Book Review: Dark Spirits by Stephen Lancaster

October 1, 2016 Advanced Readers Copy, Book Reviews 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Dark Spirits by Stephen LancasterDark Spirits: A Man Terrorized by the Supernatural by Stephen Lancaster
Published by Llewellyn Publications on August 8th 2016
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 216
Source: NetGalley
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Driven to the brink of insanity by some of the darkest encounters with the supernatural you can possibly imagine, paranormal investigator Stephen Lancaster has made the afterlife his life. Dark Spirits chronicles his most terrifying investigations over the last fifteen years, highlighting how those cases have affected him and the ghost-hunting field as a whole.
Explore the mysterious hotel room that drives occupants mad. Discover the abandoned plantation that made heavily armed investigators fight for their lives. Learn about the dark entity that followed Stephen home and made his life a living hell. These frightening stories and much more await you in Dark Spirits, a compilation of haunting cases no one can explain or forget.

 

My thoughts

I really enjoyed the forward to this book. It starts out with an introduction describing what to expect from the stories in the book. This is a very thought provoking intro and I was delighted to have picked this up. The book is laid out almost like an anthology but showcases Stephen Lancaster’s most interesting and sometimes horrifying work.

The cases are mostly broken up but some chapters do have stories that extend beyond but for the most part the chapter titles are about the case he was working on at the time. I love this idea. These titles easily give the reader an idea of what is to come next so they very simply add anticipation and excitement. But this is not a book to be overly excited about as it deals with the after life or things that are unseen and, quite frankly, are scary!

Sadly, the entirety of the book did not meet those expectations that are set out in the beginning. Stephen Lancaster says many times that later on he can see why this case was so important to his life but I never could put together why these cases were connected. Maybe I missed something during reading or since I’m an outsider I was unable to see something that he can. That said, many of the stories were interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Where I got lost was in translation. In many areas there are certain adjectives where the person or house was described and I felt as if the author were trying to tell the reader how to feel about that particular event. Mentioning someone’s eyes glazing over or how he changed his speech seems verbose when so much more could be said about the actual event. The stories are worth reading but I found myself becoming less interested in these moments.

At the end he mentions that he wrote one other book and that book was much easier to write compared to this one. I am intrigued enough to go find that and read that one. I am curious if by pushing this one he lost the story telling factor that is needed in moments, or if he could have fell back to the science instead of trying to make these stories fit together. Either way, the book is entertaining and had me asking questions and talking to other people, which is what reading is all about!

In short: Interesting but a bit long. I’m still not sure of the connection in many of the stories, however, that can be overlooked by the content. I think Stephen would find it even more interesting that I finished this book at 11:11 😉

Rating Report
Plot
3.5 / 5
Character Development
3 / 5
Writing Style
3.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
3 / 5
Cover
4 / 5
Overall: 3.4 / 5

 

 

 

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