additional interest in the world of rock and roll.(less)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
When I started reading How to Clear Your Home of Ghosts & Spirits, I was rather skeptical. I’ve read a lot of true haunting books, and I thought I knew pretty well how to handle ghosts and spirits in a home. I thought I wasn’t going to learn anything new. Imagine my surprise when I picked up quite a few things I hadn’t known before.
Author Debi Chestnut starts with looking for logical explenations for the proclaimed haunting, which is a big bonus. Half of the time, people suspect their house is haunted, while in reality, it’s nothing more than a squeaky door, loose floorboards, or even rats and mice. Then she goes on to explain the different types of haunting, using her personal experience.
Some parts were a bit repetitive, but the author manages to give the reader a clear, concise rundown of different types of hauntings, and what to do when they think their house might be haunted. She also gives her email address in case anyone needs help, which I thought was very generous, and showed her sincerity.
I didn’t always agree with the author’s point of view, or the way she classified the different types of hauntings – I would’ve used a different classification – but she explains everything so even people completely new to the world of hauntings and paranormal phenomena, would understand it.
If you think your house might be haunted, pick up this book before you call in the Ghostbusters. It might save you some time, and you might learn a bit more about the specters inhabiting your home.(less)
In Forgotten Burial, Jodi Foster – not the actress – rented an apartment in her California hometown, and lived there along with her young daughter. She never imagined that the apartment was haunted. When lights turn on and offo n their own, her daughter’s wind-up doll starts screaming and Jodi begins having terrifying nightmares about a missing young woman, Madeline Isabella Johnson (name was changed, probably for privacy reasons), she begins tot suspect Madeline is reaching out from beyond the grave.
Working along with the police, Jodi tries to figure out what happened to Madeline, and what her connection is to a notorious couple, and to “The Girl in the Box”, Colleen Stan.
From that synopsis, you’d think the book is fiction. It’s not. It’s as non-fiction as it gets, a true encounter of Jodi’s nightmares about Madeline, the strange occurences in her apartment, and Madeline’s efforts to reach out from the beyond and try to get the truth out.
This is one of the best true haunting books I’ve read simply because it feels so real. Jodi is in contacts with the police about this, there’s a tie to a real-life case, so it sounds almost impossible not to be true. The writing was all right. The reader realizes early on Jodi is no real author, but more like a person who desperately wants to get their story out into the world. And you know what? I didn’t mind. This story is so good I had to read it. And Madeline deserves her justice, one way or another.
However, some things irked me. Why did Jodi wait so long to connect the dots, and to go to the police with her suspicions? If I’d led a semi-normal life up to some point, then moved into an apartment and started having vivid dreams about a murdered girl, and could somehow connect them to an actual disappearance, I’d be standing on the police’s doorstep in no time. Also, if I had such dreams several times after moving, I’d start investigating, and not wait until things got nearly out of hand. I can barely grasp how frustrating it must be for a spirit to put all your energy into contacting one person, and then have them do almost nothing for several months.
Plus, Jodi kept having dreams about a sign along the road, even getting coordinates at some point, if I recall correctly. She barely does anything with this info, except maybe tell the police about it. Considering how much Madeline told her from beyond the grave already, I’d probably just head over and start digging. I mean, come on, if a ghost contacts you for months, even years, then you have to act, not sit around and wait for things to explode.
Apart from my frustration about this – and I always wonder why people, in real life as well as in movies, tend to take so long before they do anything – I truly enjoyed reading this. I hope police manages to find Madeline, and that she finally has some rest, after all this time. (less)
How to Write for Kindle: a Non-Fiction Book in 72 Hours or Less offers a lot of pratical advice, not so much about writing in general, but more about writing short books for the Kindle market. I’ve been wanting to write a few non-fiction quicklets for a while, so when I saw this book free for download, it was a definite blessing in disguise.
The book starts by telling you how to outline (which is basically like the road map for your book), how to work on the research phase (if necessary), how much time you should spent to writing and editing. It doesn’t go into too much detail about letting someone else edit your book, about book covers or formatting. It touches on the subjects briefly though.
The author obviously has a great approach, and something that definitely worked for her. The true test to see if it would work for me though, would probably be to try it out. I plan on doing so in February, once my schedule cleans up.
While the book definitely has some useful advice, it isn’t complete, and doesn’t go through it step by step. It’s a quick guide, just what I expected, but I would’ve liked to read more about what markets the target, and how to successfully write for the Kindle audience. Writing a book is one thing, publishing it successfully, and actually getting noteworthy sales, is quite the other.
I saw the price today, and for that price, I’d want more than a 70 page book. Just saying.(less)
Embracing The Spirits is the second book I’ve read by Barbara Parks about her encounters with spirits, poltergeists and the supernatural. While I enjoyed In The Presence of Spirits, her first book, I was not as impressed with this second book. I feel like she lost track here, and instead of telling a coherent story, she handles case by case, but never providing us with much detail, or with an ending. The chapters are extremely short, and by the time we get to know the setting, the spirit in question, and what is going on, the author has already moved on to another chapter.
Barbara’s methods are also questionable at best. She uses ouija boards, which can be very dangerous, especially for mediums. When she tells us about her table-tipping adventures, I either grew convinced she herself is being haunted by a poltergeist of some sort, or these stories were invented, or at least dramatized. Table-tipping can happen, but hardly as often as she makes it appear, and certainly not with every reading. If this does happen, then either some kind of spirit has attached itself to her, or something strange is going on. Either way, if these events are true, they give reason for caution, and I’d urge the author not to do anymore table-tipping sessions for a while.
