Book Review: Haunted: The Ghosts that Share our World

hauntedJohn Pinkney’s Haunted: The Ghosts That Share Our World was worth the read!

While the majority of the accounts were set in Australia, I still enjoyed them.

What’s Good

  • He does his own research into accounts–field research and library research. This is a huge plus in my opinion. I like to know more than just an account with no context provided, and Pinkney delivers.
  • The text is (mostly) edited! I wasn’t stumbling around trying to make sense of demonically twisted syntax. Huge bonus in this field!
  • The writing is engaging! Don’t get me wrong; this is not a suspense novel in any sense of the word. Still, the writer provides flesh and bone to the bare accounts.

Some of the accounts are set pretty far back in history; however, I’m a history buff, so I enjoyed even these. For some people, though, it might be a bit too much. Of course, the bonus is that a haunting with history means even more accounts of the haunting, which only helps to verify the claims being made. It was a wise choice to include these, even though some readers might not enjoy skeletons from the past.

The only complaint I have of the text was I wish it had been longer–I was ready to keep reading!

Some theorist (I can’t remember his name–Patrick Lang maybe?) once made the claim that haunted tales are always political tales. I personally do not know enough of Australia’s history to be able to inform anyone whether or not the tales are political.

I don’t plan on visiting Australia any time soon simply because that is not possible for me. However, if you are, I’d love to hear if you visit any of the haunted sites and what you thought!

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Haunted House for Sale

Calling it “Britain’s Most Haunted House”, the Metro in London has announced that a house in Essex, London, is for sale. The house is known as “the Cage” and was once a medieval prison.

Honestly, before running across this article, I had never heard of this house. The most haunted? Really? Somehow I doubt it.

The owner decided after living in the house for a decade that she couldn’t take dealing with the spirits in the house any longer. I want to believe her; I really do. But somehow, this is coming off as a bad sale’s pitch.

This gives it a bit more credibility, but still….why sale now?

If any of you know differently, let me know!

Book Review–Ghosts of America 10

I’m reading Ghosts of America 10. For what it’s worth, it is entertaining, but….

I don’t think the author really writes anything–she just compiles the stories that people send to her.

I don’t like that anyone could send any thing to her, whether it is real or not. I really don’t think any fact checking went into the book. I could be wrong and would love to know if facts were checked.

I really don’t like the lack of investigation; no interpretation of events is provided, and any type of follow up is missing.

For a book that claims to be based on real events, there needs to be more than a gathering of people’s emails.

It is an entertaining read, and it does (allegedly) demonstrate paranormal occurrences throughout the United States.

So having said all of that, please do send me your real life paranormal experiences, and I will write my own book! Be prepared for me to ask for any type of documentation you might have, though, and for me to get back in touch with you to ask how it’s going…..and finally, if you really need help, I will try to put you in contact with someone who can help you.

 

Demon House Destroyed

demon houseThe home in Gary, Indiana, that was supposedly besieged by demons was demolished. Gary was once a thriving industrial city, but since then, not much news comes from Gary. Then out of this silence came shocking news–a woman claimed she and her children had been possessed. The Daily Mail covered the story, as did numerous U.S. news agencies.

It’s difficult to believe, but then again, there are some credible witnesses to the paranormal including policemen and hospital personnel and physicians.

Due to the house’s dubious reputation, Zac Bagans bought the home and supposedly filmed a documentary at the house–and then had the house demolished. I have not seen the documentary, so I can’t comment. But I do wonder why the house was demolished. Don’t you? Clearly, no other investigations will be happening at the demon house.

Florida Haunting

Over on Photos: Pinellas Park, Florida Haunting at Spirit Rescue, there are several intriguing pictures. Honestly, though, the photos are so blurry I could not see anything. I’m not sure what to think about it. The researcher admits that the woman who sent in the pictures claimed that her home is located near an old Indian burial ground, but he could not locate any verification of this statement in the records.

In cases where we are dealing with the supernatural, it does require extraordinary proof. Blurrred pictures don’t get us any closer to what may be happening. Also, fraudulent claims only make the research look ridiculous.

I’d like to believe the woman involved really thinks she is being haunted, but I am not convinced. Why do people make false claims about hauntings? Are they merely sensation seekers, or something worse, like the Bloody Benders?

What do you think?