Penguin Book


A Natural History of Ghosts

Roger Clarke

'Is there anybody out there?'

No matter how rationally we order our lives, few of us are completely immune to the suggestion of the uncanny and the fear of the dark. The subject of whether ghosts exist has fascinated some of the finest minds in history and it remains a subject of overwhelming (if slightly embarrassed) interest today. This is the first comprehensive, authoritative and readable history of the evolution of the ghost in the west, examining the behaviour of the subject in its preferred environment. What did the haunted see? What did they believe? What happened next? Taking us through the famous hauntings that have obsessed the world from the poltergeist of Cock Lane and the dark events of Borley Rectory right up to the present day, Roger Clarke unfolds a colourful story of charlatans and true believers. His surprising castlist ranges from Samuel Johnson to John Wesley, and from Harry Houdini to Adolf Hitler, his chapters cover everything from the technology of ghost-hunting to the emergence of the Victorian ghost flash mob.

Brought up in haunted houses, Roger Clarke was the youngest person ever to be invited to join the Ghost Society. His stories were published in the Fontana Books of Ghost Stories when he was just 15.Today he is a journalist and film critic for the Big Issue, the Observer and Sunday Times. But this is the book he has always wanted to write.

Division
Penguin
Publication date
01/11/2012
Category
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • History
Format TPS
198 x 129mm
Illustrations
20 integrated b/w
Extent
384
US
St Martin's Press Inc.
Translation
Penguin
Rights sold
German
Japanese
Korean
Spanish
Film
Sheil Land Associates Ltd
Serial
Penguin
Audio (Unabridged)
Sheil Land Associates Ltd
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