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Ghost: Investigating the Other Side

by Katherine Ramsland

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With the same, open and personal style that won her much praise for Piercing the Darkness, bestselling author Katherine Ramsland turns her keen and curious eye to the phenomenon of ghosts to uncover the truth behind a number of supernatural "sightings". Ramsland's extraordinary investigative memoir takes readers directly into the world of ghostly haunting and paranormal activity, offering an unflinching account of this mysterious world. On the track of an authentic "haunting", Ramsland encounters psychics, shamans, voodoo practitioners, and high-tech ghost hunters eager to reveal how to contact spirits. But through her own daring experiments, Ramsland is able to penetrate the supernatural mystery that has inspired paranormal investigation worldwide.… (more)
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This was a non-fiction about a journalists interest in and investigation of the world of ghosts and ghost hunting. It is written in a very conversational manner, making it a breeze to read. Katherine must be a Gemini, because each time she presents you with why something has to be true ( or untrue, for that matter) she comes up with some reason why it may not be. Each time she feels she has proof of ghosts, she looks for ways to disprove herself. This is a very satisfying read for me, because I do the same to myself, since I am a Gemini!

I thought it would be interesting even though I am a firm believer in ghosts. I love a good spooky read and this provided it. I recommend it to anyone who believes, or disbelieves! I do not recommend it if you are fearful of the subject.

Ramsland is a forensic psychologist by the way, not just a kook looking for cash from a book. She has also written about Crime and Vampires. ( )
1 vote mckait | Apr 18, 2010 |
Perhaps author Katherine Ramsland has a penchant for young men in their 20s. If that were all there was to it, I would say go for it. But the subject of interest of her latest work, "Ghost: A firsthand account into the world of paranormal activity," was perhaps also a self-proclaimed vampire guilty of violent murder and culminating in suicide. Or was he?

The coagulated blood binding this story together leads back to a previous expose she wrote regarding the prevalent vampire subculture in New Orleans, and the mysterious disappearance of reporter Susan Walsh in 1996. During her investigation, she meets an enigmatic and attractive young man whom she dubs "Wraith." He spins a tale of torture, murder, and mutual dependence between him and another young man called "Christian." He claims Christian eventually committed suicide to avoid repercussions for his acts, as well as to "bleed into" the spirit world, come back, and possess his former male lover. Wraith attests to seeing him in the seat next to him, in his bedroom, in his dreams. Ramsland takes the ring and begins the weird quest to contact Christian, causing her to seek out psychics, shamans, voodoo practitioners, and high-tech ghost hunters.

Ramsland holds degrees in forensic and clinical psychology, a PhD in philosophy, and claims to take the role of the open-minded skeptic. For the most part she achieves this, differentiating herself from the dismissive James Randi crowd, as well as the ghost hunter willing to believe that every mote of dust and every static electric charge is evidence of paranormal activity. Again, as with many highly entertaining paranormal books we have areas that hint of artistic license. Wraith's tale, while not impossible, smacks just a bit too much of Lestat and Armand (Ramsland has written books about Anne Rice), but could he be lying to her? Her trip takes her to some of the most reputedly haunted areas of the U.S., such as Gettysburg and the Lizzie Borden House. She delves into the extensive history of Electronic Voice Phenomenon, and conducts several very successful experiments herself. She captures both orbs and vortexes on film and video camera.

Through intelligent and engaging prose, as well as a willingness to do what some people never would regarding the supernatural, Ramsland has come up with an excellent first hand account of the subject I would highly recommend.

5 out of 5 skulls. ( )
  Lunarwill | Feb 13, 2008 |
Katherine Ramsland began her investigation into the spirit world thru her research of the vampire subculture, the topic of her first book. During this research, she acquired a “haunted” ring, the starting point of this novel. Intrigued to learn more, she consults with and studies the methods of various ghost hunters, mediums and psychics. She leads us thru her journey to try and make contact with the after-life, specifically the spirit who haunts the ring she possesses. It would probably be helpful to read her first novel beforehand, as she references it often when discussing the ring.
  bentley06 | Jan 16, 2008 |
Dean Koontz' biographer and true crime writer Ramsland takes a peek into the paranormal. Intrigued when she's given a ring she's told is haunted, she begins to learn about paranormal research and particularly about ghost hunting using electronic voice recorders and cameras. A skeptic at heart, she nonetheless is very determined to see a ghost and she resorts to a number of devices and locations in the hope that one will appear. Ramsland's writing is a little vague at times, referring to another of her books and characters she met while researching the other book and perhaps reading the other book would clarify a few things. Still, it's an interesting look at ghost hunting and at places purportedly haunted and worth the effort if you're interested at all in paranormal research and particularly in ghosts. ( )
  Sengels | Dec 26, 2007 |
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With the same, open and personal style that won her much praise for Piercing the Darkness, bestselling author Katherine Ramsland turns her keen and curious eye to the phenomenon of ghosts to uncover the truth behind a number of supernatural "sightings". Ramsland's extraordinary investigative memoir takes readers directly into the world of ghostly haunting and paranormal activity, offering an unflinching account of this mysterious world. On the track of an authentic "haunting", Ramsland encounters psychics, shamans, voodoo practitioners, and high-tech ghost hunters eager to reveal how to contact spirits. But through her own daring experiments, Ramsland is able to penetrate the supernatural mystery that has inspired paranormal investigation worldwide.

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