GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #119 - September 16, 2011

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The World's Most Haunted Places, Revised Edition: From the Secret Files of Ghostvillage.com by Jeff Belanger
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Dear Ghostvillagers,

Happy almost-autumn (unless youíre a southern hemisphere Ghostvillager, then almost-spring). The air is turning crisp here at the Ghostvillage world headquarters, which means the busy season has begun! Because itís the busy season, that also means itís big announcement time!

It was seven years ago that my first book was published. The Worldís Most Haunted Places came out in August of 2004. Since then a lot has changed with the paranormal community, and with the popularity of the subject. There are now many shows exploring the pursuit of ghosts and spirits, there are more groups and individuals than ever before looking into this stuff, and in short: the odd became cool. Since my first book came out, Iíve published over a dozen more, Iíve given hundreds of talks, tons of interviews, and have been blessed to be able to pursue this study full-time thanks to you folks.

Today Iím proud to announce the launch of the Revised Edition of The Worldís Most Haunted Places! If you donít have this book, this new version is the one to get. Iíve made tons of updates, plus included several new haunts. Youíve all been so supportive of me over the years, and I donít ask you to part with your hard-earned money lightly. Iím asking you to buy the book this week! If you buy it at Amazon.com, youíll get the lowest price. Click on the book cover, or this link to buy it there. If you want an autographed copy, you can purchase those on my personal Web site here: http://www.jeffbelanger.com/theworldsmosthauntedplaces2.shtml

The Worldís Most Haunted Places is a global ghost tour and hunt through some incredible history and haunts. Iím proud of this one, and it will always hold a special place for me being my first book. Please pick it up, leave some online reviews on Amazon, and help create a social media buzz by liking it on Facebook or tweeting it on Twitter.

As I said, the busy season is here. I have a lot of events and lectures coming up. Iím hoping you can attend all of them, Ďcause that would be one heck of a party. But do try to make it out to a few. Iím always adding new material to my talks. The discussion evolves, and itís not that same if youíre not there.

A few events worth noting coming up in the next month: The Chicago Ghost Conference (featuring 30 Odd Minutes LIVE), The Central Texas Paranormal Conference, and Haunted History Night in Wareham, Massachusetts. You can see my complete listings further down.

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
Mayor of Ghostvillage.com

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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 paranormal. If you're interested in booking Jeff for a conference or other event, please visit: http://www.jeffbelanger.com/lectures.shtml for more information.

Events Scheduled:

A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Bellingham Public Library - Bellingham, Massachusetts - September 28, 2011, 7:00 PM
Chicago Ghost Conference - Chicago, Illinois - September 30 - October 1, 2011
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the South Hadley Public Library - South Hadley, Massachusetts - October 5, 2011, 6:30 PM
Central Texas Paranormal Conference - Austin, Texas - October 8-9, 2011
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Billerica Public Library - Billerica, Massachusetts - October 13, 2011, 7:00 PM
Haunted History Night 2011 - Wareham, Massachusetts - October 15, 2011, 6:00 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Athol Public Library - Athol, Massachusetts - October 18, 2011, 5:30 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Luna Gallery - North Conway, New Hampshire - October 22, 2011, 7:00 PM
A Supernatural Afternoon with Jeff Belanger at the Nashua Public Library - Nashua, New Hampshire - October 23, 2011, 2:00 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Uxbridge Free Public Library - Uxbridge, Massachusetts - October 24, 2011, 7:00 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Winthrop Public Library and Museum - Winthrop, Massachusetts - October 27, 2011, 7:00 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Middleborough Public Library - Middleborough, Massachusetts - October 29, 2011, 6:30 PM
The Stanley Hotel Cabin Fever Event - Ghost Adventures and Darkness Radio - Estes Park, Colorado - November 3-6, 2011



Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Mary Ann Tettemer, who was the August winner of an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's book, Picture Yourself Legend Tripping and a Ghostvillage.com window sticker!

How to win: Entries will be accepted up until 5:00 PM (eastern time) tomorrow (September 17, 2011). 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, but you only have until 5:00 PM to get your answer in. If you click on this link: http://www.ghostvillage.com/index.shtml#winner, you see today's date, and "We have a winner!" that means the contest has ended. Sorry, please try again next month. To submit your entry, simply reply to this email with the correct answer.

