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2005 Library:
Holland's Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences
by Eileen Holland

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

Home of the Gods
by Hugh Fox

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Secret Societies Of The Middle Ages
by Thomas Keightley

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

Secrets of the Magical Grimoires
by Aaron Leitch

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

Pronoia Is The Antidote For Paranoia
by Rob Brezsny

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

Sorcerer's Stone: A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy
by Dennis William Hauck

Interview

Sacred Mushroom of Visions
edited by Ralph Metzner

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

Ghosthunting Illinois
by John B. Kachuba

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

Uriel
by Richard Webster

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

The Fall Lineup from Ghost House Books
Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters AND The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Llewellyn Almanacs published by Llewellyn Publications
Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
by Mary Roach

Interview   Published within the last six months.

The Mystic Christ
by Ethan Walker

Interview

The Fog
by Rob MacGregor and Bruce Gernon

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

How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head AND How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva
by Harish Johari and Vatsala Sperling

Official Ghostvillage.com review

House of Spirits and Whispers
by Annie Wilder

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

The Well Worn Path
By Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor

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

The Mysteries of Mithras
by Payam Nabarz

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

Spiritualism & Clairvoyance for Beginners
by Elizabeth Owens

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

Advancing The Witches' Craft
by Lord Foxglove

Interview   Published within the last six months.

The Book of Hindu Imagery
by Eva Rudy Jansen

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Attunements For Day and Night, Rolfing in Motion, and Ritual Drumming
From Destiny Recordings

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

Forbidden History
Edited by J. Douglas Kenyon

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

Postmodern Magic
by Patrick Dunn

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

The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places
Edited by Jeff Belanger

Interview   Published within the last six months.

The Hand from A to Z
by Judith Hipskind Collins

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

Offering To Isis
by M. Isidora Forrest

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

Advancing The Witches' Craft
by Lord Foxglove

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The Temple Of Shamanic Witchcraft
by Christopher Penczak

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Women of the Golden Dawn
by Mary K. Greer

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic Magick
by Rodney Orpheus

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

The Holy Books of Thelema
by Aleister Crowley

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Atlantis AND Lemuria and Atlantis
by Shirley Andrews

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Douglas De Long interview by Lee Prosser
Interview

Kitchen Witch's Guide to Brews and Potions
by Patricia Telesco

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

Trespassing Time
by Barbara J. Baldwin, Jerri Garretson, Linda Madl, and Sheri L. McGathy

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

Book of the Law
by Aleister Crowley

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Awakening Kundalini For Health, Energy, and Consciousness, Sounds of the Chakras, and Sacred Sounds of Santeria
Ghostvillage.com audio review

Beyond Reincarnation
by Joe H. Slate, Ph.D.

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

Taking Up The Runes
by Diana Paxson

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

Coyote Wisdom
by Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D.

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Mystery of Reincarnation
by J. Allan Danelek

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

The Art of the Pendulum
by Cassandra Eason

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Ancient Healing Techniques
by Douglas De Long

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

Healing Herbs and Health Foods of the Zodiac
by Ada Muir

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Autumn Equinox
by Ellen Dugan

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The Serpent Myths of Ancient Egypt
by William Ricketts Cooper

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Speak with the Dead
by Konstantinos

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Gospel of Thomas
by Jean-Yves Leloup

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Exploring The Northern Tradition
by Galina Krasskova

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The Discovery of the Nag Hammadi Texts
by Jean Doresse

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New Chakra Healing
by Cyndi Dale

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Possible Fatal
by Joanie Thurston with Wally Johnston

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Magickal Mermaids And Water Creatures
by D. J. Conway

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Gnostic Philosophy
by Tobias Churton

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

Correllian Wicca
by Rev. Donald Lewis

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Book of Ordinary Oracles
by Lon Milo DuQuette

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A Witch's Notebook
by Silver RavenWolf

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The Golden Builders
by Tobias Churton

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Gabriel
by Richard Webster

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Shamanic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts
by Jeremy Naydler

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Buckland's Book of Spirit Communications
by Raymond Buckland

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Drummer's Path
by Sule Greg Wilson

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Encyclopedia of Natural Magic
by John Michael Greer

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Weird Illinois
by Troy Taylor

Interview   Published within the last six months.

Cathedral of the Black Madonna
by Jean Markale

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Pyramid of Fire: The Lost Aztec Codex
by John Major Jenkins and Martin Matz

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The Druids: Celtic Priests of Nature
by Jean Markale

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Communicating With the Dead
by Jeff Belanger

Interview   Published within the last six months.

