Monday, December 9, 2013

Crystal Of The Day

Thanks to Ladean Snodgrass for this


  • Clears blockages
  • Awakens the intelligence of the heart.
  • Disconnects one from unhealthy attachments
  • Makes dreams more vivid and meaningful
  • Increases Synchronicities
  • Spiritual Catalyst

Moldavite can help with breathing problems, and when worn will focus and healing all physical and emotional ailments. When worn, helps keep you grounded & focuses.

H.P.I.’s Shannon McCabe’s Ghost Hunting Gear Guide

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In this incredible world of paranormal investigation, I get many calls and emails as to what people should buy to get started in ghost hunting. I started a list of items that HPI cannot live without. We’ve researched and tested the items for you and really like how they work. You do not need to spend a ton of money to get started. Here are a few of my favorite toys, where to get them, and for how much…

Electromagnetic Field Meter- meter, (sometimes referred to as an EMF Detector) is a scientific instrument for measuring electromagnetic radiation.

There are many different types of EMF meter, but the two largest categories are single axis and tri-axis (or Trifield Meters). Single axis meters are cheaper than a tri-axis meter, but take longer to complete a survey because the meter only measures one dimension of the field. Single axis instruments have to be tilted and turned on all three axes to obtain a full measurement. A tri-axis meter measures all three axes simultaneously, but these models tend to be more expensive.

Electromagnetic fields can be either AC (Alternating current) or DC (Direct current). An EMF meter can measure AC electromagnetic fields, which are usually emitted from man-made sources such as electrical wiring, while Gauss (Trifield) meters measure DC fields, which occur naturally in the earth’s geomagnetic field and are emitted from other sources where direct current is present.

You can find EMF and Trifield Meters on Ebay for about $40.00(EMF or K2), and $150.00 (Trifield)

Digital Audio Recorder- Any quality digital, (or tape) recorder will work. But I highly suggest a digital one with a USB port so you can upload your evidence to your computer for analysis. First and foremost while collecting EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomenon be in a quiet area, and turn on your recorder. I like to do my recordings in short stints* so it makes them easier to go through on the computer. You can use a program called Audacity to go through your audio and turn your EVP into an email able file. Many investigators swear by an external microphone, I’ve found it to not be that necessary. Digital Recorders are available at Radio Shack for about $35.00 or on up to about $80.00 for a higher quality. I love my Olympus VN-3100PC it’s cheap, very easy to use, and has a ton of recording space.

The EVP method I speak of has been coined the “McCabe Method”© of gathering EVP’s. I did not coin this myself, but many of my H.P.I. investigators use the method and find it to be very effective in collecting ghostly voices.

Step 1- Hit record on your digital or tape recorder.

Step 2- Speak to the entities you’d like to contact.

Step3- Wait 15-30 seconds then hit stop.

Step 4- Play back the recording immediately. If you have something then hoorah! If you have nothing continue with the steps a few more tries then move on to another room or location.

The theory behind all of this is: You walk into a room, you see (or don’t see) a person standing there. You say “hello”. They answer you back immediately; they usually won’t wait two hours to say something, right? It works well for getting intelligent haunting activity and validation to your question. Don’t get me wrong, leaving a recorder running is a great way to catch sounds and voices, but it just doesn’t work for a gal with ADD. I need instant gratification and the “McCabe Method”© does that for me.

Audacity Sound Editing – Free online software to help you with your EVP editing.

Digital or Tape Video Camera w/ Night Shot- A great tool to help you capture your video evidence. Used in conjunction with a little monitor can be loads of ghostly fun. Set your video camera on a tripod in the areas you think activity might be and wait to see what happens. I use a Sony 30GB Hard Drive recorder with infrared (about $400.00 on Ebay). It has served me well but other cameras are incredibly useful also. Fry’s electronics or Best Buy are excellent resources for all your recording needs.

