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GHOST HUNTING: How To Investigate The Paranormal

By Loyd Auerbach

Ronin Publishing

ISBN: 1-57951-067-1

BOOK REVIEW BY JOHN C. GALVIN

In this publication (copyright 2004) by Loyd Auerbach the author offers up a concise guide that deserves to be read by anyone with an interest in the ghost hunting aspect of paranormal investigation or parapsychological research.

The book begins with a chapter dedicated to the science of parapsychology and explains the need to understand and study the two abilities that a disembodied entity uses to interact with the physical world; E.S.P. and Psychokinesis.  I cannot stress enough the importance of being familiar with these two psi phenomena and Loyd Auerbach does a great job of addressing them in a way that is both straightforward and easy for the reader to grasp.

Chapters are dedicated to each of the three classifications of ghostly activity as they are scientifically recognized by professional parapsychologists; Poltergeists, Hauntings, and Apparitions.  As with the previous chapters on E.S.P. and psychokinesis, this section is likewise noteworthy as it explains some of the basic terminology used by the scientists of parapsychology.

From this point on the book gets more in-depth concerning the actual act of conducting a professional and scientific interview, as well as the research and investigation of the alleged activity.  This covers such things as what to do when a call comes in, the detective work that should be conducted, paranormal fraud, and the concept of perceptions and misinterpretations.

Before Loyd Auerbach gets into the chapters that discuss the equipment often associated with ghost hunting he presents a chapter on psychics.  The use of psychics is a hotly debated subject among many part-time ghost hunters and paranormalists, which in itself shows how many people don’t follow the standards already set down by the professional degree holding scientists of parapsychology (such as the author himself, Prof. JB RHine, Prof. Jessica Utts, Professor emeritus of psychology Erlendur Haraldsson, Prof. William G. Roll, Dr Matthew Smith, Dr. Ian Pretyman Stevenson, and Prof. Gertrude Schmeidler to name only a few).  As Loyd Auerbach points out it is always best to work with psychics you have tested as well as one that you get along with – or, in lieu of that, at least work with one who has been referred to you by another researcher that you trust.  Loyd also notes that the reader should stay clear of those psychics that charge for their services or who have more ego than its worth to deal with.  This chapter also details the equipment used by psychics and how they fit in with the more scientifically accepted tools of parapsychology.

The next several chapters focus on the tools of the trade for ghost hunters.  Remember, No Tool Has Yet To Be Made That Can Detect Ghosts!  Fortunately, parapsychologists have several theories which allow them to use certain tools to help them correlate environmental anomalies that are often associated with possible ghostly activities.

Now that Loyd Auerbach has covered such topics as basic parapsychology, ESP & Psychokinesis, the types of ghostly activity, the basics, interviewing clients, psychics, and tools of the trade he is ready to jump right into the investigation process itself!  From such mundane concepts as assembling your team to establishing ground rules and such exceptional concepts as the anomalous experience checklist to initial interview questions the author makes sure that the reader has the knowledge on hand to conduct a professional and scientific investigation.

As the book winds down Loyd deails handling different types of cases; what to do about poltergeists, apparitions, and hauntings.  He discusses, quite matter-of-factly, banishing rituals and the correlation between science and religion.

The final two chapters of his book should not be skipped over (none of the book should be skipped) as they deal with professionalism, legal and ethical considerations, and it even ends off with a short, but concise, ghost hunter’s checklist.  Also, don’t miss the author’s recommended reading list.  I urge anyone who is seriously interested in the field of parapsychology in general or even ghost hunting specifically, to consider these books.

Overall, this reviewer believes that Prof. Loyd Auerbach has written another great book for anyone interested in this aspect of parapsychology.  Whether you are an armchair enthusiast, an active ghost hunter, or an interested paranormalist this book has something for you.   Every paranormal investigator should have thhis title on their bookshelf!

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One Comment

  1. If you enjoy this book you may also want to check out these other books by the same author…

    “Hauntings and Poltergeists: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide: By Loyd Auerbach

    “A Paranormal Casebook: Ghost Hunting in the New Millennium” By Loyd Auerbach

    “ESP, Hauntings and Poltergeists: A Parapschologist’s Handbook” By Loyd Auerbach


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