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April 15, 2005
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For millennia man has been trying to communicate with the dead -- on March 31, 1848, the dead spoke back.
Whether you accept the belief system behind Spiritualism or not, the movement launched ideas, concepts, and even products that have seeped into our subculture, pop culture, and collective psyches. The Spiritualists were certainly not the first to try and communicate with spirits, but they offered a loud collective voice that was heard by millions, and the ripples they threw into our societal pond can still be seen today.
For the last year, I've been researching the history and use of some of the devices and methods people use to communicate with the spirit world: talking boards (better known as Ouija boards), tarot cards, spirit photography, Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP), Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC), Runes, mirror gazing, dowsing, and automatic writing. I've explored the true history, the folklore, the stigmas, and the results people are getting using these practices. I spoke with experts in each of these fields, scientists, skeptics, clergy, and people who incorporate these practices into their own spirituality. It was an amazing journey for me -- full of surprises and full of spirit contact. My findings are presented in my new book: Communicating With the Dead: Reach Beyond the Grave.
Today marks the launch of this book -- consider yourselves among the very first to know. You've all been very supportive of my first book, The World's Most Haunted Places, and of Ghostvillage.com. I hope you'll continue to support me and my work and consider purchasing Communicating With the Dead. If you click on the book cover, or on the links to the book in this text, you'll see a new section of Ghostvillage.com where you can read more about what's in the book, find links to buy it online (depending on what country you're in), and see the endorsement quote given by Dr. Hans Holzer. There's also a chapter-by-chapter companion for the book -- if you see an image or audio clip mentioned in the book, you'll find a link to experience it for yourself on the Web pages.
This month is absolutely huge for Ghostvillage. Not only is there a new book out, but we just posted an interview I did with George Lutz -- the man who owned the Amityville house in Long Island back in 1975. It's his and his family's story that's been portrayed (and often misportrayed) in the books and movies over the years. Now you can read what happened from the man who experienced everything first-hand. And one more surprise is coming in the next few weeks -- Ghostvillage.com is getting some new duds. We're doing a complete redesign of the site, adding new sections, and making your Web experience here even better. Also, if any Ghostvillagers are going to be at the Ghost Trackers conference in San Diego, California, April 22-24, be sure to say hello -- I'll be speaking at the event. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.
Mayor of Ghostvillage.com
This month, we're doing the contest again, but we ask that you first click this link: http://www.ghostvillage.com/index.shtml#winner. If it says, "The search is on" then we don't have a winner yet and go ahead and send in your answer. If you see today's date and "We have a winner!" that means you weren't the first to email us. Sorry, please try again next month.
On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Ghostvillage.com. The first person to reply to this email with the correct answer will win this month's prize.
Who was Father Ralph Pecoraro better known as to George Lutz and his family?
Once we have a winner, we will announce it on our home page as soon as possible. Good luck! (Only Ghostvillagers who have not won a prize from us in the last year are eligible.)
This month's prize: we're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's new book, Communicating With the Dead: Reach Beyond the Grave and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
Didn't win? Want to buy a copy? Click on the graphic.
April 16: "Cape Encounters" Book Signing
April 20: Jeff Belanger on X-Zone Radio
April 21: Jeff Belanger on Magick Mind Radio
April 22: 2005 California Ghost Hunters Conference - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
April 23: History & Hauntings Tours Extended
April 29: Jeff Belanger on Ghost Chronicles Radio
April 30: NJ Ghost Conference 2005
May 7: History & Hauntings Tours Spring/Summer, Vallisca Ax Murder House
May 13: Haunted Decatur Spooktacular Tour
May 14: History & Hauntings Tours Spring/Summer
May 21: History & Hauntings Tours Extended
June 4: History & Hauntings Tours Spring/Summer
June 11: History & Hauntings Tours Spring/Summer, Mansfield Reformatory Overnight
Who's Who in the Town Square?
>>dodi<< - member since January 30, 2003
What is your name?
