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Review: 101 Ghost Hunting Questions Answered-This book is a LOT more than I expected!!

I just now finished this eBook and it was a ton more than I expected!  And this is a late 2014 update where the author added a lot of content.  Even includes inside information on how to try to get in on some of the TV shows about ghost hunting if you are interested in that.  After reading this book you will have a clear understanding of what it is like to be on an investigation either with just a friend or with a group.

The author has the experience and credibility to know what she is talking about.  For $1.99 for the Kindle version I can’t recommend this book enough.  We get a real inside look at ghost hunting.

Fiona gives us a  straight talking no-nonsense approach to things like safety, types of equipment, whether or not there is proof or evidence of ghosts, differences between ghosts, poltergeists, and demons, and very good advice if you are thinking of trying to work with TV shows either to be on one or just to recommend sites for them to visit.  She has the TV experience and shares some things we need to know!

There are a lot of common sense things that we may forget about if we are new to ghost hunting or investigating.  I especially liked her straight talk on equipment and cameras.

Thinking of joining a local ghost hunter group?  Fiona shares things to think about that we may overlook.  And you can tell by reading this part that she has a lot of experience.

This eBook is an easy read because of the way it is broken down into questions.  Very easy to find what you want as well as breaking the subjects down into digestible chunks so we get the information fast while still delivering locations and examples of experiences to illustrate her answers.

The answers to the questions are sometimes one page on my android but I believe most are 2 or 3 pages.  She covers the answers well but efficiently.

You also get some information on locations and information on some of the most famous people in the business because she personally knows them.

I honestly feel that everyone that has an interest in investigating haunted places or interested in joining a group should spend the 2 bucks and be prepared by reading this!

Buy this book and get a lot of insight from Fiona’s 30 years experience in  ghost investigating!


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5 Ways to Choose Good Books about Ghosts

Ghost books are always popular. Though many people enjoy ghost stories around Halloween, ghost enthusiasts are always interested in a good, chilling ghost book.

Here are 5 things to look for when choosing a ghost book.

1. Is the story believable?

When you’re reading a paranormal novel or a true ghost story, it’s important to believe it, at least while you’re reading it. If you’re not afraid to turn off the light after you read the last page of the story, it probably wasn’t scary enough.

That may be the single most important decision for you, when you choose a ghost book: Do you believe it?

Authors have to be more informed than ever before. Today’s fan of ghost books has probably watched episodes of TV shows like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Lab, Haunted Collector, or Paranormal State. They know what’s real and what’s probably fake.

So, if a story or a book describes something that’s been exposed as a hoax, the author’s credibility is at risk. Since the 19th century, ghost hoaxes have included things like theatrical seances, figured dressed up in sheets, effects with mirrors, and ghosts that actually kill people.

Readers may be willing to suspend disbelief while they’re reading a well-crafted ghost story, but that limit shouldn’t be pushed too far.

When a haunting is described, or if ghost hunters are involved in the ghost story, the details should be as accurate as possible.

On the other hand, a well-crafted story doesn’t have to include many details. Henry James’ classic novel, The Turn of the Screw, didn’t need to feature high-tech ghost hunting tools. Read in one sitting, it’s one of the most terrifying ghost stories, ever.

Also, author Edgar Allan Poe masterfully terrified readers with casual understatement in his story, The Tell-Tale Heart. He practically shrugged off the ease of the violence that triggered the tale. That made the story more chilling.

2. Is the author respected as an expert on ghosts and haunted places?

If the author hasn’t written about ghosts in the past, check reviews of the book. Sometimes, an author might be a fan of ghost TV shows. Or, he might have done a lot of research before attempting a ghost novel.

In other cases, the author was only trying to expand her audience to include ghost enthusiasts. Perhaps her editor said, “Write a story with ghosts in it. We need more ghost stories.”

Reviews are a good way to tell. In addition, the description of the book may help you decide whether that ghost book is worth reading.

3. Is the story fresh or overworked?

Many paranormal ghost stories are set in the same old locations. There’s nothing wrong with yet another spooky story about a deserted mental hospital, but the author needs to bring something fresh to the tale.

When a ghost book is set in a named, familiar location, the story must include something new and fascinating. In addition, the details must be accurate or the suspense is broken.

Any ghost story about the Bell Witch must add information the reader didn’t know before. Also, it must be written in a compelling style. The language can reference the early 1800s when the Bell Witch plagued the Red River region of Tennessee. The actual story should use a modern, but not trendy, vocabulary.

“The Myrtles Plantation: The True Story of America’s Most Haunted House” is an example of a good story that suffers from dated language. It’s also hurt by a rambling, amateurish writing style. However, the latter also increases the credibility of the story.

When you choose a good ghost books, you expect a book that’s a page-turner from start to finish. Though it’s possible to rewrite a familiar ghost story in a compelling way, most readers are looking for new ghost stories, well told.

The phrase “instant classic” is overused. Despite that, readers should look for books that are written to be as fascinating in 100 years as they are today.

4. Is it scary enough?

Ghost stories can be suspenseful or they can delve into horror. You should be very clear about what you want, before you select the best ghost books for you.

Often, you can judge a ghost book by its cover. If it’s black and white with lots of blood red, the ghost story is likely to include elements of horror. If anything Satanic is on the cover, that’s another cue that the story may be lurid.

For example, the first edition of Jay Anson’s book, The Amityville Horror, featured over-sized houseflies and a symbol of the devil’s tail. Though the history of the house included gruesome murders, most of the book was simply scary.

