A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven: (Or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven: (Or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process)

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Overview

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.


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Editorial Reviews

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Corey Taylor is best known as the frontman of Stone Sour and Slipknot, but this very vocal singer is too energetic and outrageous to limit himself to one identity. His 2011 Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good pleased even non-fans with its riffs about the virtues of urges once believed sinful. Now he reincarnates as a tour guide to the paranormal, the post-mortal, and the truly weird. Corey not only visits places where ghosts purportedly congregate; he also shares stories of his own surprisingly numerous strange encounters, several of which are very strange indeed.

Publishers Weekly
08/26/2013
Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Taylor's follow-up to Seven Deadly Sins reveals itself to be a well-meaning but often meandering collection of ghost stories and far-out philosophical and quasi-scientific ruminations on the existence of God and ghosts that never quite comes together. Circular discussions, tangential digressions and lack of focus detract and irritate rather than provoke thought or introspection; the reader instead must concentrate on Taylor's ever-wavering train of thought in order to keep up. Luckily he does much better when addressing paranormal and supernatural experiences, which constitutes the majority of the book. Some of these encounters are sought out, while others, like the ghostly children who inhabit his current home and the mansion full of ghosts who terrorized the band during a recording session, are mere chance. Taylor's enthusiasm for his topic and sheer wonder is infectious; he makes for a humble, charming host. Still, it's die hard ghost hunters and fans of Taylor's music that will likely get the most out of this. Those on the fence, whether it's regarding organized religion or the existence of ghosts, likely won't have any major revelations. (July)
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Kirkus Reviews, 6/15/13

“Fun campfire ghost stories.”

FrontRowReport.com, 6/17/13

“He’s done it again, folks, put out a piece of art and work that will leave you speechless and thinking harder than you have in awhile. Taylor’s second book…is probably more highly-anticipated than his first book and will have your hair standing on end, chills down your spine while making you laugh hysterically at some parts…A well-written, in-depth, intellectual and bone-chilling piece of work that will go down in history as one of the best books written by a metal singer of all time.”

A New York Times Bestseller, 8/4/13

A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

MediaMikes.com

“At several points throughout the reading of this book the hair on my arms was standing completely straight up.”

Red Carpet Crash, 7/25/13

 “It’s a very well written account of his experiences. Highly recommended read!”

Examiner.com, 7/19/13

“[A] literary masterpiece…Witty and worth the read.”

Sound Crave Magazine, 7/19/13

“Corey is a very ambitious writer. His witty sense of humor and writing style really pulls you in with every word… If you want a fun read about the paranormal and some laugh out loud moments from one of the coolest guys in music pick this one up.”

Publishers Weekly Bestseller, 7/29/13

Publishers Weekly, 8/26/2013

“Taylor's enthusiasm for his topic and sheer wonder is infectious; he makes for a humble, charming host.”

San Francisco Book Review, 8/29/2013

“Taylor is an engaging narrator, skewering organized religion and his own poor choices with equal fervor.”

Examiner.com, 9/10/13

“Part autobiographical and part suspense novel…I whole heartily suggest you pick up a copy. This is a whole scary as hell motion picture captured in the printed word.”

PopMatters.com, 9/16/13

“Taylor’s narrative voice is rich with quick intellect and roaring humor. If one of the main jobs of a writer is to entertain the reader, then Taylor is a literary circus act. While some of his experiences are spine chilling, his writing is so amusing, I was sometimes too busy laughing to be scared… With the Halloween season approaching, I suggest picking up a copy of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven…the book is a witty and thought-provoking read, and has the intimate feel of a good ghost story told around a campfire—by your most offbeat and hilarious friend.”

January Magazine, “Best Books of 2013,” 1/3/14

“We already knew Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor could write. Back in 2011 he wowed his fans with Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good. Yes, that book was memoir. But it was more, as well. This new book takes that original concept and amps it up. Way up, in fact.”

Kirkus Reviews
Slipknot singer sees dead people. Apparently, Taylor (Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good, 2011) has backstage passes to the spirit world that not many of us are privileged enough to get: He not only sees ghosts on a regular basis, but he's also convinced that the same spooks are haunting him everywhere he goes. His first recollection of seeing ghosts was around the age of 9, when he and some friends went on a Goonies-like adventure to a scary-looking old house in his suburb. In that house, he saw his first sinister apparition, which seemed to be an old man who wanted the young whippersnappers out of his house. From then on, according to Taylor, his life has been one big spook-tacular extravaganza filled with supernatural occurrences. (Later in the book, the author does his tedious best to scientifically prove that these spirits can, in fact, walk the terrestrial plane among us.) Taylor recalls stories about seeing a shadow man in a cornfield trying to attack him; he was once pushed down the stairs by a malevolent, otherworldly force; every time he buys a new Munsters-style mansion, it turns out to be haunted by the spirits of dead children. To Taylor's credit, all these anecdotes about his close encounters with the spirit world are told in exacting detail, and you certainly want to believe him. Unfortunately, insecurity about how his theories and stories will be received comes to the fore in a big way: Taylor alternates between annoying self-deprecation and smug self-congratulation, spending too much time on humorless, expletive-laden rants against those who would dare question his place among the elite few who have regular interface with supernatural beings. Mostly fun campfire ghost stories marred by pseudo-scientific babble and a self-conscious rock-star attitude.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306821653
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 120,765
  • File size: 7 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Ehh

    So far not impressed. Thought the book was going to be more about supernatural experiences, not the thoughts of an atheists about his dislike of forced religion for pages and pages.....

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    I am not enjoying this book. I feel like the author has ADHD and

    I am not enjoying this book. I feel like the author has ADHD and cannot stay on topic. What with the religious babble? I just wanted a book about paranormal experiences.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

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    This is a very interesting book. It's far from your typical rock

    This is a very interesting book. It's far from your typical rock star book. It really gets in deep about ghosts and ghost busting. An excellent Summer read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Interesting stories about the supernatural. Some are plausible,

    Interesting stories about the supernatural. Some are plausible, some are outright crazy. It is a good book overall.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Not just ghosts stories

    What a surprise! This book is very different from what I was expecting. The ghosts stories plus the fringe science explanations and ideas plus the rants about religion made this book a very fun read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Loved it

    As a Iowa guy with his own personal paranormal background, I enjoyed this book. Was also great the way Taylor put his spin onit with his wit and charm

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    I would of loved to read it but I pre-ordered it and NEVER GOT I

    I would of loved to read it but I pre-ordered it and NEVER GOT IT. 

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Yes! Yet another great book by Corey Taylor!

    What more is there to say than Thank You Corey Taylor!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    great book. great stories that are executed phenomenally 

    great book. great stories that are executed phenomenally 

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