Batteries- Spare batteries, nothing ruins an investigation like lost or missed data. Greatly varying prices for different brands, sizes and quantity in package. I prefer to use batteries that are rechargeable. Saves a ton of money in the end. Batteries with a self-contained power level gauge can make trouble-shooting problems with equipment in the field a bit easier. Rechargeable batteries available at Radio Shack for about $16.00

Pen/Paper- For recording any desired information or data. Some times you're not able to dictate into your audio recorder with out disturbing the investigation or because it is being used in another area. Write it down! Or if you are watching a monitor you can use the time stamp on the screen to tell you when the phenomena happened, jot that down. It makes going through your tape A LOT easier! Available at your own home for free!

Dowsing Rods-To use dowsing rods to find ghosts, most dowsers recommend using two L-shaped rods that have been made from brass or some lightweight metal. Some dowsers even used metal coat hangers, so there is really no standard material. The rods should be about two-foot long and bent into an L-shape, which fits into your hand. Then, hold the short end of the rod so that the longer piece points outward, away from your body. The rods should be held loosely so that they have room to swing easily back and forth. After that, begin searching the building or location. It has been suggested that it’s possible that by searching, and by concentrating on what you are looking for, you can find ghosts, anomalous energy and some say even dimensional portals, using dowsing rods. Walk about the location and follow where the rods lead you. They are supposed to point in the direction of any energy they detect. Once you have discovered the energy source, the rods will cross, signaling that the area in question has been found.- Use copper wire from Home Depot $5.00.

Infrared Thermometer- Infrared contact-free digital thermometer. This type of thermometer uses light at the infrared end of the spectrum to reflect off of an object at a known rate giving the temperature without ever physically touching the surface. This thermometer is nice to use in the field as some have a backlit option with a large digital display that can read to the tenths or hundredths. Know that you can purchase models with or with out a lighted laser 'sighting' as they are typically called. This means on thermos with the laser sighting you are able to see a red dot when the thermometer is activated. On those with out the laser sighting you will save a little money and only lose the colored laser sightings but typically no other capabilities. About $15.00-45.00 on Ebay.

Frank’s Box/ Spirit Box- This is one of my favorite new toys. Psychic and TV star, Bobby Marchesso came up to Sacramento to film a new show with HPI called, Mysterious Realms. He brought up his Frank Box and we had a really great time with it. It was a simple AM/FM hand held radio hooked up to a pair of small speakers. We were able to ask questions to the entities and get immediate responses back that we could document on camera. It was a pretty incredible toy. I highly suggest picking one up for about $50.00 on Ebay. Or if you are electronically inclined, use Frank’s plans and build one for your own!

And last, but certainly not least…

Thermal Imaging Camera- This particular piece of equipment shows and records temperatures and temperature fluctuations in forms of colors. Most of these units are looked through much the same way a video recorder is to view the image. Some units have jacks that allow for the connection of an external separate viewing monitor. Some of these jacks can be used to record what images are viewed and if looking at making the investment we would highly recommend it having this option. The entry-level price range for these meters is going to get you a gray scale temperature difference viewfinder. Basically you will be able to see the image you are pointing it at in different shades of black and white but with no temperature read out. Some other features of the higher end models will have features such as being remote controlled and on unit recording capabilities. These cameras are available through Flir and can range from $6,000.00 to over a Million Dollars!

There are many items that you can find around your own home that you can use. Everyone nowadays has a camera, get out and start taking photos… You never know what you’ll find. Ghost Hunting is like a “box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna git”.

If you have questions about gear or just want to get opinions on something you plan to purchase email us at

Shannon McCabe

President, HPI International


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The Untold Rules Of Real Ghost Hunting

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By Lisa Lee Harp Waugh

Ghost hunting be can dangerous and if you don't know the right frame of mind and the actual rules you should follow in preparation then all is lost or even worse your in real haunted trouble. The rules below are for men and women who search for ghosts!

We all really should become aware of when is the right time to ghost Hunt and when it's certainly the wrong time. We all known drinking and ghost hunting do not mix. But here are some specific rules that if you don't follow them you might just wish you did!