Geomancy: A Method for Divination
by Franz Hartmann

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

Queen of the Night
by Sharynne MacLeod NicMhacha

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The Archidoxes of Magic
by Paracelsus

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Hara: The Vital Center of Man
by Karlfried Graf Durckheim

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Being A Pagan
by Ellen Evert Hopman and Lawrence Bond

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Witch on the Go
by Cal Garrison

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The Rosicrucians
by Christopher McIntosh

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Occult Investigator
by Bob Johnson

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Celestial Key to the Vedas
by B. G. Sidharth

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Secret Teachings of Plants
by Stephen Harrod Buhner

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High Magick
by Frater U.:D.:

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The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy
by Henry Cornelius Agrippa

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A Wiccan Formulary and Herbal
by A. J. Drew

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Keys to the Kingdom
by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler

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The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance
by Joscelyn Godwin

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The Myths and Gods of India
by Alain Danilou

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Magic Of The Celtic Gods And Goddesses
by Carl McColman and Kathryn Hinds

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People Who Don't Know They're Dead
by Gary Leon Hill

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Kaili's Odiyya, Kali, and Eternally Bad (three reviews)
Official Ghostvillage.com review

Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ
by Tau Malachi

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Pregnant Darkness
by Monika Wikman

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Cape Encounters
by Dan Gordon and Gary Joseph

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Bushman Shaman
by Bradford Keeney

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The Arcana of Freemasonry
by Albert Churchward

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Shiva: The Wild God of Power and Ecstasy
by Wolf-Dieter Storl

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Buckland's Book of Saxon Witchcraft
by Raymond Buckland

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Custodians of Truth
by Tim Wallace-Murphy and Marilyn Hopkins

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Kabbalah 365
by Gershon Winkler - author interview

Interview   Published within the last six months.

A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year
by Ellen Evert Hopman

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Mastering Astral Projection
by Robert Bruce and Brian Mercer

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John Dee: 1527-1608
by Charlotte Fell Smith

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Magic Mushrooms in Religion and Alchemy
by Clark Heinrich

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Magical and Ritual Use of Herbs
by Richard Alan Miller

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Gothic Ghost Stories by A. S. Mott; Ghost Stories of London by Edrick Thay; Victorian Ghost Storiesby Jo-Anne Christensen
Official Ghostvillage.com review

Witchcraft Medicine
by Claudia Muller-Ebeling, Christian Ratsch, and Wolf-Dieter Storl

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Ritual Magic of the Golden Dawn edited
by Francis King

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Magick Toolbox
by Carl Neal

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

The Solitary Wiccan's Bible
by Gavin and Yvonne Frost

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

Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch
by Lora O'Brien

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Magical Uses For Magnets
by Draja Mickaharic

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San Diego Paranormal: The City's Most Haunted
Interview   Published within the last six months.

Alchemy of the Soul
by Martin Lowenthal

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Candle Magic for Beginners
by Richard Webster

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Kabbalistic Healing
by Jason Shulman

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Haunted Battlefields
by Dan Asfar AND Haunted Cemeteries
by Edrick Thay

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Yoga: Anytime, Anywhere
by Carol Blackman and Elise Browning Miller

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The Gospel Of Philip
by Jean-Yves Leloup

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Becoming Psychic
by Stephen Kierulff and Stanley Krippner

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Amulets: Sacred Charms of Power and Protection
by Sheila Paine

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

Which Witch Is Which?
by Patricia Telesco

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





September 2, 2005

The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales From Around the WorldThe Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales From Around the World
By the World's Leading Paranormal Investigators - Edited and Compiled by Jeff Belanger
Publisher: New Page Books (August 2005)
Pages: 360 - Price: $19.99

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

I have read through the Encyclopedia of Haunted Places. Reading it has been an educational and enjoyable experience. I wish this book had been around when I was a child because it would have been great reading at a campfire setting in the woods at night! How did you come up with the idea for the book?

My publisher, New Page Books, came to me with the idea to put a big directory of haunted places together, and they asked me what I thought about writing it. My first thought was actually, no way! I know directories like these have been attempted by other authors and they often get filled with a lot of errors and hearsay simply because its impossible for an author to traverse the world and really understand each haunting and write about so many locations well. Then I thought about the possibility of time travel and warp speed in order to be able to tackle a book like this alone and get it done in less than a century or so, but both time travel and warp speed are only theories right now. Plus, I have enough speeding tickets, thankyouverymuch.

To do a book about haunted locations from all over the world, you need to get local. So I came up with the idea of asking paranormal investigators from all over the world to write about the locations they know best. I started with some of the many groups Ive had the pleasure of working with or corresponding with over the years and then networked quickly from there. It was exciting to see this huge project start to come together and realize that nothing like this had been done before so many investigators coming together under one roof (or book cover, if you will).

