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Ghostly Encounters: Confessions of a Paranormal Investigator

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Mumbled voices in an empty attic, heavy footsteps on the stairs when all in the house are asleep, darting shadows across a darkened room . . .

It should come as no surprise that with the dawn of the digital age, people have turned their new technology toward the mysterious stories they’ve heard or events they’ve personally experienced. Here, in the dusky gloom where traditi
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Skyhorse (first published June 2nd 2015)
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Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good basic 'primer' on what to do, what to bring, how to behave, what to say, (and everything else) while conducting a paranormal investigation. Written by a believer who's also a skeptic, a nice combo, IMO.

So if you want to know about the technology involved, how to get invited to a group, how to become a prominent member in said group, and how to work all the angles involved in this science (sport? adventure? hobby? Nah, hobby's too mild a word. I think passion is good though), this be the b
Brian Parsons
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As an investigator of anomalous phenomena for nearly 20 years it is refreshing to see someone write about the paranormal with not just theories and opinions, but with experiences and observations. I had my own journey into investigating and I have heard dozens of others tell their own tale, but Jeff’s journey is chronicled neatly with many of his own personal observations, tips, and popular understandings of ghost investigation. I love the quote “...all groups are not created equal” as this sums ...more
Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
Debating between 3 and 4 stars. Great info, pompous writer/investigator. Too common. Full review to come.


Rating: 4 Stars

Disclaimer: I believe in ghosts. I've lived in an apartment that I believe was haunted (though we always referred to the spirit as Ghost Baby due to its toddler-like voice and actions, so haunting is not really the right word. Maybe the right phrase is 'other-w
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I get the chance to attend a paranormal conference or event, or even just visit another state, I always try to find a few new books for my paranormal library. This past weekend, I attended ScareFest in Lexington, Kentucky and happened across the booth of C-Bus Paranormal, an investigation team out of Columbus, Ohio. I was initially drawn in when some information on the team's volunteer and fundraising efforts for Prospect Place caught my eye. I had the opportunity to investigate Prospec ...more
Ralph Halse
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
rom the first page to the last, I was transfixed by the real-life adventures of these modern day investigators situating themselves between the great unknown and the difficult task of producing factual evidence for dissemination.

True-life adventure such as depicted in this book is a rare read, considering the challenges already conquered throughout this modern age. Upon reflection, the most interesting aspects of this book was not only the quest for the truth, but the methodology applied setting
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wanna be ghost hunters

This was a somewhat interesting book, although I did find it quite boring at times. It was nothing like I expected it to be. This was basically a how-to book to be a paranormal investigator. There were many stories of the adventures had by the author, however when it came to the parts where the experiences should have been elaborated upon, the author would insert links to his website to hear and or see what they had recorded. That is all well and good, but I wanted to see and hear these things
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is unusual in that it offers an interaction that allows you to hear and see what thego author experienced in his paranormal adventures. For people who are interested in the study of the paranormal, ghost hunters, if you will, this is a precise book of how to do it correctly, what equipment is needed for investigations and is a great primer on how to investigate properly. It is also chilling if you are frightened of things that go "boom" in the night. I'd rather read about it than expe ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting to read about the investigations of a ghost hunter. I found the subject matter spooky and interesting. And the backstories on the haunted places were fascinating. Good building from less to more scary too! Would like more stories, so hopefully there is a sequel.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really great read! It's engaging, and perfect for anyone who is interested in ghost hunter shows.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Stories were definitely interesting. I appreciated the author's candor on his approach to paranormal investigations - some of the ethics involved, how he prefers investigations to run, and his decision to approach more as a skeptic and make sure he's not putting stories out there without evidence to support them. Still, while the clips that were provided with the book could be interesting, for the most part, they fell into the my category of 'hearing what you want to hear.' I have heard EVPs tha ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is an incredibly interesting read.
The writer doesn’t talk down or fill the book with technical babble, instead it’s like reading the journey of a future investigator from the slightly curious through the in-the-making and on to becoming a professional.
The narrative is exciting, astounding, enlightening, scary as hell and really makes the reader sit up and think (not to mention keeping this reader looking over her shoulder for the next few nights) while thoroughly enjoying the fascinat
Sep 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
It’s ok
Not super well written
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book falls somewhere between 2 and a 2.5. While I found the locations and the history interesting, the writing left much to be desired.

The constant reference to the author being an investigator got to be a bit much and the numerous times he brought up a specific ghost hunting tv show (rhymes with shmost shmadventures) and then criticized it made for a less objective narration than I would have liked. He was also quite critical of other paranormal groups that he didn't feel were being opera
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Full of technical info and discussion of protocol, method, and gear. Many QR codes to link to audiovisual which I found jarring but which makes sense in the context of each investigation.
Harvey Smith
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting book that shows the thinking process and systems that "ghost hunters" use. Jeff Cole wrote this book from the viewpoint of a skeptic, and delved into the paranormal investigations by contacting existing organizations near where he lived. He then joined some groups on actual investigations into the paranormal.

He did find some interesting things, and the book includes codes to scan that sends the reader to U-Tube, where ghostly sounds can actually be heard and experienced.

He also lists
Cheryl Leslie
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting look at how ghost-hunters work, the types of equipment they use and the problems they face when they do an investigation. The book includes links to evidence that was caught during the investigations made by the author. I felt a little closer to the author and to C-Bus paranormal group because I lived in Ohio for a few years and know the state.
This is a bit of a short book. I liked the photos and the links.
If you are into ghosts or ghost hunting, I recommend this book.
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Jeff Scott Cole is a writer, former middle school teacher, and broken-down archaeologist. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Cleveland State University, where he was the first undergraduate in the university's history to successfully write and win competitive external grant funding from The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, and The S. Liv ...more

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