A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate Paranormal Activity from Spirits and Hauntings to Poltergeists - Brief Histories (Paperback)Leo Ruickbie (author)
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There has been an upsurge in books, television programmes, films and websites exploring the reality or otherwise of the spirit world. Not since the founding of The Ghost Club in 1862 and the Society for Psychical Research in 1882 has ghost hunting been so popular. Television and the internet, in particular, have fueled this new level of interest, creating a modern media phenomenon that spans the globe. But while the demand for information is high, good information remains scarce.
A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting leads us through the process of ghost hunting, from initially weighing the first report, to choosing equipment, and investigating and identifying the phenomena, with an analysis of the best places to go looking, methods of contacting the spirit world, how to explain paranormal activity and, crucially, how to survive the encounter.
However, it is also a book about ghost hunting itself, drawing on 130 years of research in the cavernous archives of the Society for Psychical Research and even older history to find the earliest ghost stories. A Ghost Hunting Survey makes use of interviews with those billing themselves as ghost hunters to find out their views, motivations and experiences.
New and original research makes use of statistics to map the nebulous world of apparitions while a Preliminary Survey of Hauntings offers an analysis of 923 reported phenomena from 263 locations across the UK.
This is, as far as possible, an objective presentation of ghosts and ghost hunting. It is no wonder that mainstream science largely refuses to deal with the subject: it is too complicated. Without trying to convince you of any viewpoint, this book is intended to help you understand more.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 264 g
Dimensions: 198 x 132 x 24 mm
Dr Leo Ruickbie's latest book achieves a very rare feat indeed: it succeeds in being scholarly, informative, meticulously researched and very absorbing. If you have ever considered setting out to find a ghost you could do no better than take your information from the pages of this fascinating work, which is a textbook example of how it should be done. -- Brian Allan, Editor Paranormal, sub-editor Phenomena magazines
Very useful and informative, extremely well researched and fluently written. Enjoyable and intriguing as well as exceptionally interesting. -- Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe, President and First Lady of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP)
I have always admired Dr Leo Ruickbie's comprehensive expertise in the paranormal. A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting delivers more than most other ghost guides combined. -- Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Author of The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits
Every ghost hunter, whether professional or amateur should read this book. All will learn from it. -- Alan Murdie, Chairman, The Ghost Club
A well-written comprehensive introduction . . . Ruickbie's text could well become definitive. -- Tony Percy * Journal of the Society for Psychical Research *
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