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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; First Edition, First Printing edition (January 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884822649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884822643
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Hans Holzer is a world-renowned parapsychologist and author of several paranormal books including Are You Psychic? and Ghosts, Hauntings & Possessions, in which we learn of Holzer's earlier forays into the world of the supernatural. His encounters with the undead are apparently never-ending. Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond is a gigantic volume, documenting almost 200 cases of haunted houses, ships, castles, and just about any place imaginable! The cases are far more complex than just your average white-sheeted ghoul in the attic. Holzer examines the differences between "real ghosts," who reveal themselves to living people, and psychic impressions, which occur to many witnesses, always at the same time and place. There is also solid advice for interpreting paranormal signals--and even photographs of ghostly apparitions. This is an informative read, but one that is open to personal interpretation. --Naomi Gesinger

From the Back Cover

Take a journey to the world beyond...
  • Visit hundreds of haunted places around the world.
  • Learn how to make contact with "the other side."
  • Read about ghostly manifestations of all kinds, from phantoms to poltergeists—and learn about the scientific investigations that have uncovered and authenticated them.
  • See rare, genuine photographs of ghosts and spirits, and find out how these apparitions were captured on film.

Travel to all corners of the world in search of ghosts with Dr. Hans Holzer, one of the world's foremost experts on the subject and the author of more than 100 books on parapsychology, the supernatural, and the paranormal phenomena. Not only does Dr. Holzer introduce us to those who visit from the next dimension, he explains why they seek contact with our world and he offers expert advice on how to interpret sights, sounds, activities, visions and other experiences that signal the presence of someone from the other side. Ghosts is a must-read for all would-be ghost hunters and fans of the otherworldly.

More About the Author

Hans Holzer, whose investigations into the paranormal took him to haunted houses and other sites all over the world, wrote more than 140 books on ghosts, the afterlife, witchcraft, extraterrestrial beings, and other phenomena associated with the realm he called "the other side." Among his famous subjects was the Long Island house that inspired The Amityville Horror book and film adaptations. Holzer studied at the University of Vienna, Austria, and at Columbia University, New York, earning a master's degree in comparative religion. He taught parapsychology at the New York Institute of Technology. Holzer died in 2009.

Customer Reviews

I love reading about ghosts and hauntings.
Sassypoch
I have gone thru two paperback copies of this marvelous book and am delighted to see that it is offered in hardback and on Kindle!
Susan M. Schmitt
I highly recommend this book and/or Kindle.
Barbarian

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Michael Way on May 7, 2003
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I like to refer to this book as the complete Hans Holzer because it appears to be compilation of his books mostly from the 60's and 70's, but the stories are still fascinating to read. If you want scary ghost stories, try something in the Michael Norman series, but if you want to read about actual investigations of hauntings, I highly recommend this book. A HUGE book with over 750 pages printed on high quality paper and lots of photographs, there is enough material here for at least three books!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Atheen M. Wilson on December 18, 2002
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Ghosts: True Encounters With the World Beyond by Hans Holzer is a comprehensive volume of the author's extensive research into the world of ghosts, spirits, and poltergists performed over the past 30 or more years. Whether one believes in these phenomenon or not, the book makes interesting reading. While many of the stories have appeared in other books, Holzer adds interesting updates and background information which give them a new perspective. Of particular interest to me was the historical research done with respect to the life and times surrounding some of the occurrences. The author discusses the American Revolution and Civil War and some of the events of early European history as well as some of the central figures of these events. Where he is able, he also adds information about the history the specific houses and other buildings he inspected. He gives advice to the would be ghost hunter, and describes some of the mediums with whom he worked. It sounds as though Dr. Holzer had a fun and exciting career that has taken him all over the world.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LillyDale on October 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Good research, great stories (and plenty of them), make this worth purchasing and keeping. Not only will the extensive collection of incidents and hauntings hold your interest, the definitions of types of spirits and the Do's and Don't of encountering them are absolutely fascinating. And who knows, the information could come in handy one day! Informative enough to consider a study guide , but long enough to provide hours and hours of reading satisfaction. I have read my copy three times in five years, and always look forward to the next time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By the wolverine on June 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you have followed Hans Holzer's books through the years, you know every other ghost writer comes up wanting.

As always, this book does not disappoint. If you have read his other books, you will find much of this repetious of stories that have appeared in other titles, but that does not detract from the enjoyment of having so many good tales or reports (depending on your beliefs) in one location.

A fine book for reading outside on a warm day, or indoors on a winter's night.....depending on what you think that creak in the floor was last night.... Enjoy
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John B. Kachuba on January 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I remember reading Hans Holzer when I was just a kid and loving everything he wrote. This massive book collects all those thousands of stories he has told over the years into one. It's a valuable book for paranormal researchers (I'm a Certified Ghost Hunter) because it so complete, however, it doesn't break any new ground. This is simply a compilation of his other, older books rolled into one. It's a disappointment if you were looking for new material, but a treasure trove if you've never read Holzer before.

Although there are many illustrations, they are dark and badly reproduced and the text often repeats itself, a result of careless editing of old material. Still, I was able to live with these quirks (except for the tiny printing, which is annoying) and found many important stories here and information that helped me as I wrote "Ghosthunting Illinois" and "Ghosthunting Ohio."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
An excelent book, by an excelent author, over 100 True stories complete with transcripts from seances, photographs, descriptions of ghostly phenomena, and also how to tell ghosts from non ghosts. The book covers all kinds of spirits and tells about each one of them. Covering famous ghosts like bloody mary,robert louis stevenson, even the guy who played MR BELVEDERE!!! Chapters include THE NATURE OF LIFE AND DEATH, WHAT EVERY WOULD-BE GHOST HUNTER SHOULD KNOW, GHOSTS AND THE WORLD OF THE LIVING, WHAT EXACTLY IS A GHOST, FAMOUS GHOSTS,THIS HOUSE IS HAUNTED, HAUNTED PLACES, HAUNTED PEOPLE, STAY BEHINDS, POLTERGEISTS, GHOSTS THAT ARENT, AND PHSYCHIC PHOTOGRAPHY-THE VISUAL PROOF. The most thorough ghost guide I have ever read
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This handsome (if oddly organized) hardcover book turns out to be just a compilation of Holzer's cheaply produced paperbacks from the 1960s. If you've never read Holzer before, then this latest book will serve as a great introduction to Holzer's dogged pursuit of the supernatural. On the other hand, if you have read those earlier Holzer's books, then you may feel, as I did, disappointed. Holzer could have produced a truly interesting book had he returned to the scenes of his forty-year old ghost stories. Are the ghosts still active? Who owns the haunted houses now? Have changes in the neighborhoods affected the hauntings?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Hopkins on April 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Believe it or not--as big as this book is, I've pretty much read the entire thing cover to cover. That's how good I think it is. Really, it's the only book on ghosts you need...not that anyone really needs a book about ghosts. Okay so some of it is just a bunch of scientific mumbo jumbo, but the actual ghost stories are pretty interesting. It also contains some cool photos. My only complaint, really, is that it's size makes it a bit awkward to carry around. I guess it's well worth the workout though.
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