I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven by Corey Taylor
Published by Da Capo Press on July 16th 2013
Genres: Ghosties, Memoir, Non-Fiction
Source: the Publisher
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Also by this author: Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good, House of Gold & Bones, You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left
In this book, Corey Taylor undertakes something never before attempted in the history of rock superstardom: he takes you with him as he journeys undercover through various ghostbusting groups who do their best to gather information and evidence about the existence of spirits. Some are more credible than others, and, frankly, some are completely insane, but all are observed with appropriate seriousness as Taylor attempts to better understand some of the spooky things that have happened to him in his life, especially that night at the Cold House.
But that’s not all, folks. Taylor once again gives you a behind-the-scenes tour of his crazy life and the many beyond-the-grave events he’s encountered. (You’ll be shocked how often Slipknot has been invaded by the supernatural.) Taylor also touches on his religious background and how it led him to believe in much more than the Man in the Sky.
‘Thinking back now, it was really just a creepy house that creaked and shuddered, but to impressionable nine-year-olds, it was the vacation spot of the devil itself.’
To give you all a proper introduction for those who are unaware, Corey Taylor is the lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour and the author of Seven Deadly Sins. ‘A Funny Thing Happened’ is a worthy follow-up novel and another tantalizing look into the mind of an incredibly interesting man.
At face value I was expecting ‘A Funny Thing Happened’ to be a random smattering of ghostly encounters he has had over the years, and it is, yet it’s a fascinating exploration into the reasoning behind ghosts. His scientific details will definitely get you wondering because his hypotheses generated some genuinely possible answers. Surprisingly intellectual and educational, ‘A Funny Thing Happened’ is definitely a conduit that spurs some serious debates regarding the existence of the paranormal.
‘Cynics will claims that my “eyewitness accounts” can easily be described as “flights of fancy,” or “the trappings of an overactive imagination.” […] the one I hate even worse than those others: “You saw what you wanted to see and nothing more.”
Let me fucking telling you something: I did not want to see this shit, and I still do not want to see this shit.’
A Funny Thing Happened is written with a humor that is harsh and biting yet oh so entertaining. This is a man that isn’t afraid to speak his mind yet is graciously considerate of others beliefs. He’s mindful and respectful of others beliefs regardless of whether or not he shares them. Simply put, he is a man of many opinions and isn’t afraid to share… such as it should be.
‘Belief is a gift you should cherish; knowledge is a gift you should never squander.’
This book is like one big discussion, all topics are left open to interpretation, without concrete facts, just mindful musings and hypotheses. It will definitely generate antithetical opinions, however, approach this with an open mind and you may find yourself actually considering the possibilities of an alternate opinion. Or maybe you’ll remain a skeptic. Either way, this book will definitely leave you something to ponder.