collapse
2020 Donation Drive

It's time for our annual Server Donation Drive! We need to raise at least $710 to keep The Cauldron's server online for another year. Please help! Either hit that Paypal button to the right and make a one-time donation in any amount or set up a monthly Bronze, Silver or Gold Donor subscription. You can find more info in this message!

Donations as of 30 November 2020: $636 donated. Only $74 more needed! Thank you, donors!


Note: This total is updated manually, usually once a day


* Recent Posts

Re: Crazy thought by Anon100
[Yesterday at 07:01:24 pm]


Re: Crazy thought by Anon100
[Yesterday at 06:05:32 pm]


Re: Tigereye by PerditaPickle
[Yesterday at 07:56:54 am]


Re: Tigereye by sevensons
[Yesterday at 06:16:03 am]


Re: Recently Blogged by PerditaPickle
[November 28, 2020, 06:21:02 pm]

Author Topic: Extreme Paranormal Investigations: The Blood Farm Horror, the Legend of Primrose Road  (Read 1830 times)

RandallS

  • Site Admin
  • *
  • Join Date: Jun 2011
  • Location: NE Ohio
  • Posts: 10263
  • Country: us
  • Total likes: 277
    • View Profile
  • Religion: Hellenic Pagan
{alt}
Title: Extreme Paranormal Investigations: The Blood Farm Horror, the Legend of Primrose Road, and Other Disturbing Hauntings
Author(s): Marcus F. Griffin
Published 2011 by Llewellyn
ISBN: 0738726974
ISBN-13: 978-0738726977
Paperback, 288 pages
List: $15.95
View this Book on Amazon

Reviewer: Mike Gleason

Before I had read the first 25 pages of this book, my hackles had already risen, and that (I am sure) colored my expectations of what else I would find as I read the book. I already knew, just from the title, that this was not going to be your average paranormal investigation book. And, I knew that the author was a Witch (I had reviewed Advancing the Witches Craft by the same author last year). But I was not expecting the ATTITUDE displayed by the crew. They say that they use their abilities to punch "...a hole between the worlds of the living and the dead," and to force "...materialization and/or verbal communication with paranormal entities." I cannot express my consternation when I read those statements! The idea of forcing communication is counter-productive. Just think about it...if someone came into your house and demanded that you speak (or interact) with them, how likely is it that you would be on your best behavior? Setting up circumstances to ENCOURAGE such behavior is one thing, FORCING it is something else. In my opinion, such an attitude is irresponsible.

In the very first investigation recounted in the book the author is in a root cellar when he senses an "evil presence." His response is to pull out his ritual knife and use it to threaten the approaching, though still unseen, entity. At this point, I was tempted to put this book down and move on to another review book. I didn't however since I have an unfortunate tendency to want to give every book I read a fair chance.

The more I read, the less happy I became with the prevailing attitude of this team of "investigators." There seems to be a tendency to want to control all aspects of the investigation, which just isn't feasible in most cases. They picked up a phantom presence while on the way to another investigation, and the author wanted it exorcised before they began their work (to avoid contamination of their results, he says). I could easily understand asking it to leave, but exorcising it is, in my opinion, a little heavy-handed to start with.

Granted that this team is, apparently a low-budget operation (most are) with minimal equipment at their disposal, they seem have a penchant for turning on flashlights to check things out. In night-time investigations this results, at the very least, in a loss of night vision acuity for a time, thus compromising the ability to see other phenomena.

Their normal procedure, apparently, is to each investigate an area on their own, and then meet up later to compare notes. As most paranormal investigating teams will tell you, it is best to work in pairs, or at least within eye-sight of other members to be able to validate sightings or sounds heard. It just seems sloppy to me to not take every opportunity to back up occurrences.

Even though Mr. Griffin attempts to portray WISP as a professional team, their behavior betrays that allegation. They take far too many shortcuts; they fail to follow their own procedures; and they just generally come across as amateurs in this field. Which is not to say that amateurs have no place in the field of paranormal investigations, it simply means that they must be willing to admit that they are amateurs.

As a collection of ghost stories, it is interesting. As a record of paranormal investigations, not so much. I must admit that the author is honest enough to admit that personal experiences and feelings, although indicative that "something" was encountered could not be considered as proof of such encounters. I was hoping for a more balanced approach, but after reading the back cover ("Bizarre Dangerous Sometimes Downright Terrifying") I knew that this was going to be a fairly sensationalized account.

So, while I don't recommend it whole heartedly, it is an enjoyable book to read. If it were read under the proper circumstances, I suppose it might be spine tingling. Because of my training in the religion of Witchcraft and the field of magick I had trouble getting past some of the behavior of the team, others may not have those problems. On a scale of one to five (with five being absolutely top of the line) this one would get somewhere between a three and a four. There are better books out there, but there also a lot worse available.


25[/hr]
[size=-1]Legal Notes: Some description text and item pictures in this post may come from Amazon.com and are used by permission. The Cauldron is an Amazon Affiliate and purchases made through the Amazon links in this message help support The Cauldron. List Price is as of the date this review was originally written and may not be current. The reviewer may have received a free copy of this book to review.[/size]

[size=-1]Discussion of this book is welcome. If you've read the book, please tell us what you think of it and why.[/size]
Randall
RetroRoleplaying [Blog]: Microlite74/75/78/81, BX Advanced, and Other Old School Tabletop RPGs
Microlite20: Lots of Rules Lite Tabletop RPGs -- Many Free

Tags:
 

Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
16 Replies
2385 Views
Last post March 03, 2013, 01:23:45 pm
by Zoness
5 Replies
1351 Views
Last post May 14, 2013, 07:53:17 am
by Tana
15 Replies
4663 Views
Last post August 09, 2015, 04:51:03 pm
by Nothingness
3 Replies
1281 Views
Last post December 22, 2013, 01:00:12 am
by Hyacinth Belle
7 Replies
2595 Views
Last post October 05, 2016, 06:19:18 pm
by blessedoutcast

* Who's Online

  • Dot Guests: 44
  • Dot Hidden: 0
  • Dot Users: 0

There aren't any users online.

* Please Donate!

The Cauldron's server is expensive and requires monthly payments. Please become a Bronze, Silver or Gold Donor if you can. Donations are needed every month. Without member support, we can't afford the server.

* Shop & Support TC

The links below are affiliate links. When you click on one of these links you will go to the listed shopping site with The Cauldron's affiliate code. Any purchases you make during your visit will earn TC a tiny percentage of your purchase price at no extra cost to you.

* In Memoriam

Chavi (2006)
Elspeth (2010)
Marilyn (2013)

* Cauldron Staff

Host:
Sunflower

Message Board Staff
Board Coordinator:
Darkhawk

Assistant Board Coordinator:
Aster Breo

Senior Staff:
Aisling, Jenett, Sefiru

Staff:
Allaya, Chatelaine, EclecticWheel, HarpingHawke, Kylara, PerditaPickle, rocquelaire

Discord Chat Staff
Chat Coordinator:
Morag

Cauldron Council:
Bob, Catja, Emma-Eldritch, Fausta, Jubes, Kelly, LyricFox, Phouka, Sperran, Star, Steve, Tana

Site Administrator:
Randall

SimplePortal 2.3.6 © 2008-2014, SimplePortal