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Ghost Hunting with CDROM (Picture Yourself)

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ISBN13: 9781598634983
ISBN10: 1598634984
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"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.

Book News Annotation:

Written a by teacher, writer, and founder of Massachusetts Paranormal Crossroads, this title reads like a beginning-level textbook with sections including a brief history of ghost hunting, equipment, "talking" to the dead, fieldwork, approaches, evidence, and connecting with others. Appendices include resources, a glossary, and sample forms; an included 90-minute DVD also contains tutorials and interviews. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Christopher Balzano is a teacher and folklorist living in the Boston area. He has been investigating the unknown for fourteen years and running Massachusetts Paranormal Crossroads, a website dedicated to the paranormal and local folklore of Massachusetts, for more than five. His writing has appeared in such respected publications as "The Haunted Times" and "Mystery Magazine" as well as "Unexplained Paranormal Magazine." His investigations have been covered by "The Boston Globe", "The Boston Herald", "The Standard Times" and "Worcester Magazine" and he has been asked to speak about urban legends and the paranormal at conferences throughout New England. He is a regular on several paranormal radio shows, including "The Ghost Chronicles" and "Spooky Southcoast" and has appeared in documentaries and television specials on the supernatural. He was one of the featured writers in Jeff Belanger's Encyclopedia of Haunted Places and contributed to the collection Weird Hauntings and the soon to be released, Weird Massachusetts. His writing and research have also been featured in Thomas D'Agostino's Haunted New Hampshire and Haunted Massachusetts and the recently released Ghostly Tails from America's Jails.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1: Learn Before You Look; Chapter 2: It Takes All Kinds; Chapter 3: A Brief History of Looking for Ghosts; Chapter 4: The Equipment; Chapter 5: Talking to the Dead; Chapter 6: Hitting the Field; Chapter 7: Different Places, Different Approaches; Chapter 8: Other Things You Need to Know; Chapter 9: Looking at the Evidence; Chapter 10: Connecting with Others; Chapter 11: The Paranormal Media; Chapter 12: Legend Tripping; Appendix A: Resources; Appendix B: The Paranormal Glossary; Appendix C: Sample Forms

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Doug Helbling, October 10, 2009 (view all comments by Doug Helbling)
One of the best of the thirty-plus books of this type currently available.

The price of this book/DVD package may be a bit excessive, but the book serves up a very reader-accessible overview of the whole ghost hunting phenomenon as well as the processes, technologies, and misconceptions that have sprung up around it. The book is loaded with basic paranormal lore. It offers a lot of practical advice on everything from what equipment to consider (EMF meter? sure, if you must, but don't forget your pencil, notepad, batteries, a flashlight!) to how to select or create your own investigating team. The book also touches on the philosophical and religious implications of this paranormal pursuit, without encouraging the sort of gonzo "I dare you to show yourself" ghost-busting that seems to be the mainstay of reality ghost hunting television series of the past four to five years.

Chris Balzano, the author, comes across as a credible, grounded individual. His 'Yes, I have a Day Job' story is easy to take in, and so it's not hard to follow that into the rest of his accounts. He offers up his experience and that of his friends and colleagues in the field in a manner that is respectful to both the living and the dead.

The DVD is an interesting, though not terribly informative addition to the book. Where it fails to inform, it does succeed in conveying the sincerity of the author and his fellow investigators. It also reinforces the book's primary message to the reader:

If you are genuinely interested, you CAN do this, even if you are not a scientist, video technician, psychic, or TV personality.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781598634983
Publisher:
Cengage Learning PTR
Subject:
General
Foreword by:
Belanger, Jeff
Foreword:
Belanger, Jeff
Author:
Balzano, Christopher
Author:
Balzano, Christopher (Christopher Balzano)
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
General Computers
Subject:
Ghosts
Subject:
Parapsychology
Subject:
Haunted places -- United States.
Subject:
Ghosts -- United States.
Subject:
General Crafts & Hobbies
Subject:
Metaphysics-General
Copyright:
Series:
Picture Yourself
Publication Date:
September 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9.00x7.30x.90 in. 1.90 lbs.

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