I didn’t enjoy this book, mostly because by the time I was fully interested in a spirit and their story, we’d already moved on to something else. Pages pass without anything happening, except the occassional telling about how the author practices to enhance her gift. The book was a bit dull because of that, and I wish she’d stick with the premise of her first book, and focus on one case mostly. That probably would’ve made the readers more involved in the story.(less)
In Battling Demons of Darkness, Brandon Boston gives an account of his experiences battling evil spirits and even demons. He witnessed his first exorcism at his local church while being a small child. His account of the events is so strange I wonder if he maybe imagined it all, seeing as he was a little kid. I’m open-minded, so I’m willing to believe in exorcisms and demons, but I’ve never heard of any exorcism ever performed the way he described it in this book. Either way, that aside, Mr. Boston has been tormented by evil spirits almost his entire life.
I find it a bit peculiar that from all Goodreads reviews this book has gotten so far, mostly 5-stars, these all come from users without an avatar, who’ve rated between 1-18 books, and gave all other books low ratings. Almost like sockpuppet accounts. Or maybe friends from the author. This book certainly doesn’t warrant a 5-star rating, as far as I’m concerned.
Mr. Boston deals with all issues by using his faith. When a demon appears, he calls out to Jesus to help him. I have no problem with that, except that maybe Mr. Boston goes a step too far. For every person he meets who is visited by demons he comes up with the same explanation: wavering faith. Whenever his own faith wavers, he’s visited by tempting demons. Right. Then how come atheists aren’t constantly the target of a demonic attack? Or have the demons already succeeded with the atheists because they no longer believe in God and Jesus? Right. For some reason, I’m not buying that.
I think Mr. Boston is a bit too eager to blame everything on demons. Footsteps in the middle of the night when no one is around? Demons. Objects moving on their own? Demons. While most paranormal investigators would claim these phenomenons are caused by poltergeist, Mr. Boston is happy to blame everything wrong with this world on demons.
Evidence is scarce and pseudo-scientific. Not enough explanation was given for me to truly believe it, and I had trouble with the constant blaming everything bad that happened on demons. Bad things happen to people every day, not because those people are supposedly tempted by demons, but just because that’s life.
I liked the book, and it was well-written, but I had plenty of criticism on it as well. A nice read if you like books about demons and spirits, but a little too heavy on religion for me. Mr. Boston’s faith is strong, which is admirable, but doesn’t convince me demons are real or that everything he’s battling are demons.(less)
The Ghosts of Chicago is one of the most thoroughly researched, in-depth books I’ve ever read about ghosts and hauntings. The book talks about all kinds of haunted locations in Chicago and the specters haunted them. Each chapter talks about a different location. He also gives addresses and locations of the sites he mentioned, which makes it a lot easier for non-locals to find them. He talks about the lore and history of each place, and only then starts talking about the ghost sightings over the years, sometimes including his own experiences.
There’s an entire chapter about H.H. Holmes and his murder castle, which made me google him and I spent several hours browsing through articles about the man. Murderers and their motives intrigue me almost as much as ghosts do, so this was a welcome distraction. There are also several stories included about Al Capone and his squad of gangsters, so it’s not all ghosts and no history – it’s a pleasant combination of both.
Mr. Selzer writes with a hint of humor, and his writing is very entertaining and not condescending at all (a complaint I often have about authors of true haunting books). He isn’t as interested in semi-scientific ghost hunter equipment like EVP meters and such as he is about feeling the vibe of a place, visiting the spots where stories originated from and figuring out for himself whether or not a place qualifies as creepy. I loved that. Sometimes ghost hunters lose themselves in semi-scientific rambling without staying focused on the task at hand: telling us about the ghosts. Mr. Selzer definitely has no problems with that.
I’m still amazed by how well-researched this book was, how the writing seemed to flow with an astonishing ease, and how much I enjoyed the overall experience. An excellent read for fans of traveling, ghosts, mystery and history.(less)
Two young boys, Aayan and Rayan, go to the beach one day with their Mom, when one of the boys asks Mom why the sky is blue. It’s such a simple, yet such a thoughtful question. Instead of coming up with half an answer, their Mom goes into great troubel to tell them how it works. She explains that all colors have different wavelengths, and for instance, blue and violet have short wavelengths, whereas red and yellow have longer wavelengths. Shorter wavelengths get scattered in the atmosphere by particles and gases. Red goes right through, because it has a longer wavelength, so we can’t see it, but blue, with its short wavelength, gets scattered. Why we don’t see violet? Simple, because we see blue more easily.
She also goes on to explain why the sky is red in the evening. But if you want to know why that is, you’ll have to read the book. Or as, in other words, I can’t be bothered to explain. And the book explains it way better than I ever could.
Why is the sky blue? is probably the first non-fiction book for kids I’ve read since I was a kid. It’s well-written, with short, easy sentences for kids to understand. The explanation offered here about why the sky is blue is perhaps the best-explained, easiest-to-understand explanation I’ve ever read about this particular subject. If a parent reads this book with a child, and explains (or refers to the glossary) what the child doesn’t understand, every once in a while, then the child will surely understand the topic, why the sky is blue, and what’s going on.
I also liked the little experiment at the end. It was great to see how the Mom, knowing both her sons were so interested in the subject, even managed to host an experiment to explain it! Great parenting, and an example for other parents.
