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  • Paperback: 1072 pages
  • Publisher: Oracle Press; 1st edition (January 9, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965491609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965491600
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,020,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After researching 'talking poltergeists,' the author learned about a contemporary Oklahoma family experiencing the phenomena when he read a Fortean Times magazine article (included as the book's preface). His unexpurgated interview with the family is featured in Testament. The family was seen on television in the November 1995 ABC special ''Ghosts, Mediums, Psychics: Put To The Test'' and the footage also aired in the summer of 1996 on ''20/20.'' Among the authentic phenomena filmed for the special was a dining room chair moved by an unseen presence.

Bell was a child when he first experienced several unexplained occurrences that may have contributed to his interest in the paranormal.

In a 2008 interview, Bell said, ''My earliest influences were schoolteachers who helped to cultivate my interest in a wide variety of subjects. I remember becoming aware that writing was easy for me during a creative writing assignment in the fifth grade. Winning national writing awards in high school enabled me to study cinema at the University of Southern California. While I was a student at USC, I remember attending an advance screening of 'Star Wars' in 1977.''

He worked as a talent agent before becoming staff writer in the publicity department of Paramount Pictures and contributing to the campaigns for such films as ''Braveheart,'' ''Fatal Attraction,'' ''Forrest Gump,'' ''Ghost,'' ''The Godfather, Part III,'' ''Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,'' and the ''Star Trek'' series. Freelance writing assignments included feature articles about European film directors for The Hollywood Reporter.


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Mark Russell Bell is the author of Testament (1997). The nonfiction book is presented as a case study with a documentary style using question and answer interview transcripts, journals and photographs.

After experiencing some strange events as a child, Bell has had a life-long interest in learning about strange occurrences sometimes categorized as so-called 'paranormal phenomena.'

After researching documented 'talking poltergeist' cases, the author learned about a contemporary Oklahoma family experiencing the phenomena when he read a Fortean Times magazine article. His unexpurgated interview with the family is featured in Testament. The family was seen on television in the November 1995 ABC special "Ghosts, Mediums, Psychics: Put To The Test" and this footage also aired in the summer of 1996 on "20/20." Among the authentic phenomena filmed for the special was a dining room chair moved by an unseen presence.

After majoring in cinema at USC, he worked as a talent agent before becoming staff writer in the publicity department of Paramount Pictures and contributing to the campaigns for such films as "Braveheart," "Fatal Attraction," "Forrest Gump," "Ghost," "The Godfather, Part III," "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and the "Star Trek" series. Only after his trip to Oklahoma did Bell notice the similarity of the words 'paranormal' and 'Paramount.'

In 2004 he began work on a new autobiographical book, My Unexpected Path of Spiritual Discovery. At his Metaphysical Articles blog "Interesting Articles, Links and Other Media" there have been articles about such subjects as channeling, flying saucer contactees, Madame Blavatsky and Col. Olcott, reincarnation, Spiritualism, 'talking poltergeist' cases, and 'The Michael Pattern.'

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel on January 21, 2012
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Over all this transcription of the activities that occurred over a significant period of time is very hard to read. That said, I can appreciate the difficulty of documenting all of this by the author. I also understand the difficulty he has had in attempting to understand what he has encountered and the information it has shared with him. For the general reader it is very possible to just disclaim everything that he has written. I do not do that. Instead, I think what he has experienced is real, though being obsessed with trying to understand the information is very possible, I would challenge anyone to react differently under the circumstances. If you are searching for truth, then this may not be the book for you. If you are interested in the affects of interactions with spirits then you can find it here. I am continuing to work my way through the book, but my reason is to gain a better understanding of the author and how he has evolved as I am worried about his interpretation of what he has encountered.
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