A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting
How to Investigate Paranormal Activity from Spirits and Hauntings to Poltergeists
By Leo Ruickbie
A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting leads the reader through the full process of ghost hunting as well as providing a full history of those that have.
There has been an upsurge in books, television programmes, films and websites exploring the reality or otherwise of the spirit world. Not since the founding of The Ghost Club in 1862 and the Society for Psychical Research in 1882 has ghost hunting been so popular. Television and the internet, in particular, have fueled this new level of interest, creating a modern media phenomenon that spans the globe. But while the demand for information is high, good information remains scarce.
A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting leads us through the process of ghost hunting, from initially weighing the first report, to choosing equipment, and investigating and identifying the phenomena, with an analysis of the best places to go looking, methods of contacting the spirit world, how to explain paranormal activity and, crucially, how to survive the encounter.
However, it is also a book about ghost hunting itself, drawing on 130 years of research in the cavernous archives of the Society for Psychical Research and even older history to find the earliest ghost stories. A Ghost Hunting Survey makes use of interviews with those billing themselves as ghost hunters to find out their views, motivations and experiences.
New and original research makes use of statistics to map the nebulous world of apparitions while a Preliminary Survey of Hauntings offers an analysis of 923 reported phenomena from 263 locations across the UK.
This is, as far as possible, an objective presentation of ghosts and ghost hunting. It is no wonder that mainstream science largely refuses to deal with the subject: it is too complicated. Without trying to convince you of any viewpoint, this book is intended to help you understand more.
Described as 'a young Van Helsing' in The Ghost Club Journal, Dr Leo Ruickbie has been investigating, writing about and experiencing the darker side of life - from Black Masses to haunted houses - for most of his professional career. He has a PhD from King's College, London, on modern witchcraft and magic, and is the author of Witchcraft Out of the Shadows, Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician, and A Brief Guide to the Supernatural, as well as being published in Fortean Times, Paranormal magazine and academic journals. His work has been mentioned in the media from The Guardian to Radio Jamaica, and his expertise has been sought by film companies and the likes of the International Society for Human Rights. He is an Associate of King's College and a member of Societas Magica, the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, the Society for Psychical Research and the Ghost Club. Visit him online at www.witchology.com.
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15 Aug 2013
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With so many ghost hunting guides available on the market, how does the aspiring ghost hunter know where to start? The answer is here, in Dr Leo Ruickbie's no-nonsense and down-to-earth book, which is both an engaging read and a practical guide. — Jason Karl, Paranormal Investigator for Most Haunted, Chief Creative Executive AtmosFEAR
Dr Leo Ruickbie's latest book achieves a very rare feat indeed: it succeeds in being scholarly, informative, meticulously researched and very absorbing. If you have ever considered setting out to find a ghost you could do no better than take your information from the pages of this fascinating work, which is a textbook example of how it should be done. — Brian Allan, Editor Paranormal, sub-editor Phenomena magazines
Very useful and informative, extremely well researched and fluently written. Enjoyable and intriguing as well as exceptionally interesting. — Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe, President and First Lady of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP)
I have always admired Dr Leo Ruickbie's comprehensive expertise in the paranormal. A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting delivers more than most other ghost guides combined. — Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Author of The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits
Every ghost hunter, whether professional or amateur should read this book. All will learn from it. — Alan Murdie, Chairman, The Ghost Club
A well-written comprehensive introduction . . . Ruickbie's text could well become definitive. — Tony Percy, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research