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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.

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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: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,600,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I found this to be more about the investigative part of ghost hunting, with lots of insight into how this field developed into a TV phenomena, with Ghost Hunters at the forefront. Has lots of her personal investigations which are nice to read, but I still found it lacking in explaining the huge surge in paranormal interest as a social phenomenon. Could be easily updated to cover the past three years since it's release which would put a better take on the shows and their value, and how TV runs these shows to create the interest it deems appropriate to garner ratings. Lots of good general information on the field otherwise.
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