February 15, 2005

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Exploring the Mysteries from Modern Times to Yesteryear.

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Dear Ghostvillagers,

I just finished reading a translation of a classic -- Dante's Inferno (also a good name for a band). This was one of those tomes I blew off in college and finally got back around to reading. The epic poem was penned around 1306 by Dante Alighieri and details the author's perception of the many layers of Hell, what punishments await specific sins, and who the author believes we'll find in some of these layers. Dante tells of corrupt politicians from his hometown, popes who abused their power, and other local businessmen and gangsters of the day who all get their comeuppance in some horrible way.

I got this book from my local library. The elderly woman working behind the counter gave me a cock-eyed look when she saw what I was checking out. "I just want to figure out which layer I'll be spending eternity in," I said. She didn't laugh. Maybe she didn't think the afterlife was something to joke about.

Dante's Inferno is a great work, full of vivid descriptions of torture, humility, and deep sadness. Many modern-day religious perceptions of Hell can trace their roots to this work. "All hope abandon, ye who enter in!" Dante writes of the sign hanging over Hell's entrance. The poem is a work of fiction -- purely the author's creation based on a few scant Bible passages and some mythology -- yet religious leaders have embraced Dante's macabre and awful vision of fire and brimstone, demons poking the damned with tridents, and the fallen angel Lucifer in a lake of cold, dark ice presiding over the underworld. Ask a preacher what Hell looks like and he'll likely paraphrase from Dante.

Great stories are powerful. They can be retold so many times that they go from fiction to folklore and even to fact for some people. Time travel is critical to researching the supernatural. We need to go through history and find the earliest instances of every quirky legend we hear. The truth is back there somewhere. And speaking of great stories, this past month I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Hans Holzer. In regards to the supernatural, the man has practically seen and done it all. Be sure to curl up with this one when you have a few minutes.

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
Mayor of

click here to read Dante's Inferno online

Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Maureen Smith of Crestline, California, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's book, The World's Most Haunted Places: From the Secret Files of!

This month we're trying something new. In previous newsletters, we hid a winner icon on one of our pages and the first to find it won the prize. Considering we now have hundreds of pages, this contest seems less fair. So we're going to make it easier. Here's a question that can be answered by reading a page on The first person to reply to this email with the correct answer will win this month's prize.

What was Hans Holzer's uncle's dog's 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 The World's Most Haunted Places: From the Secret Files of!

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

ATTENTION Paranormal Investigators
This is your last chance to be a part of one of a first -- a directory of haunted places and paranormal investigators from all over the world. This is the last month to get involved before this giant book goes to the printer. If you are a paranormal investigator/ghost hunter, either in a group or solo, please get in touch with me right away.

I'd like to involve as many investigators as possible. This is your opportunity to have your work, your name, and your organization's name published in a book that will be on the shelves in 2005. Please email me for more information at:

-Jeff Belanger

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! 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:

February 15: "Cape Encounters" author to be on WSMU
February 19: Annual Dead of Winter Event/Dinner
February 25: Ghost hunters investigations weekends
February 26: Ghost hunters investigations weekends
March 12: Haunted Overnights for Spring/Summer
April 2: History & Hauntings Tours Spring/Summer
April 8: Ghost hunters investigations weekends
April 8: Ghost Hunting Seminar @ Jim Thorpe Inn
April 9: Ghost hunters investigations weekends
April 9: History & Hauntings Tours Spring/Summer

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

>>lulaboo<< - member since September 28, 2004

What is your name?
Heather Conner

How old are you?

Where do you live?
Muncie, Indiana

What do you do for a living?
Housewife and mother of four spoiled kitties.

Have you ever seen a ghost?
Yes. My husband and I had an urge to do some sky watching earlier this year and we ended up going to my favorite cemetery to do so. About half an hour or so after we arrived and settled ourselves to watch the stars, my husband cursed for some reason and I suggested he apologize to the residents for his rudeness. He apologized, resumed his stargazing, and I decided to have a quick once-over at the cemetery to make sure all was well. It was then that I witnessed a vague grayish human torso-shaped figure moving toward the direction of some nearby trees. The sighting lasted for a few seconds until the ghost hid behind the trees. (And for once -- me without my camera!) But it was a neat experience -- I wasn't scared at all. The ghost was probably wondering why I wasn't running around trying to take pictures as usual.

What's your favorite TV show?
Honestly... I forgot what TV is since I've become a villager! But otherwise Mythbusters.

Finish this sentence: In all my life I've never seen a poem as lovely as a...
sunrise over the Smokey Mountains in Autumn.

Supernatural Library's book reviewer, Lee Prosser, has brought us several new book reviews since our last newsletter. We also have added our first DVD review!

This past month's Library additions:

Gothic Ghost Stories by A. S. Mott; Ghost Stories of London by Edrick Thay; Victorian Ghost Stories by Jo-Anne Christensen

Witchcraft Medicine by Claudia Muller-Ebeling, Christian Ratsch, and Wolf-Dieter Storl

Ritual Magic of the Golden Dawn edited by Francis King

The Magick Toolbox by Carl Neal

The Solitary Wiccan's Bible by Gavin and Yvonne Frost

Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch by Lora O'Brien

Magical Uses For Magnets by Draja Mickaharic

[DVD] San Diego Paranormal: The City's Most Haunted [INTERVIEW]

Alchemy of the Soul by Martin Lowenthal

Candle Magic for Beginners by Richard Webster

Kabbalistic Healing by Jason Shulman

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 Ghost of Opus - Nashua, New Hampshire

Dad's Last Visit - Cliffside Park, New Jersey

The Glowing Window - Glendale, California

Grandmere's Gift - Louisiana

Blizzard's Ghost - Lynn, Massachusetts[PIC]

Contacting Sam - Stinson Lake, New Hampshire

Grandma's Dusty Sign - Scituate, Massachusetts

The Face on the Floor - Southampton, England[PIC]

The Ghostly Roommate - Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK

Captain Tony's Saloon's Haunted Bathroom - Key West, Florida

Grandma's Last Call? - Grapevine, Texas

Our "Resources" section is a place for editorials, research articles, open letters to our readers, press releases, 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 articles/news since our last newsletter:

New Jersey Ghost Conference 2005 - February 11, 2005[CONFERENCE WATCH]

Haunted Virginia Paranormal Conference - February 9, 2005[CONFERENCE WATCH]

The Legend of Lucy Keyes by John Stimpson - February 4, 2005

Raymond Buckland by Lee Prosser - January 28, 2005

The Mysterious Haunting of Stone's Public House by David Retalic - January 23, 2005

Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
This is the place to find out where 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 in 2005 so far:

2005 California Ghost Hunters Conference in San Diego, California - April 22-24

SGRA Summer Paranormal Conference in Stratford, Connecticut - June 17-18

New England Ghost Project's Berkshire Paranormal Conference in North Adams, Massachusetts - July 15-17

Welcome New Members
In the last month, the following people have joined our ghostly community. Please welcome:

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