This latest collection of real stories from the paranormal investigatory group The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) has the same punch as its predecessor, Ghost Hunt (2010).
That the stories are the product of actual work conducted by the Society give them a powerful grip on readers’ attention. This happened, like it or not, but probably you’ll like it. The pacing is crisply staccato—“Again the eyes winked out. As if the animal had disappeared. But then there they were again. The eyes were closer. A lot closer”—and cinematic, which is understandable, as these tales have become material for a popular television series. The milieus are excellent, from a lonesome lake to a towering lighthouse to Alcatraz (D Block, where the truly rotten were incarcerated within the incarceration), then to the even more devious everyday: your backyard at night. It is the stuff of all that goes bump in the night: “ ‘I hear footsteps,’ Dave whispered. ‘They’re coming closer!’ Step, drag. Closer. Step, drag. Closer.” Darting shadows, cold spots, phantom smells, orbs, voice phenomena—nay, apparitions!—work readers to the point of tasting the enamel flaking off their grinding teeth.
It is also great ammunition for every kid who claimed a rude presence under the bed or in the closet: I told you so. (Nonfiction. 8-15)