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Ghost: Investigating the Other Side

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  271 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
With the same, open and personal style that won her much praise for Piercing the Darkness, bestselling author Katherine Ramsland turns her keen and curious eye to the phenomenon of ghosts to uncover the truth behind a number of supernatural "sightings". Ramsland's extraordinary investigative memoir takes readers directly into the world of ghostly haunting and paranormal ac ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 13th 2002 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2001)
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Deanna Anderson
May 13, 2013 Deanna Anderson rated it liked it
Have not quite finished this book, but I was compelled to write about it. I am very conflicted with this title for several reasons.

First of all, it is a personal narrative of one woman's quest to prove to herself that not only does a spirit realm exist, but to prove to herself that she perhaps has a ghost companion that comes with a haunted ring. I love personal narratives and diving deeply into a person's psyche, so it is very compelling in that aspect. Katherine writes an easy narrative that f
Jenn Kroll
Apr 05, 2008 Jenn Kroll rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of the paranormal, this is a quick..interesting read for you! It is the journey of one persons looking into the life of ghost hunting. ANyone who knows me, knows it was right up my alley!
Dec 11, 2007 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
From the woman who brought us "Piercing the Darkness" comes this follow-up. After taking a ring from one of her "vampire" subjects in her last book, she inherits the "Ghosts" that inhabit its powers. This is NOT fiction (tho it reads w/every spine-tingle like one.) She is set on finding out who the owner is and how he died. It's journalistic and delves into her own learning about the "ghost" world. She learns to use needed equipment, travels to notoriously haunted locals, confers with specialist ...more
Apr 05, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the paranormal
Katherine Ramsland's well written (real life) journey into paranormal investigation is something I would recommend to anyone who is a fairly new paranormal investigator or has thought of trying it. In this book she tells her experiences while researching the world of paranormal investigating. This is the only book I have read by Katherine Ramsland, but I really like the way she writes and it made me consider reading other books she has written on other topics that I have never read about. (And I ...more
H Hunt
Sep 25, 2013 H Hunt rated it it was amazing
A MUST READ!!! This truthful account of the authors experiences & what she discovered will make u think twice about what u believe, powerfully written honest narrative takes us thru this entire experience right along with her. What we thought or only suspected is REAL... for those who are or who are not interested in the paranormal will certainly receive an awakening, beautifully written this book is a page turner & u may find it disturbs ur sleep... Holly=+=
Laura Ruetz
I had trouble with this book....while parts of it were entertaining, and it was an interesting read into the world of ghost hunting, it seemed like it had very little focus. The story at the core of the novel, about the ring and the entity named Christian, was what really interested me, the rest just seemed like a meandering gloss over what ghost hunting is, and it focused less on the ring and it's backstory and what to do about it than talking about orbs. As somebody with a background in writin ...more
M.M. Hudson
I was initially intrigued by this book as I have a sheer fascination with ghost and the after life. I will state that I have had my own encounters so, I tend to seek out books like this.

That being said, the author writes this book in first person and in the beginning as purely investigative after encountering a modern day vampire. Now, this may seem non-plausible except that she had done previous works about the subject of vampires. This "vampire" had given her an object, a ring, that purportedl
Sep 17, 2008 Ruth rated it really liked it
This was one of the first books I purchased when I began investigating the paranormal. It actually combines a couple of things I'm interested in: ghosts and a fascination with vampires... an obsession from the author's earlier investigative work that led her on the journey to explore the afterlife.
Jaime Contreras
Aug 03, 2013 Jaime Contreras rated it liked it
This was interesting book written by an author who wanted to know more. She got more than she bargained for and shares the experience with us. It is slow at times but overall it is an interesting read.
Mar 26, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it
Interesting account of the authors adventures studying the supernatural.Would recommend it to those who like to read "true" ghost stories.
Jul 28, 2014 Kelsey rated it really liked it
My brother bought this for me one Christmas, knowing that I love anything paranormal. This is a great, quick, and easy read for anyone who loves ghost stories or personal paranormal experiences. Throughout the novel, you get into the mind set of Katherine Ramsland, and her experiences almost become your experiences. Her details are great, and she doesn't seem to leave anything out.

What I liked most about this book was that it wasn't overly cheesy. A lot of paranormal books over emphasize people
Dec 31, 2014 oleeleeo rated it it was amazing
This book is a little insane.. in a good way.

I knew who Ramsland was ; she's written over 40 books, I've read her column for Psychology Today. She is forensic psychologist she also has an interest in the paranomal. Her education/training grounds her and makes her exploration of this subject more interesting and credible.
This was the first book of hers I have read and will definitely read more. I stayed up late every night because I didn't want to put it down.

She wrote another book which investi
Will N Van
Jun 13, 2008 Will N Van rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal Enthusiasts
Perhaps author Katherine Ramsland has a penchant for young men in their 20s. If that were all there was to it, I would say go for it. But the subject of interest of her latest work, "Ghost: A firsthand account into the world of paranormal activity," was perhaps also a self-proclaimed vampire guilty of violent murder and culminating in suicide. Or was he?

