GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #99 - November 16, 2009
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Wow… what a month I just had. I haven’t slept much since our last newsletter. The Halloween season always means a lot of talks, conferences, and media, and this month was no different. Each Halloween is an opportunity to reach out to more people who are interested in this subject and get them talking. If you’ve just found your way to Ghostvillage for the first time in the last month, welcome! You’ll find we’re interested in this subject year-round. We just get a little crowded in here come October. But now that it’s November, I’m happy to be home and back to work on new projects and research.
If you’re a fan of ghost theories, you’ve no doubt heard talk of residual hauntings -- the idea that real events can be recorded onto an environment and can replay like an old movie. One explanation for this phenomenon is the "stone tape theory" -- the idea that metallic qualities in the surrounding rocks (or in some cases the building materials themselves) record high energy/profound events just like a metallic cassette tape can record audio or video. For some reason, some people are sensitive to these latent recordings for reasons we can’t explain.
Perhaps a little knowledge of the past helps trigger these events to replay for some witnesses, or maybe big tragedies somehow become a part of our collective consciousness and we can pick up on these events when we’re back in the right location at the right time. Maybe this could explain why so many ghostly legends have a trigger time -- like midnight (it’s almost always midnight, isn’t it?) on the anniversary of the murder; or 3 AM on the victim’s birthday. This month we’re going to dive into the “stone tape theory” a little deeper. Be sure to stop by our message boards and tell us what you think.
November at the Ghostvillage.com world headquarters is also a time to give thanks. We’re thankful for all of you Ghostvillagers who write to us, visit the site, and contribute. We’d be nothing without you folks, so thank you for the job! We’ve made it ten years so far and with your help we’ll go for decades more.
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
The Queen City Paranormal Convention - Historic Music Hall - Cincinnati, Ohio - April 9, 2010
Beyond Reality Events - The Mt. Washington Hotel - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire - April 23-26, 2010
Beyond Reality Events - The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado - June 13-16, 2010
Congratulations to Ernest Dunkel, Jr. of Oil City, Pennsylvania, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of
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According to Dr. Bob Curran, if zombies from all cultures around the world were to battle, which culture's zombies would likely win?
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>>alosa1066<< - member since August 19, 2003
What is your name?
Christopher Lee Balzano
How old are you?
Where do you live?
Cape Coral, Florida... but my heart will always be in Massachusetts.
What do you do for a living?
I'm currently teaching English in a high school down here, but I've also been a librarian and a submaker.
What got you interested in the paranormal?
I lived in the haunted Charlesgate hotel when I was in college. I was amazed by the fact that real hauntings, or at least ghosts people said they were experiencing, were living hand in hand with legends and urban legends. That blurring drew me in, and I created Massachusetts Paranormal Crossroads to explore that idea. I've written some tech and how-to books recently, but those questions I first looked at back in the day keeps me interested in the field.
You’ve authored several books on the paranormal now. How have you seen the field of paranormal research evolve in the last five years?
The field has moved from a story, research-based exploration to one that relies too heavily on equipment and investigation. It has started to swing back a bit recently, and I hope the people looking at ghosts in the coming years can find a balance.
Do you give any credence to the "stone tape theory"/residual haunting?
I am a big believer in it. So much of New England, and the Bridgewater Triangle in particular, revolves around the idea of trapped energy. The ghosts at Anawan Rock and Profile Rock are deeply linked with the pain and betrayal that happened in those locations. The Assonet Ledge in Freetown, Massachusetts, has energy trapped there that has been known to influence people at times in such a profound way they entertain thoughts of suicide. I actually tracked some of the rocks from the Assonet Ledge from its days as a quarry, and many of those buildings suffer through their own hauntings.
If you could bring your mad bass-playing abilities to any band (either current or past), which band would it be?
I have to start off by saying this... I was on an investigation with three investigators I highly respect: Matt Moniz, Tom D'Agostino, and Mike Markowicz. The owner of the house (I hate the term client) had a bass in the basement. We all took turns playing it because we all had experience playing bass. There might be a connection between understanding those powerful, low, frequencies and investigating.
That being said, I am waiting for The Perry Normal Band to form, but if that doesn't happen I'll settle for the Allman Brothers after the death of Barry Oakley...but I'll leave it at that because curses were the Ghostvillage theme a few months ago.
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New features added since our last newsletter:
Anaimal Spirits with Melissa Sehgal By 30 Odd Minutes November 12, 2009 [VIDCAST]
There's Something About Resurrection Mary by Ray Johnson November 12, 2009
Psychic Recommendations By Tiffany Johnson November 2, 2009 [COLUMN]
Best of Paranormal Journeys By 30 Odd Minutes October 27, 2009 [VIDCAST]
Anniversary Show - Ghost Chronicles October 27, 2009 [PODCAST]
What Are Ghosts? by Rob Conover and Brad Conover October 26, 2009
Ghostvillage.com - 10 Year Anniversary By Lee Prosser October 23, 2009 [COLUMN]
Our last month's theme was Halloween. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
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Discussion: Happy Halloween!
