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Revealing a side of the famed city that tourists rarely experience, this handbook uncovers a hidden realm of ghosts, apparitions, and paranormal phenomena in San Francisco. The guide delves into the haunted hotspots that unsuspectedly lie in the city's most famous landmarks and neighborhoods, including Alcatraz, Chinatown, and the Presidio, while directions to each hair-raising location are provided, encouraging adventurous sightseers to seek out their own ghostly encounters. With the history of each frightening ...

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Overview

Revealing a side of the famed city that tourists rarely experience, this handbook uncovers a hidden realm of ghosts, apparitions, and paranormal phenomena in San Francisco. The guide delves into the haunted hotspots that unsuspectedly lie in the city's most famous landmarks and neighborhoods, including Alcatraz, Chinatown, and the Presidio, while directions to each hair-raising location are provided, encouraging adventurous sightseers to seek out their own ghostly encounters. With the history of each frightening locale, the probable life stories of their resident spirits, and actual transcripts of their conversations with a psychic, this supernatural study delivers a realistic feel for encountering the uncanny.

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"If you are visiting San Francisco any time soon, this little book may come in handy. . . . A guide to the main haunted streets and locations around the city." —"Fortean Times "(March 2012)
Library Journal
Parapsychologist Auerbach and psychic Martin offer fresh insight into the area of paranormal investigation by combining it with a conventional travel guide to haunted locations in and around San Francisco. They begin with autobiographical information and an explanation of the terms used in the text, e.g., residual haunting. Each chapter covers a specific location, such as Alcatraz, and begins with some historical background on the spot, then highlights the stories of its ghostly activity and, finally, the investigation itself. Auerbach believes in a scaled-down approach to investigating, relying mostly on Martin's ability to communicate with ghostly visitors. The text is well illustrated with black-and-white photos taken during the investigations. The final section is devoted to traditional tourist information—location, directions, and operating hours. VERDICT This book succeeds as both an investigation into the paranormal and a travel guide. It's well written, well organized, and informative. Solid for the adventurous traveler seeking something a little more exotic than traditional guides.—Susan Flaherty, Portland P.L., ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610350075
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 142
  • Sales rank: 1,396,657
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Loyd Auerbach is director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations and a professor in consciousness and transformative studies at JFK University. He is the author of "Ghost Hunting," "Hauntings & Poltergeists," and "A Paranormal Casebook." He has appeared on "Criss Angel: Mindfreak," "Larry King Live," "Late Night with David Letterman," "Oprah," the "Today" show, "Unsolved Mysteries," and "The View." He lives in Martinez, California. Annette Martin is the first psychic to ever testify as an expert witness for a murder case. She has appeared on "48 Hours," "Entertainment Tonight," "Good Morning America," the "Montel Williams Show," "Psychic Detective," and "Psychic Investigators." She lives in San Jose, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Brad Steiger vii

Introduction 1

"What Are Ghosts?" and Other Questions 7

The Queen Anne Hotel 13

The Mansions Hotel 33

The Presidio Officers'Club 43

San Francisco Chinatown 57

Alcatraz: Escape to the Haunted Island 73

The Moss Beach Distillery Restaurant 103

Directions to the Haunted Locations 129

Map to Haunted Locations 130

Ghost Hunting Do's and Don'ts 137

About Loyd Auerbach 140

About Annette Martin 141

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    Parapsychologist and paranormal investigator Loyd Auerbach and n

    Parapsychologist and paranormal investigator Loyd Auerbach and noted
    psychic Annette Martin investigated paranormal activity in the San
    Francisco Bay area. This book takes readers into six actively haunted
    places. The authors don’t just write about their experiences — they
    include actual transcripts of conversations with spirits. A primer on
    what ghosts are (and are not) and the do’s and don’ts of ghost hunting,
    this handy little guidebook also includes directions and a map. San
    Francisco is a beloved tourist destination, and this book provides
    another facet to its storied history. It’s almost like encountering a
    ghost yourself. — Alice R. Berntson, New Connexion Journal

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

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    A wonderful start to a series of Paranormal Activity from Two Masters in their Field

    Two of the premier professionals of our time have collaborated in a new series that covers cities and their haunted areas. The first of the series is The Ghost Detectives' Guide to Haunted San Francisco, and it is amazing! Noted psychic Annette Martin and famous paranormal investigator Lyod Auerbach have combined their talents to show the public the real 'hauntings'. Together they instruct the reader the differentiation between residual energy and actual spirit. This is important as the actions of the past can leave an imprint, or residual energy, rather than an actual spirit trying to communicate with us. They lead us to areas around San Francisco, and it is amazing - from the torture of Alcatraz, to the playful Blue Lady, whom you will fall in love with! The only negative thing I have about this book is, that it is too short! I look forward to more books about ghost detecting in Savannah, New Orleans, Atlanta, and other cities. This is the real deal! ellen george

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