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Pet Ghosts Paperback – July 15, 2006
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"At times haunting, often touching, always intriguing, Pet Ghosts is a must-have book." Jeff Belanger, author of The Worlds Most Haunted Places and founder of Ghostvillage.com
About the Author
Joshua P. Warren is a world-renowned paranormal investigator who currently appears on the Discovery Channel series "X-Ops" and hosts a regional radio show, "Speaking of Strange." He has also been regularly featured on TLC, the Travel Channel, and the History Channel. As president of his research team, L.E.M.U.R., Warren uses scientific methods to document unexplainable activity. He wrote the best-selling Haunted Asheville, which refers to his home city in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and How to Hunt Ghosts. His articles have been published internationally, and he has been covered by such mainstream periodicals as Southern Living, Delta Sky, FATE, New Woman, The New York Times, and FHM.
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The book delves into the various realms of phantom encounters, such as the mysterious black dogs that have been witnessed by generations of individuals in different areas of the world. The book also touches on the subject of cryptids, such as Bigfoot and the Mothman, and provides information on our ghostly domestic pets, as well.
The core of the book is dedicated to personal experiences with phantom animals or "phantimals," as Warren calls them. Perhaps the most intriguing tale is about an African Grey parrot that, after death, provided his owner with some important information about his wife that changed the man's life and quite possibly saved him from years of turmoil. There are other compelling stories as well, such as the psychic horse and the pig that sought revenge over Christmas dinner, for which he was the main course.
In addition to serving as a well-researched document on spectral animals, the book also teaches valuable tools and techniques to use in one's own paranormal investigations.
To anyone interested in researching the paranormal, Pet Ghosts is a haunting, thought-provoking journey of possibilities, which will have you indulging in ghostly wonder long after you put the book down.
Warren tells us there are many different kinds of animal ghosts, from Elementals to Harbingers to Phantimals and more, and he explains how each differ, with examples of sightings for each category. But all, he tells us, are connected to energy, and the manipulation of energy that allows these entities to cross over from their worlds into ours.
We learn about animal ghosts from the past, as well as a number of more modern reports from people Warren himself performed investigations for. We even get an interesting glimpse into the author's own experience with a pet ghost, all of which add a nice personal touch to the otherwise journalistic approach the author takes. As an investigator, Warren excels at looking at the paranormal both through the eyes of someone who understands the importance of scientific standards, and as someone who also knows the impact of journalistic objectivity. Reading "Pet Ghosts," you get quite an education into the potential scientific basis for these experiences, including connections to quantum physics and the behavior of energy. At no time does Warren veer into mushy New Age territory, instead choosing to focus on how, with meticulous research and the right investigative tools, real paranormal researchers can utilize the scientific method as much as possible, even when dealing with the unknown.
Only when we start taking these experiences more seriously, from a scientific perspective, yet also maintaining an open mind, will we ever come to truly understand ghosts. What they are, where they come from... Warren takes his chosen field very seriously, yet allows for a sense of fun and humor that makes his writing as enjoyable as it is mind-expanding.
"Pet Ghosts" documents the deeper connections between humans and animals, and how those connections may last beyond the moment of death, just as they might with a human loved one. There are plenty of tools and techniques included for finding your own connection to a lost loved animal companion, as well as interviews with noted researchers in the field such as Nick Redfern, Brad Steiger and Loren Coleman.
By the way, one of the few "paranormal" encounters I can say that I, myself, have experienced, involved my cat Elvis, who passed on many years ago. For a long time afterwards, I continued to feel him jumping onto my bed late at night, as he always did while alive. Of course, when I would turn on the light and look, there was nothing there. Nothing but for an indentation in the quilt where a soft, warm body of a cat once used to rest. It seems Elvis never really did leave the building.
Marie D. Jones is author of "PSIence: How New Discoveries in Quantum Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal Phenomena."