My only pet peeve about the book were the illustrations. They aren’t all that professional. Even the simple illustrations to understand what the Mom is talking about, why well-thought-through, and explaining their point, don’t look professional, and in fact, look a little sloppy.
But apart from that, I enjoyed the book. The writing was perfect for young kids. If your kid likes science, or comes up with these kind of questions every now and then, then Why is the sky blue? is a must read.(less)
This book is a collection of essays written by psychologists about the television show “Dexter”, about a serial killer who works is a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro police department. “Dexter” is one of my all-time favorite shows, mainly because the main character is so complex. Dexter is a serial killer, but he’s also a colleague, a family man, a devoted brother, a good son. But there’s this dark side to him, this desire to hurt and kill, that could end up being his own undoing. The show is very well-written, and the writers definitely know their subject matter. Because I love the show so much, I was intrigued to start this collection of essays.
Most of them were very good, detailed, offering thorough explanations of why Dexter or his fellow characters do certain things. Each essays provides its own mini-analysis, and sometimes even the experts don’t agree, which shows psychology, in particular the psychology of psychopaths, or serial killers, or what can bring people to become serial killers, isn’t all that easy.
I particularly enjoyed the essay talking about Dexter suffering from PTSD during his childhood, and that most of what Harry interprets as behavior typical for a serial killer is, in fact, behavior typical for a child suffering from PTSD. Even though I have no psychology background except my brief course of law psychology at university, I always believed that Harry was for the most part responsible for Dexter turning out the way he is. Why Dexter may have had all the ingredients of a serial killer, he also had all the ingredients for a traumatised child. But by offering him a code, a way to let go of his anger – that was not healthy at all, killing people hardly ever is – Harry turned Dexter into a serial killer. I felt like this essay in particular hit it spot on, but there were several other essays that were also eye-opening, or had me nodding at every passage.
My major pet peeve? There’s a lot of repetition and redundancy that could’ve been avoided. The authors use the same hooks, sometimes practically the same sentences, and some psychological things are explained three, even four times.
Another intriguing essay explored why viewers are so entranced with Dexter Morgan, and some even see him as a hero since he only kills ‘the bad guys’. How can a serial killer become a hero? I enjoyed reading this essay, although I already had plenty of thoughts about that myself, some of which were repeated here.
Overall, this was a good read, and a must for fans of the show.(less)
A Haunted Life is a tough book to review. It’s not just about ghosts and hauntings here. The author, Debra Robinson, lost her son in a terrible accident, and she’d had various sense of foreboding in the past and a few signs that something was out to get her son, James. His car was totaled twice while standing in front of their garage – in a normal road, so they could’ve hit any car – and once nearly burned down due to faulty heating in the car. She had a sense something bad was going to happen days before James’ accident, but couldn’t figure out what or who it would involve.
It’s impossible for me to understand Mrs. Robinson’s loss, but I had a better sense of understanding after reading her book. It must be terrible to lose a child, in any and all circumstances, especially if you feel like it may somehow be the result of your own struggle with the darkness, of your own psychic powers. While I understand the guilt and the pain (although not really, like I said, impossible to understand for anyone who hasn’t lost a child themselves, I’m quite sure of that) this isn’t the first time I’ve heard psychics blame ‘the darkness’ for major tragedies in their lives, and it always makes me frown.
First of all, I’m not sure why a psychic would be a better catch for the devil than any other regular person. I get tired of everyone blaming demons or the devil for what goes wrong in their life – unfortunately sometimes it’s just bad luck or destiny. Secondly, we all try to find reasons why. Why did this person I love have to die? But blaming “the darkness” never truly helps. All it does is make one afraid, come up with an imaginary struggle between good and bad, makes us believe that if only we fight for the good side, bad things won’t happen to us. It makes psychics afraid to use their gifts because they fear they might get drawn into the dark side.
That was the only thing that bothered me about this book though. Apart from that, it was an enjoyable, although at times saddening read. Debra Robinson portrays a lot of courage. She survived a haunted house on Fifth Street that tormented her day and night, she survived relationships with abusive boyfriends, the loss of her son and father and living with psychic gifts she never asked for. She’s a strong, admirable woman. I liked the passages about her clairvoyance and about the spirits the most, and sometimes they were much-needed breaks inbetween the sadness going on.
The sense I get from this book though is that it’s all true. People who’ve read my other reviews for ghosts and haunting books know that I tend to take these books with a grain of salt – some are just so spectacularly written that they make the plot of Poltergeist seem like an innocent ghost playing. But I got none of that here. Debra tells the story like it is, in a down-to-earth way that makes me relate to it all the more. The ghosts she describes, the clairvoyance she talks about, those are the kind of things I can believe in.
Just one warning before you start on this one though: keep the tissues ready(less)
This House is Haunted: True Encounters with the World Beyond tells us the adventures of paranormal investigator Hans Holzer and he visits haunted houses and gives detailed accounts of his experiences there. Hans Holzer is a firm believer in mediums, so he brings along a medium on each of his visits, and then compares what the medium experiences with historical records, and the experiences of people living in the haunted house. He has a compelling writing style, but in my opinion, the book is simply too long. Halfway through, I wanted it to end. The book is nothing more than a case-by-case rundown of all Holzer’s haunted house cases, and it gets kind of boring at the halfway mark. At the end, I was glad the book was done.
