GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #65 - January 16, 2007

Buy Books by Jeff Belanger | Jeff Belanger's Official Web site | Go to the Ghost World Conference 2007 Web site

Be sure to forward this on to your friends who are interested in the supernatural!

Click here for the Gettysburg Ghost Conference
This is the big one. A supernatural summit where the paranormal community will come together to learn from each other, to award excellence in our field, and to establish standards and protocols in the science of supernatural research. July 20-22, 2007.
http://www.ghostworldconference.com/


You are receiving this email because you or a friend signed you up at http://www.ghostvillage.com. If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please see the instructions at the bottom.
View this newsletter online at: http://www.ghostvillage.com/newsletters/Jan16_07.htm
Dear Ghostvillagers,

Shhhh, listen... did you hear it? I mean, really, did you? In the realm of Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) you dont always... at least not until the playback. 

For many, EVP offers a sound-bite from the supernatural. Others have evolved the practice into a two-way conversation with the other side. EVP is being used by ghost hunters as potential evidence of a haunting, some are using the practice as part of grief counseling, and others take that idea a step further to the point of continuing their relationship with a departed loved one who has died. The equipment required is nothing more than an audio recorder and not even an expensive one necessarily. People are getting results with the most inexpensive equipment. But are the results truly voices from beyond the grave or some recording anomaly that has yet to be explained? Though some voices are very clear, others require some imagination. Is our brain simply looking for speech patterns in random noise, just as we seek human features in seemingly random images?

This month were going to delve into EVP and explore the how and why of the phenomena. To get you started, be sure to listen to the Ghost Chronicles podcast on EVP featuring an interview with Tom and Lisa Butler of the AAEVP.

Over the next several weeks, youll notice some big changes at Ghostvillage.com. In fact, we've already updated our community message boards and within the next day or two we'll be adding a blogging feature to our community so Ghostvillagers can have their own haunted blog and say what's on their minds! This month we're upgrading a lot of the technology behind the site, adding new sections and some other bells and whistles that will make your time in the Village even better. Im hoping that by the time our next newsletter rolls around, well have the upgrade completed. So stay tuned!

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
Mayor of Ghostvillage.com



Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Robi Malone of Lexington, Kentucky who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of Robert Masello's new novel, Bestiary, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!

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.

During what month and year did Lee Prosser visit Paul Bowles near Santa Monica, California?

Once we have our winner, we will announce them 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 book, Communicating With the Dead: Reach Beyond the Grave, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!


Didn't win? Want to buy a copy? Click on the graphic.



Supernatural Calendar
The Supernatural Calendar is the place where thousands will learn about your events of interest to the supernatural world. The service is only available to registered members of the message boards, and it's free! Ghostvillage.com now syndicates our calendar of events so other Web sites can also display these supernatural happenings at no charge! To learn more about installing our calendar of events RSS feed, please visit our syndication page. Adding your own local events to our calendar is more important than ever!

January 27: The National Ghost Hunters Getaway
February 2: International New Age Trade Show East - Orlando - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
February 9: Jeff Belanger on Ghost Chronicles Radio
February 23: Jeff Belanger at Cape Cod Community College, Ghost Bride Investigation w/NEGP

Who's Who in the Town Square?
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.

>>Axman<< - member since December 19, 2004

What is your name?
Kenneth Grantham, although just Ken is what I prefer.

How old are you?
42

Where do you live?
Golden Valley, just outside of Kingman, Arizona.

What do you do for a living?
I am line cook at a local restaurant.

What first got you interested in the supernatural?
I have always been sensitive toward spirits, and it prompted me to pursue paranormal investigating way back in 1980 when I turned 16.

Does religion have a place in supernatural research?
I am a Baptist, but I don't feel that religion plays into the paranormal investigating. If a spirit is religious it may help in communicating with a spirit, but I don't feel that religion is directly related to the paranormal in general.

What's in your CD player right now?
I don't listen much to CDs. I generally keep the radio tuned to my favorite classic rock station. Sometimes I listen to country or oldies but mostly classic hard rock.

Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Our last month's theme was Witchcraft. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:

Discussion: Candle Magic
Discussion: Negative Spell Casting, Do or Don't?
Podcast: The Witches of Salem - From the Ghost Chronicles archive
Author Interview: The Druidry Handbook - An interview with author John Michael Greer
From the Archives: Spell Casting and Green Witchcraft - An interview with Ann Moura
Author Interview: Pagan Every Day - An interview with Barbara Ardinger
Feature Article: Which Witch is Which? - by Jeff Belanger


Supernatural Library
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee Prosser and the staff have brought you several new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.


This past month's Library additions:

Llewellyn Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

The Book of Abramelin by Abraham von Worms

Inner Journeys by Gloria Chadwick

Ram the Demon Slayer by Vatsala Sperling

Instant Magick by Christopher Penczak

Spirit Rescue by Wilma Davidson

Love Lives On by Louis LaGrand, Ph.D.


Ghostvillage.com Advertising Opportunities
Each month Ghostvillage.com reaches tens of thousands of people interested in the paranormal. We offer the most effective and best-valued advertising and sponsorship packages of any paranormal media outlet. To view our advertising options and discounts, please visit: http://www.ghostvillage.com/advertising.htm

If you're ready to put Ghostvillage.com to work for your company or organization, send us an email to get started.

Recent Encounters
We receive personal encounters from all over the world. Many are scary, some are touching, but they are always profound. If you would like to share your own experience, please click >>here<<. Since our last newsletter, we added the following new encounters:

The Spirit of Louise de Lorraine - Chenonceau, Loire River Valley, France

A Flower at Rockton Cemetery - Rockton, Illinois

The Ghosts of Butler Hall - Morehead, Kentucky

Dark Figure in the Barn - San Antonio, Texas

Noises in the Attic - Chicago, Illinois

Late Night Intruder - Wayne, New Jersey

It Left the Seat Up - Deltona, Florida

Bobby Ray's Conference - South of Jonesboro, Arkansas

The Man in the Attic - Circleville, Ohio



News
This is the place to find press releases and news items on paranormal happenings around the world. If you have a news item you'd like to submit, please see our guidelines.

WANT THESE HEADLINES ON YOUR SITE FOR FREE? Syndicate our news! If you have a Web site or blog, you can syndicate our news feeds to your site for free. Check it out by visiting our syndication page.

Skeptic Revamps $1M Psychic Prize Wired News - January 12, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Haunted Voices Radio interviews film producer David Oman

Searching for Ghosts a Popular Pastime Voice of America Washington, D.C. - January 3, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

City Office Haunted? Odd Occurrences Can't Be Explained, Employees Say Monitor McAllen, Texas - December 31, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Navy SEAL officer's report on 'remote viewing' urges 'transcendent' intelligence American Chronicle Beverly Hills, California - December 26, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]



Features
Our "Features" section is a place for editorials, research articles, open letters to our readers, and other content of interest to Ghostvillagers. If you have a topic on your mind, agree or disagree with something you read recently, we want to hear from you! For guidelines, click here.

New features added since our last newsletter:

Paul Bowles, Witchcraft, and the Supernatural - by Lee Prosser - January 15, 2007 [COLUMN]

Brian Leffler of The Northern Minnesota Paranormal Investigators - Ghost Chronicles
January 10, 2007
[PODCAST]

Homan House, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania by John Sabol - January 8, 2007

How To Photograph The Paranormal - Ghost Chronicles - January 3, 2007 [PODCAST]

DVD Widescreen Format Contains Subliminal Occult Messages - by Lee Prosser - January 1, 2007 [COLUMN]

The Winchester Mystery House - Ghost Chronicles - December 28, 2006 [PODCAST]

Investigating Jane Doherty - Ghost Chronicles - December 20, 2006 [PODCAST]



Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
This is the place to find out where author and Ghostvillage.com founder Jeff Belanger will be speaking on the subject of the supernatural. If you're interested in booking Jeff for a conference or other event, please email us for more information.

