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I am Haunted: Living Life Through the Dead

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  738 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans has traveled all over the world, seeking answers to life's deepest and most terrifying mysteries. What happens when we die? Why do some spirits move on while others remain stuck in some sort of in-between place? What do the spirits really want from us? Zak has dedicated his life to finding out the truth.

He has bought a demon house in Indi
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Victory Belt Publishing
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Kelly Crigger
Feb 19, 2015 Kelly Crigger rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Incredible book, but I may be biased.
K.M. Montemayor
Jul 26, 2015 K.M. Montemayor rated it really liked it
I have already read Zak's Dark World and when I recently learned he had another book, I knew I had to read it.

Overall, I did enjoy Dark World more. Maybe it was because Dark World really focused on some of the more wild investigations. (I'm telling you, after reading this, I wouldn't go anywhere near Bobby Mackey's Music World)

This book seemed more personal and explored a lot more of his thoughts and emotions as well as the physical effects of being a paranormal investigator.
The thing I foun
Welp. It's definitely a book. A book that has almost no discernible plot or flow of thought that I can find. And there's LOTS of pictures of Zak Bagans looking like Zak Bagans so it's got that going for it. Plus, it talks a lot about how sensitive Zak Bagans is in terms of paranormal ability and personality.

::nods:: It does definitely do that. A lot.

I read the whole thing in about three hours. It was like when I watch the show. I shook my head a lot, mumbled to myself, and then was too afraid to
I have watched Ghost Adventures since it first premiered. I'm a big fan and never miss an episode when a new season is airing. I read Zak's first book, Dark World and liked it. However, I was disappointed with it because he wasn't very open and didn't discuss his life much. I was excited for this new book because it sounded like it would be more about his life and experiences. It was and he did open up much more. Now I'm not sure if that is such a good thing though.

I have always liked Zak and re
Stephanie Sanders
Mar 27, 2015 Stephanie Sanders rated it liked it
Well, here I am. Did you know that I wanted to read Ulysses this winter? This is a departure from my normal choice of reading material. I am Haunted: Living Life Through the Dead is the second memoir from Zak Bagans, paranormal investigator from the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures. Celebrity memoirs are not my thing, neither are paranormal investigators, but, for some strange reason, I have a soft spot for Bagans. It might be his dramatic persona, the extreme height of his hair, or that ...more
catrina reichel
Feb 12, 2015 catrina reichel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved every moment shared

I read Zak's first book Dark World and I enjoyed it, but this book was even better! Insightful, emotional, and at times comical. He really gave us a deep look into a very amazing and rare career/life path. You can see how much he has grown as an investigator and as a person since beginning ghost adventures. Great read if you love the GAC!
Kimberley doruyter
Jun 28, 2015 Kimberley doruyter rated it liked it
i didn't think that a book written by a "ghost hunter" could be kinda boring.
Jessica  Sinn (Books and Trouble)
After reading his first book, I was craving more behind-the-scenes stories about haunted buildings and the many backwoods weirdos he interviews. Sadly my thirst for inside knowledge was left unquenched as Zak continuted to regale his readers with stories about his impeccible work ethic, his psychic skills, his avante garde ghost-hunting techniques, etcetera, etcetera. Being the loyal fangirl that I am, I forged through the ego-pumping chapters and was rewarded by a few gems. Oh how I loved ...more
William Hughes
Jul 01, 2015 William Hughes rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoirs
I've been a huge fan of Zak and his work on GA for years. I think he is very interesting and I really appreciated this book for providing a glimpse at his world view and concept of self, however I was disappointed in the experience of reading it. I thought the flow of the book was very disjointed and read like an angry rant in a blog. I found Zak's tone very off-putting; he seemed angry, haughty, and really defensive, as if he was addressing his more vocal critics rather than his loyal fan base ...more
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
A died (pun) in the wool paranormal and Ghost Adventures fan, I dove into the second book of lead paranormal investigator Zak Bagan's unique life and his interesting experiences, I think we all wonder, what happens to us when we die, and what is there for us when we do. I really loved this book, especially his chapter on crazy fans; I have never heard of people so crazy, one mom said he got her sixteen year old daughter pregnant by astral projection... yeah...! Whew Nellie! I also enjoyed ...more
Karla Burrow
Nov 02, 2016 Karla Burrow rated it it was amazing
This book was very interesting. Though I am a true believer of the paranormal, having some strange things happen to me, I have an ever growing respect for Zak and the many things happening with him and his crew, both paranormal and just everyday challenges. When I get the chance to watch Ghost Adventures again, I will pay better attention, not just to the EVP's.
Tracy T.
Just so everyone knows, Zak is special. He's not just special; he's the most special of all the special. That's not to say everyone else in the world isn't special, he's just more special than all of us. And he's super in tune with his special, where as everyone else only indulges in their special a little bit at a time and then goes and does boring stuff, like working a 9-5 job or having responsibilities.

