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The Dead Roam the Earth: True Stories of the Paranormal from Around the World Paperback – September 25, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143122266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143122265
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alasdair Wickham is the author of four novels. After his parents' death, he went to live in his grandparents' house, which was haunted, and he has been researching the paranormal for the last thirty-five years. He lives in the United Kingdom.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I found this book a very interesting starting point for getting into stories of the paranormal. It was also a quick read. I read it over the weekend. Very good.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Juan J. on October 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have not read this book entirely, but was initially very interested in it. I started reading through it at the local B&N when I came upon a page where he writes about sightings of small gnomes in Argentina, and mentions amateur video taken by some teens of a gnome crossing a street.

*sigh* I know what video he's talking about. It's a viral video created by Travelocity. Their mascot is a gnome who travels the globe. If THAT somehow got past the author, I can't trust what other mistakes might be in the rest of the book.
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It took me a while to appreciate this book. I started reading it a few times and couldn't get too far for unknown reasons. Perhaps it was the inclusion of short stories from all around the globe in every chapter. Perhaps it was that the author did not do too much (probably by design) in regard to creating and sustaining a suspenseful, "scary" presentation style. Perhaps it was that I was familiar with many of the stories referenced. The title really does not decribe the thrust of the book either. The title lends one to think it is a book only of ghosts and hauntings. However, the book casts a much, much wider view of the occult. This might confuse readers a bit in the beginning, as it did me. Actually reading the book does pay off, though.
In any event, the author did try to create a "global" view of certain aspects of the occult, and even better, added his own analysis,and interpretation of things---which I grew to appreciate very much. The author is clearly speaking from an immense core of paranormal knowledge and a lifetime of study and thinking about it.
For instance, in the chapter on movie curses, I had previously read much (not all) of the facts presented about the movies in other places. But, these "other places" did not attempt to explain them as well as this author did. The "other places" left me frightened, but asking "why". This author made the attempt to explain the nuances and differences in the various movie curses, in a very satisfying, and more complex, but less dramatic, way.
This book presents occult happenings in a (sort of) matter of fact way, and attempts to present a overview of the Occult on Planet Earth.
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The Dead Roam the Earth: True Stories of the Paranormal from Around the World by Alasdair Wickham includes tales of ghosts, monsters, poltergeists, witchcraft, and other paranormal phenomenon. While this may be categorized as a novel, it's more of a reference text, and it would be best enjoyed when one is looking for information about these subjects, rather than a fictional text. Whether or not the reader believes in the supernatural, the book presents information in a format that makes it easy to pick up and put down without losing your place.

It should be noted that some of the material has been collected in other forms, such as sections on curses and film sets, which anyone watching late night television has seen around Halloween. In addition, it's hard to draw conclusions about the supernatural, especially when there are only a few accounts of events, and to make snap judgements comes across as reaching for straws at times.

There's no denying that there are many things in this world that are difficult to explain, and if a reader is seeking a book that offers alternative explanations, they will find something of interest in this book. Just don't accept it as truth without doing research on it first.

(Reviewed for A Book Obsession..)
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