The original Amityville book included the subtitle, “A True Story.” That’s something else to look for, if you want some real chills. A story that’s genuinely true will be less deliberately scary and, as a result, be more frightening than an over-the-top novel that’s clearly made-up.

5. Do you want a happy ending, and how happy should it be?

The Canterville Ghost is a fictional ghost story with a happy ending. The ghosts “cross over” and everyone lives happily ever after.

The first Amityville book left us uncertain about the house and if it would attract other unsuspecting buyers. And, as movie after movie showed us, the story did continue. That’s a good, medium-scary conclusion reached by many ghost books.

And then there are books like Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” which has a very tidy ending. About 10 minutes after you turn the lights out for the night, that ending will come back to haunt you. I’ve known people who couldn’t sleep with the lights out for two or three months after reading that book, even though it’s fiction.

If you have a low scare threshold, be sure to read reviews before you start reading any ghost book.

No ghost book will be perfect for every reader. It’s important to understand what you’re looking for, when you shop for ghost stories. Check for a believable story, a good author, a premise you’ll enjoy, story elements that are fresh, and the right level of chills.

Reviews can help. So can familiarity with the author’s other work.

Good ghost books aren’t just for Halloween. They’re ideal for chilly nights, reading under the covers, and for beach or poolside reading when the temperatures climb.

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5 Ways to Choose Good Books about Ghosts

 

Ghost books are always popular. Though many people enjoy ghost stories around Halloween, ghost enthusiasts are always interested in a good, chilling ghost book.

Here are 5 things to look for when choosing a ghost book.

1. Is the story believable?

When you’re reading a paranormal novel or a true ghost story, it’s important to believe it, at least while you’re reading it. If you’re not afraid to turn off the light after you read the last page of the story, it probably wasn’t scary enough.

That may be the single most important decision for you, when you choose a ghost book: Do you believe it?

Authors have to be more informed than ever before. Today’s fan of ghost books has probably watched episodes of TV shows like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Lab, Haunted Collector, or Paranormal State. They know what’s real and what’s probably fake.

So, if a story or a book describes something that’s been exposed as a hoax, the author’s credibility is at risk. Since the 19th century, ghost hoaxes have included things like theatrical seances, figured dressed up in sheets, effects with mirrors, and ghosts that actually Continue reading

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Ghost Hunting Books – How to Choose the Best

How do you choose good ghost hunting books?

Eastern State Penitentiary - One of America's most haunted places for ghost hunting.

First, decide if you need a basic book or if you know enough to read something more advanced.

If you’re a beginner, start with something general like Troy Taylor’s Ghost Hunter’s Guidebook.  It looks like it’s out of print right now (Dec 2011), but you can usually find a used copy.

Or, get started right away by ghost hunting near your home. Read Fiona Broome’s Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries – A How-To Guide and follow her advice.  You’ll soon discover whether you enjoy ghost hunting.

After that, choose a regional book that lists well-known and popular haunted places near you.  Many places offer ghost tours, so you can learn more about what’s haunting each location.  Some places have organized ghost hunts, so you can learn from a pro, with hands-on workshops.

Once you’ve become more experienced, you may want to focus on more technical areas.  Try David Rountree’s Paranormal Technology, in Kindle, or Michelle Belanger’s book about protecting yourself from dangerous entities.

See what innovators are doing.  Read their ghost hunting books. For example, explore John Sabol’s archaeological approach to ghost hunting.  Books like thee can be very technical, but they’re usually about two or three years ahead of everyone else.

Before you buy any ghost hunting books, it’s a good idea to read reviews at Amazon.com.  We like to check one or two five-star reviews, and then two of the most critical reviews.  That usually helps us decide if we’ll like the book.  It’s not always whether the reviewers liked the book, but what they say about it.

Everyone has a different reason for ghost hunting.  So, different ghost hunting books will appeal to different ghost hunters.  We try to highlight important features in our reviews, so you’ll discover the best ghost hunting books for you.

Questions to ask about ghost hunting books

  • Man wondering about somethingIs the author a believer or a skeptic?  Tone of voice and attitude can be one of the most important points.Even if it’s a good book, if you don’t agree with the author, you may hate the book.  Check the reviews and the publisher’s description of the book and the author.
  • How long has the author been ghost hunting?  Has the author written other ghost hunting books? Does he or she have a website? See how long the website has been online. (Use any free WhoIs search to find out when the domain name was registered.) Does he or she have lots of articles online? See if you like what the author says.
  • Is the author sincere, or looking for fame & fortune?  Reviews will tell you a lot.  Notice how many rave reviews are from members of the opposite sex.  Also, if you can find videos by the author, you can see if this is someone to take seriously. (We’ll try to post videos at this website, to help you find the best ghost hunting books.)
  • How old is the book?  If it’s talking about technology, even  two-year old ghost hunting books can be outdated.  However, some principles don’t change, even if the equipment does.  Check the book description and the reviews, to see if it sounds like a current, classic, or outdated book. (The best ghost hunting books are timeless.)
  • Is the book simple, written for children or for absolute beginners?  Is it  technical, written for physics majors or advanced psychics?  Or, does it cover a wide spectrum that you’ll refer to often?  Our favorite ghost hunting books are timeless classics.

Those are just a few things to look for when you’re choosing good ghost hunting books.  We try to give good, unbiased reviews at this website.  We want you to find the best books for your interests.

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