Verdict: SIGHTSEEING IN THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY offers alluring hints that supernatural dreams, premonitions and visions might be real, and could affect our lives.
Here are 100 plus tales of the paranormal told by apparently “normal” people, gathered by a reporter and wife of a clairvoyant.
After Louisa Oakley Green compiled her first book, Loitering at the Gate to Eternity, she found that a lot of her readers had their own stories to share—of extra-sensory perception, ghosts, or messages from departed loved ones. The accounts gathered include snippets of philosophy and advice garnered from the storytellers in response to questions posed by the author.
Arranged in sections such as Dead Comfort, Ghosts Behaving Badly and Angelic Flybys, the contributions range from short single visitations or revelations, to repeated paranormal experiences spread over a lifetime. Albert, the supervisor of a janitorial company, recalls visiting friends as a child. Twice he was present at frightening events in which the children began to scream in terror: the first time, his friend was convinced someone or something had dragged him off his bed; next, a hole appeared in the attic floor and a child was being mysteriously pulled into it. “We never went over there again,” Albert declared. Peter, an actor, got a phone call from a murdered friend, telling him, “Don’t worry about me.” Pets may carry psychic messages, like the teacher’s cat that stuck its nose in a light socket, alerting her owner to the electricity arcing out of a plug, in danger of causing a major house fire. Elsa, a senior executive, was suddenly accompanied on a walk by her recently deceased uncle, dressed exactly as he had been in his casket.
Though some of the stories come from people already involved in psychic exploration (spiritual counselors, energy healers and the like), Green collected the bulk of the accounts from sources with no special interest in the supernatural. Colette, a school nurse who had unusual “encounters” with the former, deceased, owner of her new house, states, “Since I don’t have a proclivity for the supernatural, it’s opened my mind to accepting it much more…” Such verification adds strength to the authenticity of the experiences described, and could be convincing to a naysayer. The tales have a realistic feeling, some comforting, others creepy. This is a credit certainly to Green’s writing skills and one wonders if this book might someday morph into a TV series.
SIGHTSEEING IN THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY offers alluring hints that supernatural dreams, premonitions and visions might be real, and could affect our lives.