How old are you?
Where do you live?
What do you do for a living?
Overnight Supervisor at a large drugstore chain (CVS).
When and how did you get interested in the supernatural?
As a child, my mom used to tell us -- my brothers and sisters and myself; there were 8 of us -- stories about the supernatural all the time.
Do you think society is becoming more open to the discussion of the supernatural?
Yes I think it is, I think it's becoming much more accepted in the sciences than it ever has been in the past.
What's your favorite junk food?
Right now I would have to say Cadbury Mini Eggs, but check back with me in a week or so. It changes often!
This past month's Library additions:
Occult Investigator by Bob Johnson
The Celestial Key to the Vedas by B. G. Sidharth
The Secret Teachings of Plants by Stephen Harrod Buhner
High Magick by Frater U.:D.:
The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy by Henry Cornelius Agrippa
A Wiccan Formulary and Herbal by A. J. Drew
Keys to the Kingdom by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler
The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance by Joscelyn Godwin
The Myths and Gods of India by Alain Daniélou
Magic Of The Celtic Gods And Goddesses by Carl McColman and Kathryn Hinds
People Who Don't Know They're Dead by Gary Leon Hill
Kaili's Odiyya, Kali, and Eternally Bad (three reviews)
Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ by Tau Malachi
The Evil Eyes - Northern Ireland
Sleeping by Camp Letterman - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Living With Spirits - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cozy... Haunted, But Cozy - Warrensburg, Missouri
My Grandmother Walked By - Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
Entities at a Prayer Meeting - Salem, Illinois [PIC]
The Foreboding House - North Shields, Tyne & Wear, UK
Waverly Hall Cemetery Anomalies - Waverly Hall, Georgia [PIC]
The Island Ghost That Follows - Wrentham, Massachusetts
The 4:05 AM Banshee - Suffolk, Virginia
My Cousin's Ghost - Bronx, New York
Do Orbs Mean a Haunting? - Newton, Iowa
A Guardian Angel and Haunted Home - Massachusetts
New articles/news since our last newsletter:
Smoking Gun Research Agency to Host ParaCon '05 in Stratford, Connecticut [CONFERENCE WATCH]
Paraquest Paranormal Conference 2005 [CONFERENCE WATCH]
A Weekend in St. Augustine [CONFERENCE WATCH]
Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
Events Scheduled in 2005 so far:
2005 California Ghost Hunters Conference in San Diego, California - April 22-24
SGRA Summer Paranormal Conference in Stratford, Connecticut - June 17-18
New England Ghost Project's Berkshire Paranormal Conference in North Adams, Massachusetts - July 15-17
Adsagsona Paranormal Society GhostFest '05 in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee - August 5-7
Ghost Convention International 2005 on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California - September 9-11
Hot Threads in the Community
Mansfield Reformatory Ghost Hunt
If you intend to go and still haven't made your reservation, you are running out of time. Join your fellow Ghostvillagers.
Discussing a variety of conspiracy theories over time.
Do people who pass on visit their loved ones in dreams?
Okay, okay, so Uri Geller couldn't really bend spoons with his mind. But, is it possible to manipulate clouds by sheer brain power? Find out for yourself by reading villagers' discussions and experiences. Get ready to charge your frontal lobes and take the "cloud buster" test.
Is there a girl in the mirror?
Check out this picture from a recent SPI investigation.
Bone-Chilling Class A EVP!
Here what this ghost had to say about being bound to the property.
Workers Unearth Civil War Coffin
Finding a body in D.C? Not news normally, but it is when the body is a buried Civil War soldier!
Well, now...that was just cool!
Share little paranormal pieces of your life. A few words can say so much!
What an experience!, Our trip from Gettysburg!
Gettysburg is one of the most haunted sites in the country. Read about a recent visit made by two of our members!
Are You Afraid?
There is nothing to fear from a ghost. Or is there?
Welcome New Members
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