Sunday, June 12, 2011

Review: Poltergeist Phenomenon by Michael Clarkson

The Poltergeist Phenomenon: An In-depth Investigation Into Floating Beds, Smashing Glass, and Other Unexplained DisturbancesA poltergeist is defined as a disturbance or energy with bizarre physical effects of paranormal origin that suggest mischievous or destructive intent, such as breaking or moving objects and loud knocks or noises.

The Poltergeist Phenomenon is an exciting, original look at an old subject by an award-winning investigative reporter. The author has reviewed 75 cases and interviewed hundreds of witnesses, paranormal experts, law enforcement officers, psychologists and skeptics to come up with eye-opening results:
  • The typical poltergeist case involves a young person from a repressed home who is going through puberty. He or she may have epilepsy, which produces recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis, a state in which gravity is temporarily suspended.
  • A respected former Princeton University scientist believes he has proven in laboratory experiments that psychokinesis exists and that poltergeist cases are probably true.
  • This rare energy may be part of a person's fight-or-flight system, which is hardwired into everyone and can erupt in certain conditions.

Received from the publicist for review.

As a fan of Fringe and The X-Files I, of course, leapt at the chance to review this - it was right up my alley!  I was not disappointed!

My reaction to each new story was frankly "Well, that was just freaking weird!".  The documentation is creepy in and of itself, but when one really stops to acknowledge that this is nonfiction and a scientific look at the phenomena it really gets just that much freakier.

The only thing that bothered me was the odd gray patches on each page that look almost like burns.  They were a bit distracting, and quite realistic enough that they had me wondering if it was just my copy that had them (it isn't).

This one gets four stars.  It is well written in a clear, very readable style.  It is extremely well researched from a scientific perspective.  Scully would be proud.  I highly recommend this to those interested in the subject, but do not read this after dark or you'll be putting it in the freezer a la Joey!

★★★★ = Really Liked It


Ryan G said...

I think I want this one. Thanks for the review.

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