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Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting: Step-By-Step Instruction For Exploring Haunts and Finding Spirits, Spooks, and Specters.

Balzano, Christopher.

Boston: Course Technology PTR, 2008.  ISBN: 1598634984 ($19.99)

Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting: Step-by-Step Instruction for Exploring Haunts and Finding Spirits, Spooks, and Specters introduces novice paranormal explorers to the history, techniques, and equipment used in the search for proof of life after death, or simply, ghosts.  Written like a field guide to ghost hunting, the book begins by examining what a ghost is, and isn't, and presents a brief history of ghosts and the pioneers of the ghost hunting field.  You'll review what has already been discovered and the tried and true methods and tricks that have been successfully used by seasoned ghost hunters and their outcomes.  You'll also take a look at the different types of equipment used to both search for and communicate with ghosts, as well as how to approach the hunt depending on the location.  Finally, you'll learn how to assess the evidence that you've gathered and what it all means, and how to avoid the pitfalls that are the stuff of popular ghost legends.  Written by an avid and experienced paranormal researcher, "Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting" is filled with firsthand tips and advice, including a 90-minute interactive DVD featuring tutorials and interviews, and is both a reference and a source of helpful inspiration for any aspiring ghost hunter.

Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search For Scientific Proof Of Life After Death.

Blum, Deborah.

New York: Penguin Press, 2006.  ISBN: 1594200904 ($25.95)

"Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death is the story of a small group of scientists who launched a determined scientific investigation into the "unexplainable" incidences of clairvoyance and ghostly visitations that had suddenly become national obsessions.  What began as a matter of curiosity became for the investigators an all-consuming, lifelong quest for evidence of the existence of the supernatural realm.  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Deborah Blum uses her scientific insight and extraordinary storytelling skills to explore nothing less than the ever relevant nexus of science and religion, as it played out in the personal and professional lives of some of the greatest thinkers at the turn of the twentieth century."

The Encyclopedia Of Ghosts and Spirits.

Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. 2nd ed.

New York: Facts on File, 2000.  ISBN: 0816040850 ($65.00 Hardcover; alk. paper)

The second edition of this encyclopedia (1st ed., CH, Dec. 1992) contains alphabetically arranged entries on ghosts, spirits, and related activities such as ghost hunting and spiritualism.  The entries also treat such subjects as death and celebrations, beliefs, and customs surrounding the afterlife.  The choice of entries is inclusive, thorough, and academic.  The entries are very well written in an accessible and interesting style, are frequently illustrated or contain photographs, and never descend to sensationalism.  The entries are cross-referenced and supply lists of further readings.  This encyclopedia can be used for ready reference or as a guide for further study.  Highly recommended for undergraduate libraries or libraries supporting interest in death, the occult, spirits, and related topics.

Ghost Hunting: True Stories Of Unexplained Phenomena From the Atlantic Paranormal Society.

Hawes, Jason and Grant Wilson, with Michael Jan Friedman.

New York: Pocket Books, 2007.  ISBN: 9781416541134  ($14.00)

The heads of The Atlantic Paranormal Society and hosts of the popular Ghost Hunters television show present an in-depth look at some of their investigations while offering insight into the tools and methods applied to noteworthy cases.

Ghosts:  True Encounters With the World Beyond

Holzer, Hans.

New York:  Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 1997.  ISBN-13: 978-1579124014 ($14.95 Paperback)

Join paranormal expert and storyteller extraordinaire Hans Holzer as he explores ghostly manifestations of every variety and delves into the true nature of "the other side."  In this groundbreaking book--featuring eye-opening photographs of ghostly apparitions and visitations--Holzer presents hundreds of case histories, tips on interpreting sounds and other signals from the beyond, and more.

PSIence: How New Discoveries In Quantum Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence Of Paranormal Phenomena.

Jones, Marie D.

Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books,  2007.  ISBN: 1564148955  ($15.99)

This edition introduces readers to the latest discoveries in quantum physics and New Science that may explain the existence of paranormal phenomena--UFOs, ghosts, poltergeists, mysterious apparitions, time anomalies, the Bermuda Triangle, energy vortices, and psychic abilities.

A Ghosthunter's Guide: To Haunted Landmarks, Parks, Churches, and Other Public Places.

Myers, Arthur.

Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1993.  ISBN: 0809242885 ($12.95 Paperback)

Is America haunted? This travel guide to haunts in several U.S.  towns should be enough to convince even the hard-nosed skeptics.  Believing in the supernatural adds to the enjoyment, but it is not a prerequisite.  Pick an area of the country--be it New England, the Central/Southern states, or the West--and go exploring.  Former inhabitants (a.k.a. ghosts) from a variety of eras are popping up in inns, libraries, gardens, theaters, churches, docks, schools, and the like.  Each documented sighting includes the witnesses, personalities, and names of ghosts and the best times to visit.  Some of the ghosts are friendly, some are not, and some want to go home with you.  Some still don't believe that they have really died.  A truly fascinating, memorable romp and unique vacation experience, this book is fun for believers, fantasy for skeptics.

The Complete Idiot's Guide To Ghosts and Hauntings.

Ogden, Tom.  

2nd ed. Indianapolis: Alpha, 2004.  ISBN: 1592572502 ($18.95)

A guide to ghosts and haunted places covers such topics as urban legends, poltergeists, spiritualism, séances, ghost hunters, haunted houses, mediums, and ghost writings.

