Ghosts - research, evidence, and discussion.
Newsletter Subscription:
Subscribe to our free monthly email newsletter:


Library Archives:

Library Key:
Official Ghostvillage.com review Book Review

Interview Author Interview

DVD or Game DVD/Game Review

CD CD Review

Published within the last six months. Published in the Last Six Months


2003 Library:
Celtic Astrology: How the Mystical Power of the Druid Tree Signs Can Transform Your Life
by Phyllis Vega

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft
by Raven Grimassi

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

Hawaiian Magic & Spirituality
by Scott Cunningham

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

Pagans and the Law: Understand Your Rights
by Dana D. Eilers

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Time Travel: A New Perspective
by J. H. Brennan

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

Never Say Goodbye: A Medium's Stories of Connecting With Your Loved Ones
by Patrick Mathews

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Spirit of the Witch: Religion & Spirituality in Contemporary Witchcraft
by Raven Grimassi

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

How to Communicate With Spirits
by Elizabeth Owens

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

How to Be a Ghost Hunter
by Richard Southall

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Incense: Crafting and Use of Magickal Scents
by Carl F. Neal

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

My Proof of Survival: Personal Accounts of Contact With the Hereafter
by Andrew Honigman

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Overshadows: An Investigation into a Terrifying Modern Canadian Haunting
by Richard Palmisano

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Future Prospects of The World According to the Bible Code
by Joseph Noah

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

New Daughters of the Oracle: The Return of Female Prophetic Power in Our Time
by Virginia Adair

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

Conversations With Eternity: The Forgotten Masterpiece of Victor Hugo
by Victor Hugo, John Chambers, and Martin Ebon

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

Dunwich's Guide to Gemstone Sorcery: Using Stones for Spells, Amulets, Rituals, and Divination
by Gerina Dunwich

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Song That Never Ended: A Jazz Musician's Journey to a Love Beyond Life
by John Novello

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Wicca for Life: The Way of the Craft-From Birth to Summerland
by Raymond Buckland

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

Origins of Modern Witchcraft: The Evolution of a World Religion
by Ann Moura

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

The Ghosthunter's Guide Book
by Troy Taylor

Author interview.  

Our Haunted Planet
by John A. Keel

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

Crop Circles: Signs of Contact
by Colin Andrews with Stephen J. Spignesi

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca and Neo-Paganism
by Raymond Buckland

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

Hans Holzer's the Supernatural: Explaining the Unexplained
by Hans Holzer

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings Across America
by Leslie Rule

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

Ghost: Investigating the Other Side
by Katherine Ramsland


The Holy Grail Mystery Solved
by Frank C. Tribbe

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

True Tales of the Paranormal
by Kimberly Molto

Official Ghostvillage.com review  

Investigating the Paranormal
by Tony Cornell


The Forgotten
by Tamara Thorne

Author interview.  





January 21, 2003

Investigating the ParanormalInvestigating the Paranormal
By Tony Cornell
Publisher: Helix Press, (June 2002)
Pages: 430 Price: $36.00

Review by John Zupansic - zupansic@earthlink.net
Ghostvillager review

Investigating the Paranormal is an ambitious book of case histories by British paranormal investigator Tony Cornell. Mr. Cornell serves as president of the Cambridge University Society for Psychical Research and as vice-president of the famed Society for Psychical Research he brings five-plus decades worth of experiences and investigations to the book and it does not disappoint. The book is richly detailed, with virtually every type of haunting imaginable, covered in-depth.

One of the foremost philosophers in the methodologies of science was Sir Karl Popper. Popper's claim-to-fame was his demarcation criterion to distinguish science from pseudo-science. A given theory of science must be falsifiable in order to qualify as real science. One must robustly put a theory to the test, trying to come up with data that will disprove it. If no data disproving the validity of the theory is found, then the theory is said to have merit. Cornell adheres to this notion of falsifiability with vigor, methodically going through the list of possible natural (including human-induced) explanations for alleged paranormal activity in each-and-every case. His dedication, nay marriage, to thoroughness of investigation and skepticism (the healthy kind, not its evil cousin) should serve as a guide to every investigator, new and experienced.

Cornell is rather unique among people writing about ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists, and the like, because after his fifty-plus years of research and investigation, it seems he has concluded that these types of psychical phenomena are most often caused (unconsciously) by one or more of the humans who are experiencing them. What of the seemingly incredible claim that discarnate human spirits are responsible for some types of phenomena discussed here? "Although I have endeavored to remain open-minded, in the 50 years that I have spent investigating the subject I myself have not come across any convincing evidence to substantiate this claim." Cornell estimates that of the 800 or so cases he has investigated, only twenty percent are difficult to explain. And of those twenty percent, only a handful seem likely to be of the paranormal ilk. Despite this, he has not given up and is still searching for the proverbial smoking gun.

Some of the book's highlights include: the Cambridge College Ghosts chapter, which contains a particularly eerie story about a students repeated sighting of an old man sitting by the fire in his dorm room, the R.M.S. Queen Mary investigation, and the concluding pages of the book, which feature some priceless anecdotes about Cornells encounters with the seemingly human-induced variety of paranormal activity.

Investigating the Paranormal is Tony Cornells magnum opus, and for that reason alone it is worth reading for the man's credentials are impeccable, his stature within the paranormal community great. More importantly though, the book serves as a wonderful guide for those who are avid readers of books on these subjects or for newly christened investigators of the paranormal. Cornell has set the bar very high, giving all investigators, from the armchair variety to those in the field, something great to strive for in terms of accuracy, thoroughness, and skepticism.

Click here to buy this book now.



2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
Check out the 2014 Haunted New England wall calendar by Jeff Belanger and photography by Frank Grace!


Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and “The Bridgewater Triangle” at Dedham Community Theatre - April 6, 2014 9:00PM

The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014

Paracon Australia - East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-12, 2014