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OK, so what is the worst book on cryptozoology, UFOlogy, psychic research, hauntings, mediums etc you've read in your life?
What ill-concieved tome made your stomach churn with bad writing, sloppy ideas and impossible theories?
I've read many but one stands out: Hunt for the Skinwalker  by Colm H. Kelleher.
I've often wondered what mental illness made me buy this... thing.
Who can believe all the events that happened in a ranch in Utah? Who can believe the author holds a Ph.D. in physics when he isn't even able to describe procedures a first-year chemistry student knows by heart? Why hasn't such a dangerous place been walled up and left to rot?
In the 300-odd pages of this book EVERYTHING happens in a small ranch in Utah: cattle mutilations, UFOs, poltergeists, dogs being incinerated, ghost wolves shrugging off bullets from "high powered rifles", mysterious shadow being, portals to other dimensions, mind control, orbs... even the famous Bigfoot puts up an appearance or two.
Of course despite the constant presence of trained scientific personnel and security guards with high-tech instruments, almost no datas are obtained. There is no pattern of scientific investigation, in fact it would appear as if the author ignores even the common-sense methods that are employed by "non-professional" ghost and UFO hunters.
Add the fact that the book does display more than a few signs of hasty composition and it cannot measure even with a pulp horror novel.
NOT recommended.


"Louhi spoke in riddled tones of three things to achieve: find and catch the Devil's Moose and bring it here to me. Seize the Stallion born of Fire, harness the Golden Horse. He captured and bound the Moose, he tamed the Golden Horse. Still there remained one final task: hunt for the Bird from the Stream of Death"

-Kalevala, Rune XIII-

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Out of nowhere I've just

Out of nowhere I've just remembered a dire tome which for obvious reasons I seem to have blocked from memory - Richard Felix's Great Ghost Tour of Britain: Scotland. I must confess though that I have not 'read' it, but have given it a quick skim in a very quiet corner of a bookshop, prying that no one would see me. It simply consisted of large type personal opinion and paraphrased drivel. It was a good year or so that I picked it up,so I can't give any examples, but I do remember reading a few entries which were innacurate in terms of the stories he had 'borrowed' from other volumes, but also lacked historical acuracy in many of the accounts. I also seem to recall that his grasp of English was dire.

Whenever I come accross a volume on ghosts/hauntings, I usually have a skim through looking for three things - if it's well written (I hate really poor editing as I end up instinctivley correcting it as I go along and end up not taking in the actual story), if there are any accounts that I've not read about before (you can often find obsure little gems that are infrequently recounted and can offer something new), and if it includes more popular accounts (too many of these means its unlikely to offer anything new on a tale, but also comparing that account with the original or earlier accounts can be a good way of judging the authors research and analytical skills). Suffice to say Richard 'the Most Haunted 'historians' volumes failed on all accounts. A book I'd happily recommend for recycling.



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