Book Review: Ghosts of the Tsunami

book cover

‘The tsunami was a thing of a different order, darker, stranger, massively more powerful and violent, without kindness or cruelty, beauty or ugliness, wholly alien. It was the sea coming onto land, the ocean itself picking up its feet and charging at you with a roar in its throat…’

I bought Ghosts of the Tsunami days before my mum died and wasn’t able to pick it back up for a long time afterwards. However, I have finished reading it and thoroughly recommend it. Continue reading

Review: Blair Witch (2016)

If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a terrible surprise… 

When my local cinema advertised the chance to see a yet-to-be-released and unnamed horror movie for just £5 I jumped at the chance. In my gut, I knew it was going to be either Ouija: Origin of Evil or Blair Witch and I did a little fist pump of joy when the Blair Witch title came up on the screen. Continue reading

Book Review: Abominable Science

abominable scienceAbominable Science! authored by Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero is one of those books that comes along and makes the world a better place. A rare treat that you didn’t know you needed until you had it in your hands.

The combination of good research, good references and an honest, open-minded yet critical outlook turns Abominable Science! into a must-have for anybody with a passing interest in monsters and strange creatures.  Continue reading

Review: An Honest Liar

The 2014 documentary An Honest Liar cleverly intertwines the personal story of James Randi with the public adventures and achievements of James “The Amazing” Randi in a way that is simple-yet-brutal with the message it delivers; Randi is a man who has achieved truly great feats in his lifetime, but he is a human and has his own flaws. This shouldn’t detract from what he has achieved and what he has inspired. It should, in fact, encourage us. Continue reading

Most Haunted Is Scary And Here’s Why

On Thursday evening at 10pm I sat down to watch the return of Most Haunted. My intention was to tweet along with the show and counter any pseudo-scientific claims that they made during the broadcast, and yet I need not have bothered. There was no use of EMF Meters, laser grid pens, thermal imaging equipment, dictaphones or thermometers throughout the whole show. The most “exciting” things to occur were a “strange” humming noise that totally wasn’t a team member (honest), and a roll of cable tape that mysteriously followed the team around the building before vanishing at random moments. No, really… Continue reading

Review: Ghost Hunting – A Survivors Guide

A survivors guideIn ‘Ghost Hunting – A Survivors Guide’ author John Fraser demonstrates his knowledge of ghost hunting history, presenting a great overview of the past 2000 years of ghost hunting and how it has shaped into the modern landscape of multi-disciplinary paranormal research. He asks early on ‘Does the inclusion of more people and more ghost hunters mean there is more chance of finding evidence for a ghost, or are investigations too disparate and run on individualistic lines to be anything other than just an interesting experience for those who participate in them?’

It’s an interesting question, but one the book does little to explore. There is also a lot of irrational conjecture in the 184 pages of this book. For example, the first alarm bell rang when Harry Price was described as ‘a damned good, ground-breaking investigator, who may or may not have been tempted at times to fake phenomena.’  Continue reading