Wednesday, June 06, 2007


Will Storr vs. the Supernatural by Will Storr
"Will Storr doesn't believe in ghosts. Not, that is, until he is sent on a journalistic assignment to follow Lou Gentile, a Demonologist from Philadelphia. What Will expects to be a straightforward piece, poking gentle fun at an amusing eccentric, turns into a terrifying nightmare of spectral ghost lights, suburban possession and horrific demonic growling. It is an experience that instantly demolishes all of his safe, adult preconceptions.
In an effort to unravel what happened, Will sets out on a journey to find the truth about ghosts. He meets professional paranormal investigators, trance mediums, a sceptical monsterologist and a pair of black magic vigilantes from Worthing. He takes part in seances and vigils; tries out divining rods and Ouija boards; experiments with Electronic Voice Phenomena and spends a week in the most haunted house in Britain. He also seeks out sceptical voices from the worlds of clinical psychology and philosophy, has tea, cake and a worrying chat with the legendary ghost investigator Maurice Grosse, goes on set with TV's Most Haunted, and is exorcised in Rome by the Vatican's chief exorcist."*
I picked this book up on a lark at the library. I think the thing that interested me most was finding out the perspective of the Vatican's chief exorcist. That part didn't come until close to the end of the book but it was an interesting read nonetheless. Storr interviewed and tagged along with a variety of folks whose credibilities run the gamut from intelligent to insane. Some of the stories were bone-chilling, some funny and some very sad. The segment from the Vatican was interesting. It was intriguing that Storr's ghost hunt was very much wrapped up in his search for faith. All in all a satisfying read if the supernatural is of any interest to you.

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