Holzer was a pioneer in paranormal research. He brought along video equipment, wrote down notes during interviews, cross-checked with historical facts, and used psychics to conduct paranormal research. His methods were thought-through and he tried to use scientific methods whenever he could. I was a bit dissapointed to see how much he relied on psychics, but to each their own. Some of the cases were very similar, and by the end I had trouble keeping them apart. The photographs were the most interesting parts of the book for me, even if it was mostly orbs, and I’m not a huge believer in orbs.
The book was detailed and fluently written, and it intrigued me because most of the cases described were from the sixties, when paranormal investigation was in its baby shoes.(less)
Haunted Asylums, Prisons and Sanatoriums takes us inside some of the darkest places in history, where people suffered or were treated in a cruel, dehumanizing way. Throughout the book, we learn more about the history of these places, and their supposed hauntings, as the author conducts research to find out who the ghosts are haunting these spots. Each chapter is dedicated to a seperate location, and begins by talking about the location’s history, then its specters, and then the author and her team conduct a thorough ghost hunt of the place. At the end of each chapter is information on how to get to the place, if/how you can do ghost hunts on your own, etcetera.
This is one of the best non-fiction books about hauntings that I’ve read. The book is well-organized, and well-written. The author doesn’t lose herself in trivial details when talking about history, and instead what we learned is significant and intriguing. The stories are backed up with pictures, some of which made shivers crawl down my back. One picture in particular really set me on edge. The strange thing is that it’s not even talked about in the book. I mean, it’s included, and it’s mentioned that it’s a picture of the Farrar school, but Davis makes no mention of the two figures on the picture – one little girl and a larger person. It’s one of the clearest ghost pictures I’ve seen in a while, and really impressive! I hope I’m not the only one seeing it though, because that would be totally creepy.
The language is quite informal, like Mrs. Davis is telling us a story. This might not be for everyone, but I really liked it, basically like she’s operating as some sort of tour guide, which fit the theme of the book. I have some comments about the way Mrs. Davis and her team conduct ghost hunts though. They rely heavily on a flashlight, using them for flashlight conversations. It’s the first time I’ve heard someone use this method at such lengths, and it would’ve convinced me more had there been video evidence included (of course that’s tough for a book) but I wasn’t really convinced the flashlight responses were anything other than random spikes. I much prefer actually hearing voices on tape, or seeing pictures of ghosts. Also, the questions asked during the flashlight conversations weren’t always to the point, and sometimes had a double meaning ghosts may not be able to interpret. I thought more fitting questions should’ve been asked, and other research should’ve been conducted as well, rather than just the flashlight conversations.
As a travel guide, this book is extremely useful, especially with the info about each location at the end of each chapter. For people interested in ghost hunts and the author’s personal experiences, the book lacks vital info – I had the feeling much more research should’ve been done at each spot to get a good grip of what’s happening.
The book was a very pleasant, enjoyable, sometimes chilling read. I can’t wait to visit these haunted asylums, prisons and sanatoriums! (less)
Devil in the Delta was a confusing read for me. On the one hand, I kind of liked the author’s scientific approach, armed with cam recorders and voice recorders and how he’s not overly fond of psychics. He appears analytical and rational, the kind of ghost hunter who I wouldn’t mind inviting into my house if the other side went haywire. If this is Rich Newman’s most terrifying case to date, then I’m actually glad for him, because to me it didn’t sound all that terrifying. All right, some parts of it were enough to give me shivers, but it’s pretty tame all through-out.
Then there were parts of the book that thoroughly dissapointed me. For one, the house didn’t have such a violent past as the blurb made me believe. Secondly, the accusations of witchcraft and demonic possession. It’s obvious from the get-go that the trailer’s inhabitants are after some cash, and it makes their entire story a lot less believable, but thank God the author caught this. However, he jumps to demonic possession rather fast, and also to the witchcraft thing. It’s not because they were storing some items that look like they could be used in witchcraft that anyone was actually practising witchcraft on the premise, and even if they were, that doesn’t instantly mean they invited something evil into their house. It’s these thought-jumps, drawing conclusions where there shouldn’t have been any, that made me wary of this book.
All in all, the writing was good, straightforward, and for the most part the author appears as level-headed and rational and not someone who’s convinced the slightest breeze is a ghost. On the other hand, he draws conclusions fast, blaming demons for everything that remotely goes wrong, and this didn’t work in his favor. An enjoyable read, but the synopsis makes it sound a lot scarier than it is.(less)
Your Magnetic Mind doesn’t normally fall under the types of books I read and enjoy. I like reading fiction, or non-fiction that is either related to w...moreYour Magnetic Mind doesn’t normally fall under the types of books I read and enjoy. I like reading fiction, or non-fiction that is either related to webdesign or computers, writing or true hauntings. I don’t generally pick up books that talk about things like the power of our mind, or how we can achieve goals simply by visualizing them. I’m a firm believer in hard work, and that hard work can help you achieve a lot. But I have to admit I was curious. Was the Law of Attraction really as far-fetched and unbelievable as I, without knowing more about it than a few mentions here and there, believed? Or was it a lot more common than I expected?
Turns out that it really isn’t that far-fetched. Author Aan Frazier explains it very well in her book – better than I ever could – but basically it comes down to this: if you keep thinking positive instead of negative, positive things are more likely to come to you. If you say “I am” instead of “I will”, your mind will grow to accept you are a certain type of person, not that you will be, in the distant future. Imagining that future, that goal, right here and now, will inspire you to work toward it, but it will also inspire your mind to adapt to achieve this goal. Sounds logical, right? I’ve been doing this subconsciously all my life – I just never really had a word for it.
