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Phantom Encounters

(Mysteries of the Unknown)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  8 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. ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published 1988 by Time-Life Books
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Amalia Gkavea
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘’ Or when the lawn
Is pressed by unseen feet, and ghosts return
Gently at twilight, gently go at dawn,
The sad intangible who grieve and yearn;’’
To Walter de la Mare, T.S. Eliot

The restless spirits that cry their agony from every battlement of every castle in the beautiful British Isles. The haunted waterfall in Kitty’s Steps, the black figure of Creech Hill, the ghost with the golden cup somewhere in the wilderness of Cornwall. In Glamis Castle, a family has been haunted for generations. In
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.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's an invaluable read that presents the research by past groups that weren't dogged by the stigma associated with investigating the uncanny. There are only a few books that are rooted in factual, empirical evidence. This volume is from 1988, well before the enclave of night-vision fools arrived on TV to blame every creek in an old house on a demon.

Time-Life Books put together some of the most grounded pieces on the preternatural world and presented the associated myths and legends of various
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
Rick Vickers
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series by Time Life is great! This is my ,2nd book and I've ordered a third. Lots of interesting stories and pictures. ...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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