GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #61 - September 15, 2006

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Dear Ghostvillagers,

You can't study ghosts without also taking a close look at history. There seem to be few rules as to how hauntings work and where the supernatural can be found, but we do see trends, and we do know hotspots. Wherever history, especially tragic history, left its mark, ghosts seem to follow. If this holds true (and I think it does given the evidence), then historic battlefields are among the world's most haunted locales.

This month I'm proud to announce the arrival of my new book, Ghosts of War: Restless Spirits of Soldiers, Spies, and Saboteurs. This is a closer look at history than I've done with my previous books.

In researching and writing Ghosts of War, I was somewhat surprised at how some people found the notion of haunted battle sites as dishonorable. Nothing could be further from the truth! First, it's possible there are no tortured or discarnate souls wandering these battle grounds at all. In many instances, the hauntings seem to be residual -- meaning such a powerful event took place that it left a permanent mark on the area, and for some reason some people are able to pick up on it. In other cases, these ghosts of soldiers seem bound by duty to keep their watch -- ensuring the safety of their fort, their comrades, and their country. No matter the cause of the restless spirits, the effect is that we are forced to look back into history and understand why these men and women fought and died. Sometimes we can even figure out who these ghosts were in life -- taking them out of some cold statistical category and giving them a name, a place of birth, family, friends, and a story that comes with each human being. Paranormal investigating is always important work, but when it comes to exploring spirits of history, the work almost becomes sacred.

Mid-September not only marks the launch of my new book, it also marks the beginning of the busy Halloween season and my schedule is filling fast. Over the next two months I'll be speaking at conferences and meetings in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington, Oregon, and California (you can see my complete schedule below) and doing dozens of radio interviews all over the world. If you have the opportunity to visit any of these wonderful productions, please do introduce yourself -- it's always an honor to meet my fellow Ghostvillagers.

This month's theme at is... you guessed it... Ghosts of War. For our feature article I explore why war re-enactors seem to have an unusually high number of ghost experiences. This month we're also going to explore the battle sites, the haunted ships, and the accounts of people who have come face-to-face with the spirits of soldiers. Thank you to all of you who have been buying my books and supporting my work. By discussing this topic, we're furthering a very important discussion and affecting some change in the overall perception of this phenomenon. I'm proud to be doing the work with you. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
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Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Becky Jovingo of North Canton, Ohio, who was last month's winner of a copy of an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's new book, Our Haunted Lives: True Life Ghost Encounters, a window sticker, and a 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 The first person to reply to this email with the correct answer will win this month's prize.

What is in Joshua P. Warren's CD player right now?

Once we have our winner, we will announce them 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 brand-new book, Ghosts of War: Restless Spirits of Soldiers, Spies, and Saboteurs, a window sticker, and a t-shirt!

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Supernatural Calendar
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September 22: CONTACT: Berkshire Paranormal Conference, North Adams, Massachusetts - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event, 2006 Kentucky Paranormal Conference
October 1: Second Annual Las Vegas Paranormal Conference
October 5: UNIV-CON - University Park, Pennsylvania, Jeff Belanger on Darker Side of the Moon Radio
October 7: ESP Expo - Spokane, Washington - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
October 14: Jeff Belanger on Exploring Unexplained Phenomena
October 18: Jeff Belanger at Hopedale, MA Library
October 24: Jeff Belanger at Bellingham, MA Library
October 26: Sprague Mansion Ghost Party - Rhode Island - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
October 27: Sprague Mansion Ghost Party 2 - Rhode Island
October 28: 2006 Canadian Paranormal Conference
October 31/Samhain/Halloween: Halloween Costume Ball & Midnight Ghost Walk
November 11: 4th Annual Ghost Hunter's Getaway Astoria, Oregon - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event

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

>>Morbid<< - member since July 12, 2006

What is your name?

How old are you?
I'm 20 years old.

Where do you live?
Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania

What do you do for a living?
At the moment I deliver newspapers, but working for better.

What got you interested in the supernatural?
My interest in the supernatural came when I was really young. My friends and I liked to scare each other with ghost stories, and one night we sat around telling stories and someone freaked us out by screaming in the middle of it. We laughed after they screamed but looking at them we realized they were actually in fear and said they'd seen someone outside. Well we ran to look and no one was there. Then we were told by her parents that we were angering the spirits and to stop telling stories. Now I don't believe that's what we were doing, but that was the first trigger. And yes, I see them from time to time, but for the most part I can only sense them.

Do you think proof of the existence of ghosts is possible?
I think eventually we'll have a way to really prove things. To me, I've had enough proof with people's videos, pictures, EVP, and my own personal experience that I don't question their existence anymore.

What was your favorite cartoon growing up?
Favorite cartoon, geez... Probably I'd say either Rocko's Modern Life, Ahhhh! Real Monsters, or Dexter's Laboratory.

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

Discussion: What Are the Differences Between Psychic Abilities? - join the discussion
Archive: Inside the Psychic Mind of James Van Praagh - from the archives by Jeff Belanger
Discussion: Psychic Readings: Did Yours Ring True? - join the discussion
Archive: Psychics, Cold Readings, and Parlor Tricks - from the archives by Chris Richardson
Feature Article: I Have a Hunch: A Look at Psychics, Mediums, and Clairvoyants - This month's feature article by Jeff Belanger

Supernatural Library's book reviewer, Lee Prosser and the staff have brought you several new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.

