Urban Legends – Nick Harding

Urban Legends - Nick Harding To many, Urban Legends are nothing more than harmless tales told round a camp fire, in a dormitory or round a table in a pub with the express aim of provoking a frisson of fear in the listener through the use of some horrific shock element in a familiar location and to an unlucky protagonist who is known to a friend of a friend of a friend. But is there something working at a deeper level?

We have all heard stories of the Deep Fried Rat, the Ghostly Hitchhiker, the Hook Handed Killer or the Poodle in the Microwave but should we take them at face value or greet them with scorn and derision? Did the events in these tales ever really happen or are they the product of over active imaginations fearful of the outside world?

In this book Nick Harding sets out to describe a host of Urban Legends suggesting that we should not dismiss them purely as nonsense nor accept them as gospel truth but by striving to understand their underlying meanings we begin to see their true worth as folklore for the modern world. To understand folklore and therefore the realm of the Urban Legend is to understand the psyche of a nation. By understanding Urban Legends we can gain an insight into our own fears and those of our fellow human beings.

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Urban Legends - Nick Harding

BOOKS FOR YOU TO READ IN OUR LIBRARY:

Too Good to Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends - Jan Harold Brunvand
The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings - Jan Harold Brunvand
The Big Book of Urban Legends: 200 True Stories, Too Good to be True! - Jan Harold Brunvand
Encyclopedia of Urban Legends, Updated and Expanded Edition - Jan Harold Brunvand
Film, Folklore and Urban Legends - Mikel J. Koven
The 500 Best Urban Legends Ever! - Yorick Brown, Mike Flynn
The Slenderman Mysteries An Internet Urban Legend Comes to Life - Nick Redfern
Word Myths: Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends - David Wilton
Urban Legends: Bizarre Tales You Won't Believe - James Proud
I Know What I Saw: Modern-Day Encounters with Monsters of New Urban Legend and Ancient Lore - Linda S. Godfrey

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