Events Scheduled:

International New Age Trade Show (INATS): East - Orlando, Florida - February 2-5, 2007

Cape Cod Community College - Barnstable, Massachusetts - February 23, 2007

2007 Haunted America Conference - Decatur, Illinois - June 22-23, 2007

Ghost World Conference - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - July 20-22, 2007



Ghost World Conference 2007 - Meet Your Fellow Ghostvillagers!
The Ghost World Conference is really shaping up to be the paranormal event of the year! Definitely click on the Web site and get your tickets and reservations early to save money on our early bird discount. Also make your hotel reservations at the Wyndham early because getting a hotel in Gettysburg in July is tricky. Ghostvillage.com is proud to help organize this giant paranormal conference, tradeshow, and symposium for July 20-22, 2007 in one of the most haunted places on earth: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Tickets and booth space are already going fast and space is limited. Be sure to visit the conference Web site for more information or to sign up:


http://www.ghostworldconference.com/


Paranormal Radio
There's only one place where you can tune in to the leading paranormal radio programs available online, and that's right here on Ghostvillage.com's Paranormal Radio: http://www.ghostvillage.com/resources/ghostradio.shtml 

Tune in to: A.P.S.R. Talk Radio, Darkness on the Edge of Town Radio, Exploring Unexplained Phenomena, The Ghost Chronicles, Ghostly Talk Radio, The Graveyard Shift, Magick Mind Radio, Nightwatch, Weird Stuff Happens, and The 'X' Zone Radio Show.


Hot Threads and the Ghostvillage.com Community
In the past month, over 900 new people registered for free to join our supernatural discussion! Have you?

If you have registered for our message boards but haven't validated your account yet, it's simple to do! Look for the email that was automatically sent to you when you registered and click on the account activation link in the email (note: some bulkmail filters may block this email, so you'll need to check your bulkmail folder if the validation email didn't immediately come through). There are always great discussions going on in our huge message board community. We hope you'll get involved. It's free to register if you're not already a member. Here are some of the hot topics this month:

Free Masonry
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=9212
Questions and answers about the organization.

Spiritography
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=17845
Ghost girl on XBox Live?

EVP
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=13796
A recording of spirits going to the light.

Spirit Video
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=17784
Julie's basement with the IR camera.

Texas Farmer Claims He Caught Legendary Chupacabra
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=9828
Is it really the fabled creature, or just a coyote with the mange? You decide.

New TV Show on the Paranormal
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=17820
A new paranormal TV show is in the works. Let the group involved in it know what you think would make a good show.

Myrtles Plantation
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=714
Louisiana's most famous haunted house.


Board of the Month -- Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP)
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showforum=27
Discuss the evidence, techniques, and equipment used in EVP research.

Ghostvillage.com Quick Stats:
215,377 Messages in the Town Square Message Boards
14,042 Members in the Town Square
590 "Personal Encounters" published on Ghostvillage.com
673 Paranormal Web sites in the Ghost Links directory
26,313 Subscribers to this newsletter
3,447,917 total Web site "hits" for Ghostvillage.com in December


Support Ghostvillage.com
Ghostvillage.com is the Web's largest supernatural community, the central place where people come to share their experiences, thoughts, and research. Please help us continue to grow by buying a copy of The World's Most Haunted Places, Communicating With the Dead, The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places, The Nightmare Encyclopedia, Our Haunted Lives, Ghosts of War, shopping, or by buying a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt
. Every little bit helps run our servers and helps the site get bigger and better! Please also click on our banner ads and support our advertisers -- when you do business with someone who advertises with Ghostvillage.com, let them know you saw their ad with us and thank them for the support.

Please email us anytime at info@ghostvillage.com. Your comments, questions, and feedback are always welcomed.


All material is 2007 Ghostvillage.com
REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS: To be removed from the mailing list, please go to www.ghostvillage.com/subscribe.shtml.