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2004 Library:
Llewellyn's 2005 Witches' Spell-A-Day Almanac
Official Ghostvillage.com review 

777 and Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley
Edited by Israel Regardie

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Lammas
by Anna Franklin and Paul Mason

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Exploring Wicca
by Lady Sabrina

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Haunted Encounters Series
by Atriad Press

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

The Healer's Manual
by Ted Andrews

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Tarot and Individuation
by Dr. Irene Gad

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

Masters of the Living Energy
by Joan Parisi Wilcox

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

Moksha
by Aldous Huxley edited
by Michael Horowitz and Cynthia Palmer

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Learning Ritual Magic
by John Michael Greer, Clare Vaughn, and Early King, Jr.

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

Llewellyn's 2005 Sun Sign Book AND Llewellyn's 2005 Moon Sign Book
Official Ghostvillage.com review  Published within the last six months.

The Way of the Cat Dana Kramer-Rolls
Official Ghostvillage.com review 

The Way of Four
by Deborah Lipp

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

The Illustrated Beast
by Sandy Robertson

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Your Guardian Angel and You
by Denny Sargent

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Ghosthunting Ohio
by John B. Kachuba

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

Templars in America
by Tim Wallace-Murphy and Marilyn Hopkins

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

Celebrating the Seasons of Life: Beltane to Mabon
by Ashleen O'Gaea

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

Power Animal Meditations
by Nicki Scully

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Witchcraft: A Mystery Tradition
by Raven Grimassi

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

Campfire Ghost Stories, Volume 2
by A. S. Mott AND Werewolves and Shapeshifters
by Darren Zenko

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

The New Hermetics
by Jason Augustus Newcomb

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

Charm Spells
by Ileana Abrev

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

Gaia Eros
by Jesse Wolf Hardin

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

Twilight Language of the Nagual
by Merilyn Tunneshende

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

Tarot of the Dead
by Monica Knighton

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

Tree of Sapphires
by David Goddard

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

If You Want to Be a Witch
by Edain McCoy

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

The Montauk Project
by Preston B. Nichols with Peter Moon

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Your Magickal Name
by Phyllis Vega and Debra Vega

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

Llewellyn's 2005 Starview Almanac
by Llewellyn Publications

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

Don't Call Them Ghosts
by Kathleen McConnell

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

The World's Most Haunted Places
by Jeff Belanger

Ghostvillage.com author interview  Published within the last six months.

The House of the Hidden Places and the Book of the Master
by W. Marsham Adams

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

A Voice in the Forest
by Jimahl diFiosa

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

The Psychic Vampire Codex
by Michelle Belanger

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

Llewellyn's 2005 Herbal Almanac
by Llewellyn Publications

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

Celebrating the Seasons of Life: Samhain to Ostara
by Ashleen O'Gaea

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

Druid Power
by Amber Wolfe

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

Essence of the Tarot
by Megan Skinner

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

Shamanic Experience
by Kenneth Meadows

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Egyptian Paganism for Beginners
by Jocelyn Almond & Keith Seddon

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

The Witch's Shield
by Christopher Penczak

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

Kitchen Witch's Guide to Divination
by Patricia Telesco

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

The Paradoxes of the Highest Science
by Eliphas Levi

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

Ghost Stories of Pets and Animals
by Darren Zenko

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

Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas
by Tau Malachi

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

The Magick of Aleister Crowley
by Lon Milo DuQuette

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

The Tree of Life and A Garden of Pomegranates
by Israel Regardie

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Secrets of a Medium
by Larry Dreller

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones
by Stephanie Rose Bird

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

The Kabbalah Tree
by Rachel Pollack

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

The Golden Dawn
by Israel Regardie

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places
by Brad Steiger

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

The Essential Golden Dawn AND Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition
by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

The Death and Afterlife Book
by James R. Lewis

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Life Between Lives
by Michael Newton, Ph.D.

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

Yoga for Men
by Thomas Claire

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

The Golden Dawn Enochian Skrying Tarot
by Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicerco

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

The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries
by W. Y. Evans-Wentz

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

Grimoire For The Apprentice Wizard
by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart

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

Soul Sex: Tantra for Two
by Pala Copeland & Al Link

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

The Psychic in You
by Jeffrey A. Wands

Ghostvillage.com author interview  Published within the last six months.

Progressive Witchcraft
by Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone

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

T'Ai Chi for Seniors
by Sifu Philip Bonifonte

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

Circle of Isis
by Ellen Cannon Reed

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Ghost Hunting
by Loyd Auerbach

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

Secrets of the Ancient Incas
by Michael Peter Langevin

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Before You Cast A Spell
by Carl McColman

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

Exploring Shamanism
by Hillary S. Webb

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

Destiny of Souls
by Michael Newton

Official Ghostvillage.com review 

Western Seeker, Eastern Paths
by David Pond

Official Ghostvillage.com review 





August 24, 2004

The World's Most Haunted Places: From the Secret Files of Ghostvillage.comThe World's Most Haunted Places: From the Secret Files of Ghostvillage.com
By Jeff Belanger
Publisher: New Page Books (August 2004)
Pages: 256 - Price: $15.99

Interview by Lee Prosser - leep@ghostvillage.com
Ghostvillage.com Author Interview

Lee Prosser: Ghostvillage.com is the most respected and well-researched paranormal Web site in existence. You created this as a repository for your writings. Tell us how you got started with the concept and what inspired you to create it.

