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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; 2 edition (1 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073871867X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738718675
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.4 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Colin Wilson lives in Cornwall and is a prolific and respected writer who has written more than fifty books on a wide variety of topics, including The Outsider, a classic of literary criticism that shook the academic world

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I loved the unbiased approach from the author. He even made some additional notes regards his 'changing his point of view' on a few of the cases, post script, over the years. That is an honesty which is rare in today's egotistical, 'self-appointed' expert world.

This book is crammed full of experiences, without any of them seeming to be pre-judged on merit etc by the author. The reader is allowed to make up their own minds as to what really went on with each case.

The only slight downside was the lay-out of this book. It was written more like notation, rather than definite chapter breaks. Great for the kindle edition, but I found finding that 'natural break' difficult and its too big a book to read in one go. But that is just one small, personal quibble in what is otherwise a great book to read.
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Dealt with in an unbiased non-sensational way, this is an excellent study. Wilson is clearly an excellent researcher who has done his homework on the subject; not a text book but an excellent read and is highly recommended.
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Fantastic. Can only read it when my husband is at home as too scared to read when on my own. Very informative. Makes the hairs on the back of my neck go up
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HASH(0x9d13e4e0) out of 5 stars A Staple In My Library 10 April 2010
By DJ Reviews - Published on
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Don't let the cover art or the title mislead. This is a serious book on the study of poltergeist and the supernatural. Anyone familar with Colin Wilson will know what to expect, but for those that are not, be ready. Wilson writes in a stream of consciousness style, digressing frequently, but always into something fascinating and always leading back to the original point. This book, like his others, gives you the facts and histories behind many cases and theories of the paranormal. From The Bell Witch to Theosophy to demonic possession to poltergeist, Wilson touches on many subjects, and wraps it all up in the end with a mind blowing conclusion. You will learn more about the paranormal in this book than many paranormal researchers have learned in decades. Considering the original publication date, Wilson's ideas and theories are ahead of his time, many having recently come as close to being proven as fact as possible in this genre. If you love this book I highly recommend "Mysteries" or "The Occult" as your next reading. This book is especially great for anyone who thinks they have an extensive knowledge of the paranormal...guess again and read this book.
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HASH(0xa38e5f0c) out of 5 stars Ghost stories for the intellectual crowd 15 Aug. 2012
By Andrea Coventry - Published on
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[This review also appears on Andi's Book Reviews.]

For those who have ever been curious about that paranormal phenomenon known as the poltergeist, then this book by Colin Wilson is for you. Poltergeist: A Classic Study in Destructive Haunting goes beyond simply telling a scary ghost story. It delves into centuries of stories and case studies, dating as far back as the Ancient Greeks and Romans and has some research to back it up. It answers many questions, and leaves others unanswered.

The stories he shares range from the typical ghost story of objects flying through the air, to some of the most truly bizarre, such as the girl who could see through her ear, or the talking mongoose. Some of them are famous, such as the story of the Bell witch, and the bizarre case of Uri Geller and his ability to make random objects move and appear. Other stories are lesser known.

What they tend to have in common is some sort of force that propels the movement of the objects, usually centering around a teenager, almost always a female. When she leaves a place that appears to be inhabited by a poltergeist, the events usually stop. Most poltergeists do not speak, but on occasion, they attempt to mimic speech. Most can be eventually driven away. All of them are creepy.

It's a book that is going to appeal to the more intellectual crowd, as the stories are written as case studies. Wilson attempts to use strong evidence for answering questions, such as the creation and impetus of poltergeist forces, and what tactics they seem to use for survival. It is well-researched, with documentation spanning the centuries, as well as scholarly studies and reports by other professionals in the field. Those stories that seem unlikely are exposed and challenged. Wilson has been chasing ghosts for years, and knows what he is talking about.

While the book doesn't read like a novel, it is still an entertaining look into a history that is shared by cultures all over the world. It's the kind of history that you are not going to get in a traditional classroom setting. And it's scary enough to give you chills when you read it before bed or to question those little bumps you hear in the night.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
HASH(0x9dbc91ec) out of 5 stars As a victum of such beings in the 1970'snwhen I was 12 years old it is nice to see how Wilson came around in time to ... 3 July 2014
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Refreshing take on a complex subject. As a victum of such beings in the 1970's when I was 12 years old it is nice to see how Wilson came around in time to accept the evidence that poltergeist are actual spirit enities and not some sort of PSI effect or repressions of the ID. I remember actually back in the 1990's having a argument with William Roll who proceeded to attempt to argue with me about what my experiences were and tried to redefine what myself, my family and even my poor dog experienced. Unfortunately, Wilson spends a bit too much time with the history and not enough on the more interesting aspects of what causes poltergeist to attach themselves to certain persons, the role or orgone and emotions, reasons for the poltergeist favorite attacks such as bed shaking, and the connection between poltergeist and evangelical and Catholic families as well as reasons for the 10pm to 3am attack window. Some of this Wilson hints at but one feels Wilson never grows confident enough to address the speculative nature of these enities other than they are dimensional parasites who are strangely evil and feed on fear, orgone, and anger.
HASH(0x9d13e918) out of 5 stars Disappointed 23 July 2014
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I was expecting something entirely different than what this book contained. The description fell far from the mark and the author seems to have no real grasp of what he is writing (he may be an "authority" on the the paranormal, but I picked up on several biased and inconsistent views through out the book). I'm sure if you can follow all the jumping around he does, and are expecting little content related to the title, then this would be a fine read. If, however, you were actually interested in the subject of Poltergeist, it would be, in my personal opinion, best to look elsewhere.

Now don't get me wrong. He does talk an awful lot about "poltergeist" in the strict definition of the word (being "noisy ghost), but in the very broad and easily distracted realm of general hauntings. So I suppose if you just want to have centuries worth of ghost stories relayed to you in a "game-of-telephone" manner, then this is for you.
HASH(0x9dbc9168) out of 5 stars Packed with cases and information 26 Oct. 2013
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Colin does an admirable job exploring the cases and many theories behind the poltergeist and the agent which is the focal point of the phenomena. You might disagree with some of the ideas or theories brought forth here, but that comes with the territory. Colin is definately dedicated to the subject and will give you a lot of cases and incidents to read through and enjoy. A good addition to my library for background on poltergeists.
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