Do you see a wide range of readers for the book? Who do you think this book will appeal to the most?

I worked with each contributor to make sure that each of the haunted location entries covers some of the history and provides some details about the active hauntings going on at the locations. This book is for people who love to read about haunted locations, people who like to incorporate a haunted stop into their travels, and for paranormal investigators who want to see how their colleagues conduct investigations. 

I read your personal experiences in this book and found each one fine reading. Is there a possible sequel to this book, with further personal experiences from you and others?

Im hoping to do more volumes of this book. I have no doubt that we could put together several more books without ever repeating a single location twice. Every town, every city, every village has a ghost story and a local haunt. And thankfully there are people everywhere whose passion is to study these phenomena.

The reception to the book is already solid, and good. What do your peers think of it, have they sent congratulations on a job well-done?

The contributors have been thrilled to be a part of this book. The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places is going to help raise the profiles of the people actively doing this work and help further spurn on the supernatural discussion. I know Im proud to have been a part of this book and Ive received a lot of notes from other contributors who said the same.

Your interview with Hans Holzer was a gem! He comes across as a wise, humorous man with keen insights into the paranormal. What was he like to interview?

Dr. Holzer is quite a legend in this field. Hes published over 130 books, hosted television shows, and conducted countless lectures. Hes charming and smart, and has a very matter-of-fact air about him when discussing this subject. In speaking with him, it also becomes obvious that he cares about this field of study and is very encouraging of others who are delving into the subject.

Your introduction to the book was concise, and to the point. Do you see a time when more people will become more open to ghosts, in the sense that they truly admit the possibility such things do exist? Do you feel the stigma of being a sensitive, a psychic, or attuned to the ghost world and the paranormal came to an end during the 1980s, completely? It seems that before the 1980s people either openly jeered at people who claimed such contact, or shunned them as weird people to avoid. 

I still get condescending smiles from some people when I tell them what I do. Others may laugh, but many times those same people will pull me aside later on and say, You know, something weird did happen to me once Everyone has either had a brush with the supernatural, or has someone very close to them who has. As the idea of paranormal investigators becomes more mainstream as movies and television start to portray them, the concept of talking about ghosts just leaks into the mainstream. People are talking about it by the water cooler at the office and at the dinner table. This discussion is leading to less ridicule for those of us in this field and an even wider understanding of the phenomena. So were moving in the right direction.

Do you recall the fine film, The Legend of Hell House, where the paranormal investigators spent time in a haunted mansion to verify the existence of ghosts? Do you see more such places being examined and publicized today? Most people are unaware of the tremendous amount of labor put in by paranormal investigators to document their findings.

Its been quite a while since a haunting case has really made it to the mainstream media. The Amityville house is really the last one I can think of that caught a lot of attention and that was back in the 1970s. We hear little mentions here and there when someone claims a surveillance camera caught a ghost on tape, but for the most part hauntings only get covered in local media and usually only around Halloween. Hopefully that will continue to change as television shows and movies start to cover this topic year-round. 

What are your thoughts on the new wave of paranormal movies and television shows coming out now, such as "The Ghost Whisperer"?

While we can debate how accurately some of the TV shows and movies are portraying the paranormal, Im all for anything that promotes the discussion on a wider scale. I welcome ghosts to the mainstream. 

There are many sites reported to be haunted. Among them are such places as haunted battlefields and haunted cemeteries of the war dead. Is there just as positive a chance of documenting ghostly activity there as there would be in a house or building?

From what Ive found so far, ghosts are everywhere. And if there are rules to hauntings, no one has told me about them yet. This phenomenon, by its very nature, defies most of our basic human understanding to begin with. People have reported ghosts in every conceivable setting. But I do believe that in certain hallowed grounds such as battlefields or cemeteries, were naturally more in tune with ghosts because of the natural frame of mind that occurs when one visits a place of the dead.

What would you personally advise to a person wanting to become a ghost hunter?

Ive heard people call ghost hunting North Americas fastest-growing hobby. While I dont know what numbers would quantify that statement, I have personally seen more investigative groups form in recent years than in the past. One great aspect to this field of study is that you can start in your own backyard. There are historic locations everywhere, and if you ask around a little, youll start to hear about allegedly haunted locations. The next step is to go there and investigate. The best advice I can give is to remember that this is a human experience. Its a human experience for the witness or witnesses of the phenomena, and potentially its a human experience for the ghosts or spirits if thats what is indeed happening at the allegedly haunted location. Having respect for all involved will take you far. Not having any respect for the land, the witnesses, and the ghosts, and youre finished.

Jeff, it has been a pleasure interviewing you. I wish you great success with the new book.

Thanks, Lee! And thank you for also being a part of the Encyclopedia of Haunted Places!

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