Many things can and do effect paranormal investigations. From dealing menstrual cramps to getting a boner and flirting with the owners of the haunted locations. We all should know these rules as a level of professionalism. Just like not brining fireworks, alcohol, or pit bulls to hunt ghosts with in dark cemeteries.

We all know not to ghost hunt alone, do drugs like marijuana, heroin, hashish, cocaine or crack while seeking out paranormal forces. But some medications one might take by doctors prescription seem to have a effect on paranormal evidence gathering. They should actually put a warning on some medications like please don't take EMF readings or operate ghost hunting equipment while taking these drugs.

We all know a woman should never ghost hunt while pregnant. Just a man should never ghost hunt when he's horny. Don't we?

10 Rules Women Should Follow When Ghost Hunting

  1. You should always wear good solid shoes. A good pair of shoes can save your life. Never wear sandals, flip flops or open toed shoes to a real ghost hunt. If your a lady then do not wear high heals or stilettos. When trying to run or maneuver in rough terrain this is an accident waiting to happen. Crocs are a definite no-no. Many wear good walking comfortable shoes such as Doc Martians, Running shoes, loafers. ghost hunter Mallory Hoto says she wears pups or cha- cha heels. She feels that both are safe and worth the investment Her ghost hunting cha- Cha Heels are comfortable and able to match her outfits.
  2. Clean Underwear! This is the real reason you should always wear clean underwear. Ghosts are often attracted to the smells and bacteria that these garments contain. Especially the panties of women. Yes they will actually haunt the garment. There is nothing worse then a real ghost digging around in your drawers while trying to hunt for ghosts. Many ghosts are known to give Male and female ghost hunters alike wedgies, or a goat in your garden. All of us should know by now that perverted ghosts are always attracted by body odors. This is why many male ghost hunters hate hunting with flatulent Paranormal investigators because these individuals are prone to being possessed by an anal ghost.
  3. Never ghost hunt when on your menstrual cycle. Or if you have a yeast infection. Don't ghost hunt if you have just given birth, miscarriage, hysterectomy or sexually active in the last 24 hours. Vaginal or womb ghosts are said to prey on woman with these pre existing conditions. If you have recently had an abortion, cyst removed, or a vaginal piercing then you should wait at least 6-8 weeks before resuming the hunt. The same goes if you had any type of major surgery - facelift, boob job or vaginal DNC.
  4. Never wear dangling earrings. Real ghosts have been known to rip them from persons ears causing a trip to the emergency room. The same for nipple piercings, tongue, navel and septum.
  5. If you are a new mother leave your infant at home. You should never bring small children under the age of 12 to a ghost hunt. Nor the elderly, criminally insane, or mentally impaired. If you must bring a new born with you on a ghost hunt never breast feed your infant While collecting EVP's.
  6. Leave your pets at home unless they are trained to hunt for ghosts. Never bring nursing kittens, puppies or pregnant pets on a ghost hunt.
  7. Never dress like a tramp or a haunted ho' when ghost hunting. Always where solid under garments, no halter tops, mini skirts, hot pants, or daisy dukes. It's better to dress like your going to church or a funeral. Provocative attire attracts ghosts and spirits and even demons that might try to possess you and use you. And the same goes for dressing up like Grandma Deisel Dyke. Lesbian ghost Hunters and Paranormal Investigation teams will tell you out right that wearing your normal look can attract ghosts to you if your a transgendered or drag king styled individual.
  8. Never bring personal firearms or weapons on a ghost hunt. Hand Guns, Machete's, knives over 6 inches, Glass containers or assault riffles. Real ghost have been known to use them and turn them on their owners.
  9. Personal hygiene is import! You should never wear colognes, perfumes or flavored lip gloss on ghost hunts. Don't use Vagisil, many believe this products attract womb ghosts. If you need to be using it stay home! If you need to or must douche before an actual Paranormal Investigation use vinegar and water only.
  10. Never ghost hunt if your pregnant! This is a big no-no! The pheromones and quality of your hormones is often thought to cause ghosts to react wildly or even harm an unborn child.

