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The Ghost Next Door: True Stories of Paranormal Encounters from Everyday People Paperback – January 4, 2004
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One night, recently, the weather was nasty outside and I was home alone. I was in the mood for some ghost stories, so I pulled THE GHOST NEXT DOOR off the shelf and made myself comfy in my Lazyboy. It was just as good the second time around! I found myself continuing to read through it over the next few days, until I had finished it once again.
This book does something not many books of its kind can lay claim to: It holds my interest from cover to cover. Maybe it's the author's wonderful writing style; maybe it's the fact that the stories are new and original; maybe it's because the book describes ghostly activity as experienced by ordinary people; heck, maybe it's the oh-so-creepy picture on the cover of the book! The fact is that it's all of these things that make this book so eerily entertaining.
I look forward eagerly to Mr. Morris' next book. Until then, I'll probably read this one a few more times!
A coworker handed me "The Ghost Next Door" and asked me to write a review of it. As soon as the book landed in my hands, I flipped it over to read the back cover. I had only to read the first paragraph to understand how interesting this book was going to be...
I'd made a decision before arriving home that I WOULD find the time to read this book and write a short review--but I also decided to be honest and not write a great review simply to be nice to the author. I was so keen by the time I got home that, despite the hour being late and myself tired, I jumped onto the sofa and kicked off my shoes, thinking, "I shall just read a few pages to see what it's about..."
The author's introduction was excellent, and I found myself in agreement with many of his theories and ideas. I also found myself launching straight into the first story...then the second. I was captivated, only eventually closing the book due to a desperate need for sleep, which was definitely not brought about by the book itself! I was actually rather surprised at how much of the book I'd already read. As I lay in bed drifting off to sleep, I thought about the book and the stories within it; these were REAL stories from everyday people.Read more ›
Author Mark Alan Morris pens these stories like a master craftsmen. You'll not only find traditional haunted house hauntings but hauntings in Inns, battlefields, and in cemetary's as well. I'm not bother by some reviewers complaints that the author didn't try to authenticate these stories. I don't think that was what the book is about. These people seem to be speaking form their hearts and directly to the readers. Morris adds a postscript to the stories that wraps them up fairly neatly. This is a great one for reading on those dark and stormy nights or telling a few tales around Halloween. Great stuff!
The main problem is that Morris has done no research on any of these stories, which he tells so well. If he had put just a little effort into finding out the possible origins of these haunts this book would have been so much better. Some ghost story books spoil the mood with too much historical background but it helps the reader immensely to have some idea of the origin of the ghost in question. The few stories in this book that do have some background have it because the possible ghost is a relative of the person who related the story to the author and even then there is often very little information provided about this person's life.
A good example of this lack of background comes from the last story in the book, which deals with a photograph that the author took in Savannah. In this picture there appear a couple of shadowy figures, which he feels might have been ghostly Monks. He and his new bride had wondered if the building across the street from the B&B where they took the photo might have once been a church even before they even took the picture in question, let alone had it developed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very good book. Its something to read especially if you are into paranornal stories.Published 3 months ago by Kim Wattman
"The Ghost Next Door" by Mark Alan Morris is a very enjoyable lite read into the realm of "true ghost stories. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert J.
An "okay" collection of stories, mostly without any real detail or real creepiness to them. Not horrible, but not very memorable either. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew P.
This book is a collection of different paranormal accounts involving haunted hotels,houses,and paranormal encounters in general.I really enjoyed reading this book.Published 4 months ago by naomi
The book is short and every person interviewed is a friend or co-worker of the author. The stories are "meh" at best.Published 5 months ago by Wraith
This book was a great read. I loved all the different stories. It's one of those books that you want to curl up with a blanket and read on a stormy night. :)Published 10 months ago by Ray