Book Review: “A Haunted Experiment” by Penny Griffiths-Morgan

“Someone who is of a more analytical mindset would certainly read this book and most likely criticize the lack of solid scientific empirical data and the way that I am documenting people’s experiences as opposed to looking at them with a more conventual research bias. In all honesty, putting something down on paper which would appeal to the more academic paranormal people is not where my forte (or ambition) lies.” (Giffiths-Morgan, pg. 175) I wish she would have said this up front but sadly, this statement doesn’t come until 43 pages before the end of the book. This book is set up in three parts (although not clearly separate parts). Part one covers the 4 experimental types, part two covers the history of 3 locations, and part three addresses the experiments.

Would I recommend this book? I don’t think so. The first part about the experiments is interesting information but can be gathered from other sources. The experiments themselves are very brief and don’t feel very well thought out. Of course, she does address this in the quote above, so she is fully aware of this issue with the book.

Pros: If you are interested in the history of Harwich Redoubt (Harwich UK), The Kurasaal (Southend-on-Sea, Essex UK), and Tibenham Airfield (Norwich UK) there is some good base information in this book. There is also an interesting discussion with one of the originators fof the Estes Method and some back story regarding another researcher using a similar method before the Estes Method was made mainstream. I also enjoyed the author’s personality as it shined through the book. She seems to be an interesting and quirky person. One that I would like. As a side note, the book was very easy to read, and font was HUGE (not sure if this last part is a pro or a con).

Cons: The experiments fell flat, and the Philip Experiment was very disappointing. I understand that it was unlikely that the experiment would work but a discussion on why it may have worked previously and an outline on how to attempt the experiment in the future would have been a useful way to address the situation. As she noted, her aim was not to appeal to the analytical reader which unfortunately is who would be interested in a book on haunted experiments. She also relies often on light up cat toys which are not good devices for paranormal investigation as they do occasionally light on their own without being touched. (I have a video experiment testing this on my Facebook page). I was very disappointed with this book but I am that analytical reader that she was not writing for.

You can purchase your own copy of the book here.

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