So You Want to Hunt Ghosts?: A Down-to-Earth Guide

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The New, Comprehensive Guide to Everything About Real Life Ghost Hunting

Search no further for the complete, up-to-date, and smart guide for the aspiring ghost hunter—you! Packed with insider knowledge, this handbook covers everything about becoming a real paranormal investigator.

This essential manual provides a detailed breakdown of every step on your ghost hunting journey. Explore the fascinating work of seminal figures in the history of ...

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Overview

The New, Comprehensive Guide to Everything About Real Life Ghost Hunting

Search no further for the complete, up-to-date, and smart guide for the aspiring ghost hunter—you! Packed with insider knowledge, this handbook covers everything about becoming a real paranormal investigator.

This essential manual provides a detailed breakdown of every step on your ghost hunting journey. Explore the fascinating work of seminal figures in the history of paranormal investigation. Learn how to build a cohesive team and choose your first supernatural case. Discover crucial advice on the latest ghost hunter gadgets, the ethical way to report your evidence, and how to stay safe in your ghostly encounters.

Unlike other ghost hunting books, this indispensable guide explains how to conduct historical research on your case, how to properly document your discoveries, and how popular media and ghost hunting TV shows have impacted the modern paranormal community. So You Want to Hunt Ghosts is your key to successful investigative adventures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738731254
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/8/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,448,105
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Deonna Kelli Sayed (Greensboro, NC) is a Muslim-American paranormal investigator with Haunted North Carolina (HNC). She lectures on many issues, from women in Islam to the paranormal, and has lived and conducted studies throughout Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.
She is the host of "Think Tank," a forum on LiveParanormal.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Basic Concepts 7

2 History of Ghosts and Their Hunters 37

3 Paranormal Investigation-The Good, The Bad, and The Weird 51

4 Starting a Group 69

5 Team and Case Structure 87

6 Residential Cases-Not for Everyone 99

7 Managing Your Cases 105

8 Client Interview and Relations 117

9 Fieldwork 125

10 When Things Get Bumpy 135

11 Understanding Evidence 143

12 Analyzing Data (EVP, ITC, and from Video) 163

13 Reviewing Photography and Video Data 171

14 Effective Report Writing 185

15 Research Design-Thinking Beyond the TV Shows 203

16 Ethics 219

Bibliography 229

Index 233

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    It¿s hard to rate this book because it¿s not exactly a memoir ab

    It’s hard to rate this book because it’s not exactly a memoir about ghostly encounters. It’s a field guide using the author’s expertise. By their nature, guides are more cut-and-dry. They don’t have a plot or characters, but they can be entertaining or boring, depending on how well-written they are and how they cover the subject matter. For me, So You Want to Hunt Ghosts? holds the middle between boring and entertaining. At times, I was very engrossed in the book, and other times I didn’t care that much.

    I liked how the author described the different approaches to ghost hunting, like research-based and client-based. For a newbie ghost hunter, this book would’ve been a great guide. However, I had trouble with the author trying to press her own beliefs on to the reader sometimes. It wasn’t an overly pressing concern, it just seemed to me like the author kept giving hints at how her interpretation of certain things was the only plausible explanation, whereas I could’ve come up with several other explenations. Mind you, I’m not talking about the author’s religious beliefs, since these barely have anything to do with this book, but about her spiritual beliefs. I wish she would’ve been more open-minded about other people’s spiritual beliefs in this book.

    Something else that bothered me is that, although the book is meant as a field guide, too much of it stems from the author’s personal experiences. While that is valuable, it’sn ot something I would’ve expected in a field guide. I did enjoy those passages though, so I didn’t mind too much, it was just a little pet peeve of mine.

    Overall, as far as true haunting books go, this one was all right. Not the best I’ve read, not the worst either.

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