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  1.  A great ghoulish tour...


    Finally, the historic town and former city of Rochester, in Kent, gets a book about its ghost stories. Not since the days of Charles Dickens has the town been spoken of in spooky light but now The History Press has published a fantastic set of true ghost stories. From tales of ghostly children, phantom monks, haunted pubs, spectral old ladies, phantom smells, creeping shadows etc. The town, according to legend has a haunted cathedral, and castle. For those seeking creaky old tales and also modern stories, Haunted Rochester is the ultimate tour guide through those cobbled streets.

  2.  It's only rock 'n' roll...but I like it!


    Oasis were great, but the dream is over. Now, let's look to the future because Liam and co. have provided a pure rock 'n' roll record. Sure, it's full of influences but that's what we expect, whether it's '50s rock 'n' roll, Lennon, The Who, The Byrds, Beatles etc. Some great tunes on offer, but of course, because it doesn't fit in with today's disposable garbage there's always those eager to slag it off, but rock 'n' roll music isn't about trends it's about the music. 'Different Gear...' is a quality record, hints of Oasis (obviously) but this far more upbeat than anything Oasis have put to record for many years suggesting it was Noel who turned the band into a laboured leviathan. Liam has his swagger back, his voice is a rough diamond, the riffs are sharp, the melodies stick in the mind - often nods to retro psych and sweet harmonies, occasionally bolstered by a beefy vibe, or just swaying in the breeze. This album is a pleasant surprise and the future looks bright. Many thought Liam couldn't pen a decent tune, but apart from 'Little James' he's always had an eye for a good melody, and with the whole band showing their support I can't wait for the next batch of records.

  3.  The capital of weirdness!


    PARANORMAL LONDON is far from your average book on ghosts and mysteries, in fact it contains a high level of weird, folkloric tales from London, which have never been published before. Newspaper articles have been ransacked, witnesses interviewed, and whatever your opinion on monsters, UFOs, spectres, spooks etc, this book is a cauldron of oddness. Some great stories including tales of Hampstead's phantom ape, the flying jellyfish, prowling big cats such as the Surrey puma and the beast of Sydenham, Mr Davy's Monster, the Clapham Common wolf, hairy man-beasts of the London Underground. These are fantastic short stories for the campfire.

  4.  Kent is officially weird!


    'Paranormal Kent' isn't your average book on the supernatural - far from it. Grab yourself a chair, sit round a crackling fire and entertain yourself with a multitude of mysteries ranging from witches, zombies, strange creatures, and of course ghosts. New light has been shed on old Kentish ghost stories such as the 'phantom hitchhiker' of Blue Bell Hill, and Britain's most haunted village Pluckley. There are also tales of flying jellyfish, paranormal man-beasts, sea serpents, dragons, river monsters, alien abduction, the undead, anomalous falls from the sky and even phantom vehicles, spectral hellhounds, fairies and goodness knows what else. 'Paranormal Kent' is a perfect present to chill the spine...

  5.  The best book on dragons in myth, legend...and reality.


    Finally, a book emerges on the 'reality' of dragons, instead of bathing the legends of such creatures in fantasy. Richard Freeman is a zoologist and explorer who has travelled across the world in search of huge snakes and mystery reptiles. 'Dragons: More Than A Myth ?' looks at not only the folklore of such fire-breathing, leather-skinned, and winged wonders, but also gives us many accounts to ponder over, suggesting that in the more murky, remote areas of the world there could indeed exist creatures which resemble the beasts we have relegated to myth.

    Richard also proves that such scaled leviathan's are not only confined to the more exotic locations, but Britain also harbour's several fascinating legends which aren't all the work of misinterpretation and hoax.

    From giant worms, to monstrous snakes, and from the basilisk, to the cultural dragons of Asia, this is a must-read book for anyone seeking the truth as to why such beasts have become so popular the world over. From the flesh-eating monsters of New Guinea's dark forests, to Gambia's Ninka Nanka, a strange creature said to have been buried on a stretch of beach. Richard even looks into the legends of Loch Ness, and touches upon the more esoteric theories which could explain a small amount of water monsters.

    At almost 300 pages, you'll find 'Dragons...' a thrilling ride. This essential book is for monster hunter's, dragon slayer's, believers...and non-believer's everywhere, and will leave one and all feeling more informed about the most celebrated yet often misunderstood monster of folklore.

