GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #95 - July 16, 2009
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It may only be the middle of July, and carved jack-o-lanterns, candy corn, and ghost stories may seem a long way off, but in reality, the Halloween season is starting soon. Though we’re interested in the subject year-round, the media is going to start paying attention again as they search for local ghostly legends and people to trot out into the public eye for a few precious weeks. Ghost investigators, authors, and mediums all become subjects (and fodder) for the local and national media. For those of us who are passionate about the subject, it’s an opportunity to speak intelligently about the paranormal and maybe get a few people thinking a little bigger.
As someone who watches media coverage of the paranormal on a global scale, I can tell you I may get physically sick if I see one more newspaper headline about a ghost investigation group that reads: “Who Ya Gonna Call?” Cliché, yes. But it still makes a point. As I read these articles I hope and pray that the people being interviewed have some insight to share, that they come across as articulate, because these investigators represent all of us whether they realize it or not. The spotlight is a good thing. Our time to shine is coming up soon, and we need to be ready and have something to say. If you do get the call from your local TV reporter to show them a regional haunt, remember, just say NO when they ask you to don a white sheet and run screaming through an old hallway. This month we’re going to explore media coverage of the paranormal and look at media perceptions of who we are and what we do.
Speaking of media, my new show 30 Odd Minutes has filmed three new episodes since our last newsletter. We spoke to cryptozoologist Don Keating about the
Ohio Grassman; Mark and Debby Constantino about
EVP; and psychic Tiffany Johnson about
Developing Your Psychic
Ability. Thanks for all of the great feedback so far. Be sure to check us out often, we’re always adding new shows!
There are still a few tickets left for some upcoming paranormal dinners and lectures this month. Join me for the
"Weird and Haunted Travels" lecture and dinner July 18th in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and
"Dining With the
Dead" on July 27th in Windham, New Hampshire.
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
Weird and Haunted Travels - Woonsocket, Rhode Island - 7:00 PM, July 18, 2009
Dining With the Dead: Windham Restaurant - Salem, New Hampshire - 7:00 PM, July 27, 2009
DarknessRadio PSIence Fair 09 - The Queen Mary - Long Beach, California - September 10-13, 2009
2009 Chicago Ghost Conference - Chicago, Illinois - October 2-3, 2009
A Weird (Massachusetts) Event at the Sutton Historical Society - Sutton, Massachusetts - 7:00 PM, October 6, 2009
MASS Monster Mash - Watertown, Massachusetts - 6:00 PM, October 17, 2009
Beyond Reality Events - The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado - November 6-9, 2009
Congratulations to Dave Snyder of Lincoln, Nebraska, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of
Jeff Belanger's book, Who's Haunting the White House?, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
How to win: Entries will be accepted up until 5:00 PM (eastern time) tomorrow (July 17, 2009).
At 5:00 PM, we will draw a winner at random from the correct entries that have been received. You no longer have to be the first,
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On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Ghostvillage.com. Remember, reply by 5:00 PM today to
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According to the most recent episode of 30 Odd Minutes, what is Jeff Belanger's favorite song?
At 5:00 PM tomorrow, we will announce the winner on our home page.
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 latest book, Who's Haunting the White House?, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
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|It Takes a Village - Charity of the Month
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July 17: NorCal
July 18: Weird
& Haunted Travel: Jeff Belanger - RI
July 27: Jeff
Belanger - Dining With the Dead - Salem, NH
August 14: David
Wells Workshop, Ohio
August 15: Goddess
Festival & Parade
August 20: UFO
Sky Watch: Gilliland’s Eceti Ranch
August 23: Jeff
Belanger on Tales From Beyond Paranormal
August 29: Weird
Panhandle Paranormal Conference
September 10: Darkness
Radio PSIence Fair - Long Beach, CA
September 11: 2009
Paranormal Symposium at Angel Fire
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.
|Who's Who in the Village?
>>Laurie Ann<< - member since May 12, 2006
What is your name?
How old are you?
39 this August, but mentally I'm 20-ish.
Where do you live?
What do you do for a living?
Right now, I'm taking care of my ill husband and our 2 young children. When I go back to work once my husband gets some answers to his illness, I'll be going back to work at the hospital.
What got you interested in the paranormal?
I wasn't into the paranormal until I was around 14 or 15 when I was laying in bed and actually saw my deceased Grandma laying right next to me...I realized then and there that if you're scared enough you can actually "fly" down the stairs. My interest was piqued again until we bought our home 4 years ago and things started moving by themselves... magnets flew off the fridge, voices, footsteps... too many to mention.
Do you believe we all have psychic abilities to some extent?
We sure do. What we need to do is try to figure out what part of our brain controls this ability and exercise it, just like you would muscles. We're all born with an ability, a gift.
What's your all-time favorite summer song?
"Do You Remember?" by Michael Jackson.
