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Occult Files Reviewed by “Escape Velocity”

Review by: Geoff Nelder of Escape Velocity magazine

“In many ways this is a travel book – one of the best features of the stories are the interesting locations from desert towns to mountain caves. It is also a broad sweep of the major issues you’d hope and expect to find in an occult collection: Big Foot, Boogey Man, The Spanish Inquisition, séances and unsettled souls in purgatory.

“The kindly Taylor rarely uses any scientific rigour such as multiple repeat experiments in controlled situations, checking equipment calibration, and ruthless cross-examination of witnesses. Nevertheless, I fell into liking his manner of accepting accounts of people who had been scared witless: he put them at their ease and gave them credence where I would have asked for tests for hallucinogens and illusory tricks.

“Producers take note: most of the case studies in this collection would make a popular TV series, say – Most Haunted meets The Twilight Zone.

“Collectors of stories of the occult will find something in this anthology to appeal to them.”

Read the full review online at: science42fiction as well as Cafe Doom

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