This past month's Library additions:

Ghost Science by Vince Wilson [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]

Elemental Witch by Tammy Sullivan

Jesus, King Arthur, and the Journey of the Grail by Maurice Cotterell

Our Haunted Lives by Jeff Belanger [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]

A Treatise on Angel Magic edited by Adam McLean

Dancing the Goddess Incarnate by Dorothy Morrison and Kristin Madden

Pet Ghosts by Joshua P. Warren [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]

Dragonlore from the Archives of The Grey School of Wizardry by Ash "LeopardDancer" DeKirk

Walking with Grandfather by Joseph M. Marshall III

Pagan Every Day by Barbara Ardinger [AUTHOR INTERVIEW] Advertising Opportunities
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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 Dangerous Medicine Bag - Keswick, Ontario, Canada

More Spirits on the Land - Milton, Florida [PIC]

Ghostly Cafe Help - Connecticut

Great Grandpa's Return - Mill Spring, Missouri

The Deadly Car Accident that Haunted My Brother's House - Hamilton, Illinois

A Thud in the Bedroom - Chester, South Carolina

Being Watched in the Sanitarium - Cherokee, Iowa

Grandma's Swinging Chair - Kalamazoo, Michigan

My Shaking Bed - Escanaba, Michigan

The Haunted Department Store - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The Orb at Little Round Top - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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Haunted Voices Announces New Paranormal Radio Station

Author Vince Wilson Introduces The Mysterious Maryland Tour Company

Women's Minds More Open to the Paranormal USA Today USA - September 12, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Scientists Angry After Platform is Given to 'Charlatan's Fantasy' The Independent London, England - September 6, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Human Brain Wired to Believe in Supernatural, Says Scientist Irish Times Dublin, Ireland - September 5, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Nicholasville to Host 2006 Kentucky Paranormal Conference in September [CONFERENCE WATCH]

Who You Gonna Call? Ottawa Sun Ottawa, Ontario - August 30, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Ed Warren, Monroe Ghosthunter Dies Connecticut Post Bridgeport, Connecticut - August 25, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Benefit Concert in Asheville, North Carolina: Rocking for Paranormal Research

Teen Shot in Head When Looking for Ghosts With Friends Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio - August 23, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

AGHOST Announces Its 4th Annual Ghost Hunters Getaway [CONFERENCE WATCH]

Are Ghosts Grounds for Divorce? Electric Newspaper Singapore - August 21, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Woman Says It's OK To See Ghosts Sin Chew Daily Malaysia - August 19, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Conference Will Focus on the Paranormal Beloit Daily News Beloit, Wisconsin - August 18, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

So You Want to Be a Paranormal Investigator? Kansas City Star Kansas City, Missouri - August 17, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Bond Crew Shaken 'n Stirred by Ghosts! Bombay Times Bombay, India - August 17, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

'Ghost Hunt' Was Responsible For Mill Fire WMTW Auburn, Maine - August 17, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

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:

Who Goes There in the Shadows? - by Lee Prosser - September 15, 2006 [COLUMN]

Engagement and Data Analysis in Symmetrical Field Investigations by John Sabol - September 11, 2006

Occult Warfare by Richard Senate - September 6, 2006

Cats and Other Critters From Beyond the Grave by Lee Prosser - September 1, 2006 [COLUMN]

Chicago's Strange Angles and Haunted Architecture by Ursula Bielski - August 25, 2006

EVP 202 by Marcus Foxglove Griffin - August 20, 2006 [COLUMN]

Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
This is the place to find out where author and 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:

Berkshire Paranormal Conference, Houghton Mansion - North Adams, Massachusetts - September 22-24, 2006

ESP Expo - Spokane, Washington - October 7-8, 2006

Charlie the Butler's Ghost Party at the Sprague Mansion - Cranston, Rhode Island - October 26, 2006

The 4th Annual Ghost Hunter's Getaway - Astoria, Oregon - November 11-12, 2006

Ghostfest - RMS Queen Mary Long Beach, California - November 17-19, 2006

2007 Haunted America Conference - Decatur, Illinois - June 22-23, 2007

Ghost World Conference - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - July 20-22, 2007

Ghost World Conference 2007
Tickets to the Ghost World Conference are already selling fast -- only a month and a half left on the early-bird discount, so definitely click on the Web site and get your tickets and reservations early. is proud to help organize this giant paranormal conference, tradeshow, and symposium for July 20-22, 2007 in one of the most haunted places on earth: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Tickets and booth space are already going fast and space is limited. Be sure to visit the conference Web site for more information or to sign up:

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Tune in to: A.P.S.R. Talk Radio, Darkness on the Edge of Town Radio, Exploring Unexplained Phenomena, The Ghost Chronicles, Ghostly Talk Radio, The Graveyard Shift, Magick Mind Radio, Nightwatch, Weird Stuff Happens, and The 'X' Zone Radio Show.

Hot Threads and the Community
In the past month 620 new people registered for free to join our supernatural discussion! Have you?

If you have registered for our message boards but haven't validated your account yet, it's simple to do! Look for the email that was automatically sent to you when you registered and click on the account activation link in the email (note: some bulkmail filters may block this email, so you'll need to check your bulkmail folder if the validation email didn't immediately come through). There are always great discussions going on in our huge message board community. We hope you'll get involved. It's free to register if you're not already a member. Here are some of the hot topics this month:

'Hybrid Mutant' Found Dead in Maine
Mysterious creature subject of local legend for years?

Phone Calls
Do our loved ones reach out to us through electronic measures?

Franklin Castle
What will become of this century-old Haunted Mansion in Cleveland, Ohio?

Is this a light? Reflection? Could this be paranormal in nature? You decide.

British or Australian? Whichever it is, it seems very clear to everyone...give a listen.

Spirit Video
A police chase ends with the suspect car on the other side of the fence... paranormal or just a trick of the eye?

Green Witchcraft Books
Discuss the books by Witch and author Ann Moura.

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