GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #50 - October 14, 2005
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The Halloween season must be here because I just heard Bobby "Boris" Pickett's perennial song, "Monster Mash" play on the radio. It must be Halloween because Ghostvillage has donned our new look and we have been hopping with new and old visitors wandering our streets and dark back alleys. And it must be Halloween because ghostly discussions are happening on radio and television programs, and the oversized ghosts and jack-o-lantern decorations that adorn our neighbors' lawns remind us that the supernatural is not a taboo subject -- at least not this month.
This has been an incredible October for me already. I've had the pleasure of meeting many Ghostvillagers at some of the various lectures and events I've spoken at, and I was fortunate enough to attend the Las Vegas Paranormal Conference which was put on by Robert Allen and Janice Oberding. I'm a big fan of conferences like these because it gives us the opportunity to come together and talk about the way we go about our studies of the supernatural, we get to learn from each other, and we make some great contacts, which gives us the chance to work together on investigations and other important projects in the field. One of the highlights of the Las Vegas conference was visiting Liberace's haunted mansion -- you can read a write-up of the experience by author Richard Senate
Last month I told you about a charity auction we were hosting for Hurricane Katrina victims -- I'm proud to share the results with you this month. We raised $723.90 for the American Red Cross! A big thank-you to everyone who donated and bid on the auction items. Great things happen when the paranormal community comes together.
The spotlight is on us through October 31st -- let's take every opportunity to raise awareness and get people openly talking about ghosts and hauntings... and if you happen to be trick-or-treating in my neighborhood this year, we give out the full-sized candy bars. You can't miss my house -- it's the one with the fog machines and strobe lights going, and in the background you'll no doubt hear the sounds of Bobby "Boris" Pickett... "We did the mash... we did the Monster Mash... it's a graveyard smash..."
Mayor of Ghostvillage.com
Congratulations to Andi Kiger of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of
Jeff Belanger's new book, The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales from Around the World, 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:
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.
What year was Liberace born in and what is his full name?
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, The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales from Around the World, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
Didn't win? Want to buy a copy? Click on the graphic.
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!
We'd like your help filling our calendar in -- so add your events for thousands of Ghostvillagers to see. Here's some of the conferences, happenings, and meetings going on in the next two months:
October 14: Mediums:
We See Dead People on A&E, Signing-"Cape
October 15: Book
Signing-"Cape Encounters", Haunted
Over Night Stay @ Capone's Place
October 16: Jeff
Belanger book signing - Danbury, CT, Jeff
Belanger on Graveyard Shift Radio
October 17: Jeff
Belanger on WGN in Chicago, Jeff
Belanger on WGY AM 810 Albany, NY
October 21: Signing-"Cape
October 22: Book
Signing - "Cape Encounters"
October 23: Jeff
Belanger Book Signing Bellingham, MA, Jeff
Belanger on Ghostly Talk Radio, Spectral
Evidence: Ghost Hunting 101
October 25: Ghost
Stories at Brewster Ladies Library, Jeff
Belanger on Cable Radio Network, Jeff
Belanger on 'X' Zone Radio Show, Jeff
Belanger at Bellingham, MA Library
October 26: Jeff
Belanger on WOCM 98.1 FM Ocean City, Jeff
Belanger on WRKI 95.1 FM Danbury CT
October 27: Jeff
Belanger Hosts Stone's Public House - Ashland, MA, Jeff
Belanger on WTBX 93.9 FM Hibbing MN, Jeff
Belanger on 55KRC in Cincinnati, OH
October 28: Signing-"Cape
Encounters"@Haunted Tunnel, "Cape
Encounters" Authors on Plum TV, Jeff
Belanger on KXIA 101.1 FM Iowa
October 29: Haunted
Heartland Ghost Tour, Book
Signing - "Cape Encounters", Conducting
October 30: Jeff
Belanger on 21st Century Radio, Ursula
Bielski's Black Ball
October 31: HALLOWEEN
WORKSHOP & INVESTIGATION, Haunted
Heartland Halloween Tour, Jeff
Belanger on WHJJ AM 920 Providence
November 12: "Give
Your Heart a Start" Fair
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.
|Who's Who in the Town Square?
>>dchastain<< - member since November 17, 2004
What is your name?
Chastain... David Chastain
How old are you?
I turned 37 on October 8th.
Where do you live?
What do you do for a living?
I work as a Technical Integration Manager in Information Technology Operations
for an Atlanta-based media and auto industry conglomerate.
What got you interested in the supernatural?
I think it must be the birthday. October has always been my favorite month, and
Halloween trails my birthday. So as a child while I was getting hyped to turn a
year older, there were always trappings of Halloween celebration around. It
probably worked into my psyche. I spent a great deal of my time as a
pre-teenager in the public library year-round reading anything that I could get
my hands on of paranormal orientation. I used to secretly sit up after my
parents went to bed and watch movies like George Romero's Night of the Living
Dead. I placed in two Halloween costume contests during that same time period.
