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The Ghost That Haunted Itself: The Story of the Mackenzie Poltergeist - The Infamous Ghoul of Greyfriars Graveyard [Format Kindle]

Jan-Andrew Henderson

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Greyfrair's Cemetery in Edinburgh has a centuries old reputation for being haunted. Its gruesome history includes use as a mass prison, headstone removal, witchcraft, bodysnatching, desecration, corpse dumping and live burial.

In 1998, something new and inexplicable began occurring in the graveyard. Visitors encountered 'cold spots', strange smells and banging noises. They found themselves overcome by nausea, or cut and bruised by something they could not see. Over the space of two years, twenty-four people were knocked unconscious. Homes next to the graveyard wall became plagued by crockery smashing, objects moving and unidentified laughter. Witnesses to these attacks ran into the hundreds. There were two exorcisms of the area. Both failed.

The section of Greyfriars where the attacks occurred is now chained shut. The entity responsible has been named the 'Mackenzie Poltergeist'. It has become one of the best-documented and most conclusive paranormal cases in history.

The Poltergeist is still growing stronger.

This is its story.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 208 pages
  • Editeur : Mainstream Digital (24 février 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent! 2 novembre 2004
Par Reader - Publié sur
I've been on the City of The Dead tour twice and it's everything this book describes it to be. I got this book after my second outing to greyfriar's because I find it so interesting.

The book tells the history of the Kirkyard, the history of Mckenzie and a (dramatised) account of what the guides encountered. by dramatised I mean it's told in story form as opposed to a basic statement. However, Henderson's way of telling his story is comical and I found his comments about his guides (and incidentally the ones who took me on the tours) highly amusing. I like the bit where one visitor had his new leather coat ripped in the Black Mausoleum by something he didn't see or feel. Henserson went on to tell us how alarmed the guides were to hear this. Not because of the cuts bruises and collpses, but because they all wear long leather coats as part of ther uniform.

There are also statements from the guides themselves, and visitors who experienced collpases and injuries in the tomb. I remember City of The Dead being on the news, in the papers and even featured on GMTV because of what they found.

Another good point about this book is that there is absolutely no attempt made to prove the existance of the ghost. It's not as if Henderson is trying to sell his tour by exaggerating everything. He makes it clear that he is not sure what is there. If it's a ghost or not. There is something, but what it is he can't explain. There are theories put forward, both scientific and those of the guides, but none put words in the readers mouths. We are presented with what happened on the tours, and we can make up our own minds.

All I can suggest is that those who haven't done the tour do so. Even if nothing happens (nothing weird happened on either of my tours by the way) it's still a hugely enjoyable night and the book is the perfect addition.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent read! 3 juillet 2002
Par Eileen - Publié sur
Being from Edinburgh I thought I would be a little disappointed that this book would be "another old Edinburgh ghost book". Wrong! Greyfriars kirkyard can be quite scary in the daytime even when the sun is shining and this book certainly enhanced that view and made any contemplated visit at night seem both terrifying - and inviting! It was simply one I could not put down. It is written in an almost documentary-style way which made for easy reading. An excellent read which I was sorry to finish.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great ghost story! 22 janvier 2004
Par Un client - Publié sur
I enjoyed this book so much, that I've read it twice. If you are into the paranormal, you'll find this information very interesting. I'm dying to go to Scotland to check out the tour!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good but a bit repetitive... 13 juin 2007
Par Autumn M. Reinhardt - Publié sur
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I was very excited about this book! I love Edinburgh and the last time I was there, went on the City of the Dead tour with my husband. Ever since then, I've tried to get my hands on anything to do with Greyfriar's, etc, so I ordered this book.

I must say that I am a bit disappointed with it. Okay, I know I am a word freak but I am bothered by the author talking about a poltergeist "materializing" as that would mean that it was a standard ghost and not a poltergeist, if I understand correctly. But that aside, the book was very repetitive. I think that after reading about four witness accounts, one comes to the realization that the others are going to be exactly the same. Lastly, I found some of the history a bit watered-down and simplistic. Of course, this was not primarily a history book so I can forgive that just a tad...

