Ghostly Tales: Poltergeists, Haunted Houses, and Messages from Beyond Paperback – 15 May 2014
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About the Author
Billy Roberts is a leading television medium in the UK. He is a registered healer with the National Federation of Spiritual Healers, and he established the Centre for Psychic and Spiritual Studies and Alternative Therapies in Northern England. He teaches workshops on healing and is the author of The Healing Paw (HarperCollins, 2000).
Top Customer Reviews
Some of these books on paranormal events can be a little florid. Far too padded with literary fat which can turn the reading pleasure into a chore. Billy has a much more spare, concise style to his writing and this anthology of paranormal events is definitely in that vein. Rather than a book of self-help or research this is Billy at his storytelling best, drawing from curated events and some of his own experience as a working medium and parapsychologist.
If you like your ghostly matters and read widely, then it's well worth having in your collection. To try and summarise the content here would be to spoil the review as in this respect content is everything and it's definitely entertaining and occasionally chilling. The subject matter is a wide spectrum of stories and events so it doesn't become just a run-of-the-mill ghost story tome where it descends into repetition, and that kept me reading rather than putting the book down constantly and coming back to it half-heartedly.
A great page-turner. Five stars.
This book is pretty simple. It's just a collection of haunting tales. You could have guessed that by the title alone, I'm sure. But what it is NOT is any attempt to analyse or explain anything. It's just straight-up campfire-grade spooky stories.
To the positive side, I give the author credit for just getting down to it. There is a bit of an introduction but not much and the stories just start right up without excessive preamble. Our tales of horror are divided into handy categories and were all sufficient to raise a bit of gooseflesh on me though I did prime things rather well by laying abed by myself in the dark before reading. It wasn't enough to keep me up but it did keep me thinking.
To the negative, I'm not going to make any comments about whether you should believe any of these stories because, let's face it, you'll believe what you want to. However, these did seem to all fall along pretty common lines and you could place each story in some movie or some TV show of the past. I picked out a couple of Twilight Zone plots pretty easily and I'm sure most of these either have their roots in or have inspired some fictional retelling along the way. As I said, it's up to your belief system which way that pendulum swings.
In summary, this is a nice, tidy collection of hair-raising tales that are either just nice stories or real-life accounts of encounters with the supernatural. Which is it? That's your decision.
I could not put it down.
Fantastic read I would highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great entertaining read. Many different Ghosts stories with mystery and a great sense of reality and humour. I will read more books from BillyPublished 3 months ago by Carmen Oca
excellent value for money and excellent condition a must for any fan of the supernaturalPublished 7 months ago by jane farina
This book was really addictive, once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down.
A really lovely book, and so well written and informative..