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As a researcher of the paranormal, I have seen many so-called handbooks and guidebooks on the subject of ghost investigation. Some are little more than ego vehicles for their authors; others are more entertaining collections of investigations stories. Troy Taylor, president and founder of the American Ghost Society, has brought a new level of professionalism to the field with "The Ghost Hunter's Guidebook," which stands as the best and most authoritative book written to date on ghost investigation. Both beginners and experienced investigators should make this book their bible. Taylor gives his readers thorough coverage of the subject: historical background; explanations of ghosts, poltergeists and hauntings; high-tech tools; photography techniques; mediumistic approaches; how to conduct sound investigations; and how to work with the media and public. Pros, cons and cautions are given careful discussion. "The Ghost Hunter's Guidebook" is the product of Taylor's own first-hand experiences in numerous investigations. Troy is a careful researcher dedicated to promoting professional, responsible research in a field vulnerable to the media's appetite for the sensational. "The Ghost Hunter's Guidebook" gives the straight savvy. The material is grounded, practical and informative. It comes as no surprise to me that Taylor's book has gained international praise, including high marks from some of England's most discerning ghost investigators. "Thoroughly recommended," says Alan Murdie, chairman of the distinguished Ghost Club of London. I couldn't agree more. -- Rosemary Ellen Guiley, author of "The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits"
The Ghost-Hunters Guidebook is the premiere book on ghost hunting in the English-speaking world. It is imitated and plagiarized outright on the web, but most notably on MTV's Fear website. It's not hard to see why. It is the most complete book on the subject. Author Troy Taylor covers everything from the history of spiritualism to the late, great ghost-hunter Harry Price. This book also has the most complete ghost hunting how-to anywhere The best thing about this book, in my opinion, is the lack of spiritual garbage that is normally attached to books like it. I think the most dangerous thing about ghost hunting is not the fact that you are searching for phantoms, spooks, and specters, as some people might tell you but rather the religious and spiritual propaganda that the "so called" experts have laced their books with. Any book, or anyone for that matter, that tells you to say a special prayer or cast a spell before you enter a graveyard, is not looking at ghost hunting from a scientific point of view. Taylor's book gives you the facts and teaches through his experience. It's straightforward and to the point, no voodoo or hoodoo. All you are going to find here is facts, history, and education about his subject. It's books like this that are going to get the scientific community to someday pay attention. The Ghost-Hunting Guidebook is a must-have for anybody who calls himself a ghost hunter, even the one that drinks chicken blood before an investigation.
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What is it about books about ghost hunting? Many of them seem to be full of typos and this one is no exception. This is one of the best handbooks written on the subject and I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about hunting ghosts, however the book is riddled with typos and errors in editing. There are quite a few stories about the early days of spiritualism (about 1/3 of the book!) but hardly any information about particular modern day investigations. The book does supply a good deal of useful information about ghost hunting and about some equipment you can use for your investigations. Like all investigators, Troy Taylor seems to have his own techniques and preferences. For example, he claims that digital cameras are completely useless for ghost hunting and that digital recording devices are not reliable for recording EVP. Other investigators will tell you that digital cameras and camcorders are quite useful and that digital recorders are fine for recording EVP, so take everything with a grain of salt. To be fair, the author states that this book is not the final word in ghost hunting and he says to take from it what you will, while adding your own theories and techniques. I understand that this book is used as the textbook for courses offered by the American Ghost Society. I would be sure to add another book or two to your stack of textbooks. Overall, this is a must-have book full of useful and entertaining information, but let's hope they hire a proof reader for the next edition! If you want a similar book with much more technical detail, I would recommend How To Hunt Ghosts by Joshua P. Warren.
Reasonably good book, but flawed by annoying typos and bad editing. The book looks very much like a self-published one, and suffers from it. Also, the book is long on anecdotes, but short on specific details about its subject matter. For example, for a book called a "Ghost Hunter's Guide," it really never gives beginners a step by step guide to how to hunt ghosts. It is very good on the history of spiritualism, but light on much of what someone really interested in hunting ghosts would be looking for. (For that, I'd recommend Joshua Warren's How To Hunt Ghosts.) However, this book would make a good addition to someone's library on this subject.
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