Ghost: Investigating the Other Side.

Ramsland, Katherine M.

New York: St. Martin's Press, 2001.  ISBN: 0312261640 ($25.95)

Ramsland (author of numerous books on Anne Rice, vampirism and other ghoulish subjects) is just the sort of person you'd want to tell you a ghost story: credible, smart, sane and funny, neither a believer nor a skeptic.  Cast as an adventure in "participatory journalism," the book begins with Ramsland's chance acquisition of a haunted silver ring.  Determined to extract its secrets, she sets out on a quest that gradually turns into a full-blown investigation of psychic aberration in America.  She plunges into the vast culture of ghost detection, sleeping in haunted bed-and-breakfasts from Salem to Sedona, familiarizing herself with the latest technology while also consulting conventional occult modes tarot, palm, Ouija.  Charmingly understated at all times ("I never quite know how to talk to someone who lives simultaneously in two time periods"), Ramsland admits to being impervious to the spirit world; while psychics and sensitives of every description reel and recoil at the mere sight of her ring, she at first feels and sees nothing.  Her gradual conviction, as she delves deeper and deeper into the realm of the unseen, that "something is out there" is all the more spine-tingling.  Ramsland is a master of foreboding, and as her tale unravels, an explosive climax seems inevitable.  What results more a creepy certainty than a frightful resolution may disappoint some readers.  But whatever its payoff, the book will find avid fans among X-Files watchers, amateur ghost hunters, and the vast majority of those who feel that things that go bump in the night should be heard rather than seen.

The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle In the Dark.

Sagan, Carl.

New York: Ballantine Books, 1996.  ISBN: 0345409469  ($14.00)

Carl Sagan muses on the current state of scientific thought, which offers him marvelous opportunities to entertain us with his own childhood experiences, the newspaper morgues, UFO stories, and the assorted flotsam and jetsam of pseudoscience.  Along the way he debunks alien abduction, faith-healing, and channeling; refutes the arguments that science destroys spirituality, and provides a "baloney detection kit" for thinking through political, social, religious, and other issues.

Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places.

Steiger, Brad.

Canton, MI: Visible Ink Press, 2003.  ISBN: 1578591465 ($19.95 Paperback)

More than a collection of true ghost stories, this book offers a defining work on spirit phenomena written by renowned "ghost-writer" Brad Steiger, who investigates and classifies the full range of ghostly manifestations and haunted locations, reporting the details in 30 topical chapters; 125+ spooky photos.

Strange Frequencies.

Telesha, Craig.

Alton, IL: Whitechapel Productions Press, 2008.  ISBN: 1892523574  ($14.95 Paperback)

The Haunted Field Guide Series continues with an essential guide to everything a ghost researcher needs to know about using technology to track down evidence of the paranormal.  In this compelling and highly readable guide, the author uncovers the real science behind ghost research; offers a wealth of information on the uses of a wide variety of equipment; and offers in-depth instructional knowledge on the best ways to use technical equipment during an investigation.  The book explores how to use temperature equipment, EMF meters, recording devices, cameras, video equipment, and offers a hard look at the use of "ghost boxes", which have become so popular in the paranormal community.  With this volume, the reader will not only learn to use just about every type of paranormal tech device on the market, but will also learn how to build his own EMF meters, "ghost boxes", temperature detection equipment, and more, through the use of photographs and detailed schematics.  This is a must-have book for every ghost hunter and for anyone who wants to properly use his or her equipment.  It is an essential guide to paranormal research and no ghost hunter's tool kit should be without it!

How To Hunt Ghosts: A Practical Guide

Warren, Joshua P.  

New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.  ISBN: 0743234936 ($12.00 Paperback)

Warren presents the perfect guide for those who suspect they live in a haunted house and want to verify or exorcise a ghost, are seriously interested in pursuing a career as a ghost-buster, or are simply curious about paranormal activity.

Haunted U.S.A.

Wetzel, Charles.   

New York: Sterling, 2008.  ISBN: 9781402737350   ($5.95)

All across the U.S., there’s a strange kind of American “spirit” surfacing: the ghosts, specters, and wraiths that make up the country’s phantom population.  They’re the native citizens of Haunted U.S.A., and they come in every size, shape, type, and personality.  Meet these spine-tingling characters, from the creatures occupying Washington D.C.’s most hallowed halls (including a demon cat that prowls Congress) to apparitions that materialize in graveyards and once-bloody battlefields.  Find out about the nation’s most haunted houses; a mammoth cave that’s the site of more than 150 encounters; and Hawaii’s “Lava Lady,” a goddess who bubbles up from the depths of the earth with the lava that created the islands.  Fun sidebars provide extra information.

Shadows Of the Dark

Zaffis, John.

Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc., 2004.  ISBN: 0595325092  ($18.95 Paperback)

John Zaffis is a world-renowned psychic researcher who has investigated thousands of reports of alleged hauntings and witnessed and assisted in over 85 exorcisms to date.  He has witnessed and documented levitating furniture, physical attacks by unseen entities and many other inexplicable actions encompassing the supernatural and preternatural.  Zaffis also has accumulated thousands of artifacts from case studies including haunted Voodoo dolls, sacrificial swords, and other eerie artifacts from the field.  Shadows of the Dark is John Zaffis' extraordinary life story as documented through his case files.  This written work is the life, testimony, and frightening recollection of one of today's top ghost busters.