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Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis Book Review

I haven’t read any other books by Bret Ellis after his American Psycho (1991) and I thought I’d give Lunar Park a go. Written in 2006 it follows the life of the author post his literary success into a life of debauchery and then domestic bliss.

“I had dreamed of something so different from what reality was now offering up, but that dream had been a blind man’s vision. That dream was a miracle. The morning was fading. And I remembered yet again that I was a tourist here.”

At first, I thought it was an auto-biography (no, I did not read any reviews before I got started) and I was surprised to see elements of the supernatural sneak in from the middle of the book. There’s a haunted doll, a lot of uneasiness in the house where he lives with his wife and two children and weird emails that keep coming through at 2:40 AM from the bank of his father.
There’s a lot of the plot revolving around the father-son relationship, the first one between Bret and his dad and then between Bret and his son Robert.

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Worlds Beyond * Ian Wilson

“There is one consistent feature to stories of so-called “ghosts”, it is that they almost invariably seem to have their roots in some tragedy from the past.”

Worlds Beyond is the title of a thirteen-part TV series which explores the world of paranormal as it has been revealed in the lives of countless “ordinary” people across five continents. While the TV show has a more “commercial” vibe to it and tends to sensationalize the happenings, the book are based on the real cases and research from the Society for Psychological Research and we can see many of the hauntings debunked.
This important contribution to the study of paranormal proves the wisdom of the great psychologist Jung who remarked

“I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud”

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The Exorcist * Novel by William Peter Blatty

theexorcistTo this day The Exorcist stands as one of the most horrifying movies ever made, a legendary cinematic venture that graphically portrays an epic struggle between human lives and demonic forces. Adapted from William Peter Blatty’s best-selling 1971 novel of the same name, the film was released by Warner Brothers on December 26, 1973 and immediately played to packed movie theaters across the country. The ensuing media blitz focused its attention on both the movie’s hard-to-stomach scenes that depicted a child possessed by the devil and the fact that author Blatty had based the story on a supposedly real event that took place in the Washington, D.C. area back in 1949. The film was nominated in 1974 for ten Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and was the recipient of two: “Best Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium”—William Peter Blatty, and “Best Sound”—Robert Knudson and Chris Newman. The Exorcist has retained a faithful following since its debut and to date has grossed over $165 million (making it the thirteenth top grossing film of all time), with video sales and rentals still bringing home healthy sums.

Karras: Hello, Regan. I’m a friend of your mothers. I’d like to help you.
Regan: Why not loosen the straps then?
Karras: I’m afraid you might hurt yourself, Regan.
Regan: I’m not Regan.
Karras: I see. Well then, let’s introduce ourselves. I’m Damien Karras.
Regan: I’m the devil. Now kindly undo these straps!
Karras: If you’re the devil, why not make the straps disappear?
Regan: That’s much too vulgar a display of power, Karras.
Karras: Where’s Regan?
Regan: In here – with us.
Karras: Show me Regan and I’ll loosen one of the straps.
Regan: Can you help an old altar boy, Father?… Your mother’s in here with us, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I’ll see that she gets it.
Karras: If that’s true, then you must know my mother’s maiden name. What is it? What is it?
[Regan vomits onto Karras]

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Dean Koontz The Door to December Book Review

128573If you are wondering who was Leigh Nichols, it was none other than Dean Koontz doing a bit of Richard Bachman-ing. The Door to December book, written in 1988 is a small thriller gem, filled with ghosts and Paranormal activity, is a great way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in a hammock.

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Chris Carter – An Evil Mind book review

9781471132216It’s been a while since I’ve read such a good and gripping psychological thriller. Extraordinarily orchestrated, a battle of two psychology majors – one a serial murderer, the other an LA PD forensic profiler. I felt like I was watching Hannibal Lecter in action again.

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Psychology

How to perform Astral Projection

If you are thinking about detaching your consciousness from your body, better read what the Don has to say about it. Do not use any state altering drugs and try to be as calm as possible if you happen to be in a nightmare.

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Astrology

What is Astral Projection?

This is the first three articles from the Compuserve set by Don DeGracia explaining what astral projection is.