Ghost: Investigating the Other Side

Ghost: Investigating the Other Side

by Katherine Ramsland
     
 

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With the same open and personal style that won her much praise for Piercing the Darkness, Katherine Ramsland turns her keen and curious eye to the phenomena of ghosts to uncover the truth behind a number of supernatural "sightings". Written in the bold tradition of participatory journalism, Ramsland's extraordinary investigative memoir takes readers directly into

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With the same open and personal style that won her much praise for Piercing the Darkness, Katherine Ramsland turns her keen and curious eye to the phenomena of ghosts to uncover the truth behind a number of supernatural "sightings". Written in the bold tradition of participatory journalism, Ramsland's extraordinary investigative memoir takes readers directly into the world of ghost hunting and paranormal activity, offering an unflinching account of this mysterious world. On the track of an authentic "haunting," Ramsland encounters psychics, shamans, voodoo practicioners, and high-tech ghost hunters eager to reveal how to contact spirits. But through her own daring experiments, Ramsland is able to penetrate the supernatural mystery that has inspired paranormal investigations worldwide.

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Ghost is the best book of its kind I've ever read.” —Dean Koontz

“What a fascinating journey into the world of ghosts.” —Whitley Strieber

Publishers Weekly
Ramsland (author of numerous books on Anne Rice, vampirism and other ghoulish subjects) is just the sort of person you'd want to tell you a ghost story: credible, smart, sane and funny, neither a believer nor a skeptic. Cast as an adventure in "participatory journalism," the book begins with Ramsland's chance acquisition of a haunted silver ring. Determined to extract its secrets, she sets out on a quest that gradually turns into a full-blown investigation of psychic aberration in America. She plunges into the vast culture of ghost detection, sleeping in haunted bed-and-breakfasts from Salem to Sedona, familiarizing herself with the latest technology while also consulting conventional occult modes tarot, palm, Ouija. Charmingly understated at all times ("I never quite know how to talk to someone who lives simultaneously in two time periods"), Ramsland admits to being impervious to the spirit world; while psychics and sensitives of every description reel and recoil at the mere sight of her ring, she at first feels and sees nothing. Her gradual conviction, as she delves deeper and deeper into the realm of the unseen, that "something is out there" is all the more spine-tingling. Ramsland is a master of foreboding, and as her tale unravels, an explosive climax seems inevitable. What results more a creepy certainty than a frightful resolution may disappoint some readers. But whatever its payoff, the book will find avid fans among X-Files watchers, amateur ghost hunters, and the vast majority of those who feel that things that go bump in the night should be heard rather than seen. Agent, Lori Perkins. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
A haunted ring acquired during Ramsland's research for Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today (LJ 9/15/98) drove her to explore the ghost world in this investigative memoir. With a healthy blend of skepticism and avid interest, Ramsland journeys, X-Files-style, into the realm of medians, channelers, psychics, exorcists, and ghost hunters to research the ring's connection to its former owner, a murderer who claimed to be a vampire. Ramsland is careful not to impose easy frameworks on the facts, and her openness enhances the hunt as she sleeps in haunted bed-and-breakfasts and gives tarot and palm reading a try. This daring jaunt is recommended for public library collections on the paranormal and any library with a large occult collection; browsers will be attracted.-Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach Lib. Dist., FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312261641
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/01/1901
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.92(h) x 1.17(d)

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Meet the Author

Katherine Ramsland has written eleven books and numerous articles, reviews and short stories. She holds master's degrees in forensic psychology and clinical psychology, and a Ph. D. in Philosophy. She has been a therapist and psycho-educator, and for many years taught philosophy at Rutgers University. Among her books are Prism of the Night, the bestselling biography of Anne Rice, and The Vampire Companion, a guidebook to Anne Rice's novels. She has also written a biography of Dean Koontz and the journalistic expose, Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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