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Ghost Hunting: True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society

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The Atlantic Paranormal Society, also known as T.A.P.S., is the brainchild of two plumbers by day, paranormal investigators by night: Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. Their hair-raising investigations, fueled by their unique abilities and a healthy dose of scientific method, have made them the subject of a hit TV show: the SCI FI Channel's Ghost Hunters.

Now their experience
ebook, 214 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Pocket Books
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Bark's Book Nonsense
This book has been thrust upon me by a friend who keeps asking what I thought of it so I'd better get going. I like the show, even though it's pretty repetitive and they never seem to find hardcore evidence but I've experienced some weird things myself that others have missed even when in the same freaking room so I buy it.

So far it's interesting. It goes into the backstories of the regulars on the show and gives insight into why they do what they do. I nearly took a Reiki class once and after r
Amy (Other Amy)
Always try to find a natural explanation before accepting a paranormal one. Let's face it: paranormal occurrences are rare. Most of the time--eighty percent, in our experience--what seems like a ghostly voice is only a cranky waste pipe. Whether you're observing phenomena firsthand or analyzing them afterward, you have to be careful of matrixing.[Reviewer's note: Matrixing is the paranormal research term for the mind's filling in the blanks in a pattern to make a sensible picture.] The human min ...more
I couldn't help myself. Once I'd heard that Jason and Grant had written a book about their experiences pre-Ghost Hunters and beyond, I was beyond excited.

The first half of the book is intriguing. There are backstories for all the regulars on the show (I didn't know that Steve was a police officer!) and some neat tidbits about the cofounders, themselves (Jason swears by green olives to chase away the "dead people").

After the introductions, there is a chapter devoted to each investigation. The pr
Timothy Miyahara
"Ghost Hunting" can almost be described as written summaries of several investigations from the TV series. Any fan searching for new material will probably be disappointed, although there are commentaries and anecdotes providing some insight to the "behind-the-scenes" aspects of the covered investigations, and the thoughts and feelings of Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. Several of the pictures are interesting as well. For a fan of Ghost Hunters insistent on owning all memorabilia or seeking more d ...more
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
Dec 11, 2016 Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ghosthunters
I gotta start out by saying that I am a big paranormal and ghost hunting TV show fan, and Jason Hawes is the host of the original, the first and I think the longest running. So I had to read his books! This particular paranormal perusal was really interesting, was an easily digestible read of some of "Ghost Hunter's" Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson's very earliest cases. Included are stories such as how they met, some behind the scenes, and a lot of cases that were investigated before their very po ...more
Feb 26, 2017 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-paranormal
This was an interesting read considering that I have watched the series "Ghost Hunters" for a few years now. It basically covers the early years of the show and by reading the book, it kind of refreshed my memories of when I had watched the show. A few of the stories I don't quite remember, but I probably missed them. Some of the stories were a little creepy, but nothing major. Three stars for this book.
Feb 25, 2011 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very intereting insight into how one of the most respected & ground breaking teams of paranormal investigators came to be. This volume charts some of their more memorable investigations, from the very early days (before the cameras followed them around...) to more recent stake outs... there are insights into how Jason Hawes & Grand Wilson came to be interested in the paranormal, & how they have built their team & established a work ethic which is arguably the bench mark in para ...more
Oct 16, 2008 Rae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal nerds
A fun read!

Die-hard fans of the show may be a little bummed about some stuff, though: First, I would have loved to hear a little more about the cast/TAPS members as people... the full stories behind their motivation to hunt ghosts, their phobias, etc. I can totally understand that they want the focus to be more on what they do as opposed to who they are (I respect them very much for wanting to remain professional instead of becoming celebrities), but that understanding still didn't stop me from
Aug 16, 2010 Wendi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well it's pretty much what I expected it to be. I know the guys, Jason and grant, are men of few words, but I would have loved a little more meat to the stories. However I do have to say that I respect their more scientific approach to the paranormal: look for the normal before you look for the paranormal. That just seems right. I am such a sucker for those crazy ghost hunting shows in which it is all about somebody quickly turning the camera into to heir own faces and then say, "did you see tha ...more
Mystereity Reviews
Not bad. Having watched Ghost Hunters for many years, I was familiar with most of the stories as well as the behind the scenes drama.

The stories in the book are all taken from investigations TAPS has done both on camera and on the show. The book was apparently mostly written by Jason with a few sentences on the end from Grant. I have to say, a golden opportunity was lost to have Grant add his point of view on each case. Instead, his remarks were pretty much, "yeah, yeah totally." Pretty pointle
Jan 01, 2010 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Okay, I realize that not everyone believes in ghosts/the supernatural, but I challenge you to pick up this book and see just how much work these two guys and their team put into finding evidence that there is something out there. I am from the point of view that I do believe, but like Jason and Grant, won't just assume because a light went on there is a ghost doing it! I love that they take the time to figure out if there is actually something going on with the electrical wiring, or if there is ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
interesting enough. I'm a sucker for books about ghosts and hauntings, I'll usually read anything on the subject. I've enjoyed their show for the past few years, so I was excited to pick up a copy of this book. Some of the cases in here I remember watching, some were new territory.

One obviously that caught my eye was The Stanley Hotel investigation. Living in Colorado myself, I've been on a tour of the place, so it was interesting to read about the case after I'd visited.