My mind tends to visualize everything – which sometimes leads to funny situations – so when I want to achieve something, I visualize it first. I imagine myself already having achieved it. For instance, when I wanted to succeed my finals, I imagined myself having already succeeded, and how happy that would make me. This was an extra motivation to keep on studying so I could pass them, and get good grades. I used to tell myself a lot “I can’t do this” and “I can’t do that”, but the last few years, I began to tell myself “I can do whatever I want to.” Needless to say, I’ve accomplished more these past two years than in many of the years prior. If that’s all due to the elusive power of one’s brain – that our brains are universally connected, and have a power of their own – I’m not entirely convinced about, but I’m not opposed to the idea either. I do believe the universe responds to the way we create it. If we think positive, positive thoughts will come to us. If we think negatively, negative thoughts will come to us as well.
This book was an eye-opener in the way that I was like ‘oh! So that’s what it is!’ and that I no longer felt appaled by notions like the “Law of Attraction.” The principles are explained clearly, as is the method on how to start actively using the Law of Attraction in your daily life. The author gives examples that explain everything well, which was necessary sometimes. What I also thought was important, was that I never got the feeling the author “talked down to me”, something I get a lot when I read self-help books (the rare ones that I do read).
The writing was fluent and straight to the point. You could see a lot of thought and effort went into writing this book. In fact, it also inspired me, and I could use a bit of inspiration right now. I have a series of goals I need to fulfill these next few months, and maybe putting the Law of Attraction into use will help me fulfill those. Definitely recommended for everyone – especially those people who want to accomplish something, but have the feeling they will never achieve it.(less)
All Doors to Hollywood and How To Open Them offers a guide into the world of Hollywood. If you’ve ever wondered who works behind the scenes on a movie...moreAll Doors to Hollywood and How To Open Them offers a guide into the world of Hollywood. If you’ve ever wondered who works behind the scenes on a movie or TV Series, then this book is for you. If you ever wanted to work in Hollywood but just didn’t know who to contact or what kind of jobs you could work as, this book is for you as well. If you’ve never really wondered about either, but are just generally interested in Hollywood or movies, then you should give this book a try as well.
The book is build up out of several interviews with professionals in the film industry. The author herself has experience working in the film industry, and it shows. She has an unique insider’s perspective on the world behind the scenes, and her knowledge shows through the interviews. She asks the right questions, and the answers are definitely enlightening. I often wondered, while looking through movie credits, what the heck all these different people could be doing. For me, it usually was director, camera personnel, make up artists, costume and scene designers, and actors. But there’s so much more to making a movie than just those few people!
Another thing I enjoyed thoroughly about this book was it’s light-hearted approach. With that, I mean there’s no infodumping or gigantic heaps of text. The information is provided without going into way too much detail or using complicated, Hollywood-specific terms. Even a total newbie to movies – like me – could easily follow along with what was being said. I sometimes find that non-fiction books are too technical and assume an amount of knowledge beforehand, but not with this one.
All Doors to Hollywood and How To Open Them is one of the first non-fictions books I read this year, and I definitely enjoyed it. It’s not too industry savvy, and it has a very fun, interview-like approach. If you want a book that describes all the jobs in Hollywood (or at least, a large chunk of those jobs) and that gives you insider’s tips on how to get such a job, then this book is for you. It’s not too long, and it’s a quick read. Recommended to all movie fans.(less)
Mysterious Minnesota details a number of paranormal investigations in Minnesota, ranging from old hotels to caves to abandoned factories. What I enjoy...moreMysterious Minnesota details a number of paranormal investigations in Minnesota, ranging from old hotels to caves to abandoned factories. What I enjoyed most about this book is that, as opposed to jumping from place to place rapidly, it focused on thirteen sites in particular and investigated them in great detail, talking about their history and the paranormal investigation by a large team.
The writing style of this book was very fluent. It was also very detailed, and vividly described. In some scenes, I actually could imagine myself standing there, in that old hotel room, or that creepy-looking factory, and feel shivers run down my spine. I also like how the author seems to take a step back and tell the readers about the hauntings almost matter-of-factly. There are obvious emotions in the accounts, but they never take over, and as a reader I had plenty of space to make up for myself what I chose to believe and what I didn’t. For me, this was one of the main reasons why I enjoyed the book. Detailed, with real, historical research at the base of most hauntings, and with scientific equipment such as a ‘ghost box’ (although I’m not sure how scientific that really is) to help the investigators communicate with spirits from the beyond.
I also liked how the book never goes over the top. It talks about paranormal phenomena, sometimes even communcating with spirits, but there’s nothing outrageous, such as ghosts trying to kill someone, a myriad of full-body apparitions or entire hordes of ghosts. For some reason, I found this book a lot more believable than some of the true haunting books I previously read, although I can’t exactly pinpoint why. Maybe it’s the historical research, or how the author doesn’t try to convince me. He doesn’t scream: look, this happened, now believe me! Instead, he calmly recites what happens, drawing me in more and more every page.
I was a bit sad the book was over. I wouldn’t have minded if it were longer (and it’s already quite long, over 300 pages) because I was seriously engrossed in the witness accounts and paranormal investigations detailed in this book. I definitely wouldn’t mind reading more true haunting books by this author. He has a keen eye for research and doesn’t go into “preaching” mode, enforcing his beliefs on the reader. Instead, he remains surprisingly neutral, but his writing style is intriguing and enjoyable.
