Book Review: The Poltergeist Phenomenon
Written By: Paranormal News
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What causes a poltergeist--A demonic spirit? A restless soul? A super-charged pineal gland embedded within the brains of children going through puberty who live in disturbed family homes? An outlet for teen angst? Fight-or-flight chemical reactions gone mad? Zero point energy? An epileptic seizure? An electromagnetic anomaly resulting from houses being too close to power lines? No one really knows, but opinions are rampant, and Michael Clarkson presents many of them in his newly published book, The Poltergeist Phenomenon.
You may have your own collection of paranormal literature, but every time a book such as this comes out filled with case studies, it’s still an adventure. Not necessarily an up-to-date source of news (although this one mentions a few recent cases), they provide numerous jumping points that may assist you in coming up with testable theories of your own, story ideas, or perhaps a reason to just momentarily stroke your chin.
After reading this book, I’ll say one thing is certain—the poltergeist phenomenon has been around for a very long time yet no one really seems to know what causes it or has been able to systematically reproduce it in a laboratory. In all honesty, I doubt anyone will ever put the arguments for or against genuine poltergeist activity to rest since the removal of a good mystery has a tendency to sap life of some of its needed meaning and mankind of his unknown powers--but if you’re in a paranormal group and spend time investigating the claims of people in your community, my heart is there with you and you should give this one a read. As Clarkson shows, the phenomenon is alive and well—seemingly as a result of both hoaxers seeking publicity and genuine frightened families with untamed (and unwanted) powers. You may have a tendency to believe that it all is based on people’s desire to have their five minutes of fame--or some goddamned demon that needs a good dose of exorcism--but as Einstein once stated, “It is possible that there exist emanations that are still unknown to us. Do you remember how electrical currents and unseen waves were laughed at?” Other good quotes can be found within this book that make you stop and wonder if you just stumbled upon an arsenal of comebacks for the Randi’s of this world-- but uh, he’s probably heard most of them. Remember: it’s his job to be a skeptic.
So. Hmm. In conclusion--read it, enjoy it, keep a light on, and when you finish, put it on a shelf and hope it doesn’t fall off. Or hope it does.