Then I continued to grow up during the slasher horror film/Fangoria era. I slid
right into Stephen King, Peter Straub, Anne Rice, etc.
There was an old primitive church near Berry College where I grew up in Rome, Georgia.
Whenever I could, I would visit the church because of the predictable stories of
secret devil worship, sacrifices, graveyard activity. The best part was that you
could not drive all the way up to the church. In the time before I was fully
considerate of private property owners, we would park at the gate day or night
and hike up to the church... and proceed to scare the wits out of each other. I
was there once during the day and found a partly-exposed grave. I imagined all
of the horrific reasons that this could be possible. That church was probably
the "nail in the coffin."
What's your favorite paranormal movie?
It changes, but currently it is Session 9 released in 2001, starring David Caruso
and Stephen Gevedon, directed by Brad Anderson. I just watched it again a couple
of days ago. Brrrrrr.
What's the first music album you ever bought?
I wish I could declare it was something deep and artistic, but it was in fact a
K-Tel cassette compilation of early 80's popular music. On it was the Go-Go's,
Joe Jackson, Flock of Seagulls, etc. I played it all of the time on a crappy
little black desktop tape recorder and it drove my parents crazy.
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee
Prosser, has brought us several new book reviews since our last newsletter.
This past month's Library additions:
House of Spirits and Whispers by Annie Wilder
The Well Worn Path By Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor
The Mysteries of Mithras by Payam Nabarz
Spiritualism & Clairvoyance for Beginners by Elizabeth Owens
Advancing The Witches' Craft by Lord Foxglove [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
The Book of Hindu Imagery by Eva Rudy Jansen
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:
Dad's Spirit - Navasota, Texas [PIC]
The Rotating Bed - Virginia
Poltergeists at the Desert Sands Inn - Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Reclining Ghost - Gresham, Oregon
The Hand Grabbed Me - Salt Lake City, Utah
The Dark Figure - Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Grandpa's Late-Night Visit - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Second Sight After Surgery - San Diego, California
Mom's Goodbye Kiss - Virginia [PIC]
Encounters At My Grandparent's House - Lumber City, Georgia
The Spirit Girl Who Lived With Us - Flagler Beach, Florida
This is a new section we have added to Ghostvillage.com. 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
TLC presents Dead Tenants Premiering Thursday, October 13th at 10:00PM ET - October 10, 2005
California Author Launches Paranormal Animal Research Group - October 7, 2005
World's Leading Ghost Hunters Unite to Produce Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales From Around the World - September 29, 2005
Parapsychologist and Director of East Coast Hauntings Organization (ECHO) Has Opened a Business Office in Historic Downtown Washington - September 19, 2005
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
New features added since our last newsletter:
Gift From A Child By Rick Hayes - October 14, 2005
Ghost Hunt: The Liberace Mansion by Richard Senate - October 7, 2005
Mimosa, Marigold, Cayenne, Dandelion, Mullein, Clairvoyance, Uncle Willard, and Ghosts - by Lee Prosser - October 1, 2005 [COLUMN]
The Witchcraft Connection - Resurrection Mary: Part Three - by Lord Foxglove
September 20, 2005 [COLUMN]
Today's Cults of Personality by Wayne Harrup - September 19, 2005
Clairvoyance and the River of the Mind - by Lee Prosser - September 15, 2005 [COLUMN]
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.
|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
A Supernatural Presentation With Jeff Belanger at the Bellingham, Massachusetts Public Library - October 25th
A haunted dinner and ghost talk with Jeff Belanger at Stone's Public House in Ashland, Massachusetts - October 27th call +1.508.881.1778 for details/reservations.
New Jersey Ghost Conference 2006 - April 22, 2006
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, Exploring Unexplained Phenomena, The Ghost Chronicles, Ghostly Talk Radio, The Graveyard Shift, Magick
Mind Radio, and The 'X' Zone Radio Show.
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|Hot Threads in the Community
Summoning a Spirit
How do you summon a specific spirit?
Spirit Photo Exhibit
Visiting New York? Make a trip to see the exhibition on ghostly artwork.
The myths and legends of this undead being that haunts the human psyche, plus some lesser-heard tales.
What do you love about Ghostvillage?
Tell everyone why you like it here.
Is it dust or bugs?
Is it dust or bugs? Perhaps a spirit orb? Check out this cool video and decide.
A very creepy EVP
This EVP is most interesting but not for the faint of heart.
Ancient Monk or Modern Man?
Is this an ancient monk praying in a church or a modern man? You decide and join the debate.
A very active paranormal location. Although closed to the public, come and read some of the stories and experiences from those who have been there.
Harry Potter and the 12 Spiritual Powers
Church putting Potter into its lessons.
Have you introduced yourself yet?
Stop in and say hello.
Can you beat the computer?
Frustrated about what is "good" this week? Join your fellow villagers as they hash out their thoughts and strategies on healthy eating.
In the last month, the following people have joined our ghostly community. Please welcome:
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