NATURAL HISTORY OF GHOSTSROGER CLARKE Book Number: 88232 Product format: Paperback
Sub-titled '500 Years of Hunting For Proof' here is in the words of the Sunday Times review a 'beautifully written, lithe, complicated and hugely rewarding' book. It is also disturbing. In short, snappy chapters Clarke examines the evidence to explain spectral sightings and why we fear the supernatural. Why are some people or cultures more likely to experience hauntings than others and what proof is there? Growing up in a haunted house, 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 to ghoul-hunting flash-mobs and sexually-charged Victorian séances, we are taken on a journey to a shadowy parallel universe of human terror. He recounts numerous spectral sightings across the centuries from Anne Boleyn's oft-sighted restless, headless ghost to the Enfield poltergeist of 1977 as he traces all aspects of the scientific and social response to ghostly sightings. You will get goose bumps and a giggle. 361pp in Penguin paperback.
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