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A New York Times Book Review Editors ChoiceRoger Clarke tells this the story that inspired Henry James The Turn of the Screw and many other gloriously weird stories with real verve, and also a kind of narrative authority that tends to constrain the skeptical voice within an erudite and richly entertaining book. --New York Times Book ReviewIs there anybody out there? No matter how rationally we order our lives, few of us are completely immune to the suggestion of the uncanny and the fear of the dark. What explains sightings of ghosts? Why do they fascinate us? What exactly do those who have been haunted see? What did they believe? And what proof is there?Taking us through the key hauntings that have obsessed the world, from the true events that inspired Henry Jamess classic The Turn of the Screw right up to the present day, Roger Clarke unfolds a story of class conflict, charlatans, and true believers.

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