GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #73 - September 17, 2007

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Dear Ghostvillagers,

It was a dark and stormy night back in October of 1999 when I first started tinkering with the Web pages that would soon become Back then, I couldn't even spell HTML, but I had a couple of paranormal articles that I had written for a newspaper I was working for, and an idea. The idea was simple: a place to put everything ghostly. An open forum of discussion, from the skeptical to the religious, on the supernatural. I'll take credit for launching the site, but it was the tens of thousands of Ghostvillagers who contributed their experiences, thoughts, and theories that made this place grow into what it is today.

Now that we're coming up on the eighth anniversary of's launch, I'm proud to announce the release of my latest book, The Ghost Files: Paranormal Encounters, Discussion, and Research From the Vaults of (from New Page Books). The new book is for fans of ghost stories, paranormal investigators, and for those who want to explore the many facets of the supernatural experience. Over the years, Ive had the opportunity to exchange ideas with so many people on this paranormal topic that I wanted to write a book that would be my definitive work on not only the where and when of ghosts, but also delve into the hows and whys. Many Ghostvillagers contributed to this book, and just like on the Web site, their additions were invaluable.

You're dead. Now what? It's the big question and an important discussion we're all a part of, whether we want to acknowledge it or not. The more questions we ask, the more answers we work toward, the better we'll understand ourselves. To that end, I hope The Ghost Files will help take the supernatural discussion even further. The book offers dozens of personal and profound accounts of ghost encounters; feature articles that explore specific aspects of the subject such as: possession, ghost investigation, psychics, folklore, historic haunts, spirit communication, skepticism, and animal spirits; and much more.

I'd appreciate your support on this one, Ghostvillagers. Whether you pick it up in your local bookstore, online, or in our Ghost-Mart, you'll have a great book and help grow even bigger. After all, I dedicated the book to you (seriously -- check out page 5).

Now that it's September, that also means the busy season is upon us. Our village is going to start getting crowded, and I'll be out and about at some upcoming conferences and lectures. Please see the schedule below. I always welcome the opportunity to meet Ghostvillagers wherever I go. Plus it's always nice to see a friendly face in the audience.

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below!

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
Mayor of

Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Cale Sanders of Charlotte, North Carolina, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of Mickey Bradley and Dan Gordon's new book, Haunted Baseball, 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.

According to author Dan Gordon, how can there be peace between Red Sox and Yankees fans?

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 latest book, The Ghost Files, a window sticker, and a t-shirt!

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

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! 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 19: Jeff Belanger on Magick Mind Radio
September 20: Jeff Belanger on Shadows of Doubt Radio
September 22: SERT PARACON 1
September 22: Contact III: Berkshire Paranormal Conference - North Adams, MA - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
September 24: Jeff Belanger on SNEP Live Radio
September 25: Jeff Belanger on Tuesday After Twilight
September 28: ParAcademy
September 30: Frankie's Roadhouse, Willow Springs, IL
October 3: Jeff Belanger on Shadow Talk Paranormal Radio
October 3: Jeff Belanger on Coast to Coast AM w/ George Noory
October 4: Jeff Belanger on PsyTalk Paranormal Radio
October 6: Haunted N.W. Indiana Dunes area
October 7: SWPRG's 6th Annual Paranormal Conference
October 10: Jeff Belanger at the Hopedale, MA library
October 12: Jeff Belanger on the Jeff Rense Program
October 13: MASS Monster Mash
October 14: Jeff Belanger on Creepycast
October 17: Jeff Belanger at Bellingham, MA Library
October 18: Univ Con Paranormal Conference
October 24: Jeff Belanger at the Mendon, MA Library
October 26: First Annual Chicago Ghost Conference
October 26: 2007 Allegan Paranormal Conference - Michigan, Phantoms of the Baldwin
October 30: Jeff Belanger at Bellingham, MA Library
October 30: Jeff Belanger on CFRB Radio with Richard Syrett
October 30: Michigan's Haunting Experience Conference
November 2: Virginia City Ghost Conference - Nevada
November 10: Haunted Bed & Breakfast over nighter, IL

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

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

What is your name?
Trisha Stryjewski

How old are you?
I just turned 30.

Where do you live?
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What do you do for a living?
I'm a reconciliation specialist for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and come this November, I will also be a full-time Pastry Arts student at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College.

What got you interested in investigating the paranormal?
Well, like most I've had an interest in the paranormal since I was a child. I didn't become interested in investigating until I moved into a house that had activity. I guess you can say that is where my paranormal investigator career began. From there I joined up with a couple of local groups and eventually wound up co-founding my own paranormal group. (Distraught Entities Analysis Division, aka D.E.A.D.

Do you have a favorite haunt that you return to again and again to study?
I have many that I frequent, but the one that I hold near and dear to my heart will always be Fort Mifflin. It's probably one of the most overlooked spots in Philadelphia as far as haunts go. It's so rich in history and has plenty of activity to boot. Old Fort Mifflin is certainly my old faithful and never lets me down.

If you could live any celebrity's life for a day, who would it be?
That's easy, since I am aspiring to be a pastry chef, (hey, if I got paid for ghost hunting/researching it'd be a different story...) I'd have to choose Chef Duff Goldman.