10 Rules Men Should Follow When Ghost Hunting

  1. Make sure that you are not thinking of sex. Many ghost hunting guys will tell you that they usually toss one off an hour or two before the investigation to relive the tension. One should never have a sexual relations or masturbate at a real haunted location, before, during or after. Many ghosts often will follow you home or even use the energy for their own purposes. Besides it is not polite to have sexual acts performed on the property of individuals you do not know. Never ghost hunt when you’re dating another person on your team or sexually attracted to them. Sexual tensions have been known to create or even aggravated paranormal phenomena that is not usually connected to the haunting. Many ghosts are said and thought to feed off this type of special sexual energy. Weak ghost get stronger evil ghosts get meaner. Sexual tension between male and female Investigators can ruin an investigation in many ways. Actual gay or Lesbian ghost hunters seem to be prone to finding more intense hauntings then their heterosexual counterparts. Many in the field today believe it is because of the sexual tensions between the investigators feeding the spirits ghosts are demons. But this is not the actual reason that many think this happens. Some state that homosexuals or those with these tendencies are more apt to witness strange phenomena on a higher level then those individuals that are hetro. A bi-sexual ghost hunter is more apt to have ghost encounters more frequently then a straight man at the same location. Many believe it is their sexual tenseness that brings the ghosts out to play. Chatter at Tapscon a year or two ago was that many are beginning to believe that "Real Gay Ghost Hunters" make the Best ghost hunters in the world!
  2. You should always ghost hunt with a full stomach. Men seem to be more prone to suffer from ghosts infesting their stomachs. A hungry ghost hunter can also be a distraction on an investigation also. If eating before ghost hunting causes you flatulence, then you might want to hunt with someone who can stand your farts. Or at least like they way the smell. Or you could always play my favorite game. "Guess What I ate?"
  3. Never ghost hunt in your underwear! No matter how comfortable it makes you, please keep your clothes on! Nude ghost Hunting should be left to those that are adept in the field. The "New ghost Hunt Naked" fad of nude or naked ghost hunting is not new. Yes it goes back to the days of the Romans. Many do not publicly endorse it as a way to discover real spooks. But the idea persists that ghosts are nude. And since they are nude they do not see you unless you are too! If you practice "Naked or Nude Ghost Hunting", then make sure your clients and others in your group are aware of it and know that it is part of your investigation.
  4. Never use the haunted clients restroom facilities or toilets to defecate in unless it's an emergency. Urination is cool and always lift the seat and wipe up the splatters.
  5. Never go ghost hunting with new Piercing. Genital, Lip, Septum, or Nipples. Many ghosts will find you fascinating and often choose to follow you home. Some ghosts have been known to rip them out of the ghost hunters flesh just to get across the point that you’re in their territory.
  6. Never ghost hunt with a fresh tattoo! Many ghost are aware of the smell of blood, and often will be attracted to the inked individual and haunt them more then the actual location. Sure you get evidence but this is not the usual actions or type of encounters the ghost usually do.
  7. Never take off your shoes at a haunted locations. Foul foot odor is said to attract ghost as well as dispel them. But the call is yours but if your feet really stink bad then you might offend others on your team. Foot fetish ghost often are attracted to dirty socks sweaty feet and toe cheese. If this is the particular ghost you’re searching out then by all means do so.
  8. Never wear wife beaters, or tank tops to hunt ghosts in it is un professional. And always take off your hat if you wear one when entering a Haunted location. It shows your serious about the investigation as well as polite.
  9. Don't wear STRONG smelling deodorants, colognes or foot powder or balms. Jock itch medicine is a definite no-no. If you are suffering from athletes foot, crotch rot (Jock Itch). It is better to stay home and treat it first then go out and hunt for ghosts. Many spirits will see a person itching and cause the individual to itch more. The same goes if you have head lice, or a bad case of crabs. Medications to treat these problems have odors that often will incite ghosts to haunt you in ways you don't want to have happen to you.
  10. Never ghost hunt if you have been recently possessed by anal, mouth stomach or ear ghosts. If you have been recently possessed or thought you were then stay home. You might be ripe for another overpowering encounter that might just take its toll on you this time.
  11. Never ghost hunt after a major surgery, dental work, or Dermalogical procedures. And if you don't know why then please don't try it ! Yes you have been fore warned!