Jeff Belanger: Back in 1998, I had conducted a lot of research and interviews regarding Dudleytown, Connecticut—an abandoned settlement located in the mountains of Cornwall, Connecticut. The research was for a documentary film that, sadly, never got funding so it was dropped. I wanted a place to be able to publish my work, and at the same time I was learning a lot about building Web pages. I had always been interested in ghosts and the supernatural, so it was a logical next step for me to put up a Web site.

LP: What is your background as to ghosts? What influenced you as a child? 

JB: I grew up in Newtown, Connecticut—a very historic and lively town as far ghost legends go. Many of the houses in Newtown are centuries old, and some of these house seem to have ghosts. I had a few friends growing up who lived in homes they believed were haunted. We’d have sleepovers and conduct séances with Ouija boards, trying to make contact. I’m not positive if we actually did make a connection, but that’s when my interest was sparked.

LP: Did your religious upbringing have some influence on your supernatural and paranormal interests?

JB: I was raised Roman Catholic, and to be any religion you need to accept the supernatural. You can’t have religion without the supernatural because you must have faith in a higher power beyond your human comprehension. But, you can have supernatural without religion. 

In college, I pretty much abandoned Catholicism—the belief system wasn’t working for me personally anymore. College was more or less a spiritual vacuum for me—and I don’t regret that because I learned a lot about writing, about people, and about the human reaction to religious forces. Because I was religionless, I could objectively look at the subject.

LP: Has working with the paranormal made your quest for spiritual answers about the afterlife more personal?

JB: Definitely. In the beginning of my research, I was probably like a lot of other people who got a thrill out of ghost stories. They certainly can be scary and profound! But the more I learned about the people who witness these events and the nature of ghost encounters, I came to realize that I’m on my own spiritual journey. Ghosts allow me to be hands-on with the subject. I can visit the locations where these sightings took place, I can talk to witnesses who experienced the ghost or spirit, and by learning the history of the place, I can get a handle on why the area may be haunted. It’s hands-on spirituality.

LP: What was your initial reaction from others when you first said you wanted to write a book about haunted places?

JB: Ha! No seriously, that was the reaction: “Ha!” This was years ago, when I admit I was even a little embarrassed by what I was doing. But the more people found out about Ghostvillage.com, and the more those same people who laughed began to quietly pull me aside and say, “Hey, actually I had a ghost experience and I’d like to tell you about it,” I realized this subject is not as off-center as people may think.

LP: How did you go about researching your material before writing?

JB: I’m really blessed to be a Ghostvillager. We have such a diverse and extensive community that I mainly picked areas of the world I was interested in and then asked the question, “Does anyone know any haunted places in…” Sometimes I’d get many replies with suggestions of places to research. After that, I’d contact the location and ask if anyone had any ghost experiences there. Sometimes I couldn’t get people to stop talking about the many ghost encounters they’d had—which was actually great. Other times, someone would say, “Yeah, we’ve heard a few strange knocks, but that’s about it.” Those I didn’t pursue. For a place to be haunted, I believe the phenomena needs to be experienced by multiple people at many different times, preferably over the course of many years.

LP: How much travel to actual sites was involved? Did you have a feeling of paranormal influences at these sites?

JB: Whenever I travel for business or for pleasure, I always find a haunted location to stop at. These places are everywhere—there are rich stories, legends, and history waiting to be explored in just about every town in the world. Though I’ve been to many of the places I’ve written about, I haven’t been to all of them. If I didn’t actually visit one of the locations, I did conduct many telephone interviews and I also devoured many books and television programs about some of these places.

LP: Which site fascinated you the most?

JB: Definitely the Catacombs of Paris, France. It was such a profound experience to walk into these dim, dank limestone tunnels deep under the streets of Paris and encounter the intricate, beautiful, and completely macabre designs of human bones. More than six million people are down there. At first it’s overwhelming and shocking, but eventually I realized that these were all people at one point—people who sacrificed their eternal resting place for the good of the city of Paris. 

LP: Does the area you live in have an abundance of hauntings?
JB: Like I said before, haunted places are everywhere. Because I live in New England, we have a lot more American history here compared with other parts of the country that developed later. I’ve found time and again that the more history, the more ghost legends. So yes, there are hauntings all around where I live—I’ll never run out of local spots to investigate.

LP: What do you see as the future for research into hauntings, ghosts, and the afterlife?

JB: I think the subject continues to gain ground. There are more Web sites, television shows, and magazines that are coming out to discuss the topic further. This is really the big question: Is there life after death? By pursuing this subject, each of us is trying to answer that question for ourselves. It’s a spiritual question that should be pondered because it explores the nature of who we are and where we may be going.

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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
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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