For those doubters, curious readers or voyeurs of the weird and wacky (that would be most of you, I guess!), I would like to set your minds at rest. The books I talked about in my Odd Balls post really do exist. You can even order them from Amazon or download them onto your Kindle if you are moved by sudden insanity or a desire to indulge in hilarity or both. I have decided to review some of these books for your reading pleasure.
OK – so I might not have actually read the books myself, but who says that you have to read a book before reviewing it?
First up, the title that says it all: People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to do About It.
In People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead, Gary Leon Hill tells a family story of how his Uncle Wally and Aunt Ruth, Wally’s sister, came to counsel dead spirits who took up residence in bodies that didn’t belong to them. When people die by accident, apparently they get freeze-framed. Even if they die naturally, they might not notice they’re dead. Although, to be honest, I would have thought that waking up to find that you don’t have a body anymore would have been a big clue.
Anyway, these spirits hop into someone else’s body and think it’s their own – and that’s frustrating – for the dead person. And if you happen to be the live person with a spirit attached, then life can be a bit haunting – or even daunting. Apparently. So, if you believe in spirits, then get down to your local bar this book will be your cup of tea.
Do you believe in the paranormal? I’m not really sure – but I like to keep an open mind on most things. There are a lot of unexplained mysteries in the world, and spirits of the dead may well be another one. So, one half of me remains skeptical while the other half remains open… (Confused? Me too!)
And, for those of you who want more humour and less thinking, here’s half a joke:
What ride do spirits like best when they go to an amusement park?
Leave your answers in the comments – if you like!