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Conducting a Paranormal Investigation - A Training Guide Paperback – April 14, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0615204567 ISBN-10: 0615204562

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Iron Cauldron Books (April 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615204562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615204567
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Beth Brown is the recipient of the Library of Virginia's 13th Annual People's Choice Award for her book Haunted Plantations of Virginia. Her work has been featured on Travel Channel, The Biography Channel, History, and the Emmy Award-winning program "Virginia Currents". She has authored five non-fiction books and is the co-creator of the popular Richmond Macabre anthology series.

Her creative career began not with writing, but with visual art and illustration.
Beth turned her focus toward words after learning that the history and legends she had been researching as a hobby were quickly slipping away with the previous generation.

Her non-fiction books became a mission to preserve the events of the past while making them fun and entertaining for modern readers. She made the transition to fiction in 2013 with Underground, an urban fantasy for middle-grade readers that carefully weaves true historical events with action and adventure.

Beth Brown lives in Richmond, Virginia. She is available to speak to groups about writing, publishing, and Virginia history.

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Deborah on July 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
Conducting a Paranormal Investigation: A Training Guide
By Beth Brown

This book is a good guide for the beginning paranormal investigator. It is also a good reference guide for any ghost hunter to have in their kit or library. The author takes you step by step through the process from start to finish.

The guide covers your pre-investigation needs and safety all the way through making your findings and conclusions. Ms. Brown also includes what to pack, how to interview clients and witnesses, research, setting up, investigation techniques, and data analysis. Sprinkled among the chapters are some handy tips the author has found helpful during the course of her own paranormal forays.

The chapters on data analysis and EVP classifications are particularly helpful. The resource section is extremely useful; it contains sample forms, legal agreements, interview questions, and recommended web sites. Even if you don't use the samples verbatim, they can act as springboards for making customized versions of your own.

All in all I give this guide two thumbs up. This slim volume is jam packed with useful resources and information for the paranormal investigator. I personally carry it with me now in my own ghost hunting kit.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marcia Edmundson on July 17, 2008
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This training guide is a very valuable resource for those starting their paranormal investigations. It proves just as valuable for experienced investigators as well. It is well-written and easy to follow. Beth's writing style is neither didactic nor condescending, and she makes sure to include what not to do, as well as what to do.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sallie Brice on February 17, 2010
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again, for the novice, this is a very good starter book. I goes into some depth as to equipment, location, photos, etc. For the serious investigator that is starting out, this book has step by step advice on how to correctly proceed in an investigation. In this book, like the handbook, it has forms and sample questions. It has some interesting websites to check out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Kaine on January 27, 2009
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I truely enjoyed this book. Not exactly what I was expecting. It actually had me sitting on the edge of my seat at times, as I did not know it would be scarey. I found it an easy quick read. Love it. The knowledge and experience of the writers was apparent throughout the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sherry A. Rowlands on May 15, 2009
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Had a lot of questions about the paranormal this book cleared up alot of them. Easy to follow.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katie Boyd on April 16, 2009
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This is a good book for those who would like to start thier own paranormal investigations. It covers those basic items one would need and how to investigate in the world of spirits. The paranormal is a "hot" subject these days and this is one of the better books out there to start one's path into the investigating part of the paranormal.
Katie Boyd
Author of Devils & Demonology In the 21st Century
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lamborghini Gal on February 27, 2010
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When I received this book, I have to say, I was surprised at how thin it was. It is quite thin and I was expecting more book. However, this is a wonderful starter book, written in easy to understand language and I would recommend it.

Beth
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RDP1976 on December 8, 2010
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If you're purchasing this book to learn how to conduct a thorough paranormal investigation, you're wasting your money. I've read several books on the topic and this one is the worst. Given that I had previously read other books on the topic, this book didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. It's also extremely short at 52 pages and there isn't a whole lot of text on each page. I read it in about an hour. On a positive note, it is cheap, well written and it does contain useful information. However, it is far from thorough and could not be a considered a guide to conducting a paranormal investigation due to the fact that it ignores so many important elements of paranormal investigation. If you're interested in getting into the field and you're looking for an introductory text, I would consider reading "The Everything Ghost Hunting Book" by Melissa Martin Ellis. "The Everything Ghost Hunting Book" is obviously written by a Ghost Hunters fan who embraces the TAPS methodology to paranormal investigation. Even still, it leaves plenty of stones unturned, but is still in my opinion a good "introductory text". From there I would recommend reading "Paranormal Technology: Understanding the Science of Ghost Hunting" by David M. Rountree. This is undeniably the best book I've read on the topic and quite possibly the best written. But if you're not interested in "real scientific" paranormal investigation and just want to plod around a room with an EMF detector and a digital recorder, stick to the "Everything Ghost Hunting Book".
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