Here is Ghost Trackers best list for common sense items when Ghost Hunting:

  1. Keep a clear head. This means no alcohol consumption or use of any controlled dangerous substances.
  2. No smoking. The possibility of it being photographed and mistaken for ectoplasm is high. In addition, if you're too busy inhaling that acrid tobacco smoke, your nose is dead to any paranormal smells you might encounter.
  3. DON’T TRESPASS! Always have permission to conduct an investigation.
  4. Don't jump to conclusions. You always want to make sure you consider all possible explanations, natural or otherwise.
  5. Be open-minded. If you think there are no ghosts, then obviously for you, there won't be. Skeptics bring negative energy that could compromise an investigation.
  6. Research. Always make sure you try to find some information on the place you are investigating before you investigate. The history of a place, be it a town or a single home, can shed some light on why a place may be having paranormal activity.
  7. Either remove the camera strap or wear it around your neck. It's amazing how many times camera straps have been mistaken for ghostly photos. In keeping with that theme, make sure long hair is pulled back, and all fingers are away from the camera lens. Simple, but important.
  8. ` Make sure all of your equipment is in perfect working condition. Dust and dirt buildup can cause problems. It saves you money overall to maintain clean equipment.
  9. Bring a flashlight with extra batteries. You never know when that flashlight, camera, recorder, scanner, (you see where I'm going) is going to run out of juice.
  10. Bring along a notebook so you can write down your observations. It is also a good idea to keep a log of your investigations. I recommend keeping track of moon phases, weather and solar weather.
  11. NEVER GO ALONE! Having more than one person insures that nothing will (hopefully) go unnoticed. It is also good to compare notes on an investigation and because you have more to fear from the living, there is safety in numbers.
  12. Write down your observations before sharing them. This insures that your story is not subconsciously altered by what someone else tells you.
  13. In cold weather, hold your breath while taking a photo. I've seen so many photos of "ectoplasm" that was nothing more than breath in cold air.
  14. Do not take photos while walking or driving along a dirt road or path. This can lead to photos of dust particles and not orbs.
  15. Do not take photos in rain, snow, sleet, freezing rain, or fog. It may also be a good idea to keep track of the pollen count in spring and summer and avoid photos when the count is high.
  16. Remember you are out there to record paranormal activity and to have fun. But DO NOT be disrespectful in areas such as graveyards or old buildings. No horseplay or loud obnoxious behavior. Remember, this is not YOUR home.
  18. Talk to the spirits and ask for their permission to take their photo. I also try to explain that I'm not there to be disrespectful but that I am trying to understand them.
  19. Do not take photographs with the camera pointing directly at the sun.This can create "sun dogs" (hexagon shapes) that are sometimes mistaken for orbs. This will also create "sun flares" where the red lines in your picture may occur that are confused for spirit energy.
  20. Don't take photos of reflective surfaces. This would include mirrors, glass windows, and even still pools of water.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Ghost Hunting

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By Lonnie Crepple

There are of course the Seven deadly sins and they do apply to ghost hunters.

1. Deadly sin: Envy

Did a fellow ghost hunter get the paranormal EVP you'd been waiting for? Did your colleague surpass you -- again -- in getting in touch with the dead via a Franks Box? You should absolutely acknowledge others' achievements but don't use them as a standard with which to measure your own. When you're envious of someone else's ghost hunting successes, you naturally want to undermine his reputation and the way others gravitate toward him. But in the long run, you're only undoing your own reputation.

Salvation: Bury your envy and start focusing on building a reputation as a team player. Figure out how you can start turning your envy into passion or positive energy.

