The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Paranormal [NOOK Book]


An otherworldly examination of the unknown that will keep fright fans reading all night. from any strange experience that can't be defined by science to psychic phenomena to monsters and weird creatures, 'The Complete Idiot's GuideĀ® to the Paranormal', focuses on the most interesting and bone-chilling aspects of the Paranormal and the Supernatural, including:

- Ghosts and Spirits

- Angels, demons and spellcasters

- Unexplained phenomena

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An otherworldly examination of the unknown that will keep fright fans reading all night. from any strange experience that can't be defined by science to psychic phenomena to monsters and weird creatures, 'The Complete Idiot's GuideĀ® to the Paranormal', focuses on the most interesting and bone-chilling aspects of the Paranormal and the Supernatural, including:

- Ghosts and Spirits

- Angels, demons and spellcasters

- Unexplained phenomena

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101197592
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 620,607
  • File size: 813 KB

Meet the Author

Nathan Brown is a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, a martial arts expert, a manga devotee, and, currently, an English major and humanities minor in his junior year at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Ghosts, Spirits, and Paranormal Investigation 1

1 The Haunts of Lost Souls 3

What Is That Thing? 4

Spirits 5

Ghosts 5

Theories About Ghosts 6

Spirit/Ghost Activity vs. Demon Activity 9

2 Poltergeists and Hauntings 13

Haunting, Possession, or Poltergeist? 14

The Truth About Poltergeists 15

Five Stages of a Poltergeist 16

Stage 1 Latent/Dormant/Passive Stage 16

Stage 2 Obvious/Detectable Presence 17

Stage 3 Increased Kinetic Activity 17

Stage 4 Intelligent/Individual Targeting 18

Stage 5 Dangerous/Life-Threatening Kinetic Activity 18

Theoretical Causes of Poltergeists 19

The Enfield Poltergeist 21

The Amityville Horror 22

The Haunted Toy Store 26

Sendagaya Tunnel (Japan) 27

3 Japan: From Beyond the Grave 29

Japan's "Ghost Season" 30

The Night of 100 Spirits 32

Revenge Spirits of Japan 33

Oiwa-San: Hell Hath No Fury 34

Ubume 36

Funayurei; Last at Sea 37

Samurai Ghosts 38

Ghosts of the Genpei War 38

The Wrath of Taira no Masakado 39

4 Paranormal Investigation 43

What Is Paranormal Investigation? 44

Famous Paranormal Investigators 45

Ed and Lorraine Warren 45

Dr. Hans Holzer 46

Ryan Buell 46

Paranormal Societies 47

New England Society for Psychic Research47

The Paranormal Research Society (PRS) 48

The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) 49

Seek the Truth, Not the Illusion 50

Conducting Interviews 51

Initial Research 56

Possible Explanations 57

Engaging the Phenomenon 58

Tools of the Trade 59

Basic Paranormal Investigation Kit 59

EVP and RVP 61

Photographic and Video Evidence 62

Part 2 Angels, Demons, and Spellcasters 65

5 Angels 67

The Metatron 68

Seraphim or Cherubim? 68

The Grigori 69

Archangels 71

Michael: The Angel Prince of Israel 71

Gabriel: The Divine Trumpeter of Heaven 73

Raphael: Protector of the Eden Tree 76

Orifiel 76

Zarachiel: Angel of Prayer 77

Uriel: Angelic Light of God 77

6 fallen Angels 79

The Book of Enoch 80

The Light Bringer 80

The Demon of the Flies 81

The Wicked Lord of Darkness 82

Banished to Dudael 83

Sons of the Fallen (The Nephilim) 84

7 Demons and Exorcisms 87

Demons vs. Fallen Angels 88

Demon Possession 88

Protection Prayers 91

The Circle of Light 91

