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Enjoyable read, yet slightly biased,
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This review is from: UFO's Werewolves & The Pig-Man: Exposing England's Strangest Location - Cannock Chase (Paperback)
There is no doubting the passion the Lee Brickley holds for the paranormal legacy of Cannock Chase.
The book begins with a brief look at some of the weird historic highlights of Cannock Chase and then in the following chapters breaks down the weird happenings in the area into categories such as `Alien encounters', `Wild Beasts', `Legend of the Pig Man', `Ghostly Goings on' and `Top Secret Military Activity'.
However, as soon as I began to read the book any excitement I'd held before turned into slight disappointment because throughout, the quality of the book is often let down by Brickley's biased narrative and irrational leaps of logic.
For example, from the off Brickley states that he believes that the odd things occurring in the area are possibly caused by an inter-dimensional portal and that a series of animal mutilations for which a culprit was never found were possibly the result of Alien visitors - notions that are both irrational conjecture. In another instance Brickley doesn't consider whether it is possible for Werewolves to exist at all, but instead whether it is possible for them to manifest during daylight.
Criticism aside, the accounts in the book are very interesting to read, and the experiences reported are genuinely scary to learn about, and I did feel a bit creeped out by some of the things people reported witnessing. The book is a fun read for anyone who has ever had an interest in the weirder side of Cannock Chase, but it often feels as though Brickley is doing his best to convince you that his beloved Cannock Chase is worthy of your attention. That said, I think it is worthy of our attention. The book has certainly made me want to visit the area and learn more. I hope Brickley will write more in the future, but perhaps work slightly on keeping the narrative a bit more structured.