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Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,677 ratings  ·  217 reviews
It's easy to say ghosts exist or don't exist. Anyone can do that. Trying to figure out the why or what is a different story.

Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans, host of the popular Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures, pulls from his years of experience with paranormal activities and unexplained phenomena to provide an evenhanded look at a divisive subject.

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Victory Belt Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Zak ( @Zak_Bagans ) knows what he's talking about, even if he comes off as a bit of a dork on screen sometimes. He knows a lot about the paranormal and has some really great ideas that, I think, should happen. This books makes me appreciate Zak for what he does in order to educate people. Really well done book. Loved every part of it!
The book is very basic for anyone who's interested in anything paranormal. If you've watched a couple of episodes of any paranormal tv, then you realize that Bagans gives a very watered down pseudo-philisophical attempt to explain his experiences. I bought the book hoping for some of his experiences, or even a behind the scenes look at the wildly popular "Ghost Adventures Show." What I got was a meandering mismash of hinted at experiences, and half formed thoughts on random paranormal subjects. ...more
Sep 23, 2011 Courtney marked it as to-read
I need this book so badly!! I love Ghost Adventures and Zak is hot as hell!! ...more
I'm a big fan of the Travel Channel show "Ghost Adventures", so when a friend told me Zak Bagans had a book, I immediately checked it out.

What I love about this is that we are able to see more about Zak than what we see on Ghost Adventures. He can come across as a little bizarre, so reading this was a great peek into his mind.

My thoughts on the paranormal are pretty much midline; I believe in spirits, but I don't necessarily think the things that haunt buildings are benign. I view a lot of Gho
If you are a fan of Ghost Adventures and Zak Bagans, this is almost a must read. I like the show (totally entertaining) and Zak is I kinda had to read the book. Looking back...This is not a very well written book, and if you're already familiar with the paranormal and its related theories, it's not very informative either. What it is though, is an interesting look into a man that verges on being a narcissist and egomaniac...and you know what...I love Zak Bagans for that! The ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed having the bejeezus scared out of me by this book. Although I don't believe I've ever had a paranormal experience, I have always had an open mind to such things and the information in this book certainly supported some of my beliefs. My main complaint is in the editing - may I offer my services for the next edition? There were multiple errors in grammar and syntax, which happen to the best of us, but there were also some errors in fact that should have been caught and addres ...more
Sean Kennedy
My hopes for this book were pretty low to begin with - Bagans comes across as annoyingly frat-boyish on his show, and I was hoping that maybe in his writing he would come across less so. No. This book is really just a rehash of events that happened on his TV show, but without any additional info or storytelling. Little tidbits about his life off the show are tantalising but once again little on detail. I'm not expecting him to recount his whole personal journal, but a little personal info and pe ...more
Beautiful  Oblivion
This is a marvelous book! Zak absolutely knows what he's talking about. From actually living the paranormal, Bagans explains all his paranormal encounters that didn't make it on the big screen. Zak Bagans, lead investigator from the Ghost Adventures makes an outstanding job on this book! He explains how he deals with that paranormal, such as demons, evil entities, ghost, and let's not forget the incubus and the succubus. (love that episode!)
Zak really knows how to get the readers attention. O
Whether you're interested in the paranormal or not...Zak tells his experiences and beliefs with genuine spirit and integrity. He's a pleasant adventurous young man with a passion for the paranormal and it shows. My only criticism I guess it that I was hoping for some new experiences...since I watch the show regularly I knew many of the events already...but overal I enjoyed his book. Nice first outing.
Very good- hard to put down. A nice bit of Zak's personality. Interesting bits about the struggle that the paranormal society is having to get it to be consider a true science. Also good explanations of the categories of spirits.
Insultingly dumb, unsurprisingly covered in confirmation bias, self-contradictory and written like a middle school essay. (Ghost Adventures is a guilty pleasure, but this book is an affront to any normal person's grasp on reality.)
A good look into the current hype of paranormal shows. Zak Bagans is an intelligent and well versed author capable of writing his thoughts down.
excellent book... well written, you can clearly hear Zak's 'voice' throughout... hope he writes another one someday :)
Admittedly I'm hugely disappointed in this book. I love anything paranormal based, books, TV, films, and have been on several ghosts hunts myself. So after watching Ghost Adventures, and thinking it's one of the most credible TV shows out there that deal with the paranormal, I was really excited to read the book of the lead investigator Zak Bagans.

It just wasn't as engaging as you would expect. Zak has fallen into the trap of bogging the reader down with too much science, and not enough personal
Overall, I would give this book a 4.5 stars out of 5. This was a very well written, thought provoking read, I am a big fan of the show Ghost Adventures and so I just had to read the lead investigators book. It explores the paranormal field in depth in everything from the different types of spirits, addressing the skeptics to the science behind it. I would recommend this book to both skeptics and believers of the paranormal world as I don't think you can really argue with some of the points broug ...more
Before I start I want to give a lot of thanks to Zak Bagans for his "Chapter-6" named "SCIENCE". By reading that chapter I finally understand why you dedicated your life in this Paranormal World. You are so genius man & of course an Unbelievable Person… :P

This book is very very informative for the paranormal world. First I want to start with your own speech that you narrated on you book...

