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Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond Hardcover – January 6, 1997

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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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal; First Edition, First Printing edition (January 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884822649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884822643
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 2.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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I like this book so far. He writes about a lot of ghost hunts he's been on...but I'd rather read a book about things that actually occured than read a book about things that MAY have occured. I'm glad he stays on the topic of stuff he knows happened from personal expieriences rather than possible urban legends about small towns. I really don't agree with the review above.
You get a huge book and lots of information for your money here!
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I saw a reviewer call this book "The Complete Hans Holzer", and I must say I completely agree. This book is packed I literally mean PACKED with stories, history, advice for those interested in ghost hunting, and much more. This is a treasure trove for those interested in the paranormal. This book is also extremely big (800 pages or so) and it doesnt get boring there is just so much there you really feel like you are getting what you pay for. Two thumbs up!
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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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