The Prayer to the Archangel Michael 92

The Twenty-Third Psalm 94

Jabez's Prayer 94

St. Benedict Medals and Sacred Objects 95

Exorcisms 96

The Legion Exorcism 97

Recent Possession Case Files 98

The Mistaken Exorcism of Anneliese Michel 99

The Last Exorcism of Father Peter 101

8 Necromancy 105

Bringing Up the Dead 106

Spirit Necromancy 107

S?ances and Ouija Boards 108

Physical Necromancy 110

The Necronomicon 111

Saul's Dance with the Dead 113

Reading the Living 115

9 Faith Magic 119

The Integrated Origins of Faith Magic 120

The "Protection Deception" of Faith Magic 120

Voodoo 121

Santeria 122

Espiritismo 123

Part 3 Monsters, Shapeshifters, and the Undead 125

10 Cryptozoology 127

What Are Cryptids? 128

Humanoids, Apes, or "Other"? 129

Aquatic Cryptids 130

Loch Ness Monster 130

Champ 131

Lake Van Monster 132

Japanese Frilled Shark 132

Chupacabra 133

Two Sides to the Chupacabra 133

The Chupacabra's Defenses 134

Extinct Confirmed Cryptids 134

The Tasmanian Tiger 135

A Horse Is a ? Zebra? (Quagga) 135

11 Japan's Monstrous Plethora 137

The Bakemono 138

Ningyo: The Monkey-Faced Mermaid 139

Ha-Inu: Toyotomi's Winged Dog 140

Kama-Itachi: The Blade Wielding Weasel 141

The Ravenous Oni 142

Japan's Legendary Oni Slayer 142

The Creepiness of Bakemono Women 144

Yuki-Onna: The Snow Women 144

Futa-Kuchi-Onna 145

Rokuri-Kubi 146

Kuchisake-Onna 146

12 Vampires 149

The Supernatural Vampire 150

The Viral Vampire 152

Psychic Vampires 153

Revenants 154

Vlad the Impaler 155

Strangers in a Strange Land 156

Betrayal by the Boyars 157

The Rise of the Impaler 157

A Legacy of Impalement 159

Was Vlad Tepes a Vampire? 159

The Plogojowitz Incident 161

The Highgate Vampire Incident 163

Poor Man's Guide to Killing a Vampire 167

13 Zombies 169

The Voodoo Zombie Hoax 170

The Chiang-Shih 172

Rise of the Viral Zombie 174

The Modern Zombie Virus Concept 175

How to "Re-Dead" the Reanimated 176

14 Werewolves 179

Lycoan's Curse 180

Can Anyone Become a Werewolf? 182

Supernatural Werewolf vs. Viral Werewolf 183

Bill Ramsey: Werewolf of Southend 183

More Than One Way to Kill a Werewolf? 185

Silver Weaponry 186

Wooden Stakes? 188

Wolfs Bane: Werewolf Repellent 189

Chop Him Up! 189

15 Shapeshifters 191

Therianthropy 192

Bakeneko 192

Africa's Were-Hyenas 194

The Bultingin of Borno 195

The Sudanese Were-Hyena 196

The Ethiopian Bouda 196

Tanuki 197

Were-Lions of Africa 200

Kitsune 202

Liver Hunter (Kumiho of Korea) 205

A Rooster for a Soul (Lithuania) 206

Part 4 Unexplained Phenomena 211

16 Psychic Phenomena 213

Mind-Body Connection 214

That Really Burns- Her Up! 214

The Planarian Experiment 215

The Human Trinity 216

Extrasensory Perception 216

1882: The First Formal ESP Study 217

The 1930 Rhine Experiments 218

Precognition and Clairvoyance 219

Retrocognition 219

D?j? Vu 220

Telepathy 221

Telekinesis 221

17 Spirited Away 225

Unexplained Disappearances 226

The Bennington Triangle 227

Bermuda Triangle 228

The Loss of Flight 19 228

A Desperate Transmission 229

After They Vanished 230

The Dragon's Triangle 230

The Lost Colony of Roanoke (1587) 231

Well, He Didn't Just Walk Away! 232

Into Thin Air 233

Inter-Dimensional Hippies? 234

18 Unexplainable (Maybe?) Mysteries 237

The Hum of Taos, New Mexico 238

Spontaneous Combustion 238

The Reeser Case 239

The Martin Case 240

The Bentley Case 241

Human Involuntary Invisibility 241

Sarita: The Glass Girl 242

Crystal Skulls 243

The Mitchell-Hedges Skull 244

Other Crystal Skulls 247


A Glossary 249

B Paranormal Societies 259

Index 271

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