2. Deadly sin: Gluttony

More is not always better. Though everyone is anxious to get positive proof that will make others believe you that Ghosts are real, none of that will matter if you don't care who you plow through to get to the top. While it's definitely OK to ghost hunt responsibility, it's more important to maintain a balance.

Salvation: One of the most critical mistakes regarding gluttony is not considering your team enough, Kusy and Holloway say: "You don't need to belittle and diminish someone else ghost photo or paranormal investigation techniques or documentation to be noticed. Work with your ghost hunting team so that you are all noticed for innovation and productivity and paranormal evidence. Make sure that you are in the lead of building a positive team climate; making everyone look good on a project will make you look good as a team player."

3. Deadly sin: Greed

Everyone is guilty of wanting more: more money, more power and more responsibility. The problem comes when you try to use your ghost hunting evidence to punish others, demand their loyalty or take all the credit for the work that others have done.

Salvation: It's best to focus your goals on the long term. If you only concentrate on quick, short-term gains, you'll probably do well in the moment but you won't be able to extend yourself to the next level.

4. Deadly sin: Lust

Lust in the workplace isn't limited to a haunted cemetery romance. You might lust after a nicer prohibited haunted location or even do things you shouldn't. But, spending your time focused on what you don't have or others' paranormal work achievements rather than working to further your own is a sure-fire career killer.

Salvation: "What length will you go satisfy this lust?" "If it extends to deceptions, badmouthing your fellow ghost hunters or undermining the productivity of the team, then your emotions are ruling your actions with disastrous results. Go to your paranormal team leader and ask him or her to put you on a development plan that can segue you to that next new job in the organization."

5. Deadly sin: Pride

Personal success is your M.O. -- you have no problem taking credit for a great ghost photo, a EVP, EMf or Ghost video, even if it was a joint effort. You have the absolute belief that you're always right; you always want to be in control, and you think other people won't -- or can't -- do their jobs. While it's a good feeling to be right, no one is always right.

"When you are right and make sure that everyone else knows that they are proven wrong, you can be sure that you have lost their support in the future," .

Salvation: First, realize that building a reputation for getting things done right is to build a team that does it right together, they say. Remember that sharing credit with everyone who deserves it makes everyone accountable. Finally, give praise where it is due and you'll be shocked how much comes back to you, Kusy and Holloway say.

6. Deadly sin: Sloth

If you're lazy, complacent or indifferent about your ghost hunting, you're on the express train to nowhere. Just because you've been successful in the past doesn't mean that success will carry you through the rest of your career. Sloth becomes toxic when there's a continued pattern that becomes counter-productive to workplace productivity.

Salvation: There are several steps you can take to keep your laziness in check, Kusy and Holloway say. First, take stock of yourself and determine where the source of your laziness lies. Are you bored? Do you need to be more challenged in your role? Next, make a specific plan to increase your productivity at work. Figure out how you will measure your expectations and make sure it's feasible, they say.

7. Deadly sin: Wrath

Anger and malice benefit no one at a haunted paranormal investigation location. Harboring secret hatred or angst toward your fellow ghost hunters, colleagues or general paranormal environment will only create an atmosphere of negativity and abuse around you.

Salvation: Any pessimistic feelings you have toward co-ghost hunters or haunted location are bound to surface eventually. If you're angry with your home or personal life, figure out what is bothering you and then see if you can talk to someone about it. If you're unhappy with your ghost hunting experiences in general, it might be time to start looking for a new hobby like hunting for real chupacbras.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Crystal Of The Day

By Ladean Snodgrass

Rose Quartz

  • Unconditional Love
  • Self Love
  • Mother Love
  • Caring
  • Kindness
  • Friendship
  • Romantic Love
  • Platonic Love

Strengthens & Balances the physical heart & circulatory system, and releases impurities from body fluids.

It hastens recovery, reduces high blood pressure, aids chest & lung problems, heals the kidneys and adrenals, & helps with vertigo.

