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There's Something Under the Bed: Children's Experiences with the Paranormal Paperback – August 5, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1601631343 ISBN-10: 1601631340 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (August 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601631340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601631343
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,217,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"From the creatures once held only in the realm of fairy tales, to the clinical study of psychic phenomenon, there is much to discuss and learn from There's Something Under the Bed! I'd like to thank Ursula Bielski both as a parent and as a paranormal researcher for shedding such credible light on this important paranormal topic."
--Jeff Belanger, founder of Ghostvillage.com, host of 30 Odd Minutes, and author of The World's Most Haunted Places and Who's Haunting the White House?

"Bielski's perceptiveness about collective memory and popular consciousness balance intellectual investigation with an open-minded respect for folklore and an obvious delight in her subject."
--Cricket magazine

"Ursula Bielski has devoted her life to ghosts... [Her] books are all richly detailed and embellished with history and a sure sense of place..."
--Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Ursula Bielski is the founder of Chicago Hauntings, Inc. A historian, author, and parapsychology enthusiast, she has been writing and lecturing about Chicago's supernatural folklore and the paranormal for nearly 20 years, and is recognized as a leading authority on the Chicago region's ghostlore and cemetery history. She is the author of six popular and critically acclaimed books on the same subjects, which have sold in excess of 100,000 copies. Ursula has been featured in numerous television documentaries, including productions by the A&E Network, History Channel, Learning Channel, Travel Channel, and PBS.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher L. Balzano on September 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
A few years ago, mainly through the signing of strong authors such as Jeff Belanger, New Page made a niche for itself in the paranormal book world. Unlike some of the smaller publishers who developed a model of publishing region stories for new authors, New Page was developing concept driven titles with authors who knew how to produce a good story on a compelling topic. With intelligent commentary and research from people like Brian Haughton and Bob Curran, the house seemed inline to corner a certain market. Something went wrong on the way to the top, and New Page started creating paranormal literature which seemed more based on a checklist of must have topics than a great passion from the authors creating it. Titles from the same author began to appear at an alarming rate, and while the topics are subjects audiences are clamoring for, most fall short of any substance or impact.

Ursula Bielski's There's Something under the Bed suffers from the same disease as their other recent releases. The book is hailed as an exploration of children's experiences with the paranormal, and Bielski shows that she has done research on the topic and knows from what she speaks. Through her looking at the many different ways the paranormal and supernatural seeps into kid's lives, you can tell she is a thoughtful and thorough researcher. The book is a sweeping view of the topic, covering topics such as demons and angels, bogeymen, and haunted toys, and she does an excellent job of bringing in examples from both her personal live as an investigator and famous cases.
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Gef the Talking Mongoose. Bridey Murphy. Borley Rectory. Puhleeze. I had to look at the publication date to make sure this book was published in the last 30 years. There are few paranormal clichés left unresurrected for this book.

Which makes it even more aggravating that the author did briefly touch on new material that she obviously investigated. Why she did not wait until she had enough material for a REAL book, instead of this mishmash, is a mystery.

But it is part of a trend that I have noticed in other paranormal books I've read recently in which old, very old, reports are recycled and concepts which anybody who has ever read more than one ghost book would be familiar with are explained yet again.

It feels like a cynical ploy for niche publishers to make money off the ghost-book-buying public, and I expect better from any book on paranormal topics that I read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 12, 2010
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When I was a child I was fascinated by the paranormal. I would read all that I could about the strange and odd happenings in the world around me. This book would have been a great addition to the books that I always liked to read as it is full of great current and past stories of the connection between children and the paranormal.

What I liked the most about this book was how easy it was to read and you are drawn in further by the images that are within the book and the knowledge that these events actually happened. It boggles the mind to think of the possibilities out there based on the paranormal experiences that others has and this book just adds to the questions!
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I bought this book after listening to Ms Bielski on a radio show. I must say that about 75% of this book is very interesting with interesting facts and stories. But, there are a couple of chapters that were so ridiculous they were virtually unreadable.
I appreciate good scary stories, and there are some in this book. The chapter on fairies was not one of them. I probably would not recommend this book to anyone because I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
I will say though I did enjoy the radio show enough to give the book a try. The book is just a near miss.
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By IthacaRed on September 23, 2010
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Bought this on a whim while accompanying my husband to B&N. Thought it would be a fun casual read for the spooky halloween season. Parts of it are good, entertaining, and even a bit scary. Although there is a big section on angels and demons. The book is very heavy on the Christianity and in particular Catholicism - which I could do without since I don't subscribe to these religions. Wouldn't have bought it had I known. Next time I'll flip through the pages more.
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By Annette Horn on May 18, 2014
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written by one of my friends and i am actually in the book. its a great read and will give you a good scare if you read it at night before bed
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Ursula has outdone herself with this book! The new topics including fairies and how children are more apt to see what we adults can't see really hit home. She captures your imagination & leaves you wanting more!!!
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