Posted by: Nyxks | June 27, 2008

The Psychic Adventures of Derek Acorah

The Psychic Adventures of Derek Acorah
by Derek Acorah © 2008
Llewellyn
ISBN 978-0-7387-1455-4
230 pages
Paperback
$14.95 (U.S.)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

This is the first U.S. printing of a book which was originally brought out in the U.K. in 2004. Having seen Derek on “Most Haunted” I was familiar with his work (in fact, that is why I got the book for review). I wasn’t familiar with his off-camera work, however, and that was another reason for reading this book.

This is Derek’s second book. I have not seen The Psychic World of Derek Acorah, but based on what I have read in the current book, and on the fact that it deals with sites in Hollywood, I am sure that it is as entertaining a read as you could hope for.

His narrative style is concise, almost brusque, and lacking in the self-aggrandizement common in many “personalities.” It feels as if the reader is walking by his side and listening to Derek explains what he is seeing and feeling. Perhaps the one bad thing about Derek’s descriptions is that he never reveals any of his “misses,” and thus comes across as being “dead on” every time. No one is that good!

Unfortunately for modern Pagans, Derek associates most ancient Pagan practices with “the black arts,” and “Satanism.” This colors his perceptions and must be taken into account when dealing with his impressions and descriptions. Fortunately, little of that shows through in this particular book (although I kept expecting it to creep in).

This is an enjoyable book, and a pleasant way to spend some relaxing time. It won’t teach you anything. It won’t reveal any great secrets. But that isn’t a necessary part of all books.

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