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The Element Encyclopedia of Ghosts & Hauntings : The Ultimate A-Z of Spirits, Mysteries and the Paranormal (Element Encyclopedia)

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Ghosts and haunting
Paperback, 557 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Harper Element
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Cineraria
Dec 12, 2016 Cineraria rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Beginners, anyone looking for nothing more than entertainment
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Curtis Nash
Oct 02, 2016 Curtis Nash rated it liked it
Really more than you think it is...a heavy concentration on the early history of English and American Psychical research--with the early days of sensationalist fake mediums, levitations, table-tipping, etc--seeing this as one of the few occupations for women at that time. Also a lot of poltergeist attention throughout the past century--along with a lot of local spirits for different locales, mostly in England. Not just a dictionary of terms, but a fascinating look at history of the end of the 19 ...more
Donna
Jul 17, 2009 Donna rated it it was amazing
This "review"'s going to deviate from my standard reviews a bit. Back to your regularly scheduled reviewing next time.

A commenter on my other blog and I were having a little conversation about book buying in the comments of one of my posts there. I don’t know about you, but right now I need more books like I need a double lobotomy. Like I told him in my comment, when I went to pre-order Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, I just had to pick up Why We Suck by Dr. Denis Leary. The man is m
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nikki
Mar 11, 2016 nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2016
this series is a good starter pack. it contains brief information on a lot of different things, and is a good place to do beginner reference and expand further from there. i'm also a sucker for the format and style of the books - they just look good, and i can't help but think of how good they'd look together on my bookshelf. as a bibliophile, i really like this series.

obviously, don't consult these for in-depth research. but, again, they're a good place to start broad, wide-ranging consultation
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Aimee
Dec 22, 2014 Aimee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great for anyone who is interested in or new to the paranormal. It's really easy to understand and contains a lot of concise information, covering a plethora of different subsections to do with parapsychology and hauntings.

If you are a writer this book also has plenty of historical accounts of ghostly activities, which can be great sources of inspiration, as well as a lot of useful references on how different psychic powers work; a good point of research for character building.

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Stacia
Jul 05, 2014 Stacia rated it it was amazing
4.5*

Admittedly, I didn't read every word, but I read quite a bit. I'm using it as research for the fiction I'm writing and it provided some great ideas. No doubt I'll go back to it more as it's intended, as a reference book instead of going cover to cover.

As a reference guide, I think it's probably quite useful. There are in-depth explanations and see-also references for a wide range of entries ranging from cultural to religious to scientific. However, it's worth flipping through at random to f
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Jules
Oct 22, 2016 Jules rated it really liked it
This is an encyclopedia of all things supernatural. It began as light, leisurely reading and morphed into an unexpected trek through various regions of the world, and the diverse spirit forms believed to exist in historical places. A rich inheritance of spiritualism is at the heart of this. Psychology is also used to explain hauntings, as Jungian theory suggests ghosts are unconscious projections. The most celebrated entries are of poets and other writers who were intrigued by ghosts and unexpla ...more
Jessica
Oct 04, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a very useful reference book for writers of the supernatural who need an introduction to various terms, concepts, theories and famous people of the underworld!
Holly Harker
Oct 11, 2010 Holly Harker added it
Shelves: reference
Good for factual hauntings etc, but not as imaginative or full of interesting tidbits as the other encyclopedias in the element series.
Ryoukin San
Jul 13, 2014 Ryoukin San rated it it was amazing
I would read it again if I had the book really love and enjoyed reading it.
Claudia Loureiro
Jun 21, 2016 Claudia Loureiro rated it it was amazing
Well worth puchasing. An excellent read. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. Very good quality. Very very interesting. Amazing reference book. :)
Adna
Nov 21, 2009 Adna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very insightful encyclopedia of supernatural world.
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