However, for those who have read the book (or not!) definately go on the City of the Dead tour! Even if you don't believe in the poltergeist, it is extremely fun and informative and who can resist Greyfriar's at night?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A nice bit of spooky bedtime reading... 1 mai 2012
Par Red Xala - Publié sur
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In June 2006, I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Edinburgh. (For the record, it is an absolutely stunning city and I hope that I get the chance to visit again). While I was there, I saw advertisements for the 'City of the Dead' tour; the advertisement's warning of the potential for a ghostly encounter (or even a potential paranormal physical assault!) was intriguing, so I purchased a ticket and made an evening of it.
Having a serious discussion about the possible existence of paranormal activity is something of a slippery slope: Where exactly is that fine line between honest individuals that have truly had an unexplainable experience, individuals that are overly succeptable to suggestion and fancy, and those whose experiences are associated with possible mental illness or psychosis? I personally have never seen an apparition. However, I have had at least one unexplainable experience (with a witness) that, for all intents and purposes, I would consider to possibly be paranormal activity. Moreover, my experience was associated specifically with an overwhelmingly heightened sense of smell that lasted for about a minute, and then instantly disappeared; while on the 'City of the Dead' tour I would again have a similar experience. While I generally believe that the vast majority of paranormal claims are most likely rubbish, I also believe that, on occasion, aberrations manifest that science (thankfully) fails to properly explain; it seems plausible that the "Mackenzie poltergeist," of Greyfriars cemetery in Edinburgh, is one such aberration. ..

Thus, with an open mind and a desire for a good ghostly scare, I set off for Edinburgh's old town for the last tour of the evening. Despite the fact that nothing spectacularly paranormal occurred on my particular tour, there definitely was a creepy atmosphere surrounding the Mckenzie mausoleum and the Covenanters' prison (the area where the alleged poltergeist resides). Though I never reported it to our tour guide, I did experience a slight tightness in my left arm while standing in the Covenanters' prison and, more importantly, I noticed a sudden, omnipresent stench that lasted for about 30 seconds, and then completely vanished. It was a fetid, loamy kind of scent, as if a rotting entity had instantly manifest itself and then quickly disappeared without a trace. Very odd...

For me, THE GHOST THAT HAUNTED ITSELF was an enjoyable return to the memories of the tour: the dark history of Greyfriars cemetery, the locked iron gates of the Covenanters' prison, being crowded into the "Black Mausoleum," theories about how the poltergeist possibly came into existence, what it actually may be, etc. A previous review laments that the sizable collection of testimonials in the book soon become a bit boring and predictable; the majority of the eye witness accounts focus on "poltergeist victims" passing out in or near the "Black Mausoleum," instances of suddenly feeling cold, feeling nauseated, and receiving unexplainable scratches, minor cuts, and contusions. Perhaps some of the writing does become a little bit repetitious. However, the sheer volume of people, both men and women, who went on record to report incidents that happen to them while on the tour is quite startling. Additionally, these strange occurrences were happening to a widespread group of tourists from all around the world - at the very least, even if the poltergeist is ultimately a fake, the 'City of the Dead' tour is, without question, a great psychological phenomenon that stirs the imagination. However, other evidence would suggest that something beyond psychological phenomenon is responsible for the strange occurrences that have happened outside of the "Black Mausoleum." Specifically, when one of the tourists in our group asked the guide if she actually believed in the McKenzeie Poltergeist, our guide paused for a moment and then said "I don't necessarily believe in a poltergeist. However, what deeply disturbs me are the dead birds that we regularly find outside of the mausoleum." This issue is also discussed at some length in the book, and is signified as a kind of "tipping point" for some of the tour guides; that perhaps whatever they've been disturbing is more malevolent that they had initially believed.

Overall THE GHOST THAT HAUNTED ITSELF is a fast paced bit of enjoyable reading. Perhaps I've gotten a little more out of it because I've visited the site. However it's still a good bit of history and haunting - try reading a bit of it before bedtime, and see if you don't get a few chills up and down your spine.

P.S. - Tonight is Walpurgis Night...a perfect evening for a haunted review, ESPECIALLY in Edinburgh!
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