Will Storr Vs. The Supernatural: One man's search for the truth about ghosts Paperback – 1 Feb 2007
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"In the investigative mode of Jon Ronson and Louis Theroux, Storr makes the perfect companion for travels in the paranormal - highly amusing, thought-provoking and downright scary in equal measure " (Zoo magazine)
"Starting as a light-hearted romp full of small-town losers who've read too much Stephen King, it soon morphs into a more thoughtful investigation... funny, engaging and genuinely frightening, it makes you wonder if all those horror movies you watched as a teenager had it right after all" (Arena)
"Storr interviews everyone from mediums to monsterologists and recounts the lot in a simple, yet evocative style that makes this book hard to put down, even if you don't believe in the paranormal" (Big Issue)
"A very amusing way to scare yourself stupid" (Independent on Sunday)
"This award-winning writer is at the vanguard of the new British journalism. A taut, fascinating and funny book" (Herald Sun (Australia))
'A ripping yarn that genuinely leaves you questioning how you view the world' GuardianSee all Product Description
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I think what's particularly refreshing about the book is that he really comes across as someone who is open minded and genuinely looking for answers rather than having a pre conceived notion of it being all nonsense or even the opposite. He meets with the extremely credulous and the hardcore sceptics. He soon discovers that to be a fully fledged rationalist sceptic you would have to have your ears and eyes glued shut and out rightly deny that anything is explicable in normal terms, which in reality is just quite an arrogant thing to say.
He runs through the different scientific and philosophical arguments for or against consciousness surviving death. Such as Penrose's Orch-Or concept or Persinger's studies in how Electro Magnetic Fields cause a malfunction in the temporal lobe of some individuals which causes hallucinations. His research into the Enfield Poltergeist case was particularly of interest to me as the hard rationalist sceptics look at the photos of Janet's supposed levitation which clearly look's like she's jumping and the fact that they were caught doing tricks a couple of times. Thus the argument of 'case closed' is often put forward.Read more ›
This is an excellent book for everyone who is interested in the things in life we call "paranormal"/"supernatural" and has an interest in the people who carry out this research, whether believers or skeptics. Do buy/preorder it.
Once you pick the book up and start to read you can't put it down again and it's one of those sorts of books that, like a good film, you'll enjoy reading bits of over and over again.
Will is a very intelligent, interesting writer with a witty, rich style of prose and narrative who'll have you laughing hysterically one minute then thinking "ooer..." the next, as he delves into the weird and wonderful world of "ghost-hunting" and all things associated with the possibilities of what might happen after we die - if anything.
(Beware of reading it late at night while your partner sleeps or you'll wake them up shaking with laughter or jumping with fright).
One thing seems clear throughout - ouija boards are not a good thing to play around with.
I don't see much comparison with Louis Theroux - Will Storr is vastly superior and gives an impression of being genuinely ingenuous, he lets the people he encounters (and phenomena) "speak" for themselves in the work mostly, without being judgemental.
He has a very interesting biography. It would be good to see the episodes in his life as a writer that he describes also collected into print. Some are wacky to put it mildly!
He thoroughly deserves his titles of New Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year.
I'm looking forward to reading his forthcoming novel - it will surely be intriguing. Meanwhile, for those who'd like to know more about Will see his website: [...]
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Some amazing and chilling stories told but only criticism is that it doesn't flow particularly well and the conclusions are a tad fuzzy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gareth Smith
It is not easy to find a good book on the subject. Many authors come across too authoritarian, either telling you it is definitely YES or definitely NO. Read morePublished 8 months ago by hamptoncherry
If you're interested in the paranormal then this is a book for you. Great readPublished 11 months ago by Kaz
Excellent book! One of the best books I read this year, so far. Had me in stitches, yet very thought provoking too.Brilliant!!Published 13 months ago by Debs
I read this book years ago and absolutely loved it! He's puts humor in his quest and gets more than he bargained for in experiences on more than one occasion. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sonia Scott
Very well written and very funny. If you are interested in ghosts and the paranormal then this is well worth it, particularly if you are a discerning reader and wary of the subject... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. T. Howden
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