Daily Oracle Reading

By Ladean Snodgrass

Daily Oracle Card Reading 12/8/13~Solitude~

This card is being given to you as validation that you need to take some time out.

You have been working hard, and it's left little time for you and your soul is in desperate need of solitude.

You are being encouraged to find a quiet space, and just relax and meditate and reflect.

If life doesn't allow you much time, then take 5 min, you deserve this time to yourself.

Take a hot bath, meditate, take a walk, read, just spend some time alone with your thoughts, and let your body, mind and spirit truly unwind. Your soul will thank you for it.

Blessings Ladean

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Daily Oracle Card Reading

Ladean Snodgrass

Daily Oracle Card Reading 12/5/13~Shielding~

This card is being given to you as a message from the angels. They want you to know they are watching over you at this time.

As you wonder why do I feel this way, the angels say, you are under attack by negative energies and they want to help Shield you from it.

We all face this, some on a daily basis, and it's important to learn how to shield yourself from it so it doesn't take over your life.

The technique is called Shielding, and it's very simple. When you feel an attack of negative energy simply stop what you are doing, and call in the angels and ask them to cloak you in their protective energy.

You may, at this time notice colors, like white or pale pink, or blue, this is the aura of the angels, and they are surrounding you, protecting you from harm.

They want you to know you are not alone, ask them for help with this situation, and allow their loving shielding energy to cover you in love.

...Blessings Ladean

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Paranormal phenomena on the Internet

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It was written by Kacey Stapleton

Created on: September 22, 2010 Last Updated: September 23, 2010

Perhaps when you think of reading information about the paranormal your mind turns to dark Edgar Allan Poe induced images. A long forgotten manuscript read by candlelight or book tucked away in a drafty castle might sound appealing at first, but the dim light isn’t good for the eyes, and you should avoid damp places.

Fortunately, your search doesn’t have to be so arduous. Information about terms, anecdotal stories, and methods of research into the paranormal are plentiful on the Internet.

Rowena Gilbert’s fondness for ghost stories has turned huge benefits for those with a similar interest. Gilbert is the original creator of Castle of Spirits a website anyone who loves first person accounts of spooky encounters intermixed with older legends and timeless classic stories. The site was started in 1998 and became incredibly popular quickly, even as Gilbert’s reputation as a thoughtful researcher grew. Sadly, she passed away in 2008, but the site now run by other enthusiasts carries on collecting stories from all over the world. New first person accounts are posted monthly and these stories along with those in the archive can fill many an hour. There’s also a section on the history of urban legends like Bloody Mary. You might want to have a few snacks close by before you settle in to read since time flies by fast especially on your first visit.

If you want to read up on famous ghost hunters The Atlantic Paranormal Society is the place to start, although admittedly this site is a bit on the busy side. Jammed packed with information on all sides it might take a few minutes to take it all in. There are articles on everything from the technical side of ghost hunting to the difference between ghosts and nature spirits. This is a great place for beginners to learn the terminology used by many in the field. You can also catch up on what is going on with the various members of the TAPS team you have become familiar with on SyFy’s Ghost Hunters. In fact, there’s a link to follow Jason and Grant on Twitter.

A combination of paranormal research information and good old fashion ghost stories can be found on the Prairie Ghosts American Haunting page. Links to events, books , tour information and more can be found on this website run by Troy Taylor. Happily, this is another spot where an enthusiast can get lost for an hour or more. Even the long time researcher might find a few tidbits of information on old stories like Resurrection Mary that offer a few surprises.

If you want to explore the paranormal side of Space, the best place to start is with The Mutual UFO Network has been around since 1969 in one form or another, and their site is a treasure trove of information. The site is very easy to maneuver through with everything from events to current articles at your fingertips.

We have no way to know what kind of stories Mr. Poe might have come up with if only he could have pondered forgotten lore on a laptop rather than all those dusty books. But you have the wondrous ability of your computer and who knows where the power of your imagination and the Internet will take you.