- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin eBury Press (23 October 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143444697
- ISBN-13: 978-0143444695
- Package Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm
- Customer Reviews: 27 customer ratings
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Haunted: Terrifying Real-life Encounters with Ghosts and Spirits Paperback – 23 October 2019
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The Lost Child of Kuldhara: the story is spooky, and it does give you the chills. I was reading the story in a quiet environment and even the slightest sound will spook me. As the name suggests the story is of a child who is separated from his parents and has asked for help. I was like Dude, who helps a child at 1 am. Run for your life.
Voice in the hostel: not that scary compared to first. But a nice read. The story is about the author’s hearing the voice of the dead in the hostel.
The Salt Witch of the Lambi Dehar Mines: The story is of Jay being asked to visit a property to check for paranormal activities. I liked the crow’s part and the ghost behind you part.
The forbidden Fort of Bhangarh: I have read many horror books and every book has a story of the Bhangarh Fort. So what difference is this story is, it is night and day difference. This story will not take you to the fort but will give you chills as well.
The Tragic Ghost of Vas Villa: Again a nice read. The story is placed in Bangalore and the author is set to visit the place. I loved the car scene and the paranormal in the room.
Mayong, The Birthplace Of Black Magic: as the title suggests the story consists of Black Magic. Not at all spooky and nothing in horror as per the author himself. But the author has left a thread hanging.
A Carnival of Ghosts: As the name suggests, the author is told about a place where there is a carnival of ghosts. Not horror but it does show how extreme a human mind can go.
The Royal Spirits of the Three king Chapel: I really loved it. What happens when a normal visit becomes spooky. In this story, a couple has approached the author for some strange happenings but will the visit to the Chapel helps them is the story.
The Headless Boy of Mussoorie: as the title suggests, the author hears about the headless boy and he is en route to visit the place, will he meet the ghost or not is the story. Not spook but ok.
Temple of Exorcism: Again a story on people’s beliefs. Nothing related to Horror but scary. The only reason it is scary is what can a human mind come up with to keep its belief.
So Overall I have liked this book. Some Scary, some eyeopener.
Ratings: 4 out of 5
A haunted villa in Bangalore is explored in the dead of night. A shadow with a "contours of a woman" is seen. She is promptly identified as the ghost of the murdered woman. How? The author apologises and tamely withdraws. Similarly, the author sets out to solve the mystery of Bhangarh. He encounters spirits of tantriks. Otherwise all is well. No queens or princesses or magicians or other lost souls. As is his wont, he quietly withdraws with his equipment.
Want to be scared? See old episodes of Zee Horror TV show or some Ramsay movies. At least they are not so fake and ludicrous as this book is.
The first story is ‘The lost child of Kuldhara’. This place is one of the haunted places in India. On one event, Jay meets a child in the Jaisalmer, and this leads him to venture deep in the Kuldhara. Was it wise or not?
‘The voice in the hostel’ is a story that describes Jay’s first inclination towards the paranormal world. While in school he lost his close friend mysteriously. Soon, the spirit of that friend comes to him and he starts listening to his voice. Why he chose Jay?
‘The Salt witch of Dehar Lambi Mines’ is a story of a mine which was closed due to an accident. Many people have died inside that. Jay has ventured in these mines and his experience is chilling to read.
Bhangarh fort is one of the most haunted places in India. ‘The forbidden fort of Bhangarh’ depicts Jay’s unusual experience which is shocking.
The next story, ‘The tragic ghost of vas villa’ is a fascinating experience.
Mayong is a place in India, which is considered as the birthplace of black magic. Jay got a chance to visit this place and his experience over there is eye-opening.
‘A carnival of ghosts’ is again an interesting story, where Jay got a chance to participate in a mela where the possessed people come with the hope of a cure.
This story is my favorite in the book, based in Goa, ‘The Royal Sprit of the three king chapel’ is something amazing to read.
‘The headless boy of Mussoorie’ is a bone-chilling story where Jay tries to know more about the ghost of a headless boy.
‘Temple of exorcism’ is a shocking personal experience of Jay, where horrible things happen in the name of curing possessed people.
The narration of Neil D’silva is amazing and interesting as usual. Each story is well-described with a perfect narration of backdrop, teleporting the readers in that place. The language is also easy which can be enjoyed by every type of reader.
I am so glad that this book is in my collection. I am fond of the paranormal world and always keep looking to read and watch something which helps me to understand this world better. This book is not just a haunting experience of Jay, but it also shows the mirror to the various misunderstanding related to a ghost. Jay’s humble nature and curiosity clearly show in the book. Because of this book, I got to know many different things about the ghost world and haunted places.
This is not just a mere collection of paranormal investigator’s experiences but also a book that helps to understand and respect the souls which are trapped on the earth.
Overall, a perfect and entertaining book and if you love reading about paranormal the do not miss it.