Library: Witch's Halloween by Gerina Dunwich
Features: What Does Halloween/Samhain Mean to You?
Features: Halloween 2003 - What Scares Us
Features: Ghostvillage.com - 10 Year Anniversary by Lee Prosser
Features: The History of Halloween
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This past month's Library additions:
Bridge to the Afterlife by Troy Parkinson
Zombies by Dr. Bob Curran [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
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to share your own experience, please click >>here<<. Since our last newsletter, we added the following new encounters:
The Ghost Who Didn't Like Men - Brook, Indiana
Dad Standing in St. Mary's Cemetery - Tiffin, Ohio
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The Only Yankee - Nicholas County, West Virginia
The House that Disappeared - Winton, California
My Haunted Apartment - Brampton, Ontario, Canada
The Basement Crash - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
A Screaming Ghost - Yorktown Heights, New York
The Crawling Shadow - Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
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From the Desk of Christopher Balzano, News Editor
If stones have the ability to trap energy and replay it, the lack of stones may spark paranormal activity just as much. Throughout the United States, Native Americans have been displaced, and the “ancient Indian burial ground” often becomes the default reason for a haunting if no other cause can be found. With Thanksgiving looming at the end of the month, it seems a good time to think about the myth and the reality of the Native Americans’ place in the paranormal landscape.
There have been several stories in the news this month about authors exploring the history of their local areas to find answers for the ghosts they are hearing about. Those American Indians who sat down with the Pilgrims, the Wampanoag, have been linked to much of the paranormal activity throughout New England. In these stories the taking of sacred lands is a mere footnote, a casually glossed-over detail to add character to the story. These writers, both the authors of books and the newspaper writers taking advantage of the Halloween season, are doing Native Americans a disservice, but also missing an opportunity to advance the discussion on the nature of ghosts and the place trapped energy might have in the field.
Lastly, historical research may force people to take a second look at ideas like Stone Tape Theory. Across the country there are places the Native Americans considered tainted or owned by spirits, many of them rock formations. It might be difficult to isolate these locations and experiment like many of the lab experiments seen in the news over the past month, but a further study needs to be done. Why were some places considered sacred before they were even used as ceremonial meeting places or graveyards? Why are the myths and legends of tribes filled with references to these locations?
Sit and enjoy your turkey this Thanksgiving and don’t become consumed with the horrors your country might have committed. You are not responsible for the injustices of the past. The holiday is about looking back, but more often than not we look back across the last year to think about what we may be thankful for. This year look a bit further back and remember.
Ghost Hunters Say Voice Led Them To Bones WTOV Channel 9 Wellsburg, West Virginia- November 11, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Fright House: Jenna Bush on the ghostly music playing in the presidential home already haunted by Abraham Lincoln Mail Online Hollywood, California- November 5, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
NEW GRAVITY MEDIA TEAMS UP WITH JOHN ZAFFIS FOR PARANORMAL MUSEUM PROJECT
Scientifically Haunted House Suggests You’re a Sucker Wired London, England- October 30, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Gutted West Village building said to be haunted by restless ghost of Gay St. man is now up for sale The New York Daily News New York, New York- October 14, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
CONFIRMED HAUNTED PROPERTY IN NEW MEXICO GHOST TOWN FOR SALE ON eBay®
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If you die in your dream, you die in reality?
Skeptics say the darndest things.
Do Ouija boards really work?
In some instances do you think skeptics come up with crazier answers than believers?
"One of the Many Unusual Photos taken in Italy" has generated the most activity throughout the month of October into early November.
"My Favorite EVP."
"Our First Investigation."
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How young is too young to start ghost hunting?
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Canada's Most Haunted City: An article about the most haunted city in Canada. Do you agree? Disagree? What's the most haunted city in your country?
Are our spirits actually body parasites? Another way of looking at the living body and the soul.
Real Life Occurences
Werewolves: A writer looking for more information on a specific type of shapeshifting - 'Hexenwolves' or those who shift their shape using a special belt or animal pelt.
The Boiling Point
Crazy NaNoWriMo Complaint thread: Participating in NaNoWriMo? Vent here when you hit a block, find your tale going in odd directions, or a character has stopped being nice to you. Not participating? Cheer us on!
Board of the Month -- Stone Tape Theory
Can the environment record events? Are there residual hauntings? Discuss your theories here!
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