NetGalley Review: Norman: The Doll That Needed to Be Locked Away by Stephen Lancaster


Title: Norman: The Doll That Needed to be Locked Away
Author: Stephen Lancaster
Published: April 8, 2018
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 
Pages: 240
Genre: Nonfiction, Religion and Spirituality 
Review: ebook provided by NetGally and Publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, 

When paranormal investigator Stephen Lancaster brought home an old doll from an antique shop, he had no idea what bizarre and terrifying things were about to occur. From Day One, Norman the doll raised Hell. He caused sudden infestations of rats and spiders. He frightened dogs and put children in trances. He even moved on his own in video surveillance footage. And that was just the beginning.

Norman takes you on a thrilling journey into Stephen's life with a doll that has held the spirit of an unborn child for over fifty years. A haunted doll that still lives in Stephen's house, locked away in his own room to keep him from once again endangering the house and Stephen's family.

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

What pulled me to request this book was the cover and the title. When I read the blurb I realized that I needed to read this book I love anything to do with the paranormal and this sounded right up my alley.

Now I did enjoy the story but I was thinking it would have been more things going on and even a bit scary. I think it was pretty cool that a doll could be possessed by a human. It just makes the paranormal world a bit more mysterious! This story is told from the author and what happened to him and his family while the doll is in their possession, it has a bit of creepy factor to it especially the bugs and mice but nothing I felt was too over the top. 
There are a few pictures that shows what Stephen has captured, what I thought was neat is that the author is an actual investigator of the paranormal.  

If you enjoy the paranormal and like to read about a doll who can move things among other things check this book out. I don't want to go into too much detail on my review as it will give a lot away. 

Stephen Lancaster
Stephen Lancaster has been involved in the field of paranormal research since 1997 conducting investigative work for politicians, military facilities, the board of education, museums, commercial locations, businesses, television and civilian locations.
He appeared on A&E Biography My Ghost Story in 2011 and again in 2012. In 2009, he self-published "Paranormal Investigator: True Accounts of the Paranormal" which was later discovered by Llewellyn Worldwide and re-released as "True Casefiles of a Paranormal Investigator" in 2012. The book containing personal case files welcomed stellar reviews from the general public and was added to the Library of Congress.
In 2016 he released "Dark Spirits" (Llewellyn Worldwide) as the follow up to his 2012 offering. Lancaster has also appeared on various news broadcasts revolving around paranormal phenomena and often gives public lectures on the subject.

In October of 2017, Stephen released a documentary on the most haunted restaurant in world. It can be viewed here:
2018 will deliver his latest novel, "Norman: The Doll That Had To Be Locked Away."

Contact Stephen at


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