My first book, Paranormal Obsession: America’s Fascination with Ghosts, Haunting, Spooks, & Spirits is available for pre-order! This book is a little different. It is not a collection of ghost stories or case files, but more of a discussion regarding the impact of paranormal reality TV on American society. In the book I speak with academics, scientists, representatives from historic locations, and paranormal investigators (both famous and not). There are interviews conducted specifically for the book with various cast members from paranormal reality TV, in addition to those who have been ghost huntin’ long before TV took notice.
Paranormal Obsession will be available on 9/8/2011. Of course, one can pre-order at Amazon or at Barnes and Nobles. However, ordering it directly from my publisher, Llewellyn, ensures that you will receive a copy two weeks before everyone else. I do believe the book will also be available in e-format.
Here is a sneak peek at the Table of Contents:
Part I: The Emergence of the Specter
Chapter 1: American Roots
Chapter 2: The Holy Spirit
Chapter 3: There’s a Science to This?
Part II: From TV Land to the Backyard
Chapter 4: There is a Ghost in My TV
Chapter 5: Körner’s Folly
Chapter 6: USS North Carolina
Part III: Crossing Over
Chapter 7: I’ve Got a Ghost! Make me a Star!
Chapter 8: Yes, the Covered Chick is a Ghost Hunter
And…the introduction to the chapter, “There’s a Science to this?” (this chapter looks at the relationship between paranormal investigation and science):
At some point in late 1800s, an anomalous event—a miracle, perhaps—occurred at the intersection of two dimensions. In one, there was Ms. Medium, an attractive, ethereal, intriguing specimen. Sexy in her own way, this talking-to-the-dead stuff made her very appealing. In a parallel world, there was this guy named Mr. Science. He was tall and distinguished; a testosterone-endowed fellow. There was a thinning of the veils and the two met, shook hands, embraced, and eventually parted ways. However, it was later revealed a lovechild was conceived and left to roam between the realms. The child grew strong and multiplied, and today has descendants called paranormal investigators, who wander and wonder wildly, fervently, trying to reclaim their father’s birth rights, while others remember their mother and call her a whore.
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