Ghost: Investigating the Other Side

Ghost: Investigating the Other Side

by Katherine Ramsland

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Overview

With the same personal style in which she undertook "Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today", Katherine Ramsland turns her "participant journalism" toward the world of ghost hunters. She'd acquired a reputedly haunted ring from a self-described vampire, and with it she moves right into the world of digital imagery, infrared videotaping, electronic voice phenomena, overnights alone in haunted rooms, séances, and ghost hunting. She once believed you just sat around in graveyards and waited for ghosts. How wrong she was! The extraordinary investigative memoir takes readers into the action, and they learn as Ramsland learns how to record the voice and image of a ghost. No stranger to risk, she does anything and everything to contact the paranormal. At the same time, she studies those around her who believe in these phenomena.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986373121
Publisher: Indigo Fox
Publication date: 03/24/2016
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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Ghost: Investigating the Other Side 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
mckait on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a non-fiction about a journalists interest in and investigation of the world of ghosts and ghost hunting. It is written in a very conversational manner, making it a breeze to read. Katherine must be a Gemini, because each time she presents you with why something has to be true ( or untrue, for that matter) she comes up with some reason why it may not be. Each time she feels she has proof of ghosts, she looks for ways to disprove herself. This is a very satisfying read for me, because I do the same to myself, since I am a Gemini!I thought it would be interesting even though I am a firm believer in ghosts. I love a good spooky read and this provided it. I recommend it to anyone who believes, or disbelieves! I do not recommend it if you are fearful of the subject.Ramsland is a forensic psychologist by the way, not just a kook looking for cash from a book. She has also written about Crime and Vampires.
Lunarwill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Perhaps author Katherine Ramsland has a penchant for young men in their 20s. If that were all there was to it, I would say go for it. But the subject of interest of her latest work, "Ghost: A firsthand account into the world of paranormal activity," was perhaps also a self-proclaimed vampire guilty of violent murder and culminating in suicide. Or was he?The coagulated blood binding this story together leads back to a previous expose she wrote regarding the prevalent vampire subculture in New Orleans, and the mysterious disappearance of reporter Susan Walsh in 1996. During her investigation, she meets an enigmatic and attractive young man whom she dubs "Wraith." He spins a tale of torture, murder, and mutual dependence between him and another young man called "Christian." He claims Christian eventually committed suicide to avoid repercussions for his acts, as well as to "bleed into" the spirit world, come back, and possess his former male lover. Wraith attests to seeing him in the seat next to him, in his bedroom, in his dreams. Ramsland takes the ring and begins the weird quest to contact Christian, causing her to seek out psychics, shamans, voodoo practitioners, and high-tech ghost hunters. Ramsland holds degrees in forensic and clinical psychology, a PhD in philosophy, and claims to take the role of the open-minded skeptic. For the most part she achieves this, differentiating herself from the dismissive James Randi crowd, as well as the ghost hunter willing to believe that every mote of dust and every static electric charge is evidence of paranormal activity. Again, as with many highly entertaining paranormal books we have areas that hint of artistic license. Wraith's tale, while not impossible, smacks just a bit too much of Lestat and Armand (Ramsland has written books about Anne Rice), but could he be lying to her? Her trip takes her to some of the most reputedly haunted areas of the U.S., such as Gettysburg and the Lizzie Borden House. She delves into the extensive history of Electronic Voice Phenomenon, and conducts several very successful experiments herself. She captures both orbs and vortexes on film and video camera. Through intelligent and engaging prose, as well as a willingness to do what some people never would regarding the supernatural, Ramsland has come up with an excellent first hand account of the subject I would highly recommend.5 out of 5 skulls.
Sengels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dean Koontz' biographer and true crime writer Ramsland takes a peek into the paranormal. Intrigued when she's given a ring she's told is haunted, she begins to learn about paranormal research and particularly about ghost hunting using electronic voice recorders and cameras. A skeptic at heart, she nonetheless is very determined to see a ghost and she resorts to a number of devices and locations in the hope that one will appear. Ramsland's writing is a little vague at times, referring to another of her books and characters she met while researching the other book and perhaps reading the other book would clarify a few things. Still, it's an interesting look at ghost hunting and at places purportedly haunted and worth the effort if you're interested at all in paranormal research and particularly in ghosts.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i have ever read, I read it once when I was younger and am so happy that I have found it again I am buying it today!!! so I can read it over and over, This is the perfect book for a wana-b ghost hunter
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I picked up Ghost, I wasn¿t sure what kind of a book it was. I just assumed it would be a typical collection of short ghost stories. It¿s not. The book is divided into 13 chapters, and each chapter deals with a new location or a new ghostly idea, but the entire book is focused around a mysterious ¿real vampire¿ named Christian and a cursed ring. Throughout Ghost, Ms. Ramsland seeks to understand more about the ring by widening her knowledge of the so-called ¿Spirit World¿. She does this by interviewing psychics, going on ghost tours and recording EVP. It was a pleasant surprise to find that the entire book was one narrative and not little non- related stories. I also enjoyed Ms. Ramsland¿s description of her thought process as she investigated. She came across as funny and likeable. It was a pleasure tagging along with her as she tired to unravel the mystery of the ring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
amazed by katherines journeys and was always on the edge of my seat in suspense. looking forward to reading some of her the works
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started this book, I could not put it down. Ramsland goes into her investigation as a someone with an open mind. This book is riveting, and it really opened my eyes to the world of the paranormal. I have read it twice all ready, and it never fails to amaze me. I highly recommend it to anyone, whether or not you are interested in the paranormal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Entertaining if you like firsthand accounts which I do. Like reading a journal of her investigation. I like her wit and self deprecation. It won't make a believer out of you if you're a skeptic. She's very skeptical herself! The incidences that occur are unnerving and a little too eerie to be coincidental...if you're a believer. I am.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is seriuosly the best book i have ever read. If you dont believe in ghosts you should read this book, there really is something out there!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really liked it until, towards the end where she questions her own photographs of orbs, maybe they were really dust after all. I wish she was more confident in her own judgement from the start.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book, leaves you with something to think about or even investigate on your own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so fascinating I couldn't put it down. If you or a friend find ghost hunting interesting you will love this. Full of pictures too. CAUTION: read this while it's still light outside.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Ms Ramsland I have read and it will be the last. I expected at least an interesting investigation into the topic of ghosts but what I found was a dull, self-absorbed story that I finally gave up trying to read. I would not recommend this book!