- Hardcover: 252 pages
- Publisher: Whitechapel Productions (June 4, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1892523523
- ISBN-13: 978-1892523525
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.6 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,237,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ghost Hunter's Guidebook: The Essential Guide to Investigating Ghosts & Hauntings Hardcover – June 4, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
The best thing about this book, in my opinion, is the lack of spiritual garbage that is normally attached to books like it. I think the most dangerous thing about ghost hunting is not the fact that you are searching for phantoms, spooks, and specters, as some people might tell you but rather the religious and spiritual propaganda that the "so called" experts have laced their books with. Any book, or anyone for that matter, that tells you to say a special prayer or cast a spell before you enter a graveyard, is not looking at ghost hunting from a scientific point of view. Taylor's book gives you the facts and teaches through his experience. It's straightforward and to the point, no voodoo or hoodoo. All you are going to find here is facts, history, and education about his subject. It's books like this that are going to get the scientific community to someday pay attention. The Ghost-Hunting Guidebook is a must-have for anybody who calls himself a ghost hunter, even the one that drinks chicken blood before an investigation.
This is one of the best handbooks written on the subject and I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about hunting ghosts, however the book is riddled with typos and errors in editing.
There are quite a few stories about the early days of spiritualism (about 1/3 of the book!) but hardly any information about particular modern day investigations.
The book does supply a good deal of useful information about ghost hunting and about some equipment you can use for your investigations. Like all investigators, Troy Taylor seems to have his own techniques and preferences. For example, he claims that digital cameras are completely useless for ghost hunting and that digital recording devices are not reliable for recording EVP. Other investigators will tell you that digital cameras and camcorders are quite useful and that digital recorders are fine for recording EVP, so take everything with a grain of salt.
To be fair, the author states that this book is not the final word in ghost hunting and he says to take from it what you will, while adding your own theories and techniques. I understand that this book is used as the textbook for courses offered by the American Ghost Society. I would be sure to add another book or two to your stack of textbooks.
Overall, this is a must-have book full of useful and entertaining information, but let's hope they hire a proof reader for the next edition!
If you want a similar book with much more technical detail, I would recommend How To Hunt Ghosts by Joshua P. Warren.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you've never done any of this before, you might find it entertaining, but those with any experience will find it dull and too self-promotional. It also isn't very well written. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Readhead13
The book is awesome, and the company I bought it from very helpful in making sure I received it even though they sent it back after attempting to deliver to wrong locationPublished on January 21, 2013 by Theo
Like fine wine and cheese, everyone has their own opinions. That's the beauty of it: We all get to decide what we like and don't like. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by Lamborghini Gal
This book has helped me become a much better paranormal investigator. I had investigated multiple locations over several years prior to reading this well written book and wish I... Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by JaxDoc
Still the best book on the subject from a guy who has a brain in his head. But seriously? the hardcover on here is 999.99. LOL. That a joke? Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Wayne S