3* Review ‘They Walk At Night: Real British Ghost Stories’ by MJ Wayland

3* Review ‘They Walk At Night: Real British Ghost Stories’ by MJ Wayland


MJ Rayland is a paranormal historian and researcher who seems to have quite a few books on Amazon – many of them on Kindle Unlimited so if you are a subscriber, I’d recommend trying those out via this route. If you do, let me know what they were like.

I picked this up as part inspiration/part research for a ghost novel I’m planning and I’m ashamed to say that I don’t know much about Britain’s spectral history. I’m not sure I know much more about any particular famous cases, but thanks to this book I do know how prevalent and diverse these cases are.  I have to admit that when I opened it and the first story was about Kate Middleton’s house, I did roll my eyes. Shame on me! Once I’ve got passed that though there were some nuggets in there. My impression is that the book isn’t written as a sensationalist piece, nor does it aim to evoke any particular emotion or response to the spooky tales. Each chapter is a very short overview of supernatural occurrences (some dispelled), with the information garnered from newspaper cuttings or historical documents. As such, it might feel quite dry, but once I reminded myself that this isn’t a work of fiction, I got over that. Each “story” is a short, factual, summary of eye witness accounts. They’re well written and impartial. That said, my personal preference would have been to have fewer stories but to flesh them out a bit more. I didn’t come away with much detail and I would have liked more analysis – also more narrative around the impact of the paranormal events on witnesses.

So on balance it gets a three stars from me.

Helen Treharne

I’m Helen Treharne, fiction author an creator of The Sophie Morgan Vampire Series. I live in South Wales with my husband, young son and rescue cat.
My books are available at all major digital retailers with soft back copies also available from Amazon, Createspace and other stores.
When I’m not writing fiction, I blog at www.WelshMumWriting.com, sharing my experiences of being a busy parent jugging working, writing, and more. Follow me there for my personal insights.

1 Comment

  1. January 28, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Thank you for your balanced review. I will definitely take on board your comments for my future books and appreciate that you took the time to review the book.

    Also, its MJ Wayland with a “W” 😀

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