If you like true haunting books, you don’t want to miss out on Mysterious Minnesota. If you’re one of the lucky people living in or near Minnesota, you definitely want to read this one, and then go visit the places mentioned and maybe meet up with some century-old ghosts. Recommended to all fans of true hauntings.(less)
My Hero is My Monster is a short story of about eleven pages long, so naturally, this review will be short as well. This book is a true account of the...moreMy Hero is My Monster is a short story of about eleven pages long, so naturally, this review will be short as well. This book is a true account of the downward spiral of events that make a young girl’s life go from hell to worse. One night, when she’s only four years old, her father, the man who was supposed to be her hero, who was supposed to love her and look after her and keep her safe from all the evil in the world, does the unthinkable. He takes away her innocence, her trust and everything she ever believed in.
This book is cruel, gruesome and terrible. It’s honest, disturbingly so, and its strength is its honesty and brutality. I applaud the author for her courage to tell us this story, which is non-fiction, a memoir of sorts. The story is straight-forward, without flowery language to hide the cruel truth. For telling this story alone, the author would get my full five stars. Unfortunately, there were some easy-to-catch typos I saw, and since this book is fairly short, I would think it could benefit from another quick spellcheck, so I deducted a star for that, hence the four stars.
I’m glad this is a short story though. I have no idea how much else I’d been able to cope with. Child abuse is always horrible, and when the facts are laid bare without covering anything up, that makes it all the more difficult to stand.
This book is painful to read, but it is a must-read. I would recommend My Hero is My Monster to everyone, although I do advice to keep it away from children. Some of the scenes in this book obviously aren’t suitable for little kids. But I recommend it to all young adults and adults. It’s worth taking a look at.(less)
I love ghosts, but prior to reading Ghost Under Foot: The Spirit of Mary Bell, I had no idea there were so many true hauntings books out there. To be...moreI love ghosts, but prior to reading Ghost Under Foot: The Spirit of Mary Bell, I had no idea there were so many true hauntings books out there. To be honest, they’re my new passion. I’ve always been a believer when it comes to ghosts, for a long series of personal reasons, but it felt great to read a book based on true events by people who have seen and sometimes even lived with ghosts. The results? I’m addicted to true haunting stories now. Go figure.
After moving to a new house, the author and has family start to suffer from a series of strange, unexplainable events. Soon enough, the author grows convinced his house is haunted. He tries to communicate with the ghost using various methods, which vary over time as technology gets more and more advanced. He begins an investigation to discover the identity of the ghost troubling his house and finds out it’s the spirit of Mary Bell, a girl who used to live where his current house now stands. When he’s established that, he tries to find out more about Mary, her life, her thoughts and why she’s stuck here as a spirit, unable to cross over.
Kenneth W. Harmon, the author of Ghost Under Foot is a police officer, and it shows. He uses the same research techniques and scientific approach he probably used while working as a police officer to take on the ghost situation in his own home. He starts out thinking logically, and tries to connect with the ghost via seances in the living room. He also takes photographs, hoping to catch sight of some orbs, cameras and a whole listing of other methods. Unfortunately, he often disregards the opinion of his various other family members while doing so, which sometimes annoyed me. For instance, when he wants to set up a seance in his living room downstairs, his daughters, who are age 3, 5 and 7, admit that they’re scared. Instead of dropping the subject, or making them feel more comfortable, the author just tells them they have to be there. I really don’t understand why he does it. He seems like a very good father, and I wouldn’t argue that he isn’t, but in that moment, I felt like hitting him on the head with a frying pan. His daughters were scared. Even I would be scared if we were going to do a séance, and I’m an adult. It’s normal for those little kids to be terrified, and instead of protecting them and making them feel safe – as a father should do – he puts them in the middle of danger. Another issue happens when his oldest daughter tells him she doesn’t want him to leave a camera in her room. He goes ahead and does it anyway, violating her privacy. And for what? To capture a ghost on tape? I wonder if that’s worth it.
It seems to me that, although the author started out with all the best intentions, he quickly becomes obsessed with the ghost, putting not only himself but his entire family in danger. Ghosts aren’t meant to play with. They’re not toys, or imaginary friends. Mr. Harmon was very lucky that the ghost troubling his family was a friendly spirit, and not a malicious one. I may not be the greatest expert when it comes to ghosts, but even experts know that it’s risky business they’re getting into when contacting a ghost. You don’t know what you’re dealing with. These are forces we’ve only begun to grasp. If the spirit was evil, then Mr. Harmon could’ve been the victim of the next Paranormal Activity movie. And he willingly put his children in the middle of all that. That annoyed me, and I’m pretty sure you can see why.
On top of that, Mr. Harmon’s obsession leads him to believe his ghost is his new friend. Rather than helping Mary cross over, or find out why she’s stuck, he goes to ask her silly questions like who Jack The Ripper was, who murdered Kennedy, etc. Although some may find this fun and interesting, I didn’t, mainly because I don’t believe it. It looks like Mr. Harmon has his own views and beliefs, and put them in Mary’s mouth who, being a ghost and all, is in no position to defend herself. It also becomes very apparent towards the end of the book that Mr. Harmon is truly obsessed with the ghost inhabiting his house. Obsessions are never good, especially not when one’s obsessed with a ghost.
