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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)
     

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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by Corey Taylor
 

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Corey Taylor has seen a lot of unbelievable things. However, many of his most incredible experiences might just shock you. For much of his life, the Grammy Award-winning singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour has brushed up against the supernatural world. Those close encounters impacted his personal evolution just as much as headlining at Castle Donington in front of

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Corey Taylor has seen a lot of unbelievable things. However, many of his most incredible experiences might just shock you. For much of his life, the Grammy Award-winning singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour has brushed up against the supernatural world. Those close encounters impacted his personal evolution just as much as headlining at Castle Donington in front of 100,000 people at Download Festival or debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.

Since growing up in Iowa, his own curiosity drew him into situations that would've sent most people screaming scared and running for the hills. He's ballsy enough to go into the darkness and deal with the consequences, though. As a result, he's seen ghosts up close and personal, whether while combing through an abandoned house in his native Iowa as a child or recording an album in the fabled Houdini Hollywood Hills mansion. He's also got the memories (and scars) to prove it. For some reason, he can't seem to shake these spectral stories, and that brings us to this little tome right here...

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven compiles Taylor's most intimate, incredible, and insane moments with the supernatural. His memories are as vivid as they are vicious. As he recounts these stories, he questions the validity of religious belief systems and two-thousand-year-old dogma. As always, his rapid-fire writing, razor-sharp sense of humor, unbridled honesty, and cozy anecdotes make quite the case for his point. You might end up believing him or not. That's up to you. Either way, you're in for a hell of a ride.

Editorial Reviews

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)
Publishers Weekly - Audio
★ 09/30/2013
Heavy metal frontman Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour fame offers this fascinating insider look at paranormal investigation and how the otherworldly has affected his life. Taylor’s performance ability is undeniable, and he’s clearly comfortable talking about even the most bizarre and outrageous subjects with ease, making this an absolutely compulsive listen for fans of his music or the macabre. Taylor’s delivery is straightforward and unabashed. While the subject matter is, for the most part, quite dark—e.g., spirits and ghost busting—Taylor brings an air of nonchalance to his reading that allows humor and dark comedy to abound. A Da Capo hardcover. (July)
From the Publisher
“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

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

Library Journal - Audio
10/15/2013
Taylor's (Seven Deadly Sins) sophomore offering promises ghost stories galore, but the lead singer of metal band Slipknot takes a while to deliver the chills. He begins with his childhood exploration of a neighborhood spook house with friends, then diverges for a lengthy spiel on atheism (he's for it). Taylor's an entertaining narrator, but he's written two books in one. Once he returns to his exploration of the world of modern ghost hunters, the listener's patience is rewarded. With Slipknot's The Document, a career retrospective CD/DVD scheduled for release this fall, Taylor is tagging all bases of multimedia. VERDICT Recommended for larger libraries.—Kelly Sinclair, Temple P.L., TX
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452662442
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
07/16/2013
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Corey Taylor is the lead singer of both Slipknot and Stone Sour, and the author of the New York Times bestseller Seven Deadly Sins. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, he spends his time between there and the rest of the world. TheCoreyTaylor.com

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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) 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to this book and fully enjoyed the first story, but then the author turns into a bigoted, arrogant, foul mouthed (LOVES the F*** word) rambling idiot bashing religion an God. I am not saying I disagree or even agree, but after almost twenty pages of his rambling, I finally skipped ahead hoping to get to the "story". Even when I finally found the story, there he goes again. I finally put the book down and refused to read anymore. I was expecting a story, not someone on a soap box trying to insult anyone reading his stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting stories about the supernatural. Some are plausible, some are outright crazy. It is a good book overall.
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great book. great stories that are executed phenomenally 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What more is there to say than Thank You Corey Taylor!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would of loved to read it but I pre-ordered it and NEVER GOT IT.