Title: True Ghosts 2: More Haunting Tales from the Vaults of FATE Magazine
Author(s): David Godwin
Published 2010 by Llewellyn
ISBN: 0738722944
ISBN-13: 978-0738722948
Paperback, 278 pages
List: $15.95
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Reviewer: Mike Gleason

Those of us of a certain age will remember "Fate" magazine as a small (in size) publication, filled with unexplained mysteries, UFO experiences, and paranormal information. In an age before cable programs dedicated to these topics it was the "go to" source. Plus, it was small enough to hide inside a hardcover book so no one could see what you were actually reading. The size has changed over the years, and the cost has risen (as has the overall quality of the magazine). It still contains a mix of professionally written articles, and reader contributions.

One of their mainstays was a column dedicated to "My Proof of Survival". Every month readers could encounter stories of ghostly visitations, unexplained encounters with deceased family pets, and visits with mediums.

True Ghosts 2 contains nearly 100 accounts drawn from the pages of "Fate", over many years. They are accounts written by readers of the magazine, and not professional writers. They cover everything from visits from the dead (human and animal), poltergeist activity, near- death experiences, and continue on to angelic visits. They aren't polished, and they don't attempt to convey anything other than the uncanny experiences these individuals went through. You won't find explanations offered for the most part, although some of the writers share their opinions on causes. What you will find in these stories is simple amazement that "ordinary" people can have "extraordinary" experiences. Although that amazement is, in my opinion, misplaced (there are no such things as "ordinary" people, or "extraordinary" events), it is one that is commonplace.

This is a book which exists for one very simple reason. For as long as the popular media has existed, people have been interested in other people's lives and experiences. "Fate" discovered early on that these types of stories have an almost universal appeal. It doesn't matter if you live in Bangor, Maine or Bangkok, Thailand; there are good odds that your relatives' spirits will pay you a visit; you will see a dearly loved pet after they have passed over to the other side (of wherever or whatever), or things will go clunk in the night; and you won't have a good explanation for it. But you will have a story you will share with your friends and neighbors. If enough of them encourage you, you might even write it down and send it to the folks at "Fate." Then we can all read your story, shake our heads, and say "That reminds me of the time..."


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