Unexplained by Richard MacLean Smith is a collection of the strangest unexplained true stories MacLean Smith has collected over the years as the host of his top podcast of the same name, which has been streamed over 16 million times.
In every corner of this earth there are secrets. They are hidden in the dark edge of the woods, nestled in the cold stars, and staring out from a stranger's eyes. And whether they be demonic possession or an unsolved murder, the unknown has always haunted our dreams.
From the hit podcast Unexplained comes a volume perfectly crafted for the curious, the cynical, and the not-easily-frightened. Richard Maclean Smith is the expert in the unknown, and humbly offers up ten tales of real-life events that continue to evade explanation. With these chilling stories comes the missing key: a connection to our own beliefs in science, superstition, and perception.
What can a case of demonic possession teach us about free will? What can a cursed box show us about the act of storytelling? What can a supposed instance of reincarnation tell us about developing a concept of the self?
Perhaps some things are just better left unexplained.
Booklist says Unexplained “explores ten real-life mysteries in chilling detail and examines how they connect to our perceptions of the world. True crime aficionados will enjoy fresh perspectives on Elisa Lam’s perplexing death, the unidentified corpse found on Australia’s Somerton Park beach, and the recent Slender Man case.
Smith’s writing terrifies but doesn’t sensationalize. Complex concepts and theories, like multiverses and singularity, are broken down clearly. This title will appeal to anyone who ponders the unknown.”
Along with the 10 strange, unexplained stories in the book MacLean Smith discusses:
• What can a case of demonic possession teach us about free will?
• What can a cursed box show us about the act of storytelling?
• What can a supposed instance of reincarnation tell us about developing a concept of the self?
I enjoyed most of the stories included in the book and have started listening to the Podcast which the book is based on. My family are huge fans of the weird, supernatural and paranormal. We love true stories that make us go hmmmm. I enjoyed reading more detail of some of the stories I had already heard of like a very young boy who remembers his life as a WW2 pilot the story of Elisa Lam. I really enjoyed that Slenderman was included as well. I would have preferred more stories and less filler but it was an interesting but not a quick read. I cannot wait to pass this over to another paranormal fan to see what they think.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.