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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven: (Or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process) Hardcover – July 16, 2013

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From Publishers Weekly

Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Taylor's follow-up to Seven Deadly Sins reveals itself to be a well-meaning but often meandering collection of ghost stories and far-out philosophical and quasi-scientific ruminations on the existence of God and ghosts that never quite comes together. Circular discussions, tangential digressions and lack of focus detract and irritate rather than provoke thought or introspection; the reader instead must concentrate on Taylor's ever-wavering train of thought in order to keep up. Luckily he does much better when addressing paranormal and supernatural experiences, which constitutes the majority of the book. Some of these encounters are sought out, while others, like the ghostly children who inhabit his current home and the mansion full of ghosts who terrorized the band during a recording session, are mere chance. Taylor's enthusiasm for his topic and sheer wonder is infectious; he makes for a humble, charming host. Still, it's die hard ghost hunters and fans of Taylor's music that will likely get the most out of this. Those on the fence, whether it's regarding organized religion or the existence of ghosts, likely won't have any major revelations.

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Kirkus Reviews, 6/15/13

“Fun campfire ghost stories.”



FrontRowReport.com, 6/17/13

“He’s done it again, folks, put out a piece of art and work that will leave you speechless and thinking harder than you have in awhile. Taylor’s second book…is probably more highly-anticipated than his first book and will have your hair standing on end, chills down your spine while making you laugh hysterically at some parts…A well-written, in-depth, intellectual and bone-chilling piece of work that will go down in history as one of the best books written by a metal singer of all time.”



A New York Times Bestseller, 8/4/13



A Publishers Weekly Bestseller



MediaMikes.com

“At several points throughout the reading of this book the hair on my arms was standing completely straight up.”



Red Carpet Crash, 7/25/13

 “It’s a very well written account of his experiences. Highly recommended read!”



Examiner.com, 7/19/13

“[A] literary masterpiece…Witty and worth the read.”



Sound Crave Magazine, 7/19/13

“Corey is a very ambitious writer. His witty sense of humor and writing style really pulls you in with every word… If you want a fun read about the paranormal and some laugh out loud moments from one of the coolest guys in music pick this one up.”



Publishers Weekly Bestseller, 7/29/13



Publishers Weekly, 8/26/2013

“Taylor's enthusiasm for his topic and sheer wonder is infectious; he makes for a humble, charming host.”



San Francisco Book Review, 8/29/2013

“Taylor is an engaging narrator, skewering organized religion and his own poor choices with equal fervor.”



Examiner.com, 9/10/13

“Part autobiographical and part suspense novel…I whole heartily suggest you pick up a copy. This is a whole scary as hell motion picture captured in the printed word.”



PopMatters.com, 9/16/13

“Taylor’s narrative voice is rich with quick intellect and roaring humor. If one of the main jobs of a writer is to entertain the reader, then Taylor is a literary circus act. While some of his experiences are spine chilling, his writing is so amusing, I was sometimes too busy laughing to be scared… With the Halloween season approaching, I suggest picking up a copy of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven…the book is a witty and thought-provoking read, and has the intimate feel of a good ghost story told around a campfire—by your most offbeat and hilarious friend.”

January Magazine, “Best Books of 2013,” 1/3/14

“We already knew Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor could write. Back in 2011 he wowed his fans with Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good. Yes, that book was memoir. But it was more, as well. This new book takes that original concept and amps it up. Way up, in fact.”

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; First Printing edition (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306821648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306821646
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Miss Bonnie on July 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
A copy of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven was provided to me by Da Capo Press for review purposes.

'Thinking back now, it was really just a creepy house that creaked and shuddered, but to impressionable nine-year-olds, it was the vacation spot of the devil itself.'

To give you all a proper introduction for those who are unaware, Corey Taylor is the lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour and the author of Seven Deadly Sins. 'A Funny Thing Happened' is a worthy follow-up novel and another tantalizing look into the mind of an incredibly interesting man.

