A Natural History Of Ghosts by Roger ClarkeA Natural History Of Ghosts by Roger Clarke

A Natural History Of Ghosts

byRoger Clarke

Paperback | November 26, 2013

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The fascinating true history of ghosts - how we see them and why we believe in them, from Roger Clarke What explains spectral sightings? Why do we fear the supernatural? What proof is there? Growing up in a haunted house, Roger Clarke spent much of his childhood trying to see a ghost. From the terrifying true events behind Henry James's The Turn of the Screw to the frenzy of the Cock Lane poltergeist, he takes us on a journey of belief with ghosts of every kind.
Raised in a haunted house, Roger Clarke is best known as a film-writer for the Independent newspaper and more recently Sight & Sound. He was the youngest person ever to join the Society for Psychical Research in the 1980s and was getting his ghost stories published by the The Pan & Fontana series of horror books aged only 15, when Roal...
Title:A Natural History Of GhostsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.77 × 5.1 × 0.69 inPublished:November 26, 2013Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141048085

ISBN - 13:9780141048086

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected But Still Interesting From this book’s title/subtitle, I was expecting to read about the chronological history/evolution of human thought and experience on ghosts and paranormal phenomena over the past 500 years. Instead, I found the book to be mainly a collection of descriptions of ghostly phenomena at various locations picked rather non-chronologically from the past five centuries, i.e., there is much hopping back and forth in time. These descriptions/stories are not written in a style to frighten a reader but to simply inform. Featured prominently are famous haunted buildings, other well-known haunted locations, ghostly occurrences in a few different countries (but mainly England) and the influence of religion on people’s beliefs and experiences regarding ghosts. Human psychology is also touched upon. But throughout, the author still manages to point out various features of the ghostly experiences that are particularly fashionable during specific historical periods. Overall, I did find the book interesting mainly due to the various snippets of information that appear throughout the book. In my opinion, the author has written in an objective fashion – not pushing in either direction – presenting historical information as recorded yet in a way that points to naiveté on the part of some individuals/experiences as well as emphasizing the solid credibility of other ghost observers. I suspect that the readers who would enjoy this book the most are those with an objective interest in the human experience regarding ghosts as well as those who like reading about ghostly phenomena that have allegedly occurred over the past few centuries.
Date published: 2015-05-27