    Are dragons more than just a myth ? It seems so...

  6. Open



    Available  used  from  £2.64

     A flamboyant journey of a legend.


    There aren't many tennis players, let alone sportsman who are interesting enough to write a book. In fact, too many books are written by under-achieving and those bereft of personality, but 'Open' is not one of those. Andre Agaissi, for me anyway, is one of not only tennis', but sports greatest icons. From his wild days as a flamboyant youngster, to his Grand Slam victories, and also his resurrection after an all-time low. This book will enthrall as Agassi, in haunting style, takes through his tournament wins and losses, all the while snarling at his upbringing where he was literally forced to maintain a tennis career from such a young age.
    Agassi also takes us on an emotional rollercoaster, where we live through his broken relationships, but will become uplifted by his new found lust for life now married to Steffi Graf. In a genre so heavily dominated by robotic and sullen competitor's, 'Open' is a an honest account of a brutally lonely sport, and gives us an insight into a charismatic and enigmatic mind. This book has everything, from backhand winners, cross-court forehands and verbal warnings, to strange journeys, wonderful friendhsips, blood, sweat and tears. A must for Agassi fans..a must for tennis...just like the great man himself. Tennis is a a dull sport without him. Cherish those memories he left us with and buy 'Open'.

  7.  Weird, yet very true stories...


    Imagine the world's best authors, monster-hunters, and folklorists, being asked to write obscure and bizarre tales of monsters, strange phenomena, and other unnatural oddities, and you have 'Darklore', a fantastic compilation edited by Greg Taylor. This sequel, which I'm sure will lead to many more volumes, is a cracking read for anyone instered in strange but true tales from across the globe pertaining to all kinds of mysteries. Littered with fantastic sketches, 'Darklore 2' is simply a book to read by candlelight...

  8.  Strangeness in the 'Garden of England'.


    It must be said that there are thousands of local books on the shelves which, for all their endeavour, fail miserably in highlighting certain qualities of the county they cover. 'Mystery Animals of...' is a brand new series from the Centre for Fortean Zoology who've taken it upon themselves to cover the British Isles and gather together, the best author's to compile volumes pertaining to every county in regards to sightings and legends of mystery animals. '...Kent' is Neil Arnold's second book, after the weird and wonderful 'Monster! The A-Z Of Zooform Phenomena'. It's a 400 page tome which covers thousands of eye-witness reports and evidence to suggest that large exotic cats roam Kent, Sussex, Surrey and the leafy outskirts of London.as well as other exotic animals released/escaped into the wilds over the years. From a jackal shot in Sevenoaks, to wild boar on the marshes, a hyena roaming Sussex and strange, exotic birds, insects and reptiles. 270,000 words, a true delight to read with some amazing stories of Neil's foray's into the woods of a place stepped in history and folklore. Indeed, a first, and the last word on mystery animals roaming the south-east.

  9.  Bigfoot in England ? Surely not!


    So often books regurgitate material time and time again, so it's always refreshing to read a book from first-hand investigations, and one which collates material never previously published before. Nick Redfern covers the eerie story of the Man-Monkey, an ape-like humanoid said to roam the woods of Shropshire, particularly, if you believe the legend, the Union Canal area. If you're sceptical about the existence of Bigfoot in the USA then you'll be even more mystified by the appearance of what seems to be a hairy humanoid in the wilds of England. Although irregularly reported, such incidents do occur which suggest, most likely, that the UK is not in fact i habited by some unknown species of primate, but does in fact hide something akin to relation with the human psyche. As these ancient lands around become destroyed by development, the need for mysery grows ever stronger, but when these kind of ethereal visions do take place, in the modern climate they seem even more harder to accept. And yet there HAVE been sightings of strange, bipedal beasts in our midst but what are we to make of them ? Nick Redfern explores the legends and uncovers a treasure trove of information from an area rich in folklore. Only you can decide just what loiters in the shadows. This book is for monster-hunter's everywhere.

  10.  Brits do it better!


    A reasonably good chiller, although far inferior to much of what Britain has offered over the years. I found 'The Lady In White' to lack any real icy atmosphere, although kids may find the tale rather spooky. This is certainly one film I didn't think I'd ever see released onto dvd, so it's a welcoming reease, but if you're after real eerie chills, or creaky atmosphere, look elsewhere.