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4.5 out of 5 stars

TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 December 2012
More of the same sorts of 'unexplained' stories, gathered together from the archives of the Fortean Times 'It Happened To Me' column. Some of them seem daft, some of them just plain ridiculous. But a few of them do make you think. And one or two of them might just make you rush to turn a few lights on or to go and investigate that strange sound you just heard... except that you won't really want to do that, not having seen some of the photographic illustrations in this book. They're all set up, of course, none of them are real... yet some of them are so downright chilling that they manage to add more than a hint of terrifying menace to the stories they are accompanying.

The most terrifying picture of them all isn't even an illustration of a particularly spooky entity, it's just a representation of a man in a phone kiosk in Germany. The chap's only a model and the story isn't even scary in any way but, dear God, that picture will chill your blood. It's supposed to be a friend of Darren Ryden, the author of that particular tale and I'm sure the man's a lovely fellow and all that but, take my advice, don't flick past page 125 without arming yourself first with a nice stiff brandy. You'll need it.
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on 6 January 2012
Interesting - two reviews so far, one maintaining that this is the best of the series, the other the least.

I'm going for the best, and pretty much agree with everything that the positive reviewer says - the poignant `Fairy Visit' on page 45 is worth the price of admission alone; so many levels there, including a literary one.

The only drawback is that the increasing number of submissions from the `net means that a lot of people sign themselves off with `Anon FTMB' or silly monikers like `blob17 FTMB'. A proper name and a home town really does make the difference, aesthetically but also to authenticate.

It also makes me feel rather guilty that I have not submitted my own particular IHTM anecdotes, eg, the Shop on the Edinburgh Mile that wasn't there and the Hawksmoor Church at Limehouse.
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on 1 September 2014
Love this series of books. I always keep a copy in the car as if I get stuck anywhere I have something to read. As they are short paragraphs its great for that
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on 27 February 2013
If you liked the previous Fortean books you will like this. I read a few stories of the paranormal experiences featured each day before I go to work, in the words of W.B. Yeats, to appreciate "what unearthly stuff Rounds" our everyday lives.
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on 24 October 2015
Some totally bizarre stories which can really shake up your view of the world, or your own brain.
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on 4 February 2013
Even if only half of these stories are true, and I believe the vast majority are, then the world really is a strange place indeed. Bring an open mind, because a closed one will only upset you.
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on 24 December 2012
As you'd expect with fortean times, fun strange, and sometimes a bit dark. No doubting how bizarre the human mind really is. Couldn't put it down. I've read all 4 volumes.
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on 10 September 2014
brought for wife think she enjoyed it
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on 14 February 2013
A very good read for persons of a Fortean

Sanderscrw@btinternet disposition. I am one such. Looking forwards very much to the FT magazine coming to kindle if this ever happens
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on 21 August 2013
If you enjoy reading about strange things happening to real people, then this book is a must read. Its fascinating.
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