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"This excellent collection of ghost encounters will both warm the heart and scare you out of your wits." -- Library Journal "In addition to rounding up the usual suspects ... Steiger has included much that is new for the dedicated ghost aficionado... Everyone interested in our final destination, or just in need of a very creepy reading experience, should have a copy." -- FATE magazine "Covers a number of hauntings that are fresh and original both in scope & detail... [This] is one of the most complete collections that I have seen so far and the quality is very good. Great to curl up with or to keep as a reference in the library." --Joel Anthony Gray, director, Society for Paranormal Investigation "Whether or not you are inclined to believe in such things, the hundreds of stories make for fascinating reading, and many of the photographs are mesmerizing." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer "Steiger, a ghosthunter and author of inspirational and paranormal books, relates about 200 ghost stories and first-person encounters with the supernatural." -- Book News (October 2012) "An extensive compilation of accounts that cover virtually every category of ghostly encounter and supernatural manifestation... This book is easily recommended." -- Alternate Perceptions magazine (September 2012) "The book is filled with hundreds of stories about people's first-hand encounters at famed (and not so famed) locations. An impressive (and heavy) read that will provide years of ghost revelations. Real Ghosts ... has me convinced." --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

About the Author

Brad Steiger appears frequently on radio and television, and bimonthly as a guest on the nationally syndicated Jeff Rense Show, answering listener questions about mysterious events.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578591465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578591466
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Brad Steiger is a world renowned author of over 175 books with over 17
million copies in print. His titles include; "Mysteries of Time and Space", "Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits and Haunted Places", "Conspiracies and Secret Societies: The Complete Dossier", "Touched by Heaven's Light", "American Indian Medicine Power", "Strangers from the Skies", "Project Bluebook", "The Rainbow Conspiracy", Real Encounters, Different Dimensions and Otherworldly Beings," and many more.

Steiger first began publishing articles on the unexplained in 1956; since then he has written more than 2,000 paranormal themed articles. From 1970-73, his weekly newspaper column, "The Strange World of Brad Steiger", was carried domestically in over 80 newspapers and overseas from Bombay to Tokyo. He was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on February 19, 1936. He is married to Sherry Hansen Steiger, author and co-author of over 22 books. They have two sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren.

Keep up with Brad at his Facebook, or the Steiger website

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94 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Henry S. Bailey on January 25, 2004
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I've read Steiger's writings since he first started publishing and have always been amazed at how he manages to capture important nuances that seem to escape the average writer. Brad has put into practice all that he has written about. He is definitely familiar with a wide variety of paranormal phenomena and has been able to bring many theories and thoughts on the subject together in this book.
"Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places" is one of the finest compendiums of ghost stories I have ever seen. In fact, I doubt that it would be possible to find a book that features more information on the best known reports of a haunting, along with lesser known reports published for the first time. Along with the stories, Steiger furnishes many of the techniques employed by modern paranormal investigators. This information is simply missing from most other collections of ghostly tales and helps the reader understand the current theories and approaches investigators have in this field.
Everything in this book including the Appendixes, with movie recommendations, and a listing of paranormal groups makes this book a solid addition to anyone's library, whether it is for the serious researcher or those who love a good ghost story and would perhaps like more in depth information on ghosts and haunting activity.
I've spent over 35 years researching and investigating in this field and cannot think of anything that Brad has failed to at least touch on with this work. It is certainly a Magnum Opus, and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the subject.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Victor Sartorius on October 24, 2003
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Could a second-hand sofa in a California home have been possessed by an evil force? Are the mysterious spirits known as "Vardogrs" actually the ghosts of living humans who often precede them to appointments? Did the spirit of a woman's father appear before her as a translucent midget on the night of his death? Has the shade of Brownie, a beloved pooch, been photographed in Daytona Beach,Florida? Was the phantom ship, the Palatine, repeatedly materializing and dematerializing off of Block Island south of Rhode Island for a period of over 70 years?
These are just a few of the intriguing enigmas that are probed in Brad Steiger's encyclopedic new volume, "Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places." Covering everything from haunted inns to spirit parasites to phantom armies, the comprehensive nature of this work has set a new standard for the coverage of paranormal topics. Moreover, its 600-plus pages are richly embellished with fascinating photos and bold subject headings, rendering it especially reader-friendly. Finally, its detailed appendices covering haunted cities, ghost films, and parapsychological organizations are practically worth the price of admission alone!
Without a doubt, every student of the unknown should add this book to his or her library immediately, if not sooner!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2004
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Brad Steiger is one of the most credible authors on the paranormal out there IMO (and I've read, and own books by, them all), and he's really outdone himself here. In fact, I would go so far to say that it's the scariest book on ghosts I've ever read, and I slept with the light on for many nights after reading it. I'm not as articulate or eloquent as the reveiwers below, but I wanted to put my two cents in, because this book is simply extraordinary, full of the kind of original, interesting, and extremely unsettling material that we all hope awaits us when we open a new book on ghosts, but all too rarely does. Bravo, Brad!!!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ann Johnson on April 9, 2004
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One of Brad's Steiger's best...if that is possible!!!
I've been a Steiger fan for a long time and over the years have always been so impressed by his detailed research and ability to come up with new storys told in his own special way....that certainly keeps a reader wanting more...and in this instance numerous times on the edge of one's chair.
There is something for everyone in this most recent book. "Real Ghosts, Resless Spirits and Haunted Places". And I think it is so complete...and so informative and so well written to activate one's interest to want to know more about this intriguing subject. It is certainly a book that must be read and re-read for there is so much to read about and then important for one to think about...Certainly some of the storys require an open mind...but then that's a good reason to read, to learn more...I was so interested in everything....a couple of really hair raising storys...but that's truly gets you thinking.
But I truly must say I enjoyed reading about the late actor Ted Knight..that was a teriffic story...and really made you wonder 'what if'. Also liked reading about Mae West and what she said about the dimension she is in. But the one that really got my attention was when the intuitive/medium Clarisa Bernhardt was 'told' by a ghost that something was very wrong in a house she had been invited to check out ...and the family followed the clues from the information given and it actually prevented the house from blowing up. And then the same ghost, also told her about money buried, that the family later actually found. So it is interesting that sometimes the intangible things do come forth and prove to be very real and end up being a powerful demonstraton...
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