It also just reminds me
Jan 01, 2009 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, ad-paranormal
I devoured this book, but only because I love Ghost Hunters so much. Goodness, I just can't get enough of that show. The book truly is only for die-hard fans, because a lot of it is a recap of Ghost Hunters episodes. The book would have been a million times more interesting if Jason and Grant would finally divulge their initial personal experiences that made them believers in the supernatural! I don't know why they have to be so damn reticent on the topic. Anyway, pick up the book at the library ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part, I enjoy the show. I have problems understanding what is being said during the analysis. The book itself is good for a recap of what was on television. The stories are short so you can finish some stories and put the book down and not worry about where you left off.
Sep 08, 2012 Barbm1020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like the show, you'll enjoy this book. I would have liked more pictures, but enjoyed it as it is.
E. Romi
Apr 06, 2015 E. Romi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A great companion for anyone that's seen the first few seasons of the show. This book is a great insider view of investigations, including anecdotes that didn't make it on air. Great read.
Jan 09, 2015 TL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No longer a fan of the show but mom and I enjoyed both of the books at the time
Anne Marie
Oct 22, 2016 Anne Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was told by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, who are paranormal investigators on the TV show Ghost Hunters. It included many short stories about their ghost experiences, successful, unsuccessful, or uneventful. I remember seeing many of them on their show. Compared to the last book I read by Katherine Ramsland, Jason, Grant, and their crew have had so many ghost sightings/experiences!
I especially liked the stories Squeaky Toys and What a Child Sees. A child ghost brings toys for a dog in
Feb 17, 2017 Mercy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so scarey!
Oct 02, 2012 Jaki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dull dull dull. I've never seen this "Ghost Hunters" or "TAPS" or whatever it's called - we don't get it over here. I picked this up solely because I enjoy reading true paranormal stories/ghost investigations. This could possibly be the only case EVER of the book being worse than the movie/tv show. Cos surely the tv show is more detailed? K? Yes?

Each case written about is approx 3 pages long. With a tiny little paragraph at the end of each by the other guy, Grant. Gives us NO added information
Oct 29, 2011 Ariel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
This was a leftover book that I never got around to reading during the R.I.P. reading challenge held this past October. I think I've seen the show only once or twice. The book begins with a brief introduction as to how the T.A.P.S. team came together and how paranormal investigations are carried out. The rest of the book consists of a brief one to two page summary of some of the cases that the T.A.P.S. team has investigated. The Myrtles Plantation which is well known to be one of if not the most ...more
The book is about 2 Roto Rooter plumbers by day and a team of ghost hunters by night that go by the name of T.A.P.S (see title for what they stand for). They and their team go into places that are supposedly haunted and investigate using all sorts of paraphernalia. They take video, photos, and voice recordings all those sorts of things. After they are done with the investigations they go over their data and analyze it to see if they picked up anything un-natural. Then they go back to their clien ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ghost hunting by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson with Michael Jan Friedman is a book that was published a few years ago. In the book you read about how the paranormal team called TAPS got started. You may recognize this from the show Ghost Hunters on the Scifi Channel. Over the all this book is Okay. I was disappointed in it though. I wanted to know more about what was that moment when you first became aware of a haunting. I know they experienced things at least that is what I have read elsewhere b ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of this show since it first aired, and so when this book came out, I had to buy it. I really liked this book, but I could see how it might be some what of a let down to hardcore fans of this show, because a lot of the stuff they talk about, we already know (but not all of it!) There are some very personal things in here too, and you can see how hard it was to write for both of the guys.

With all that being said, I still really enjoyed this book, and even if you've never seen this
Mar 31, 2014 Chy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the driest collection of paranormal experiences I've ever read, but I liked that about it. It reads like a plumber wrote it or something. (Haha--Hawes and Wilson are plumbers, you know. They're the co-founders of T.A.P.S. and have that series Ghost Hunters, which I assume is still airing despite a scandal here or there. At least, my father-in-law talks about it like it's still running.)

It's always been Hawes's and Wilson's goals to take this seriously and as scientifically as they could
Dee Bitner
I bought this book for my sister a few years ago, since she likes these guys' SyFy network show as much as I used to. After reading it myself over the last week or so, I really wish I'd read it first. Sorry, H, I owe you one.

Jason does most of the talking, and that's fine. Grant gets in a few words at the end of every entry. Again, that's fine. But man, I hoped for better from this book. They have insane numbers of investigations, and while I know not all would be available for discussion I thou
Jamie Cosgrove
From the show Ghost Hunters, it's basically just Jason briefing over some cases that they didn't film for the show, with Grant making brief commentary at the end of each case.
The book reads (probably) more like a documentary than ghost stories. There's a lack of description beyond gender and age of the clients and reads more like someone telling you a story face to face. It makes sense considering it's origin, I just don't find it good story telling.
It's also disturbing how much Jason refers to
Jan 16, 2010 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of the original Ghost Hunters series, so Mom brought this home from the library for me. It's a fast read, nothing groundbreaking. But it is definitely a fun and creepy collection of stories, if you like this sort of thing--which I do. The book moves in chronological order, and so the most interesting cases are the ones before they got famous, mostly because we're hearing about them for the first time. When I started to recognize cases from the show, it got slightly less interestin ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really quick read, a very fascinating look into the organization called TAPS, The Atlantic Paranormal Society, better known as the Ghost Hunters of the SciFi series of the same name. Led by Grant Wilson and Jason Haws, the group investigates hauntings with a skeptical, scientific mindset, relying on evidence rather than experience or feeling when labeling a place haunted or not. This book is both a look inside their methods, as well as a log of many of their most memorable cases. Thou ...more
Malorie Shannon
Jun 07, 2012 Malorie Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished "Ghost Hunting--True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society". In short T.A.P.S.

For those of you who don't know that would be the team of "Ghost Hunters" on the SciFi channel, headed by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson.

The book was written by them with the help of Michael Jan Friedman.

I loved it. As a matter of fact I started it yesterday morning at 7 and finished it yesterday evening at 7. It was captivating, fascinating and fun. Several of the stories
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