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Unlike so many people who call themselves parapsychologists, Prof. Loyd Auerbach really is one.  He holds a Graduate degree in parapsychology (as well as Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology).  He is the creator and principal instructor of the Parapsychological Studies Certification Program at HCH Institute in Lafayette, CA which was approved by the State of California. It is available for on campus students and for distance learning.  He is the founder and Director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations as well as a consulting editor and a columnist for Fate Magazine.  Loyd has also served as a past president of the California Society for Psychic Study and is a co-founder of thr Paranormal Research Organization.  He was the Public Information and Media Consultant to the American Society of Psychical Research in 1982-83 and on the Core Faculty of the Graduate Parapsychology Program at John F. Kennedy University (However this academic program no longer currently exists).   He is currently on the Advisory Board of the Rhine Research Center.

He is the author of ESP, Hauntings, and Poltergeists : A Parapsychologist’s Handbook (ISBN: 978-0-446-34951-2) which was named the “Sacred Text” on ghosts by Newsweek.  He has also authored A Paranormal Casebook: Ghost Hunting in the New Millennium (ISBN: 978-1-933177-04-5),   Hauntings & Poltergeists: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide (ISBN: 978-1-57951-072-5),   Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate the Paranormal (ISBN: 978-1-57951-067-1),   Mind Over Matter (ISBN: 978-1-57566-047-9),   Reincarnation, Channeling and Possession: A Parapsychologist’s Handbook (ISBN: 978-0-446-36333-4)   and Psychic Dreaming: A Parapsychologist’s Handbook (ISBN: 978-0-446-36056-2)

He has been investigating the paranormal for over 30 years and is considered an international expert on ghosts, poltergeists, and psychic phenomena.  He has appeared on many TV programs for such programs on the Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel, the Learning Channel, A&E, the History Channel, the Sci Fi Channel,  and TechTV.  Some of the shows he has been asked to appear on including; Larry King Live, Oprah, the today Show, Unsolved Mysteries, Late Night with David Letterman, Sightings, Criss Angel Mindfreak, Mediums: We See Dead People, Evening Magazine, and the Coast-to-Coast radio program to name a few.

Loyd Auerbach is a professional speaker, working mainly on the college circuit. He frequently consults with journalists and TV production personnel regarding stories and programs on the paranormal.

His favorite quotes comes from his old friend Martin Caidin, “It shouldn’t be happening….but it IS!”

The San Francisco Examiner has called him “The Sam Spade of Real Ghostbusters”.

Loyd’s work in the field of paranormal research has directly or indirectly affected and inspired everyone in the field of paranormal investigations today, from you and me, to Jason and Grant from Ghost Hunters/TAPS, to the Klinge Brothers from Everyday Paranormal/Ghost Lab and everyone else you have seen on TV or read about.

He is also an accomplished professional mentalist and psychic entertainer, performing as Professor Paranormal before private and corporate groups. He served as President of the Psychic Entertainers Association for four terms from 2001-2005.

email: esper@sfo.com -or- info@hauntedbychocolate.com -or- lauerbach@jfku.edu

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Office of Paranormal Investigations (415) 249-9275

President John Galvin with Prof. Loyd Auerbach

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A PARANORMAL CASEBOOK: Ghost Hunting in the New Millennium

By Loyd Auerbach

Atriad Press

ISBN: 1-933-1770-47

BOOK REVIEW BY JOHN C. GALVIN

This book (copyright 2005) opens up with a simple question, “Do you believe in ghosts?”  Well, according to a 2005 CBS News poll 48% of Americans answered Yes to that very question.  Judging by the popularity of TV reality shows that folloow teams of ghost hunters around on cases like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Lab (to name a few) and reenactment shows like Celebrity Ghost Stories, as well as the spike in sales of books dealing with the paranormal over the last several years I’m not surprised by that number – and its growing (currently 53% of Woman polled in America, also by CBS News, believe in ghosts).

Section One of Loyd Auerbach’s book on the subject of ghost hunting offers the reader a very informative answer to the books second question, “What are ghosts?”  Some of the answers in this Q&A section might surprise some readers if they are only familiar with paranormal research from the current pop culture trend of TV shows on the subject.   Unfortunately many of these shows Do Not Follow the standards of, or even use the proper terminology of real parapsychology – the parent science of paranormal investigations.  This first part is a great section of the book.  It will teach paranormalists the Real Science of ghost hunting as well as some of the Actual Terminology of the field.  That alone makes this book worthy to be on the shelf (if not in the hand) of any paranormal investigator/researcher.  It was also important for Prof. Loyd Auerbach to make this the first section of his book because it helps to answer reader questions as they begin the second section of the book, which are examples of some of the authors more exciting, memorable, and perplexing paranormal investigations.

Section Two is appropriately called “The Casebook”.  This part of the book details some of the paranormal investigations conducted by Loyd Auerbach over the years.  It starts off with a very personal case involving one of the authors dearest friends, Martin Caidin.  Mr. Caidin was an author whos most famous creation was Steve Austin, the title character in the Novel CYBORG which was the basis of the mid 1970’s TV show “The Six Million Dollar Man”.  Caidin was also a pilot as well as an aviation and space program expert.  Martin Caidin died of thyroid cancer on March 24th, 1997.

As the second section progresses the reader is allowed to accompany the author on his cases, in a manner of speaking.  This gives the reader the opportunity to watch and learn from a Real parapsychologist and a Professional Full-Time paranormal investigator.  The cases in this section primarily deal with private homes and the people who own or rent them.  While reading this section is akin to being at the investigator’s side it becomes clear that not only is each case unique, but how important it is to interview the people involved – some cases never have to go beyond this point!  Besides the importance of the interview, this part also shows how any good paranormal investigator needs to be not only part scientist and part interviewer, but also part psychologist.

Section Three is titled “Special Cases, Special Places”.  The title could not be more appropriate.  This section deals with cases that Loyd Auerbach has set aside from the normal, “run-of-the-mill” cases (if such a creature even exists, that is).  These investigations will seem a little more familiar to those readers who primarily know ghost hunting from TV shows.  In many cases it is a great source of learning for the paranormal enthusiast as it deals more with the paranormal investigator interpreting his/her own feelings and sensations while correlating his experiences with those of the other investigators on the case and the equipment being used.  These cases deal with investigations conducted at public places like the Banta Inn, Ashley’s Resturante, and the USS Hornet as opposed to the private residences detailed in the previous section.

Section Four is called “Into the Mind of a Paranormal Investigator” and it offers the readers another section of Q&A format style interview.  The main difference between this one and the one presented in Section One is that where that was a series or questions pertaining to the science of parapsychology, this one is about the author himself and really does give us a great glimpse “inot the mind of a paranormal  investigator.”

Section Five closes out the book and is called “For Further Information” and is broken into two parts.  The first part is called “Ghost Hunting: What To Do.”  The Final part is called “Ghost Hunting: What Not To Do.”  Both of these are a must-read for all paranormal investigators!

Overall, this reviewer has to say that “A Paranormal Casebook” is one of the best books on the market concerning the cases of one of the most experienced parapsychologists in the world today.  This book deserves to be read (and reread) by anyone who is interested in the field of paranormal investigation and should have an honored spot in the library of all paranormal teams.

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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