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Title:
Ghost-hunting for dummies
ISBN:
9781119584759
Physical Description:
xiii, 426 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
The basics of ghost-hunting. Searching for spirits: why do we do it? -- The phenomenon of ghost-hunting -- Believing in ghosts and spirits -- What's the science got to do with it? -- Seeing the spirit world as entertainment -- Preparing to look for ghosts -- Investigating ghosts and hauntings. Researching the spirit world -- Where the ghosts are -- The ghost-hunter's toolkit -- The dangers of investigating -- Putting the paranormal research into action. Ghosts on film: using camera to capture evidence of ghosts -- Talking to ghosts -- putting it all into practice: the paranormal investigation -- Interviewing the haunted -- Authenticating the ghosts -- The mundane side of ghost-hunting -- When things go wrong -- Going beyond just a hobby -- The part of tens. America's ten most haunted cities and towns: Virginia City, Nevada ; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania ; New Orleans, Louisiana ; Hollywood, California ; Salem, Massachusetts ; Savannah, Georgia ; San Francisco, California ; Alton, Illinois ; Vicksburg, Mississippi ; Charleston, South Carolina -- Ten of America's most haunted places: Goldfield Hotel ; Washoe Club ; Crescent Hotel ; Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum ; Queen Mary ; Pennhurst State School ; Bobby Mackey's Music World ; Winchester Mystery House ; Waverly Hills Sanitorium ; The Haunted Museum -- Ten signs your house is haunted--and what to do next.
Summary:
Dive into the ghostly world of the supernatural with America's leading paranormal investigator. Inside, paranormal investigator, star, and executive producer of The Travel Channel's hit series, Ghost Adventures and founder of the award-winning Haunted Museum (Las Vegas' most popular attraction), Zak Bagans takes readers on an exciting journey into the supernatural world. With insider information on the history of ghost-hunting to learning about ghosts with all kinds of temperaments, Ghost-Hunting For Dummies is peppered with true accounts and stories from Bagans' famous cases and investigations. Featuring expert advice on picking a haunted location, setting up cameras, and dealing with unwieldy ghosts, this book shows how today's investigators use the tools of modern science to study a wide range of paranormal activity. --
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Dive into the ghostly world of the supernatural with America's leading paranormal investigator

Inside, paranormal investigator, star, and executive producer of The Travel Channel's hit series, Ghost Adventures and founder of the award-winning Haunted Museum (Las Vegas' most popular attraction), Zak Bagans takes readers on an exciting journey into the supernatural world. With insider information on the history of ghost-hunting to learning about ghosts with all kinds of temperaments, Ghost-Hunting For Dummies is peppered with true accounts and stories from Bagans' famous cases and investigations.

Featuring expert advice on picking a haunted location, setting up cameras, and dealing with unwieldy ghosts, this book shows how today's investigators use the tools of modern science to study a wide range of paranormal activity.

Take an exciting adventure into the supernatural world Explore haunted sites Get messages from beyond the grave Read true accounts from famous cases and investigations

If you're one of the countless fans of Ghost Adventures itching to get off the couch and track some spirits on your own, this book provides everything you need to know to conduct a successful paranormal investigation.