The coagulated blood binding this story together leads back to a previous expose she wrote regarding the prevalent vampire subculture in New Orl
Jan 19, 2016 Stacy rated it liked it
The truth is stranger than fiction, so I am inclined to believe the the accounts as written. However, what haunts this book more than anything is the narrator's sense of self, which not only got in the way of ghosting (most likely) but gets in the way of enjoying the book. It's an enjoyable, tingling read, but I was stunned that after 300 pages, there really is not a conclusion to the story. Not even a hint of an outcome. That was incredibly disappointing.
Oct 15, 2015 Siobhan rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
I was disappointed in this book. The author supposedly did a lot of research into ghosts and paranormal investigation yet could not even spell Edgar Cayce's name correctly. Her journey was about a vampire who may or may not have killed his gay lover whose ghost was supposedly haunting the keeper of a ring that the author possessed. This author has written a book about the vampire subculture in the US as well, which is what led her to exploring the ghost hunting business.

While some aspects were i
Aug 01, 2008 Todd rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jill, Bridget, Karen
What happens when you are investigating the Goth-Vampire scene and some mysterious dude named Wraith gives you a ring haunted by his murdered lover? Well you go on a ghost hunt of course.

This book is a lot of fun. But if you are looking for hard scientific proof of the possibility of ghosts this book won't provide that. The author, and the people she deals with are a little too credulous for that even though many of the "ghost hunters" make pretense at being scientific. I wonder if they have he
Feb 21, 2014 Carole rated it did not like it
Tedious, boring, repetitive, juvenile, awful. The author is unbelievably self-centered. Her motivation to go on a ghost hunt is a tale that could have been imagined by a very young teen. I read 150 pages, then possibly 15 more scattered throughout the rest of the book. It never got better.
Sharon Hill
Jun 16, 2015 Sharon Hill rated it it was ok
Fascinating but sounds fabricated. I simply could not believe this book was nonfiction. Such clear and direct EVPs? Let's hear them. Let her repeat them. While it was interesting, it was mostly nonsense.
Sian Jones
Mar 17, 2010 Sian Jones rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror, ghost-stories
The silliest book no one should ever read. So bad it was hilarious. So ridiculous and fictional, I enjoyed myself, giggling to the very end, when the potentially fatal quest for the ghost haunting a vampire's ring comes down to nothing more than a spot of imagined noises in a dark wood. A note to Ms. Ramsland: When the credible ghost hunters you consult are telling you that you're reading a bit too much into things, and you disregard their advice, you might want to brag a little less about your ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing
Ramsland approaches her paranormal investigations logically and records her observations and impressions as she goes along. Although her fact based approach makes for a dense book that took me a while to get through, her work and reporting of it is excellent.
Jul 03, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
I have never seen a ghost or do I believe in them. I have a friend that has been seeing them since he was young. I wanted to read this book to better understand what he experiences. The author neither believes or doubts there are ghosts but she delves into the society of 'Ghost-hunters' and learns more than she thought she ever would. With all the equipment you have to buy to get evidence of 'orbs' this is a hobby I will never want to pursue, it is expensive! n In the end the author summerizes h ...more
Jun 05, 2008 Michelle rated it liked it
This book was quite fascinating. I believe in ghosts and that is what drew me to read it. I enjoyed it for the most part, but it also had a lot of boring parts and seemed dragged out in certain parts. If you believe in ghosts, or question their existence, I think this is a good book for you. There is no real proof, but there are certain things in this book that surely make it seem that they exist.
Phil Giunta
Mar 18, 2011 Phil Giunta rated it liked it
This was a great read until about 2/3 through the book when the author starts to depend far too much on orbs as an indicator of paranormal activity because that was how she was taught by certain 'experts' in the paranormal field. Other than that, it was a very interesting read mostly due to Ramsland's motivation for exploring the paranormal.
Tera Marie
Nov 12, 2010 Tera Marie rated it liked it
A written documentary on ghosthunting authored by a woman who decided to see what looking for ghosts was all about. I enjoyed the book to begin with and then it just got tedious and boring. It should have ended 100 pages earlier than it did. I felt like the author kept repeating the same information over and over again.
Dec 22, 2008 Jackie rated it it was ok
Ramsland goes on a search for evidence that ghosts really do exist. She doesn't find any; I wish she had told me that at the beginning of the book. She blames her inability to see ghosts at least in part on the "low magnetic field" around her body. So, she returned to her first love -- writing about vampires.
Sabrina Rutter
I read this a few years ago. I remember that she ended up with some ring and it turned out that the ring was haunted. While it was not really that scary there were moments when it did give me the creeps.
It was interesting enough but a little different than the traditional ghost story.
Travist Topa
Dec 10, 2011 Travist Topa marked it as to-read
so far so good, although she is a bit too ecstatic about orbs and what they could be...instead of noting that 99.999999999% of them are dust particles or insects etc...but we'll see where this goes.
Mar 24, 2008 Serena rated it it was ok
Okay, so I never actually finished the book... It's non-fiction, which I'm not really a fan of, and it started good but never picked up. Maybe one day I'll go back and read it.
Dianne Maythorne
Sep 24, 2012 Dianne Maythorne rated it it was amazing
So scary!!! One of my favorite paranormal books--I could read this over and over. This woman is Anne Rice's sister and she is an excellent writer in her own right.
Feb 08, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
This book was very informative and really got me to thinking. I would like to read more of this author's book.
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