Our "Features" section is a place for editorials, research articles, open letters to our readers, and other content of interest to
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New features added since our last newsletter:
Developing Your Psychic Ability By 30 Odd Minutes July 9, 2009 [VIDCAST]
Accuracy in Psychic Readings By Tiffany Johnson July 9, 2009 [COLUMN]
Ghosts and Hauntings - Ghost Chronicles July 8, 2009 [PODCAST]
10 Things Guaranteed to Ruin Your Paranormal Investigation By Beth Brown July 7, 2009
The Ghost of Tim Hardin By Lee Prosser July 3, 2009 [COLUMN]
Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) By 30 Odd Minutes June 25, 2009 [VIDCAST]
Investigating the Legend of Dudley Road - Ghost Chronicles June 24, 2009 [VIDCAST]
The Fearing Tavern By Mike Brody June 22, 2009 [COLUMN]
Ohio Grassman By 30 Odd Minutes June 18, 2009 [VIDCAST]
Our last month's theme was Paranormal Landmarks. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
|Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Features: L'Empire de la Mort
Encounters: The Whaley House
Encounters: Waverly Hills Sanatorium Sighting
Encounters: The Ghosts of Iverson’s Pits, Gettysburg
Features: Have Ghosts? Will Travel: A Ghostgeek's Guide to the RMS Queen Mary
News: Does the Paranormal Need Its Landmarks?
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Ghostvillage U.: "Professor Paranormal" Loyd Auerbach and the HCH Institute's Distance Learning Certificate Course on Parapsychological Studies is
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Digital Voice Recorders: Going for EVP? Think DVR.
Books: Ghost-Mart has many of the leading paranormal titles.
EMF Meters: Check out our line of EMF meters from cell sensors to tri-field.
Closed Circuit TV: From inexpensive to the high end, we have them all.
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee
Prosser and the staff have brought you new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.
This past month's Library additions:
Necronomicon Edited with an introduction by Simon
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:
Haunted Hotel Majestic - San Francisco, California
Ghost of Michael Jackson Caught on CNN Cameras? - Santa Barbara County, California [VID]
Mad Spirits in the Woods - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Exploding Glasses - Grants Pass, Oregon
Toowong Cemetery Encounter - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
The Spirit of George Followed Me - Davidsville and Johnstown, Pennsylvania
The Kind Lady By the Cabinet - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
The Boy in Thornton House - Stone Mountain, Georgia
This is the place to find news items on paranormal happenings around the world. If you have a news item you'd like to submit, please see our
From the Desk of Christopher Balzano, News Editor
Some ghosts just seem to be obsessed with letting themselves be seen. Paranormal investigators spend their time searching high and low with their cameras and video recorders, but the ghosts prefer to walk around places where they can be seen on security cameras by people who are not looking and who hardly know what they saw afterwards. If the watched pot never boils, the news has shown us the past few months that it may be because it’s overflowing over the fire in the kettle.
Since the beginning of the year, ghosts have been seen in a fitness center, a hospital, a funeral home, the set of a reality show, and a school. One of the best came out last week when Michael Jackson made an appearance on the Larry King Live show without being alive. They often are found as video on legitimate newscasts from across the country or in papers not known for being supporters of the paranormal. The problem with the images is that they contribute to the “boy who cried ghost” factor but they do make things interesting.
These stories come over the newswire and are picked up by the normal newscasts. They make for a perfect story because they are quick, are never followed up on, promote the place that found them, and are quickly moved away from. They appeal to people’s belief in the paranormal and drift away, keeping the paranormal in people’s mind without taking it too seriously. If nothing else, their popularity tells us the public is still clamoring for ghost pictures.
Keep your eyes on the news this month. These is almost a guarantee someone watching the security camera at a parking garage is going to see something. We cannot say the figure is definitely a ghost, but we will offer you the video to judge for yourself.
Darkness Events Floats New Concept in Paranormal Conference
I Know What You Just Tweeted The Wall Street Journal Hertfordshire, United Kingdom - June 10, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Does the Paranormal Need Its Landmarks?
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the hot topics this month:
My washing machine is possessed...
Spirit, or reflection off of mirror?
EVP captured in a Ghostvillage member's home.
Ghost in the forest.
Why scientists are skeptics about psychic phenomena.
The Bennington Vermont triangle.
The House of a Thousand Cadavers.
Lansing Michigan - Blood Cemetery in Laingsburg - studying the urban legend of Blood Cemetery.
And other Japanese folklore.
Ouija Believe It?
Successful encounter with a spirit board.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Paranormal Web Sites and other Paranormal
Connecticut: Nutmeg State Paranormal Society.
Ghost Hunting Equipment
Questions on what to look for in an EMF Meter.
Board of the Month -- Paranormal and the Media
Have you been quoted? How does the media perceive the paranormal?
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