- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Chambers; 01 edition (5 Oct. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473663563
- ISBN-13: 978-1473663565
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Mysterium: Unexplained and extraordinary stories for a post-Nessie generation Paperback – 5 Oct 2017
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What David and Jo have so brilliantly done with this tome, is that they've forced open a gap in that bookshelf labelled 'mystery' and wedged in something original and different to remind us of all the many new mysteries out there worthy of our eagle-eyed attention (Dan Schreiber, comedian and host of the No Such Thing As A Fish podcast)
THE MYSTERIUM uncovers some of the modern world's most puzzling and enduring phenomena - a rich collection of unusual, unsettling and fascinating tales. It is a perfect gift for anyone with an eye for the unusual. Expect a host of amazing new stories to tell your friends.See all Product description
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Oscar is not what you’d call a sociable cat. He has a tendency to mooch around, hisses when grumpy and is best not picked up unless you’ve a handy pair of gauntlets. Shortly after being adopted in 2005 by the Steere Nursing Home in Rhode Island, Oscar began to demonstrate his extraordinary gift. He has an uncanny habit of knowing when a patient is facing their final hours, and will actively seek them out. If the dying patient is in a room with a locked door, Oscar will scratch until let in. He is always gentle with the dying, sleeping by them or curling up in their laps. He has correctly predicted over 100 deaths in the home. Is Oscar drawn to the sweet smell of the biochemical ketone – said to emanate from the dying – or does he simply have a special power?
Ten years ago, something washed up on a beach in British Columbia that was so mysterious and macabre, it would have inspired a case worthy of Sherlock Holmes. It all began in August 2007 when a young girl holidaying in the area found a size 12 trainer on the ground. Intrigued, she picked it up, discovering to her horror that inside the frayed remnants of a sock lay a decomposing human foot.
Six days later another right foot – also inside a size 12 trainer – was found on nearby Gabriola Island. By the following summer, four further feet had been found in the area and yet another on a beach in Washington State; all around the shorelines of the Strait of Georgia. Nearly all were right feet, sporting modern trainers or hiking boots. Before long, the number climbed to fourteen. To this day, not a single footless body has been found.
In June 2014, a singular and grisly news story captured the attention of the world press. Two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin had attempted to stab a playmate of the same age to death, inflicting 19 wounds upon her. They had planned the attack for months; meaning to lure their friend out to a national park some distance from their homes, but finally settling for the local woods.
The young girls’ expressed intent after their arrest was not simple murder – but the making of a sacrifice; a bloody call to summon the attention of a monstrous creature in order to become its servants.
The girls wanted to serve the creature we thought into existence: Slenderman.
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Books like this are a little hit and miss however. Unless you have lived in a bubble, you will be at least aware, if not fully conversant, with many of the topics covered in the book. This is bound to happen, particularly when the book is pitched (sensibly) towards "people who like that sort of thing". As a long-time reader of Fortean Times, and a sucker for bizarre tales, there was little new for me in this book.
However, I did still enjoy reading it. The individual topics are covered in short chapters of around 5-10 pages in length, so it is ideal to dip into, when you only have a few spare minutes. I wouldn't degrade it by calling it a "tiolet book", but you get the idea.
Both of the books are ideal presents. Almost everyone will find something of interest, particularly younger readers (not children), who may not yet be familiar with so many of the topics covered.
This is a hardback book and has 256 pages and has seven chapters, they are:-
• Strange Fruit
• Ghosts in the machine
• Are we not Human?
• Strange sounds and spooky transmissions
• Mind games
• The really creepy stuff
Each chapter includes illustrations and photographs, which are in black and white.
This book includes strange and wired stories. Including stories from folklore, unsolved mysteries and strange phenomena from the internet.
Some of the articles I’d never even heard of so it made interesting reading, with this book as you read you learn, which is great for enquiring minds.
At the end of the book, you’ll find two articles on the authors, an article on the Ernest Journal, the Odditorium podcast, and the people who have contributed to this book.
This book will interest people with enquiring minds who enjoy learning about anything and everything. :-)
I’d say this book is for readers of 13yrs and above.
It’s a book I enjoyed and I can highly recommend it.
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The content is good, and quite interesting, but it's a slightly larger than paperback...Read more