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Phantom Encounters

(Mysteries of the Unknown)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The Ghost Ridden Realm is Explored. Beautifully Illustrated. From Shakespere's Hamlet to Japanese Wraiths, the editors of Time-Life Books have produced another exciting series: Mysteries of the Unknown. Phantom Encounters are brought to you in extraordinary detail through vivid photography and engaging, informative text.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published 1988 by Time-Life Books
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P.S. Winn
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The photography in this book is amazing and the text takes readers down a strange path. I love that the Time-Life people included so many different places and times in this collection. Those strange encounters have been a round for a long time.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hardcover
This book is a collection of anecdotal tales of various people from the olden days being visited by spirits. The stories go as follows: person sees ghost-like figure of distant a friend or relative. Later, person finds out that the friend/relative died at the very same moment in which the apparition manifested itself. Now imagine that same story told, with only slight variations, a hundred or so more times but in a prose style that feels like the phony paragraph at the bottom of a Mad Fold-in. E ...more
Anna Bergmark
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay, this hole series feels a bit juvenile, big glossy pictures taking up a lot of space, as if we would find too much reading tiresome. But apart from this ongoing problem, I kind of liked the "scientific" approach of this one.

It's not just a row of spooky tails, but an attempt to see the subject the way "psychical researchers" do, and have done for more than a century. If they have gotten anywhere is a matter of opinion of course.

3,5 stars I'd say.
Russell Hall
Nov 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Almost too scientific, it not only looks at the stories behind the hauntings, but whether the hauntings are really independent of the person seeing and experiencing the haunting. The photo essays and short articles in the book were most interesting. If you are interested more in the mechanics of haunting this would be a good choice. If however you are looking for a scary story of real ghosts, then parts of the book will prove too technical.
Jul 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book includes a bunch of ghost stories, each only a few paragraphs long. It is not a memorable book. No one ever helps the ghosts cross over.

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