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[The cover actually has the little orbs/wisps all over both front/back covers and they’re gloss on the matte cover so it looks pretty cool. It’s also a really ‘squishy’ book – which I don’t know how to really explain more but I liked it]
“Do you believe in ghosts? From incubi in Sumatra to exorcism in Sudan to spirits in our own backyard, The Dead Roam the Earth explores the fascinating variety—and uncanny similarity—of supernatural encounters in every corner of the planet, providing chilling accounts of real-life ghost sightings, haunted places, poltergeists, possessions, Mothmen, demons, witchcraft, ritualistic killings, and much more.”
[I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts]
With a name like ‘Alasdair Wickham’ I definitely assumed that this person had to be a paranormal/spooky stuff expert.
I went in expecting just sort of general paranormal ‘stories’ that are supposedly true reports. Meaning ghosts, vampires, demons/possession – that kinda stuff.
What I didn’t expect but got in this book was also: ritualistic killings/murders, occult in the military, cursed movies/media, cryptids, how the paranormal mixes with modern day technology, and people that you probably didn’t know were involved with the occult in general.
I was definitely surprised that this book did a serious deep-dive into a ton of aspects of what would be considered ‘paranormal,’ it was also disappointing of how boring the book was for a lot of the subjects.
This book is literally chock-full of tons of stuff that I love, but there were multiple chapters that almost seemed like a serious chore to get through. For a book less than 300 pages I can usually get done in a few days, but this took a few weeks, even with reading every day. That, and there were quite a few areas where I had to roll my eyes or quirk an eyebrow at the content I was reading [more than usual for, you know, content about the paranormal] because there were a lot of claims to stories being absolute truth, but also no siting to the source despite that the author references that it came from a book, website, etc – but doesn’t actually list it anywhere, not even in an index at the end of the book.
There’s also the whole issue of that there’s a lot of opinions going on this book made by the author. Sure, that’s fine in some degree, but they try to make a lot of connections for things that aren’t proven, and try to serve it as fact. Which sort of makes the lack of sourcing even worse. [And for some of the things that I went and looked up, all pointed in the opposite direction of what the author tried to opinionate]
I also have a really picky dislike, which is/was that everywhere in the book, are random text boxes that have facts somewhat relating to the chapter in most cases. However, these boxes are randomly placed, sometimes in the middle of paragraphs. It’s really jarring and distracting to have them in that placement in most of the cases because the content the boxes are separating can also stretch on for multiple pages without break and so if you wanted to wait for the end to get to the boxes, there’s a lot of backtracking. Or, it’s annoying to sort of break and read something random in the middle of what you were focused on.
Ultimately, I guess this book wasn’t terrible as I found it in the super discounted bargain bin, but it still seemed more effort to get through than I’d like for something that usually greatly piques my interest.
I give The Dead Roam the Earth 2/5 EVPs
“The fact that books, films, and TV interpret ghosts as restless creatures wanting the help of the living to achieve closure says more about our need for a satisfying story than it does about the real nature of ghosts. “