Monday, April 16, 2012
Your Hair, Standing On End
Your hair, standing on end. That's what will happen when you read This House is Haunted: The Amazing Inside Story of the Enfield Poltergeist, by Guy Lyon Playfair (White Crow Books, 2011). This updated edition brings readers of the original publication (1980) up-to-speed with what has happened since the case made headlines back in 1977-1978. This real-life paranormal encounter was exhaustively researched by paranormal investigator Guy Lyon Playfair and his colleague from the British Society for Psychical Research (SPR), Maurice Grosse. Our book trailer may make your skin crawl.
Isn't that soundtrack music just too creepy? Well, it's mysterious, as the title of the CD from which it was taken makes clear. You may have heard this music before, if you're a regular reader of this feature.
White Crow Books Edition (2011)
I love books about haunted places. All that spooky stuff is really cool. But this book has some genuinely frightening features, as well as some strong language, so parents, take note. Although teen readers will undoubtedly find nothing in the book particularly scary or shocking, readers under 12 might, although the ones I know are pretty worldly already. It takes quite a bit to shake them up. Adults are old enough to know what they can tolerate.
The author states that these events are true--they actually happened as reported--and his international reputation validates his integrity and honesty. But you'll have to decide for yourselves whether or not to believe the events described. That's part of the fun, isn't it?
I've Seen Some Poltergeist Phenomena Moiself, But Nothing as Extreme as in This Book,
Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Psychical Research News Beat
P.S. "This House is Haunted," by Alice Cooper, appeared on the CD The Eyes of Alice Cooper (2003). This is a return-to-rock-and-roll-roots album for the Founder of Shock Rock. (Chill, Ozzy Osbourne fans. Alice Cooper was performing outlandish stage shows before Ozzy, although Black Sabbath clearly was the pioneer of heavy metal.) Alice Cooper performed at Scowl-Face's high school's prom in 1972. That's a fact, Jack.