At least least that's what I got from the first chapter. DNF @ 9%.
Angela Davis
Sep 11, 2016 Angela Davis rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Overall, this read better than his first book, Dark World, could it be because he stated these were his translated audio files? The chapters are very short and very loosely connected to each other. They seem to be literary translations of the audio he sent to Kelly Crigger (the ghost writer). This does make it a fast read but I would have liked to arrange chapters a little more logically.

On a whole what I learned is that, in his words, he has "opened himself up" to the spirits, even more than pe
Oct 09, 2016 Michelle rated it it was ok
I absolutely love Ghost Adventures but this book was not for me. Like Zak's first book I felt that this was disorganized and repetitive. At least Dark World was interesting - I am Haunted felt more like a stream of consciousness often with tangents on unrelated topics. There wasn't much flow from chapter to chapter and I wonder if it would've read better on a blog. While a few stories were captivating, the majority of this book was written in a narcissistic voice with negativity to anyone else ...more
Angie Fehl
Nov 02, 2015 Angie Fehl rated it it was amazing
I had to go look up my old review for Bagan's book Dark World and remind myself of my thoughts. I remembered loving that first book but it was a few years ago, so the specifics are a little fuzzy. Funny thing, I gave that one five stars at the time and I actually ended up liking this new book, I Am Haunted waaay more... so how to rate? 5 ++ stars, lol ?!

While Dark World is entertaining in that it gives Ghost Adventures fans BTS looks at some of the most memorable episodes over the years, in I A
Zak Bagans mentions his lack of privacy, his favorite songs, his go to places for comfort, his faith, his fear of flying, his haunted girlfriends, and his crazy fans. There wasn’t too much to learn about Ghost Adventures if you’re a loyal fan. Loyal fans are familiar with many of their beliefs, experiences, techniques and equipment. There are some interesting behind the scenes tidbits which made me what to give a few episodes another look. All of this is okay. It’s a short read and it’s entertai ...more
Jul 23, 2016 Catherine rated it really liked it
Zak Bagans never believed in ghosts until he came face to face with one during a terrifying incident in a Michigan apartment. Not the passive type, Zak set out to learn more about the paranormal. In 2004 he produced an award-winning documentary film that changed his life and the lives of many others when he captured one of the most shocking pieces of paranormal evidence ever. Now the host of two top-rated paranormal television shows, Bagans has conducted hundreds of investigations into the ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Christy rated it it was amazing
I Am Haunted gives the reader a unique perspective
of the ins and outs of paranormal investigating
from a very personal and intriguing angle.
Zak shares his fears, uncertainties, drawbacks
of fame and experiences from a detailed and informative
point of view. He gets much more personal and hands on
in this book allowing the reader to step inside his
world that varies between the physical, but mostly spiritual
realms for him.
Zak's offers us incite on how his gift of sensitivity
allows him to connect with
Feb 24, 2015 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Oh man...where to begin? I think I'll just start by saying LOVE. To me, this book was open and honest and a look into the Zak that you don't get to see in the hour on television each week. It was nice to gain some perspective on things and really get a view of the many faces of Zak. I started this book on a Monday night and was done with it on Tuesday night...and I even went to work for 8 hours...and I'm a slow reader. I kept turning the pages because finally it was like seeing the real Zak. Not ...more
Darrell Gibbs
Aug 26, 2016 Darrell Gibbs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of True Paranormal
Shelves: paranormal
Zak Bagans delivers an in-depth writing with compelling stories. I enjoyed the story lines, it was like going on a shoot with Zak and the rest of the Ghost Adventures Team looking through Zak's eyes. He tells how he senses and provokes ghosts early in his career and later matures with more ghost hunting experience treating spirits with respect. Zak shows what he is like personally as a person. This is something you do not see on TV and is what people who read the book will come to realize. You ...more
Patricia Gallant
Mar 03, 2015 Patricia Gallant rated it it was amazing
Bagans' description of certain episodes of Ghost Adventures had me scrambling to YouTube to watch the episode again to take a closer look as he described what was going on with him personally behind the scenes, and how he keeps his sanity through it all. He is very candid about how his investigations affected him, as well as personal encounters outside of the show. One can't help but feel what he feels, and fear what he fears. The short chapters make for an easy read but I feel he could have ...more
Stephen Kaplan
Nov 26, 2015 Stephen Kaplan rated it liked it
Ultimately Zak's first book was better. Though this book did have enough entertaining stories and informative behind-the-scenes chapters to warrant a 3 star rating, most chapters felt too rambly. There was no cohesion or single train of thought. Many chapters began one way and then quickly became about something else by the end, making it lose focus and meaning. Not to mention that the chapters were clearly recorded at very different times and then chosen at random which order they would go in.