However, as for the writing style, I must say I really enjoyed this book. Mr. Harmon doesn’t use overly colorful prose. Instead he focuses on the story as it is, without trying to exaggerate anything by using grand descriptions. I really liked that about this book. It also adds a lot to the credibility of the story. Mr. Harmon’s ghostly guest does what we expect from ghosts – it doesn’t have any superpowers that would make this story unbelievable. That’s one of the main reasons why I believe this isn’t all in Mr. Harmon’s head. I do think his house is truly being haunted. If the ghost is truly Mary Bell, well, I’m not entirely convinced about that. It looks to me as if Mr. Harmon got to the point where he lost track of the big picture. In his mind, the ghost was the spirit of Mary Bell. No more questions asked. I hope he’s right though. I hope he’s right, and I really hope the ghost isn’t something evil that has been masqueing as good all this time.
That said, after a while all the orb photographing and positioning cameras and recurrent séances, began to feel repetitive. This book could’ve easily been made 50 pages shorter.
Ghost Under Foot: The Spirit of Mary Bell is an entertaining account of a house haunted by a ghost. Mr. Harmon has definitely done his research, and he provides the readers with some interesting scientific methods to communicate with the dead. I read some more true haunting books after devouring this one, and I must admit that this is one of the most genuine ghost encounter accounts I’ve read so far. If the spirit is truly Mary Bell remains to be seen, but I’m convinced Mr. Harmon’s house is truly haunted. If you’re looking for a true haunting story that isn’t exaggerated, but instead feels very real and something that could happen to everyone of us, then this book is an excellent choice.(less)
On Haunted Ground tells the experiences of author Lisa Rogers while she lives in a house, haunted not by one, but by several different ghosts, some mo...moreOn Haunted Ground tells the experiences of author Lisa Rogers while she lives in a house, haunted not by one, but by several different ghosts, some more powerful than others. While some of these experiences are creepy enough to make shivers run down your spine, they’re not all malicious in nature. Lisa Rogers has an intriguing narrator’s voice, and she builds up the tension perfectly throughout her book. Even if a book is non-fiction, it’s still important to keep a reader hooked, and Lisa definitely succeeds in that.
I have mixed opinions about all the specters haunting Lisa’s house though, but that’s probably the skeptic in me again. I have no trouble believing a house is haunted. Even if there are more than two ghosts involved, I can live with that. But the phantoms in Lisa’s house seem to vary as time progresses, and there are about five of them, if not more. There’s a ghost who can strangely imitate people’s voice and who occassionally picks up the phone, for instance. I’ve never heard of any ghosts behaving this way. Sure, they can perhaps imitate a voice ones, but this frequently? And even when picking up the phone. It’s both disturbing and unreal, and I’m not sure if I completely believe it. It could be that this particular experience is a bit exaggerated. Or it could be completely truthful, who am I to judge?
It just confuses me that not all ghosts would be present at the same time, and that the amount of specters living in a house varies over time. It’s like the house Lisa Rogers lives in is more like a hotel for people stuck in the afterlife than anything else. I would’ve preferred if the author delved more into the why. Why is that particular house so terribly haunted? I feel like I have more questions than answers at the end of this book.
The book also felt a little superificial to me, probably because the author tried to talk about 20 years of paranormal activity in the course of one book. But I could live with that. It gave the book a more ‘scientific’ feel, which I thought helped add to the book’s credibility.
Of all the true haunting novels I’ve read so far, On Haunted Ground is perhaps my favorite. It holds the middle between being too exaggerated to be believable and being so dry and uneventful it can’t be anything but true. The writing style is fluent, and I enjoyed Lisa’s turmoils, not only with the ghosts but also with her family. It’s very clear that she has a loving and caring family, with or without the ghosts included. I will definitely read more books by this author if given the chance.(less)
In Stalked by Spirits, author Vivian Campbell tells us about her life as a ghost magnet. It seems as if, wherever she goes or stands, she encounters s...moreIn Stalked by Spirits, author Vivian Campbell tells us about her life as a ghost magnet. It seems as if, wherever she goes or stands, she encounters spirits from the beyond. The book starts out very vividly with a description of one of Vivian’s first ghostly encounters. Mrs. Campbell has a very fluent, lively writing style, but her descriptions tend to be long and written in formal, sensational prose. However, this is much more the case in the first part than in the second part of the book. Needless to say, I enjoyed the second part the most.
The thing that bothered me the most about this book is that I don’t believe it. I don’t want to call Mrs. Campbell a liar or anything, but the sheer amount of ghosts she’s encountered over the years, makes me roll my eyes. If we’re to believe every account in this book, then there are ghosts everywhere. Yes, everywhere. In your closet, your dining room, your bathroom – you name it, they’re here. But mind you, ghosts aren’t the only supernatural thing bothering Mrs. Campbell. I remember vividly her description of how she had received a strange chair once belonging to a voodoo priest (or something along those lines) and how, one day, the chair had attacked her. Now, I know that vooodoo, African magic, and everything along those lines, isn’t to be messed with but it seems strange to me than an otherwise regular chair, who hasn’t moved in years, suddenly goes beserk when Vivian’s parents left.
I must say that I did enjoy the descriptions of the various houses Mrs. Campbell has lived in over the years, including an old mansion. The descriptions are very thorough, and I could imagine myself wandering through that house. Old houses, especially ones as gigantic as described in the book, are scary by nature. It doesn’t surprise me that these century-old buildings hold ghosts, spirits and a whole array of secrets ready to discover. Unfortunately though, the ghosts Mrs. Campbell discovers in this building are anything but good. In fact, they’re quite malicious, and they constantly hope to scare the people inhabiting the house. Not all of them are equally evil, but that doesn’t mean a lot when half of them are. I thought that this part of the book, although well-written, read more like a ghost story for a fiction novel than an account of true events. It was just too sensational. Not only were there more ghosts in Mrs. Campbell’s house than in the Amityville House or Winchester House, but they’re also stronger than any phantom I’ve heard or seen before.