Author Notes

Zak Bagans is the host, lead investigator, and an executive producer of Travel Channel's popular series Ghost Adventures. He travels to domestic and international locations rumored to be haunted in search of evidence proving the existence of the supernatural. He founded the world's largest paranormal organization, The Ghost Adventures Crew.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
About This Bookp. 1
Foolish Assumptionsp. 2
Icons Used in This Bookp. 2
Beyond the Bookp. 3
Where to Go from Herep. 3
Part 1 The Basics of Ghost-Huntingp. 5
Chapter 1 Searching for Spirits: Why Do We Do It?p. 7
My Approach to Ghost-Huntingp. 8
The Search for Life After Deathp. 10
Chasing Ghostsp. 11
Is All the Work Really Worth it?p. 12
Chapter 2 The Phenomenon of Ghost-Huntingp. 15
Ghosts in Antiquityp. 15
Egyptiansp. 16
Arabsp. 17
Greeks and Romansp. 17
Scandinaviansp. 18
Indiansp. 19
Chinesep. 19
Japanesep. 19
Native Americansp. 20
Classic Encounters with Ghostsp. 20
The Drummer of Tedworthp. 21
Old Jeffreyp. 23
The Cock Lane Ghostp. 23
The Bell Witch of Tennesseep. 27
Spiritualism and the Beginning of Paranormal Researchp. 32
Rapping with the Fox sistersp. 35
Levitating with Daniel Dunglas Homep. 41
Investigating the Eddy Brothersp. 46
The First Ghost-huntersp. 51
The Society for Psychical Researchp. 52
Harry Pricep. 55
Hans Holzerp. 64
Ed and Lorraine Warrenp. 66
Chapter 3 Believing in Ghosts and Spiritsp. 71
Incorporating Ghosts into the Christian Worldp. 71
Ghost Storiesp. 72
Exploring American Belief in the Supernaturalp. 73
After-Death Communicationsp. 73
Arthur Conan Doylep. 75
Harry Houdinip. 76
A personal experiencep. 79
Chapter 4 What's Science Got to Do with It?p. 81
The Relationship Between Science and the Supernaturalp. 81
Testing for spiritsp. 82
The role of spiritualismp. 83
Applying the laws of sciencep. 84
Science and spiritualism meet upp. 84
Sir William Crookes and the Paranormalp. 86
William James and "One White Crow"p. 94
Thomas Edison and Communicating with the Deadp. 99
Examining Mysteries with J.B. Rhinep. 102
Ghosts Don't Always Perform on Commandp. 106
Adapting the Scientific Methodp. 108
Using History as Sciencep. 110
Chapter 5 Seeing the Spirit World as Entertainmentp. 113
Having Fun with the Spirit Worldp. 114
Writing about the spiritsp. 114
Participating in mediums, séances, and spirit circlesp. 115
Creating magic showsp. 116
Transforming into spook showsp. 117
Viewing Ghosts at the Moviesp. 118
Changing Ghost-Hunting with the Internetp. 120
Watching How Television Changed It Againp. 121
Chapter 6 Preparing to Look for Ghostsp. 127
Getting in the Right Frame of Mindp. 127
Ghost-hunting with an Open Mindp. 128
Maintaining a healthy balancep. 128
Fitting into the scientific framework - or notp. 129
Achieving a balancep. 130
Things to Know Before You Beginp. 131
Gathering informationp. 131
Keeping accurate recordsp. 131
Analyzing your evidencep. 132
Affording the researchp. 132
Part 2 Investigating Ghosts and Hauntingsp. 135
Chapter 7 Researching the Spirit Worldp. 137
What Are Hauntings?p. 138
Traditional Hauntingsp. 139
Residual Hauntingsp. 141
Poltergeist-Like Activityp. 146
Portal Hauntingsp. 147
Demonic Hauntingsp. 151
Common symptomsp. 152
My approach to demonic hauntingsp. 154
Haunted Objectsp. 155
The Dybbuk Boxp. 155
The Devil's Rocking Chairp. 158
"The Hands Resist Him"p. 160
Robert the Dollp. 162
Annabellep. 164
Chapter 8 Where the Ghosts Arep. 167
Finding Ghostsp. 168
Homesp. 168
Cemeteriesp. 170
Theatersp. 171
Ghost townsp. 171
Schools and collegesp. 172
Hotelsp. 173
Battlefields and crime scenesp. 175
Hospitals and asylumsp. 175
Jails and prisonsp. 176
Chapter 9 The Ghost-Hunter's Toolkitp. 179
Exploring the Basic Items for Investigationsp. 180
Ghost-Hunting Experimentsp. 182
Working with trigger objectsp. 182
Testing for psychic abilitiesp. 184
Ghost-detection Devices: The Basicsp. 187
The compassp. 187
Dowsing rodsp. 188
Ghost-detection Devices: The Advancedp. 189
Using an EMF meterp. 189
Basic EMF metersp. 190
TriField EMF meter model TF2p. 191
TriField Natural EM meterp. 192
Using Other Detection Devicesp. 193
The REM podp. 194
Infrared motion detectorsp. 195
Temperature sensing devicesp. 196
Relative humidity gaugep. 197
Combination devicesp. 197
Final Thought on Ghost-hunting Equipmentp. 198
Chapter 10 The Dangers of Investigatingp. 199
What Not to Do as a Ghost-Hunterp. 200
Health Hazards from Ghost-Huntingp. 202
Allergiesp. 202
Dust and moldp. 202
Histoplasmosisp. 203
Asbestosp. 203
Carbon monoxidep. 204
Part 3 Putting Your Paranormal Research into Actionp. 205
