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Monday, October 13, 2014

This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.

Ghost: A Natural History: 500 years of searching for proof
Roger Clarke

Just in time for Halloween and filled with ghost and haunting tales dating back into the 1600's, it's Roger Clarke's Ghost: A natural history: 500 years of searching for proof. Yeah, it's a long title but it's very fitting.

As some of you may know, I have a hard time reading most books because they tend to not hold my interest and end up just laying around. Well, I'm happy to say this is not the case with this book. It has held my interest with not only it's recounting of very old hauntings but also with it's large list of famous people. There are many famous names in the book that you will recognize and learning about their involvement in ghost, hauntings and research that will fascinate you...it sure did me. From John Wesley to Charles Dickens to Harry Houdini and numerous Dukes, Earls and Vicars, learn how they helped shape the paranormal field to what it is today.

This book is more than just a bunch of ghost stories, it shows how some of these famous tales were debunked and how some led to lawsuits, destroyed lives, exposed secrets and caused deaths.  It's also fascinating to read and understand how ghost stories evolved from knocks and bangs to seances with full body apparitions.

Ghost: A natural history: 500 years of searching for proof not only manages to be entertaining but it is also educational. I found a great wealth of knowledge in it.        

At times the book takes a look at how various classes in society were thought of when it came to seeing ghost and some of the extremes taken to try and expose fakes. It explores the mob mentality of the "ghost mobs" that would gather at haunted houses. Sometimes hundreds of people would gather at haunted houses, some walking for miles, in hopes to get a glimpse of a ghost.

This book is filled with over 350 pages of history, creepy tales, knowledge, murder, pictures and so much more.

I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars



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