Review: Stalked by Spirits by Vivian Campbell

 

Title: Stalked by Spirits: True Tales of a Ghost Magnet

Author: Vivian Campbell

Published: Llewellyn Publications April 2012

Synopsis:  Haunted since childhood, Vivian Campbell has encountered angry wraiths, mischievous child spirits, terrorizing demons, and all sorts of bizarre, unearthly beings. Vivian relives these chilling and thrilling experiences in Stalked by Spirits, including how she and her family suffered violent phantom attacks, received small favors from a little girl ghost, negotiated with a demanding spirit, welcomed back a dearly departed pet, tolerated ghostly attendance at holiday dinners and Girl Scout meetings, and waged hair-raising battles with an evil entity threatening their baby daughter. Taking us inside a variety of spirit-infested, often beautiful places–a stone mansion in the Tennessee mountains, a century-old college dorm, the first apartment she shared with her new husband, and the beloved Florida home that’s been in her family for generations–these true tales vividly capture an extraordinary and haunted life.

Status: Read on April 06, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy Llewellyn Publications/NetGalley}

My Thoughts:

I love a good ghost story, even more so when it is a true account, even if it gives me goosebumps while reading. Stalked by Spirits is a memoir of sorts by Vivian Campbell, a woman who has been able to sense ghosts since childhood, a family legacy from her Scottish ancestors. She encounters both benign ghosts and malevolent spirits in the houses she lives in, and this book charts her experiences with them.

I quite enjoyed the tales of disembodied clomping footsteps, mischievous pilfering, and annoyed deceased hostesses Vivian relates in Stalked by Spirits. Not all encounters with the paranormal are with evil entities, though I am sure even the most benign spirit is uncomfortable to live with. I certainly shivered a few times as she described eyes peering from the darkness of the attic and terrifying floating faces roiling in clouds of dark mist.
There were things that bothered me about the account though that mostly had to do with the style of writing. Written in the first person, the sentence structure is sometimes a bit clumsy and there are a few too many exclamation marks (actual and implied). I think in general it’s in need of some more editorial polish to give it a less sensationalist tone. There are a some inconsistencies, its never really clear if she sees or only senses many of the ghosts she encounters and Vivian always seems surprised at each new ghostly occurrence which seems disingenuous given her lifelong experiences.

Stalked By Spirits is an entertaining read but difficult to take seriously. It is a quick and easy read for a thrill but not an account to change a skeptics mind about the existence of things that ‘go bump in the night’.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pocketful of Books
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 21:44:30

    I’m glad this book at least scared you a little- did it’s job to a certain extent! I prefer it when I can really BELIEVE the ghosts and makes me think ‘oh god I’m going to be killed in my sleep by a ghost now’…I had that with the Paranormal Activity films! And I am usually rational…I don’t believe in ghosts at all normally! I probably won’t be reading this because of your comments- great review!

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    • Bonnie
      Apr 11, 2012 @ 02:46:05

      I’m not usually a ghost story person but if I’m going to read one I want to be scared out of my whits. This one does sound intersting though, I’ll definitely put it in the ‘to be considered’ pile

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Apr 11, 2012 @ 15:04:29

      I barely got through the first Paranormal Activity movie – scared me silly. I have no problam reading about paranormal but watching it is a whole other story!

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  2. hersunday
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 00:49:41

    I love a good ghost story as well. I’ll have to check this one out.

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  3. Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text)
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 10:19:31

    This sounds pretty darn cool. I love reading ghost stories, especially when they’re purported to be true!

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