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Ryan Buell, star of the hit A&E series Paranormal State, takes us behind the scenes of his most intense supernatural encounters.

Follow Ryan Buell on his extraordinary journey as he seeks out the truth behind terrifying demonic disturbances, hauntings, and paranormal phenomena to solve unexplained mysteries that have been plaguing frightened families who have nowhere else to turn.

In Paranormal State, Buell gives readers a chilling, in-depth look at some of the most disturbing cases—including some that have never been aired—revealing startling new facts and incredible new discoveries. Buell relives the origins of the Paranormal Research Society—discussed here for the first time—and the strange path his life has taken since the show's beginning. With unparalleled candor, Ryan discusses the intriguing mysteries, the difficult decisions, and the struggles with questions of faith, sanity, and the very concept of reality.

About the Author

Born in the Bronx, Stefan Petrucha spent his formative years moving between the big city and the suburbs, both of which made him prefer escapism. A fan of comic books, science fiction and horror since learning to read, in high school and college he added a love for all sorts of literary work, eventually learning that the very best fiction always brings you back to reality, so, really, there's no way out. He first came to prominence as the author of the best-selling X-Files comic book series, based on the TV show and has since written eighteen novels including Timetripper, The Shadow of Frankenstein, and The Rule of Won. His recent work includes, Paranormal State: My Journey Into the Unknown (co-authored with A&E star Ryan Buell), Split, Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid, and the upcoming Dead Mann Walking. He currently lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and fellow writer Sarah Kinney and their two daughters.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Original edition (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061767948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061767944
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Jewett on September 9, 2011
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It took me forever to finally get around to it but I finished reading Paranormal State: My Journey into the Unknown by Ryan Buell and Stefan Petrucha.

In his first literary effort, Buell recounts his experiences and views as a paranormal investigator before and during the run of his television series, Paranormal State. The book is largely a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put this type of reality program on television, including how Buell and his team handled early suggestions from the production crew that certain things be filmed a certain way that might seem a bit staged and how he fought to keep the show real. In between chapters, there was quite useful information about paranormal terminology, equipment, myths, legends, religious aspects, interviews with other people in Paranormal State, and more background on some cases. The layout is refreshing and reads like having a conversation with Buell.

I find his honesty about the paranormal television genre refreshing, first and foremost. He fought the tendency of production teams to nearly stage certain things and kept his vision of this genre from the beginning, especially shifting the focus from strictly evidence gathering to an equal look at how paranormal activity affects the people going through it. Buell's passionate views about shedding equal light on the people enduring hauntings as well as gathering evidence and experimenting with new equipment is inspired by early experiences in his childhood that left him disbelieved and alone. It's uncomfortable for him to see people feeling alone in their experiences and his past pain is quite tangible in certain passages describing his descent into self-destructive behavior and temporary alienation from his family and friends.
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88 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Bast on September 23, 2010
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I'm going to preface this by saying I'm not a big fan of the author's show. I figured there'd be a lot of the things in this book that make his show irritating and distasteful to me, but thought I'd give it a chance and found my preconceptions about Buell and his show completely wrong.

Not only does Buell explain his side of things and his beliefs (as well as intensely personal revelations), but he also takes us into the heart of filming his show.

I finished this book in one day.

Give it a chance - you won't regret it.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Graziano on October 24, 2010
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This is a very good first book effort. Important Points are....

(1)-Ryan has a more analytical and questioning mind than is seen in most ghost hunters, and this comes thru throughout the book.

(2)-The backgound detail of the first season's shows is tremendous, and answers many questions I had about the episodes. It is obvious that only so much can go into the 22 min episodes, and much gets cut, or left out. My respect for Ryan increased after he explained in so,so much detail,what really the full story of each episode was. Fans of the show will love this. I want to now go back and watch each episode again, having been told this additional information, which greatly fleshes out the video with much background and additional details. Including some of this info would have made the shows even better to begin with.

(3)-I must warn people that the book starts very slow, detailing the intricate history of the early start of his team at Penn State. I wasn't much interested in this part, but the book rewards those readers who perservere. I wasn't able to put it down later on. The second, third and forth quarters more than make up for the slow, sanitary start.

(4)-People looking for a constant stream of scary stories should look elsewhere, but Ryan expounds upon the staight facts of each case in a very honest manner, and this realness of his encounters with the paranormal can be scary enough without needless hype. I appreciated this approach.

(5)-About halfway thru the book, Ryan drops a personal bombshell that just floored me(favorably). I was facinated by his inside, honest story of the effects this had on the people around him. It's tough getting started as a well known ghosthunter, as it is in any other endeavour, I guess. Great Job, Ryan!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Pugliese on November 1, 2010
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"I have had to really think about how I felt about this. I have watched the first two seasons of the show Paranormal State merely out of intrigue and curiosity. Like most, paranormal shows I try to dismiss the crap. I was reluctant to read this when it fell on my desk, but after reading the personal testimony of Ryan Buell he appears to be a well thought out individual with a natural ability to motivate people in a positive way.

This being said, this book really is a journey of his growth through the experiences he has had on the cases of his first season of the show. The book offers a another look at the cases with add scrutiny that the television show omits. It makes a lot of what you see and hear a little more believable or debunked. Ryan's own personal philosophy is so well written that it's hard not to put even the slightest bit of faith in the kid. The most important point in this book is that he believes and hopes he really is helping people, whether it is supernatural or just stress and a series of coincidences. Helping people recognize what is really going on in their lives and helping them to move forward and take back control of their lives appears to be his mission. There is no greater teacher than personal experience. Ryan Buell demonstrates this in this book on more than one level which makes this personal story great. We see a young man driven by faith transform into a man willing to accept all possible accounts and drawing rational conclusions rather that jumping to them.

The layout of the book made for a quick read, and not once was I bored to put it down and walk away as if I cared less. There is a growing philosophy that I will actually walk away with after reading this. And I will definitely give some benefit of the doubt to some personal testimony of the paranormal."
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