A Natural History of Ghosts
500 Years of Hunting for Proof
The Subject Of Whether Ghosts Exist Has Fascinated Some Of The Finest Minds In History And It Remains A Subject Of Overwhelming Interest Today. This Title Presents A Readable History Of The Evolution Of The Ghost In The West, Examining The Behaviour Of The Subject In Its Preferred Environment: The Stories We Tell Each Other.
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Raised in a haunted house, Roger Clarke is best known as a film-writer for the Independent newspaper and more recently Sight & Sound. He was the youngest person ever to join the Society for Psychical Research in the 1980s and was getting his ghost stories published by the The Pan & Fontana series of horror books aged only 15, when Roald Dahl asked his agent to take him on as a client. A published poet, his libretto for The Man with the Footsoles of Wind was performed at the Almeida Theatre in London in 1993. This is the book he always wanted to write.
A racy survey of five hundred years of spirit lore ... Clarke has handy information on the origins of well-known ghost stories. He tells you where Henry James probably got the germ of the idea for The Turn of the Screw ... he gives a deft sketch of the original Woman in Black ... [An] entertaining story of human folly and suggestibility
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