Regular phantoms succeed in opening doors, sometimes slamming them, throwing stuff through the room, making items disappear, and sometimes even whispering strange messages or warnings. Mrs. Campbell’s phantoms however can slam ten or twenty doors at once, look like demons, and scare everyone who crosses their path.
Luckily for the reader, the sensational events tome down in the second part of the book. I particularly enjoyed the episodes of Mrs. Campbell in her dorm with some friends, where they encounter another series of ghosts.
Now, as to the reasons why this book doesn’t work for me. For starters, it reads too much like fiction. This could be partly because of the exaggerated descriptions and prose – even if Mrs. Campbell is telling us the truth, it already sounds like she’s adding some elements, just to make it more spectacular – or maybe because I can’t just wrap my head around this actually happening. It reminds me of that TV show, Most Haunted, in which the TV show presenter starts screaming before anything happens. And she does that every time. That’s one of the reasons why Most Haunted is more laughable than scary – the people participating start screaming as soon as the lights are out, making it impossible for the audience to hear anything but their screams. This book is a bit like that as well. Tension doesn’t build up slowly. I understand this is a real account of what happened, and if things started with a blast, you can’t exactly have them build up slowly. But I felt that this was lacking in the book, and it didn’t really have a start, middle and end because of this. If anything, it started with the climax and then went downhill from there.
The second reason why is because Mrs. Campbell finds ghosts everywhere. I understand some places can be haunted. In fact, I’m positive some places definitely are haunted. But every single building you enter? Every house you live in? I doubt it. I do tihnk Mrs. Campbell saw ghosts everywhere, but I’m not sure if they were really there, or conjured by her own imagination. Once we’ve had an encounter with spirits, it becomes easy to think every place is haunted and every odd thing can be linked to a ghost.
All in al, Stalked by Spirits left me feeling skeptic. While I really want to believe everything it says in the book, I have my doubts. There are just too many ghosts and too many powerful ones mentioned not to have me look at it skeptically. The book is quite scary though, especially in the beginning. If you’re a fan of scary reads, especially scary true reads, then this book might be for you. I did find myself enjoying it, although I rolled my eyes a couple of times while reading. The prose is a bit sensational, but it’s a writing style you get used to easily. If you’re a fan of true hauntings, I would take a look at this one. Maybe not the best out there, but it’s definitely better than the average.(less)
I’ve never been as nervous about posting a review before as I’ve been about posting this one. Why? Because in the first time for as long as I’ve had t...moreI’ve never been as nervous about posting a review before as I’ve been about posting this one. Why? Because in the first time for as long as I’ve had this blog, which is little over two years, I didn’t finish this book. I couldn’t. Believe me, I wanted to. I gave up in three fourth because I simply couldn’t take it anymore.
This isn’t the first true haunting book I’ve read. Up till now, I pretty much enjoyed all the ones I’ve read, some more than others. I’m skeptical about the paranormal, but I believe most of the things I read up to some degree. This book? It sounds about as unbelievable as if I’d walk downstairs and find an alien hiding in my fridge.
Talking about aliens, that’s one of the other things that’s wrong with this book. I went in expecting to read a book about hauntings, and up to some degree, the book is about just that. But for some reason, the author always wants to refer to aliens. I have no idea why he does this. It seems like aliens are his true expertise, but that doesn’t mean he should keep referring to them with every turning page. I also didn’t buy the alien explanations. Even when it’s obvious there are a thousand more fitting explanations that make a lot more sense, the author brings it back to aliens. I found this very annoying, and after a while, I couldn’t take it anymore.
For a while, in the middle, the book got better, but toward the second half, it got worse. The ups and downs of this book were so huge I had trouble reading on, and eventually quit. I never quit on books, so this is obviously a very bad sign. I don’t know. Aliens never interested me, and it isn’t something I’d want to read about (except in fiction) so maybe it’s that. Since this is supposedly a book about hauntings (as it says so in the title, Haunted Files From The Edge I was suspecting to read about ghostly investigations, not about the author’s speculations about the existence of aliens.
On top of the constant references to aliens, the writing style is also a bit bland. Some passages were so boring I had to skip through them. I had absolute trouble with both the author’s credibility and his writing style – it just wasn’t for me.
Then I came upon this distracting piece of news regarding the author’s credentials, which, apparently are all fake. While this may not necessarily reflect on whether his work is fake or not, it certainly refrained me from going back to this book and reading it till the end. If I really liked it, I probably wouldn’t have cared, but this literally drove me over the edge. Writing paranormal non-fiction may be a tough field to break through, but faking one’s been to university and in the army isn’t doing anyone any good, least of all one’s self.
I feel bad I didn’t like this book as much as I hoped I would, but I always vouched to be honest on this blog, and I’m doing just that. I’ve read and enjoyed a large share of paranormal non-fiction books. This one just wasn’t right for me. The constant referrals to aliens and the fake credentials pushed me away, as well as the writign style.
If you’re a fan of true haunting novels, you may want to give Haunted Files From The Edge a try, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. If you’re looking for better books in the genre, check out Mysterious Minnesota and Restless in Peace. I read both these books as well and enjoyed them a lot more. Reviews of these are coming at the end of August.(less)