SmokeAndMirrors[Book: Michael P. Eley – 2012 – 14x22cm – 116 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. “Smoke & Mirrors: The Haunted House of Alton Towers.” When Alton Towers (Staffordshire, England) invested millions in their ground-breaking Haunted House, a new era of dark rides was born. The spectacular attraction amazed and spellbound dark ride fans with breath-taking illusions and state-of-the-art technology. The original concept was retired in 2002, leaving a lasting impression on those who braved the Poltergeist Room and were scared witless by the Grand Hallway’s grinning demon. Presented here is a behind-the-scenes insight into John Wardley’s legendary ‘Laff In The Dark,’ as well as a history of dark rides and haunted houses. Chapter Points: Foreword (by John Wardley); Acknowledgements; Introduction; Dark Rides – A Brief History; Planning A New Era Of Dark Rides; Construction; Haunting The Ride; Ghostly Goings On; Opening Day; It Lives!; Duel. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.