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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738726354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738726359
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Deonna Kelli Sayed (Greensboro, NC) is a Muslim-American paranormal
investigator with Haunted North Carolina (HNC). She lectures on many
issues, from women in Islam to the paranormal, and has lived and conducted
studies throughout Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.
She is the host of "Think Tank," a forum on LiveParanormal.com.


More About the Author

Deonna Kelli Sayed is an American-Muslim author, global citizen, and cultural commentator. Her first book, Paranormal Obsession: America's Fascination with Ghosts & Hauntings, Spooks & Spirits, is a cultural studies discussion regarding the influence of paranormal reality TV in a post 9/11 American society. Her forthcoming book, So You Want To Hunt Ghosts: A Down To Earth Guide, is out October 2012 and looks at emerging ethical, philosophical, and research-based approaches to paranormal investigation.

She is editor of Ghostvillage.com, the Internet's premier paranormal destination.

Deonna also writes decidedly non-paranormal related literary short stories and creative non-fiction. Most of her writing, regardless of the genre, is ultimately tied to narratives of identity and belonging. She is a contributor to the groundbreaking work, Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American-Muslim Women (Soft Skull Press).

In addition to paranormal investigation and writing, Deonna is an experienced public speaker. She also composes original music on the piano and detests yard work. If you want to be her friend, be prepared to make offerings of strong, hot coffee: cream, no sugar.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on October 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Paranormal Obsession by Deonna Kelli Sayed isn't a typical paranormal book that explains topics in the paranormal field. This book delves into the history of the paranormal, and explains how it has gotten to be such an obsession in our culture.

Paranormal Obsession is a phenomenal resource for those who want to better understand where the paranormal field emerged from, and should perhaps be required reading for anyone who wants to claim that they are a "paranormal investigator" or "ghost hunter."

The material covered in this book is extensive, and gives the reader a substantial amount of information on the history of the paranormal field, and how it got it to where it is today. The personal interviews, research, and stories included is a bonus. The author does heavily praise and cover Ghost Hunters and TAPS, but regardless of what you think of them, they did help get the paranormal reality TV shows on air, and without them, would our culture be as paranormally obsessed as it is today?

As someone who has been a paranormal investigator for a few years, I completely agree with the author when it comes to there being too many beginners in the field who jump in without knowing what is going on, and label themselves as an investigator out to ghost hunt and investigate supposedly haunted locations. Most of these newbies all have one thing in common: they think they will be on TV or become famous somehow by doing this. I have two words for that: verbal eyeroll.

The drama that is also in the field, which Sayed also brings up, is huge. Not just between different groups, but often between members within the same group as well. Both situations get ugly, and I for one want no part of either.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Iris Carter on November 16, 2011
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As friends and fellow paranormal investigators, Deonna and I have had long talks about the way television producers manipulate sincere paranormal investigation into cheesy, stereotypical suspense shows and have been dismayed with how Americans buy into the genre, not questioning why and not insisting on better quality programming to cover the topic. At the same time, the attention given to the shows has thrust paranormal topics into the living rooms of people across the nation, taking away much of the taboo associated with discussing experiences of unexplainable phenomena. Deonna presents insight into the realities of reality television, behind-the-scenes tedium, and the perspectives of others from around the world. Her anecdotes are interesting, factual, and intelligent. If you are looking for a book of ghost stories, search elsewhere. If you want scholarly, yet interesting insight into paranormal obsession, and wonder about America's fascination with the spiritual genre, this book will give you plenty of fodder to digest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on October 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I found the book to be more than just well written and entertaining to read. I loved the history and different theories about the paranormal included in the book. I found a lot of what was in the book to go along with my personal beliefs on the paranormal and even at times expand on it causing me to delve deeper into what I believe. I found the theories I had not heard of to be both educational and thought provoking. This book has left me with a slightly different outlook on this paranormal community we are in than what I had before.

While I am not a big viewer of the paranormal tv shows (I only watch Ghost Adventures regularly), I find the inside look at the effect paratainment has on the lives of those involved to be fascinating and a good lesson for those of us on the other side of the tv.

Thanks for writing such a good book Deonna! I look forward to your next one.
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By JenLoKe7 on October 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
This was an extremely disappointing book on one of my favorite topics. First, I must indicate that if the author is writing in English as a second or third language, then I can certainly cut her a lot of slack and overlook her errors. However, it is extremely frustrating that Llewellyn Publications apparently doesn't bother with copy or content editors. (highlybeducated p.198?) This is certainly not the first book of theirs I've wanted to send back corrected. There are ridiculous typos, grammatical and copy errors in this book, including a repeating sentence on p.154. For quality books on supernatural topics, check out Weiser Books or my favorite, Weiser Antiquarian Books.

My first rant is about the use of incorrect language. Repeatedly, the author uses the big words without a net and lands badly as a result. She's obviously unclear about the definitions of "state" vs. "suggest" vs. "postulate" as she typically uses one when she should have used another. It makes a soft science book even softer.

Secondly, it was like reading Ms. Malaprop, consistently jarring. Here's just a few of the many misses (wrong word listed first, the better choice second):
crutch - crux
criterion (singular) - criteria (plural) and vice-versa
sinewy where she clearly meant sinuous
subjection when subjugation would have been more appropriate
epic for epidemic
girth instead of gap
elucidates - when explain would have been better
omit for emit
phenological (a biology term) when she meant phenomenology
pastiche for ____ ?? (something else - don't know what she was trying to say)
epistemology for etiology or perhaps etymology (she lost a lot of clarity towards the end of the book)

As far as I can tell, she attended U.S.
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