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The culmination of Brad Steiger’s 50 years of paranormal research, this book is a bold telling of true ghost stories and firstperson encounters with the supernatural. Arranged topically, it covers every sort of ghost and haunting: poltergeists, shadow beings, and phantoms alongside haunted apartments, hotels, and trains. From ghosts that still haunt Ohio’s State Reformatory, otherwise known as Shawshank, to Abe Lincoln’s regular consultation with mediums, this compendium delves into the true scary stories from ...
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The culmination of Brad Steiger’s 50 years of paranormal research, this book is a bold telling of true ghost stories and firstperson encounters with the supernatural. Arranged topically, it covers every sort of ghost and haunting: poltergeists, shadow beings, and phantoms alongside haunted apartments, hotels, and trains. From ghosts that still haunt Ohio’s State Reformatory, otherwise known as Shawshank, to Abe Lincoln’s regular consultation with mediums, this compendium delves into the true scary stories from both historical documents and personal accounts. In its 30 chapters, spirits represented include the good (“Ghosts that Saved Lives”), the bad (“Invisible Home Wreckers”), and the ugly (“Demonic Spirits That Whisper Commands to Kill”). The book goes on to unearth the ghastly goingson and macabre manifestations at haunted places such as museums, churches, graveyards, restaurants, and sacred sites while also instructing how to perform a cleansing ritual to rid a home of unwanted spectral visitors. This second edition is updated to include new stories and compelling evidence of both the existence of ghosts and proof of hauntings that will entertain, induce chills, and make the doubtful believe.
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This excellent collection of ghost encounters will both warm the heart and scare you out of your wits. Steiger (The Source: Journey Through the Unexplained) has been a psychical researcher for nearly 50 years and appears regularly on television and radio programs. This is a collection of his personal accounts as well as his associates' experiences and stories collected from credible web sites for paranormal researchers. While the experiences make for interesting reading, the sheer number may become daunting if read straight through. Readers who enjoy books by John Edward (Hello from Heaven) or James Van Praagh (Talking to Heaven) will enjoy the feel-good selections in the chapter on ghosts that bid farewell, while spooky-movie fans will enjoy the haunted house tales. Excellent appendixes list haunted places in North America, ghost hunters to contact, and a filmography of the best Hollywood movies in the genre. Photographs throughout enhance the appeal. Good for any collection where the paranormal is popular, this is also an outstanding choice for those who like short stories and possibly for those hard-to-choose-for teens.-Jennifer Kuncken, Williamsburg Regional Lib., VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"This excellent collection of ghost encounters will both warm the heart and scare you out of your wits."  —Library Journal

"In addition to rounding up the usual suspects . . . Steiger has included much that is new for the dedicated ghost aficionado. . . . Everyone interested in our final destination, or just in need of a very creepy reading experience, should have a copy."  —FATE magazine

"Covers a number of hauntings that are fresh and original both in scope & detail. . . . [This] is one of the most complete collections that I have seen so far and the quality is very good. Great to curl up with or to keep as a reference in the library."  —Joel Anthony Gray, director, Society for Paranormal Investigation

"Whether or not you are inclined to believe in such things, the hundreds of stories make for fascinating reading, and many of the photographs are mesmerizing."  —Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Steiger, a ghosthunter and author of inspirational and paranormal books, relates about 200 ghost stories and first-person encounters with the supernatural."  —Book News (October 2012)

"An extensive compilation of accounts that cover virtually every category of ghostly encounter and supernatural manifestation. . . . This book is easily recommended." —Alternate Perceptions magazine (September 2012)

"The book is filled with hundreds of stories about people's first-hand encounters at famed (and not so famed) locations. An impressive (and heavy) read that will provide years of ghost revelations. Real Ghosts . . . has me convinced."  —www.HorrorNews.net

"This heavy paperback is Steiger's expanded revision of the already huge edition of 2003. [H]e provides what is probably the most extensive introduction to the genre. There is so much here that even veteran pursuers of ghosts (whether by reading or investigating) are bound to find something new."  —Fortean Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578591466
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author


Brad Steiger is the author of numerous articles and more than 150 books on paranormal theme, including "Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Houses";" Real Monsters"," ""Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside"; "Real Vampires, Night Stalkers, and Creatures from the Darkside";" Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse"; and "The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings." He lives in Ventura, Iowa.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2006

    Interesting Stories That Don't Border On Hokey

    I absolutely enjoyed this book. What I really liked about this one was that it mainly relied on factual evidence to create chills rather than dramaticizing small events that could easily be explained away. I also liked the fact that each chapter was clearly sectioned off into categories so if I didn't really want to read about possessions and wanted to skip right to animal hauntings I could do so easily. The storytelling is solid and I found myself reading certain stories over and over again to friends and family. It actually told the accurate story better than any other book I've ever read on the subject. Usually I don't get the same kind of fear reading a book than I do watching a TV show but some of the stories, along with some well placed photos, made me actually want to keep the light on at night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2003

    Steigers' ghost hunting not for the faint hearted

    Brad Steiger's nearly four decades of serious research into ghostly phenomena - both personally and collecting others' experiences - proves that such events occur to everyone: from the everyday man to royalty. Incidences will happen anywhere, too, from the happy home to legendary hotels. But Steiger also aptly warns that 'ghost hunting' is not the stuff the entertainment media passes it off as; instead, it can be a dangerous and even deadly undertaking. The photographs, some a century old, only bolster the reality of life here and beyond. So turn off your TV, and experience what can really happen - and has happened to others - in this career magnum opus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    The One to Read

    This book is a must have for anyone who has an interest in the unseen world. It is the result of a life time collecting stories from all over the world of people who have had experience with other worldly beings. The stories are all true and in many cases documented to a degree that rules out any chance of fantasy or fiction. All that is left is the clear reality; these things are real!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2003

    You WILL believe!

    Have you ever spent an evening sitting around a campfire with a group of friends telling ghost stories? If you have, then you know what it¿s like to have a chill run down your spine on a warm summer night ¿ and the feeling that unseen eyes are watching your every move. Now imagine being joined at that campfire by Brad Steiger. Listen as he shares with you his 50 years¿ experience researching all things paranormal. If you enjoy a good ghost story, this 600-page book has it all: First-person encounters with ghosts and other unearthly beings, haunted houses, prisons and cemeteries, messages from beyond the grave, deathbed descriptions of the other side and much, much more. If you¿ve never experienced that night around the campfire, now¿s your chance.

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