Short and Bloody History of Ghosts

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9780099417255: Short and Bloody History of Ghosts

John Farman explores every ghastly haunt in his search for the truth about phantoms, in this uproarious but spooky study of ghosts, poltergeists, vampires and things that go bump in the night.

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John Farman attended Harrow Art School followed by the Royal College of Art. After completing his Masters degree he worked in the advertising industry until his departure to become a full-time writer and illustrator. He is the author of several children's books, including The Very Bloody History of Britain (without the boring bits), The Very Bloody History of London, C.R.A.P. (A Collection of Rotten Adult Principles) and Jesus: The Teenage Years. He lives in London.

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Grade 4-6-Ghosts and poltergeists, hauntings and monsters all pop up in this charming compilation. Brief accounts of strange encounters come from India, Egypt, China, ancient Rome, and several other countries. The bulk of these reportedly true events originated in England with a representative sampling from the United States. Most of the tales included have appeared in other collections, but a few are not so readily found elsewhere. While the accounts are generally presented in a straightforward manner, Farman often throws in a dry, witty comment to lighten the mood. Humorous cartoons add to the irreverent atmosphere. Chapters sort the contents into categories such as "Modern British Ghosts," "Inanimate Ghosts," "Animal Ghosts," and "Vampires." Along the way there are some basic theories about what spirit encounters may really be and hints on how to hunt for and deal with ghosts. This book could be simply an entertaining amusement, yet Farman adds on a substantial glossary, a list of recent collections of ghostly tales, a dozen related Web sites, and a surprisingly detailed index. Although this is just one of hundreds of collections of paranormal encounter tales, it is one of the more appealingly packaged bundles.
Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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