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Good stories, but...
on July 2, 2004
I enjoy a good ghost story as much as the next person, and this book is full of great stories, but with the sweet comes the sour...
My biggest annoyance w/the book are the pictures. Here's why:
1. Some of the pictures are so obviously fake, it's laughable. What's worse is the author doesn't label them as such which is misleading to the reader.
2. Some of the pictures appear to be double exposures, a very reasonable explanation for some of the images.
3. The pictures of orbs, vortexes and mists could be explained by every day things such as water droplets on a lens, or a camera strap in front of the lens. Both of which are easily staged.
4. There are pictures interspersed randomly throughout the book that have no meaning to the stories in the section they're in. There is often a picture of a "ghost" on one page and you'd expect the corresponding story to be on the next page or at least somewhere in that section, but nothing. Maybe a section at the end of the book soley for pictures w/out stories would have been better?
Also, the author has seemed to capitalize on commom myths and urban legends (without trying to debunk them). For example, the "Amityville Horror" , wasn't that found to be a giant hoax? You wouldn't think so by this book. The author is either extremely gullible or very good at marketing (I will go with the latter). Keep in mind some of these stories are from a time when superstitions ran high and there wasn't much in the way of scientific explanation.
So, buy this book for the entertainment factor. Another plus is, it's a big book, lots of stories. The content is very interesting, but don't believe everything you read.