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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and intriguing guide to paranormal experiences
I enjoyed this book but did feel that under each church listed there could have been less description of the geographical/historical details of the church, and more examination of the specific historic background/explanation of the apparition. At times I felt that the supposed "haunting" of the church was rather "vaporous" - pun intended! i.e. it had been given too much...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Paucity of Phantoms
... might be a better title. This is a shame, because I have several excellent books on various aspects of the supernatural written by Peter Underwood. What there is detailed in this particular volume is of some interest. However, one is left feeling, perhaps unjustly, that this book was rushed into print. The entries which appear in the main body of the text contain, in...
Published on 9 April 2012 by Chalcotribist


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3.0 out of 5 stars A Paucity of Phantoms, 9 April 2012
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... might be a better title. This is a shame, because I have several excellent books on various aspects of the supernatural written by Peter Underwood. What there is detailed in this particular volume is of some interest. However, one is left feeling, perhaps unjustly, that this book was rushed into print. The entries which appear in the main body of the text contain, in many instances, rather too much information which is not especially relevant to the particular "haunting" under consideration, namely architectural history, folklore, and geographical location. This information could, and should, have been condensed. One is left with the impression that it was included to bolster the paucity of information available for many of the alleged hauntings cited. A map showing the various locations referred to would have been helpful - which would have then rendered superfluous some of the text.

This is re-inforced by the fact that there is a short Appendix detailing a further group of church hauntings - giving but a couple of lines to each. These could have been expanded and included in the main body of the text. Ironically, a map IS included for the entries cited in the Appendix. All the photographs are all in black and white, some of which have been "enhanced" to give them a more supernatural appearance. In my opinion, they would have been far better if the majority had been printed in colour and left as taken.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and intriguing guide to paranormal experiences, 10 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Shadows in the Nave: A Guide to the Haunted Churches of England (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book but did feel that under each church listed there could have been less description of the geographical/historical details of the church, and more examination of the specific historic background/explanation of the apparition. At times I felt that the supposed "haunting" of the church was rather "vaporous" - pun intended! i.e. it had been given too much credence. Nevertheless this was a fascinating survey. I was left wondering how many of these ghosts wander through the abbeys, churchyards and former monasteries unseen. Does a ghost only exist if a living being sees, and reports it? I was also struck by the number of ghost monks who appear in the sites of their former monasteries; perhaps understandable when one considers the trauma the monks must have suffered during the brutality with which the monasteries were suppressed by Henry VIII. The theory of "psychic recording" did make sense to me and in many cases may account for these apparitions. Nevertheless, one is always left with a few cases for which this theory does not apply. I recommend this book for anyone interested in the paranormal; the photographs in particular are very atmospheric; and the book is also an excellent guide to English churches and abbeys which are well worth a visit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric guide to haunted churches, 24 Jun. 2012
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This is an informative and well produced book with useful directions for those who would like to visit the haunted churches described, but is equally good for armchair visitors. It is very well written, and very well researched, with background information and accounts of hauntings or supernatural activity for each church. Eddie Brazil's black and white photographs are excellent, capturing the essence and atmosphere of the churches. The authors, including the doyen of ghost hunters, Peter Underwood, are probably the most knowledgeable experts on this subject in the country. This is an interesting, entertaining, and literate book, and is beautifully illustrated. It covers the whole of England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great night time reading., 28 May 2013
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a well written and interesting book on the spooky goings on in british churches. can recommend it to anyone interested in the supernatural.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, 27 Jun. 2014
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Excellent book, nice to have a supplier of this specialised subject. We have been interested in this area as a family for over 30 years so new material is very gratefully received. Prompt delivery and well packed highly recommend this supplier.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide to haunted churches, 7 Aug. 2013
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This book is a great guide to the haunted churches of England, and also a good read. Well researched and written
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