Speech of Zak Bagans :
1. I've never worshiped the Devil, Studied secrets of VooDoo or Drunk Blood for pr
A few caveats about this review: 1. If you’re reading it as a non-believer in ghosts I assume one of two things, you’re curious and have an open mind or you’re here to ridicule. 2. I read this book because my brother wanted to me. He’s just gotten into ghost hunting (I’ve been involved since the mid 1980’s). I would not have read it otherwise because I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of Mr. Bagans. I sort of think he’s a jerk and from a ghost hunting stand point, I differ vastly in approach and don’ ...more
Janett Wawrzyniak
Zak Bagans is passionate for paranormal investigations. He is an experienced advocate of scientific inquiry, in developed theories for advancement with paranormal research.

Digital recorders capture paranormal voices at above and below frequencies, than human ears can detect. Paranormal spirits composed of weak energy manifest into sound or sight with a contact having a greater amount of energy that they can borrow or take altogether. This is key to understanding the paranormal. Some examples of
I like the show Ghost Adventures, so when a friend told me Zak Bagans had a book, I thought, this is something I need to check out. Zak Bagans is hilarious to watch. He's very eccentric and aggressive and it makes for entertaining television. But Zak Bagans does know what he's talking about. He has done his research. For me, that's what made this book separate from the show. He does refer to investigations from the show, but the book isn't primarily about that. What I really liked about the book ...more
Casey Nash
This is a book I picked up in order to do some extra research into the paranormal before writing my next book. I just want to say that when I did pick it up, I had never heard of 'Ghost Adventures' in my life. I read it in the hope that it would provide some knowledge on the paranormal that I didn't have before.
I've come across a few books written by Paranormal Investigators, but I must say, I've never come across an investigator who can write about his experiences and relate it in a scientific
Dharia Scarab
After having seen most of the Ghost Adventures episodes, it was interesting to read about them from Zak's point of view.
As a fan of Ghost Adventures I looked forward to reading this book since I heard Zak Bagans was writing it. I picked it up the day it came out and started reading it that night. I was not disapointed. It was more than I expected it to be.

Zak was honest and told those who want to be paronormal investigators what they need to know and told them about the equiptment they would use. He talked about personal experiances and how he started in paronormal investigating. If I could I would give this book
Sep 14, 2015 Gina is currently reading it
I am curious about GAC & what goes into their investigations. So I'm reading this book to gain insight into the work.
Barry Huddleston
This is one of those books that I could score a 5 just as easily as a 3. It’s a bit like nailing down jello. On the one hand, Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew smacks of an exercise in narcissism. I almost expected to see Zak Bagans name larger than anything else of the cover ( and it nearly is ). I am reminded of a story related to me by a ghost hunter, that I greatly respect, in which one of Zak’s interviewees told her about Zak’s constant pre ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Amy marked it as abandoned
I wish this guy's name was Bilbo.

I read about 50 pages of this book, and I thought it was kind of boring. That's my new rule - if I've read 50 pages and the book isn't grabbing me, I put it down. There are too many books to read to justify finishing something that, even if I finish it, won't make enough of an impression to remember a few months later. This guy starts out by explaining a lot of details about his life, which I didn't really care about...and then his approach for the rest seems to
I read Zak's books in reverse order. This one was written first but I read it second :) There's a huge difference between the two. I Am Haunted seemed to me more of an autobiography whereas Dark World was more of a here's a recap/more detail on the evidence you've seen if you watch the show with a whole lot of here's how to be a paranormal investigator. Now...that's not to say I didn't like this book. I did...A LOT.

One thing that always bugs me about the show is the fact that they have to cram
I have watched "Ghost Adventures" a few times on tv, along with almost every other paranormal investigation series. Zac rubbed me the wrong way on his tv series, but I was really hoping this book would be good.

Going into the book I was excited because I was thinking it would be an in depth look into his experiences on and off "Ghost Adventures". Being that there is only an hour, sometimes two, to show all the evidence gathered over multiple days. Since time is so limited I assumed there were ma
A fascinating look into the beliefs, experiences, and career of someone who is the opposite of me.

Do I believe that he believes in what he films and writes about? Yes. Do I personally believe it all? No. I think that Zak and his friends/colleagues are so keen to believe that they can be a tad naive, taking people who come in and tell spooky stories too seriously - and in the case of the succubus and the sex vampires, my skepticism levels rose. I think he is prone to believing what he really want
Melysah Bunting
Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew
by Zak Bagans, Kelly Crigger is an autobiography of how the paranormal has affected Zak and his thoughts on how science and the paranormal relate. This story features commentaries from past episodes of Ghost Adventures, personal incidents in dealing with the paranormal, and point of views from other professionals in the field. Whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, this read is thought-provoking.

I enjoyed the bo
I'm a big fan of the Ghost Adventures show, but I was really disappointed in Dark World.

One of the biggest issues is the writing. It was like a long winded, repetitive, poorly written essay that didn't have enough content for the length required. Is this what it's like to be a prof at university??

I swear I read the exact same sentences multiple times throughout the book. The thoughts were disorganized and not as well thought out or discussed as they could have been. I got the impression that it
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Zachary Alexander Bagans is the lead investigator and co-founder of the "Ghost Adventures Crew", one of the largest worldwide networks of professional paranormal investigators and is known as the host and lead investigator for The Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures".

His passion for investigating the paranormal resulted from an encounter with the spirit of a suicidal woman in his apartment building
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