Chapter 11 Ghosts on Film: Using Your Camera to Capture Evidence of Ghostsp. 207
A Brief History of Photographyp. 208
Capturing the lightp. 208
Developing daguerreotypesp. 210
Working with wet plates: Ambrotypes and tintypesp. 211
Photographing movementp. 212
Taking snapshots: The rise of Kodakp. 213
Improving overtime: Further developments in photographyp. 215
Advancing to digital camerasp. 216
Understanding Camerasp. 217
Using a camera in an investigationp. 218
Photographing the unseen: The history of spirit photographyp. 220
Capturing ghosts: The strange case of William Mumlerp. 220
Exploiting spirit photography: Novelty photos and widespread fraudp. 222
Gaining credibilityp. 223
Photographing ghostsp. 225
Evaluating Anomalies in Photographsp. 226
Understanding orbsp. 227
Dealing with mistsp. 228
Photography in Paranormal Investigationsp. 230
Using 35mm cameras for investigationsp. 232
Ghost-hunting with digital camerasp. 233
Using full spectrum camerasp. 234
Using Video in Your Investigationsp. 235
Reviewing footagep. 236
Verifying anomaliesp. 236
Analyzing Your Photographsp. 237
What to look for in paranormal photographsp. 238
When it's not a ghostp. 240
Detecting trickeryp. 241
Chapter 12 Talking to Ghostsp. 243
Table Tippingp. 244
Automatic Writingp. 244
Talking Boardsp. 245
The history of the Ouija boardp. 246
Using a talking board safelyp. 249
Understanding the dangers of talking boardsp. 250
EVP - The Voices of the Deadp. 251
The history of EVPp. 252
Classifying ghostly voicesp. 257
Experimenting with EVPp. 257
Analyzing your EVPsp. 259
Using Devices to Talk to the Deadp. 262
Instrumental transcommunicationp. 263
Ghost boxesp. 267
The Koenig Generatorp. 268
Spiricomp. 269
Frank's Box and othersp. 274
Using the P-SB7 Spirit Boxp. 276
Using the Ovilusp. 278
Chapter 13 Putting It All into Practice: The Paranormal Investigationp. 281
What to Do Before You Get Therep. 281
Tracking Down Leadsp. 283
Guidelines for Your Investigationp. 286
Setting Up the Nerve Centerp. 289
Starting and Conducting an Investigationp. 292
Learning Ghost-Watch Skillsp. 294
Chasing the Poltergeistp. 298
Examining the Housep. 300
Investigating Outdoorsp. 301
Tracking down battlefield hauntsp. 302
Tracking down graveyard historyp. 303
Investigating your outdoor locationsp. 308
Going out in the Darkp. 310
Chapter 14 Interviewing the Hauntedp. 313
Sample Questions for the Paranormal Witnessp. 315
Interviewing Childrenp. 318
Chapter 15 Authenticating the Ghostsp. 321
Reaching into the Pastp. 322
Land deeds and directoriesp. 323
Newspapersp. 324
Online resourcesp. 324
Architectural drawingsp. 324
Mapsp. 325
Biographical encyclopediasp. 326
Building permitsp. 326
Photographsp. 326
Bringing the Dead to Lifep. 326
Chapter 16 The Mundane Side of Ghost-Huntingp. 329
Building Your Case Reportsp. 330
Picking a Case Managerp. 333
Organizing Your Records and Filesp. 334
Releases and Permission Formsp. 336
Covering Your Assetsp. 338
Chapter 17 When Things Go Wrongp. 341
Afraid of Ghostsp. 341
Equipment Failuresp. 343
Weather and the Paranormalp. 344
When Spirits Attackp. 346
Faking the Ghostsp. 349
Chapter 18 Going Beyond Just a Hobbyp. 353
Making Contact with Other Investigatorsp. 353
Building an Online Presencep. 354
Building a Presence in Your Local Communityp. 354
Attending Lectures and Workshopsp. 356
Starting a Ghost Tourp. 356
Part 4 The Part of Tens
Chapter 19 America's Ten Most Haunted Cities and Townsp. 363
Virginia City, Nevadap. 364
Gettysburg, Pennsylvaniap. 364
New Orleans, Louisianap. 365
Hollywood, Californiap. 366
Salem, Massachusettsp. 367
Savannah, Georgiap. 367
San Francisco, Californiap. 368
Alton, Illinoisp. 368
Vicksburg, Mississippip. 369
Charleston, South Carolinap. 370
Chapter 20 Ten of America's Most Haunted Placesp. 371
Goldfield Hotelp. 372
Washoe Clubp. 374
Crescent Hotelp. 375
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylump. 377
Queen Maryp. 381
Pennhurst State Schoolp. 384
Bobby Mackey's Music Worldp. 386
Winchester Mystery Housep. 389
Waverly Hills Sanitoriump. 393
The Haunted Museump. 396
Chapter 21 Ten Signs Your House Is Haunted - and What to Do Nextp. 401
Unexplained Temperature Dropsp. 402
Electrical Glitchesp. 402
Unusual Smellsp. 402
Movement of Objectsp. 402
Unidentifiable Soundsp. 403
Odd Behavior from Your Petsp. 403
Feelings of a Nearby Presencep. 403
Sensation of Being Touchedp. 403
Seeing Shadows and Movementp. 404
Feelings of Depression and Sadnessp. 404
Actions You Can Takep. 404
Keep a log or journalp. 404
Decide what you want to dop. 405
Contact a qualified paranormal investigatorp. 405
Indexp. 409