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April 18, 2008

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Very interesting. I haven't looked into much literature on poltergeists but now you've piqued my interest. I may look into this book.

Aw, it's not on sale in the US website. Am I able to import this? As silly as it's sound, it's something I've never done before.

You should be able to, may take a bit longer. But have a look at the 'used and new' offers on the UK website - a couple of US dealers say they have it in stock.

I ordered it off US Amazon last night. I have previously ordered books off Amazon.uk. It worked well - not that much longer a wait.

Thanks for the tip on this book, Robert. I'm looking forward to reading it.

If spirits have the ability to do such things, why are the reports of such phenomena seemingly few and far between? One would think that there would be many spirits out there who would want to take advantage of an ability to produce such dramatic effects in our world, either for good or bad.

Mike

There are a number of answers to your question, but the simplest is that they do happen with great frequency. Poltergeist phenomena are very common.

What is unusual is (a) the strength of the incidents, (b) the length of the occurrences, and (c) the presence of independent observers.

By way of comparison, earthquakes happen all the time (at least where I live) but only the occasional one is strong enough to make the news.

Hi Tony,

Thanks! That is interesting. I wish these things were investigated more often, with less opposition from hard line skeptics. I also wish I could experience such phenomena myself, but without any negative aspects!

Hi.I'm one of the authors of The South Shields Poltergeist - One Family's Fight Against an Invisible Intruder. Just a quick post to say thanks for generating such a sensible (and interesting) discussion about our book. Keep up the good work - and all comments (positive and negative) are welcomed.

The best way to order our book is by going to The History Press website or ordering on-line form Amazon or whatever.

Finally...I just love Paranormalia.

Best wishes,

Mike Hallowell

Welcome aboard, Mike. My copy of the book came in the mail today, and I plan on reading it once I'm done with Opening Minds by Simeon Hein.

Thanks, Mike :)

Just a quick note to let you know that the official South Shields Poltergeist website has now been launched and can be found at www.mikehallowell.com/shieldspolt/

Co-author Darren says "Hi", and is well pleased with this discussion, as am I.

Our book has already started to cause ripples throughout the paranormal research community, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Here's some breaking news exclusive to Paranormalia: We're working on a second book - a follow-up to The South Shields Poltergeist - and we're quietly confident that it will be more riveting than the last. You heard it here first, folks.....

Best wishes,

Mike (and Darren)

I looked at The South Shields Poltergeist website. The visuals and language used seem very sensational to me -- like reading a tabloid newspaper instead of a site about serious research.

Interesting comment, but the website is about us and what we do - period! Our serious research and work is kept for our books! a website is a website, its there to keep people informed of what we are doing, thats all, So does it matter what it looks like, or reads like....?

Darren

"The visuals and language used seem very sensational to me"

I'm puzzled. The "visuals" simply are what they are - a record of things as they transpired and were not sensationalised in any way. I'd be interested to know which specific images you're referring to, and why you feel they were "sensationalised".

"...like reading a tabloid newspaper instead of a site about serious research".

I think it would be better to judge the way we've treated the subject by the content of the book, and not by a website which simply gives a brief synopsis of the case. Further, if we're to be accused of not engaging in "serious research", I think it would be better to criticise how we actually conducted our research instead of criticising the style of our website, which is a totally separate thing.

Personally, I think that there's an attitude amongst some that anything "serious" should be presented in a dry, academic manner. This might please high-brow sophisticates,but doesn't go down well with the general public. Darren and I attempt to cross the line and make our books appealing to both the serious researcher and the lay-person alike. Remember - Guy Playfair wrote the foreword for our book, and no one would accuse him of not being a "serious" researcher! For him to be so enthusiastic over the book I guess we must have done something right.

Just in case anyone thinks we can't cut the mustard when it comes to "serious" research, you should know that we have lectured about the case at the Society for Psychical Research to an audience of well-qualified peers - and very well received indeed.

We don't want our work to be lightweight, but neither do we want it to be stuffy and boring. Obviously we can't please all of the people all of the time - but we try to satisfy as many as we can.

Mike

Mike and Darren,

It was not my intent to criticize the quality of your research, as I have not yet had the opportunity to read your book, although I hope to at some point. Your research may well be outstanding. I have always felt that poltergeist phenomena is worthy of being taken seriously, although I've never experienced it myself. All I was doing in my comments was sharing my personal reaction to the appearance and some of the wording on your site. I guess I was expecting a site that would look more like the Society for Psychical Research site. I don't really have any problem with the photos on the site, but more with the graphics and colors used for the text. And it's just me. For all I know your site may draw many open minded people to read your book, and that would be great! I would think that ideally your documetation of this case should bring the scientific community to its knees! But the book will have to be widely read for that to happen, I guess.

Hi Mike,
Thanks for the feedback. We'll bear in mind your observations and see if the site can be improved - we're always happy to receive ideas as to how it can be made better.
Another point to bear in mind is that we're not professional web-builders and probably have made a few bloomers!
I know that I tend to use colours too much (you should see my lounge - its like an explosion in a paint factory)but bear with me - I'm trying to moderate my tastes!

Best wishes,

Mike

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