At face value I was expecting 'A Funny Thing Happened' to be a random smattering of ghostly encounters he has had over the years, and it is, yet it's a fascinating exploration into the reasoning behind ghosts. His scientific details will definitely get you wondering because his hypotheses generated some genuinely possible answers. Surprisingly intellectual and educational, 'A Funny Thing Happened' is definitely a conduit that spurs some serious debates regarding the existence of the paranormal.

'Cynics will claims that my "eyewitness accounts" can easily be described as "flights of fancy," or "the trappings of an overactive imagination." [...] the one I hate even worse than those others: "You saw what you wanted to see and nothing more."
Let me f***ing telling you something: I did not want to see this s***, and I still do not want to see this s***.'

A Funny Thing Happened is written with a humor that is harsh and biting yet oh so entertaining. This is a man that isn't afraid to speak his mind yet is graciously considerate of others beliefs. He's mindful and respectful of others beliefs regardless of whether or not he shares them.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. 'Chevy' Pickup on November 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Why would you buy this book? If you love ghost stories told to you by the front man of your favorite metal band, then this is the book for you. If you like wandering monologues on existential angst, that might mirror your own inner struggle, then again this is the book for you. If you want to pretend you are Corey Taylor's best friend, this is a lovely read for those who like to be spooked. If you want a first hand account of experiencing the unexplainable, or a front row seat to someone who is awakening to their psychic gifts of becoming a medium and has no clue, then this fills the bill. If you want answers, then this is not the book you are searching for. Nor does it pretend to be. If you want the worst advice on dealing with a hostile energy, then yes, this is it!

Chapter by chapter, Corey Taylor takes you on a cross time, cross country, road trip of the ghosts he has encountered. He takes us into public and private places that not everyone has full access to. Corey collects ghost encounters like some folk collect expensive wine. He savors these stories like exotic treasures, laying them out for us all to vicariously sup at his table. He even has his own pet ghosts which reside in his humble abode (that is after leaving the dangerous ghosts from the last place he lived behind for the next owner to deal with). If you are open to the energies of the paranormal, then Corey's bumbling into ghosts, some of them just plain dark, will make you shake your head and ask, `what was he thinking?'

Sometimes he's been scared, really scared, but he keeps coming back for more. Granted not everyone sees ghosts... yet. He has been exposed to things he cannot explain, and has been working on a theory to explain his experiences.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Messer on July 22, 2013
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I loved the audio book because it was as if you were listening to Corey tell you these stories in person. I'm a huge Corey Taylor fan and this book made me like him even more. This book is about many of Corey's experiences with spirits and hauntings. It also covers topics such as his take on religion/ atheisim and goes into a few stories about his childhood. The last chapter was a bit mind blowing and I love that it really made me think.

I can't wait for his next project!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sourtower on March 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
To start with, I am huge fan of Corey Taylor as a musician and performer. I was excited to read the book, and I have not read his first book. Some of the stories are OK. The prose, if that's what we want to call it, is sloppy, rambling, and gives the impression that the writer (Corey) is something of an ego maniac. None of this changes my opinion of the music, however, I wont be reading anything else from him, as I cant get past his 'voice' in the writing. It is grating and condescending to the reader. I can cut it up with the best of them about ideas on religion, energy, or anything else one could think of, but the tone he takes is caustic. If anyone is curious I am not religious in the least. I have to wonder how many people who read this and gave it good reviews are just simpering super fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AT on July 27, 2013
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I'm a HUUGGGEEE slipknot and stone sour fan so naturally I love corey Taylor. I read his first book seven deadly sins and was unsure of the book. I agree with him on the topic but it was a little difficult to Follow. But this book is very different. It is so awesome and just fun to read and gives you a little different side to how and why in his mind ghosts or "spirits" are existing to him with him not believing in god. He tells some HILARIOUS stories and it's just a blast. Totally recommend it to anyone! 5 stars everyday.
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