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

Library: Haunted Baseball: Ghosts, Curses, Legends, and Eerie Events
Feature: A Look at Haunted Baseball by Dan Gordon

Shopping at
Have you checked out our Ghost-Mart and Ghostvillage U.?

Ghostvillage U.: "Professor Paranormal" Loyd Auerbach and the HCH Institute's Distance Learning Certificate Course on Parapsychological Studies is now available through Ready to take paranormal investigation to the next level? Check out the online courses.

Digital Voice Recorders: Going for EVP? Think DVR.
Paranormal Books: Ghost-Mart has many of the leading paranormal titles.
EMF Meters: Check out our line of EMF meters from cell sensors to tri-field.
Closed Circuit TV: From inexpensive to the high end, we have them all.

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:

Dervish Yoga for Health and Longevity by Idris Lahore, et al.
Haunted Baseball by Mickey Bradley and Dan Gordon [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
Flow of Grace by Krishna Das [CD REVIEW]
The Science of The Dogon by Laird Scranton
Real Energy by Phaedra and Isaac Bonewits 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:

Daddy's Still Hanging Around - Rosebud, Texas [PIC]
A Glimpse of Arthur - New York, New York
View from a Baptismal Pool - Mobile, Alabama
Grandma's Angel of Death - Orange, California
Hell Hound - Hazard, Kentucky
The Misty Old Man - South Australia
Footsteps and Door Slams - Corona, California
The Man in the TV - London, Ohio
The Magic Spot - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Our Haunted House - Suffolk, England
An Angel Took My Baby - Bloomington, Illinois
Civil War Soldier in My Bedroom - Waukesha, Wisconsin

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 guidelines.

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HVRN Corporation Announces Haunted Halloween Radio Special

American Ghost Watchers Mockumentary to Premiere at Mid-South Paranormal Convention

The Haunted Mortuary's Paranormal Observatory, Lab, and Museum Set to Open in New Orleans

A Light on Spirits Athens Banner-Herald Athens, Georgia - September 9, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

First Annual "Michigan's Haunting Experience" Paranormal Conference to Be Held October 30, 2007 [CONFERENCE WATCH]

Haunted Voices and Haunted Voices Radio Now 501(c)(3)

Girls of Ghost Hunting St. Petersburg Times St. Petersburg, Florida - September 2, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Out of Your Body But Not Out of Your Mind
Yorkshire Post Today Leeds, Yorkshire, UK - August 30, 2007

iClips Network Inks Deal with Author Troy Taylor

Out-of-Body Experiences in a Lab Metro London - August 23, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Ghost Hunters Stake Out Aviation Museum WIBW Topeka, Kansas - August 22, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Penn State University Paranormal Research Society is Searching for Local Cases in Centre County

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:

Heritage Hall: Madison, Georgia - Ghost Chronicles - September 12, 2007 [PODCAST]

The Ghosts of the Knight House - Ghost Chronicles - September 5, 2007 [PODCAST]

Ghost Children in Missouri and Elsewhere - by Lee Prosser - September 3, 2007 [COLUMN]

The Death of a Psychic - by Tuesday Miles - August 31, 2007

Ghost Hunters Spotlight: The Spirit Light Network - Ghost Chronicles - August 29, 2007 [PODCAST]

Paranormal State - Ghost Chronicles - August 22, 2007 [PODCAST]

A Look at Haunted Baseball - by Dan Gordon - August 16, 2007

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:

Contact III: Berkshire Paranormal Ghost Conference and Seminar - North Adams, Massachusetts - September 22-23, 2007

Hopedale Library - Hopedale, Massachusetts - October 10, 2007

MASS Monster Mash - Watertown, Massachusetts - October 13, 2007

Bellingham Library - Bellingham, Massachusetts - October 17, 2007

Mendon Town Hall - Mendon, Massachusetts - October 24, 2007

Bellingham Library - Bellingham, Massachusetts - October 30, 2007

Virginia City Ghost Conference - Virginia City, Nevada - November 2-3, 2007

Tombstone Ghost Conference - Tombstone, Arizona - February 7-9, 2008

Paranormal Radio
There's only one place where you can tune in to the leading paranormal radio programs available online, and that's right here on's Paranormal Radio: 

Tune in to: Talk Radio, Darkness on the Edge of Town Radio, Exploring Unexplained Phenomena, The Ghost Chronicles, The Ghostman & Demon Hunter Show, 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, hundreds of 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:

What do you know about this belief system, which captivated the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius?

Nicholas Flamel and the Secret of Eternal Life
Did he and his wife find the secret?

White House Ghosts
New book claims President George W. Bush saw a ghost at the White House during his father's time as President.

What Would You Do if You Were a Ghost?
I saw something at work...

Personal Encounters
Can ghosts affect health?

Maude's Grave, Connecticut
Has anyone found this mysterious grave in the Constitution State?

Board of the Month -- The Ghost Files
Discuss Jeff Belanger's new book, The Ghost Files. Quick Stats:
239,573 Messages in the Town Square Message Boards
18,215 Members in the Town Square
678 "Personal Encounters" published on
823 Paranormal Web sites in the Ghost Links directory
32,023 Subscribers to this newsletter
8,271,086 Total Web site "hits" for in August

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