May 25, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
I read this because I thought it would be interesting to read an autobiographical account of Bagans' life as a paranormal investigator.

It had a bit of that, and a lot of his opinions on the paranormal I found pertinent and interesting. However, not all of them, and it should be noted that Bagans is quite clear-cut in his beliefs, and the manner in which he presents them often suggests he's not open to discussion, which can be a little off-putting.

The book also has a lot of stuff that relates to
Feb 11, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing
Zak's dedication to the field of paranormal research goes beyond anything I have read about in recent years. That is saying something because my daughter brings home ALOT of paranormal books by various people. As you read the pages of adventures, health risks, road mishaps and crazy fans it is plain that Zak cares more about advancing his chosen scientific field of study than being a celebrity. The deeper you get into the book it also becomes clear Zak has a strong faith in God and Jesus. This ...more
Kayla Hoeft
Feb 23, 2016 Kayla Hoeft rated it liked it
Recommends it for: self absorbed mean girls?,
This book was a confusing menagerie of self absorbed statements, personal rants (there is an entire chapter on how Zak didn't beat up 'crack heads' in Reno; or even better yet, a picture of himself holding two rifles at the end of a chapter entitled 'Crazy Fans'), and shameless self promotion (HAVE YOU HEARD HE BOUGHT A DEMON HOUSE. IT'S A HOUSE OF DEMONS. A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT A DEMON HOUSE. TO BE RELEASED SOON. DEMON HOUSE. HOUSE OF DEMON STUFF. 2015 OR SO DEMON HOUSE. DEMON HOUSE.). I'm not ...more
Mar 31, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. I'm clearly not a 'believer' (though I wouldn't call myself a total sceptic either - I have no idea what is really out there), but I n
Alys Boyer
Feb 18, 2015 Alys Boyer rated it it was amazing
love love LOVE this book. I read his last one (Dark World) and enjoyed it as well but this was more personal, including more of his experiences and not all the theories (which, don't get me wrong, are really cool). I'm a big fan of Zak, Aaron...well...the whole GA crew... and anything to do with the paranormal. So to hear what goes on on the front lines and the personal changes one goes through when exploring the paranormal is right up my alley. Really enjoyed this book and it opened my eyes to ...more
Alethea White-Previs
Apr 29, 2016 Alethea White-Previs rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, ghosts
I admit it. I am a huge Zak Bagans fan. Mostly because of his muscles. But the reader in me wonders -- did the world REALLY need another "hey, look how awesome I am" book from him? This, more than his first forays into autobiography, seems like nothing more than a collection of stories that cast Bagans in a hugely self-congratulatory spotlight. He brags. There's no better way to put it. I can appreciate someone who truly immerses himself in the supernatural world for a better understanding and ...more
Cheyenne Bagans❤
I gave this book a 5 star rating. I really enjoyed getting to know Zak more regardless of what the haters said. I started reading this book knowing just by the title alone that he was going to talk more about himself then he did in Dark World. Zak is seriously one of the funniest guys ever. I love Ghost Adventures and the GAC. This book made me laugh every chapter. To the people who hated this book because" he didn't talk enough about the investigations" or "he talked about how he almost got ...more
Gennie Rigby
Feb 18, 2015 Gennie Rigby rated it liked it
Ghost Adventures will always be housed in the corner of my heart reserved for guilty pleasures and magical kittens. With that being said, I mostly enjoyed this pretty quick ready. The chapters seemed to be all over the board (I wish there would have been a separation between the TV show aspects and the personal anecdotes. The level of writing was also not very cohesive, as I can only tolerate so many sentences beginning with 'but' and 'and' before my brain becomes hyper-aware of them. Zak has ...more
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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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“Life is all about finding yourself through experiences, and about learning more and more about who you are and what you’re capable of. If you’re getting older and not succeeding in anything or doing anything to make a positive impact on people, then you’re not living. You’re just waiting for death. Get out there and make an impact on people, whether it’s by helping them directly or by doing research to make their lives better or just by inspiring them. Do something good to be remembered for. This is more important than money.” 6 likes
“My adventures are a constant struggle between fear and courage.” 2 likes
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