Review: Stop Worrying! There probably is an afterlife

stop-worrying-webcoverIt has been a long time since a book about ghosts made me feel the excitement I used to feel in my gut when researching the ghost sightings I would go on to investigate with my ghost research team, but Stop Worrying! There probably is an afterlife by Greg Taylor was a joy to read and, at times, made me feel excited about ghosts again.

The last time that happened was when I read Mary Roach’s Six Feet Over, or Will Storr’sWill Storr Vs. the Supernatural’ and I’ve realised that it’s because they’ve all got a common theme in the narrative – an exploration of an interesting subject led by the authors genuine curiosity. Continue reading Review: Stop Worrying! There probably is an afterlife

Review: Scary Monsters & Super Freaks

Dom JolyWhen I found out that Dom Joly had written a book about his adventures as a monster hunter I knew immediately that I had to read it, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it make a mockery of cryptozoology? Was Joly a believer in all sorts of weird things who accepted nonsense as evidence? I didn’t know. The book is called Scary Monsters & Super Creeps, is available on Amazon and is a great book. There are no ground breaking discoveries in its pages, and there are several errors (Adrian Shine, for example, is renamed Adrian Shiner) and anyone looking for serious crypto-zoological research wouldn’t find it here, but I recommend the book nonetheless. Continue reading Review: Scary Monsters & Super Freaks

Review: Where the Ghosts Walk

where the ghosts walk coverWhere the Ghosts Walk: The Gazetteer of Haunted Britain is testament to the amount of work carried out by Peter Underwood, one of the worlds longest serving paranormal researchers. It was a pleasure to read this book.

There have been Ghost Folklore books in my home for as long as I can remember. It’s a symptom (if that’s the right word) of growing up with a mother who has always had an interest in the paranormal, which is where I inherited my own fascination from. I mostly read books about the Paranormal folklore of Wiltshire or the West Country, but have on occasion read books about locations all across the UK. Continue reading Review: Where the Ghosts Walk

Review: UFOs, Werewolves & The Pig-man

pig man book coverThere is no doubting the passion the Lee Brickley holds for the paranormal legacy of Cannock Chase, but after reading his recent book one wonders to what cost he holds that passion. Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, is a location that many with an interest in the paranormal will be familiar with. I certainly have been interested in the place since I was a teenager and have always been intrigued by the modern day werewolf sightings reported there, so when Brickley released his book ‘UFOs, Werewolves & The Pig-Man – Exposing England’s strangest location, Cannock Chase’ I was quite excited.

The book begins with a brief look at some of the weird historic highlights of Cannock Chase and then in the following chapters breaks down the weird happenings in the area into categories such as ‘Alien encounters’, ‘Wild Beasts’, ‘Legend of the Pig Man’, ‘Ghostly Goings on’ and ‘Top Secret Military Activity’. However, as soon as I began to read the book any excitement I’d held before turned into slight disappointment because throughout, the quality of the book is often let down by Brickley’s biased narrative and irrational leaps of logic. Continue reading Review: UFOs, Werewolves & The Pig-man