- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Chartwell Books (30 April 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785822801
- ISBN-13: 978-0785822806
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 29.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,201,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Complete Book of Ghosts Hardcover – 30 Apr 2007
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Things get rapidly ensnared in a popular culture approach to ghosts and more or less stays at that level. Film star hauntings, celebrity psychics, possession, some of the more florid haunts from around the world (more foreign ghosts would have been useful to make a comparison with British cases), ouija boards, with too much on some of these and too little on others. There's an interesting little section on London Underground ghosts and a great story about C.S. Lewis (what an interesting person to become a ghost). But the question of just what a ghosts are and how they may be categorized is sketchy.
A chapter including how to conduct a ghost hunt and ghost hunting equipment is far too short. There seems also to be nothing about the premier ghost hunters - O'Donnell, Underwood, Holzer, Green, Forman, Mackenzie, Lyon-Playfair - except a little on Harry Price (mainly Borley and only alluding to the controversies there). The Ghost Club and SPR get a few paragraphs - too few. To add insult to this injury there is a section concerning the dubious antics of a certain tv show involving the oleaginous Mr Acorah.
This is best suited to ghost novices as long as the contents are not taken as complete 'gospel' on the subject. Better alternatives would be the Spencers' Encyclopedias and also Guiley's Encyclopedia, which is much more complete, albeit with still fairly brief entries and arranged in alphabetical form.
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