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Monday, October 07, 2013

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven by Corey Taylor

From Goodreads:

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.

I was excited to find this in the library catalog, being a fan of Corey Taylor and interested in the paranormal this seemed like it had to be a winner.  Overall I enjoyed the book and Taylor's conversational though rambling, tangented and almost stream of consciousness style.  That and his self-deprecating humor become part of his charm once you get used to them.  He knows he does it and often has to bring himself back on track, which is also hilarious. The stories he tells of his confrontations are great although I'm sure they were terrifying when they happened.  You really get the feel of a late night hang out, pass around the drinks, the walls have come down and we're sharing freely and speculating on life, death and everything session.  We've all had those convo's with our besties, where sometimes we tread ground we wouldn't otherwise dare to go.

The first couple of chapters are a trial by fire in which he rants against religion.  Even agreeing with a lot of what he had to say it was difficult to get through.  I just wanted to get to the ghosts!  But it's his book and he can say what he wants how he wants and if we don't like it, we don't have to keep reading, right?  Right!  So I gave it one more shot and went on to chapter 3, which finally got us to the ghosts, bingo!  The rest of the book was much easier  and quite entertaining, also giving me the chills and thrills I'd hoped for, enough so that I had to quit reading it before going to sleep especially since my husband loves to make cryptic remarks to me and then roll over and pass out, leaving me afraid to turn the light out and wide awake.

In the end I had a greater appreciation for Taylor as a person and his ability to deal with his many and varied experiences.  I absolutely love the pictures on the cover and the chapter headers in his old time outfit.  His expression on the cover just kills me, it's awesome. 

Check out Corey's website for more info on his music and other books.

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