Ghoul Brittania: Notes from a Haunted Isle
Short Books, Limited, 1.4.2011
INCLUDES THE THREE BEST GHOST STORIES EVERWho among us, lying in bed at night, listening to the noises of the house - that creak in the stairs, the clock ticking away in the empty hall - has not experienced a momentary chill, that first tremor of fear? What is it about Britain, asks Andrew Martin, that makes it such a fitting playground for the supernatural? We are, it seems, a nation primed for ghostliness; our history, our landscape, our very climate are inherently eerie. In Ghoul Britannia, Martin takes a wry look at our haunted isle, goes to cursed houses, talks to psychics and believers, and studies exorcisms. He asks why some ghosts appear in libraries and others at the end of the bed, what ghosts like to wear, and whether you should feel nervous on a foggy, moonlit night... In this engrossing new book, Martin searches out the dark corners of our subconscious in an attempt to explain our most deep-seated fears - why, despite famously being a nation of cynics, we just cannot quite ignore that bump in the night.
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