On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Ghostvillage.com. Remember, reply by 5:00 PM tomorrow to be eligible to win.

If Jim Harold could go camping with any figure from history, who would it be?

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 new book, The World's Most Haunted Places, Revised Edition and a Ghostvillage.com window sticker!


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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!

September 26: Jeff Belanger on The X Zone Radio Show
September 27: Jeff Belanger on the Paranormal Palace Radio
September 30: Chicago Ghost Conference - Chicago, Illinois
October 8: Central Texas Paranormal Conference - Austin, TX



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

>>fritzthecat<< - member since October 12, 2009

What is your name?
Fred J. Fritz

How old are you?
43

Where do you live?
Virginia Beach, Virginia

What do you do for a living?
Retired after 20 years of active-duty military service with the U.S. Navy. Now pursuing a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University.

What got you interested in ghosts and the supernatural?
I've never really been one to seek out paranormal experiences, they just seem to happen to me. As far back as I can recall I had a spirit or a presence that watched me. I remember being about four years old and seeing a figure standing in my doorway, watching me. My parents would get exasperated with trying to calm me down and would eventually tell me to go sleep in my sister's room. That didn't help because the figure would follow me and take up a position in my sister's doorway. Never did anything, just watched. Maybe a protective spirit or a relative who recently passed? At any rate, it really freaked me out. I don't recall why or how those visitations ended, one day they just did. Over the years I've had several experiences, some good, some bad. Enough experiences to prompt me to do some research to where I now have a pretty extensive library of paranormal-related books. :)

What do you think is the world's most haunted location?
My opinion is that one would find the most haunted location to be somewhere in a Western society. Many of the Eastern societies have a map or guidebook interwoven in their spiritual beliefs for what happens at death, what to expect, where to go, how to get there. In the West, we don't have an equivalent for the various Books of the Dead, so death really remains a mystery, something to speculate about. I would imagine the most haunted location would be where a lot of people either died at the same time, such as a battlefield, or died over a period of time, such as a penetentiary, asylum, or hospital. As far as personal experience, I visited Aleister Crowley's villa in Cefalu, Sicily in 1998 and that place was certainly active. You could feel it as soon as you entered. I also felt a tremendous amount of energy when I visited Stonehenge. Neither of these were "ghostly" in nature, though, so I wouldn't consider them haunted.

What was the first music concert you attended live in person?
Van Halen, Women and Children First Tour, 1980.



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:

Pop Paranormal Culture and Middle Eastern Legends with Deonna Kelli Sayed September 13, 2011 [Video]
Legend Tripping with AdventureMyths by Deonna Kelli Sayed September 12, 2011
Out of Place in Time and Space with Lamont Wood September 6, 2011 [Video]
TAPS Academy Comes to Town by Deonna Kelli Sayed September 1, 2011
The Amityville House with Christopher Quaratino (Lutz) August 30, 2011 [Video]
Paranormal Pastoring by Rev. Sherrie James August 22, 2011



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

Discussion: In the Woods West of Boston
Encounters: The Boy on the Rock
Encounters: The Chase Through Enchanted Forest



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:

Remembering Childhood Experiences - Annapolis, Maryland
Ringing Phantom Phone - Ellendale, Delaware
Scary Voices - Colington, North Carolina
Life Changing Experiences - Bradenton, Florida
Fright Night in Philly - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Spooked in the United Kingdom - Birmingham, England



News
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 guidelines.

This month's headlines:
Drivers point to supernatural on notorious toll road Jakarta Press Jakarta, Indonesia - September 14, 2011 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Claudia Schiffer moves family into ghost-free country house Monsters and Critics Suffolk, England - September 6, 2011 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Physicist and parapsychologist Helmut Schmidt passes away Paranormal Old Pueblo August 23, 2011 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

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

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Evidence Alley
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=32339
A cool EVP.

An Explanation of Orbs
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=21720
They are in almost every paranormal photo. As technology has changed, have the explanations for them changed?.

Understanding Tarot
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=2015
Lessons in Tarot reading.

Religion and Spirituality
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=32291
Use of crosses in cemeteries.

Personal Encounters
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=32314
Little girl and the graveyard.

General Board
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=32053
Does critical thinking kill paranormal forums?


Board of the Month -- The World's Most Haunted Places
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showforum=27
What locations and legends make your most haunted list?


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