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

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,924 ratings  ·  193 reviews
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
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Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published (first published October 2nd 2007)
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Bark
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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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
Michelle
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
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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
Marie
Feb 26, 2017 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.
Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
My fave team! They’ve explored some really cool places and I was happy to see those included in the book, especially the Saint Augustine lighthouse and the Stanley Hotel. I have also stayed at the Stanley and can without a doubt tell you that it is haunted. My ex-boyfriend and I definitely encountered some activity that was really cool and I will share that in my review to come.
Meredith
Feb 25, 2011 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
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
Dec 11, 2016 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
Rae
Oct 16, 2008 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
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Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)
No one in my family will watch ghost story shows with me, and since I rarely take control of the remote that means I've never seen Ghost Hunters. Besides, I'd rather read ghost stories than see them on TV. I had big hopes for this book!

The first few pages are an introduction to the author's background and belief. It's worth skipping. The actual stories are about 3-4 pages long. I read it in two sittings. The details of each story seem to be very sparse. It's clear that only the highlights are g
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Wade WDM
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
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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Melissa
Jan 01, 2010 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
Emily
Feb 17, 2012 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
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Amy
Jan 01, 2009 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
Kathy
Sep 22, 2011 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.
E. Romi
Apr 06, 2015 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.
Barbm1020
Sep 08, 2012 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.
TL
Jan 09, 2015 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
Heather
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book years ago, tucked it away and then re-found it at the beginning of this year. At the time when I had purchased it, the television program associated with it was still on the air. I picked up this book for two reasons. Firstly, I was a fan of the television show. Secondly, having watched the shows, I liked how The Atlantic Paranormal Society worked. I come a science background, so I can appreciate a group trying to find evidence that stands up to scrutiny. I also really like ...more
Spookylady
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was written by the co-founders of TAPS, Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. While I enjoyed this book because it was about TAPS there were a few investigations in the beginning of the book that I had never seen on the show. I think these might have been some of the first investigations Jason and Grant did, before the TAPS family started to grow.

The book is easy to read and flows well. It becomes a bit of a transcript of some of the episodes you may have seen. One good thing is that they talk
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Anne Marie
Oct 22, 2016 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
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Alexia
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have never watched the series, but I have heard about it. I appreciate that the T.A.P.S. team want what they deem scientific proof to paranormal phenomenon which results in far less than half of their investigations classified as true haunted locations. The book is packed with numerous of these investigations from all over the United States, giving the reader the bare bones facts of each visit. At times the book feels a tad clinical and I didn't appreciate the comments made about their personn ...more
Melvin Marsh, M.S.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghosts, new-age
Some of these are the same stories that have been seen on the show, but what I think is more interesting is less the stories and more about the guys. As much as they don't seem to like sensitives on the show, both Jason and Grant seem to have had their own share of *being* sensitives. I really liked the behind the scenes bits. I wish Grant said more, but hey it is what it is.
Dorkmissile
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love that they included stories about cases that didn’t air, and provided back story on cases that did air. I wasn’t aware that they spent several nights at some of the locations because they edit the show to look like they only stay one night. This is from the first few seasons of the show and also includes color pictures from some of their cases as well.
Carla
Nov 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal
If you’ve seen the first two seasons, there is no need to read this book. Maybe two stories are off-air; one is debunking, the other a fraud. If you want to hear Grant Wilson’s voice, it’s literally confined to two sentences or so at the end of every chapter.
David Devine
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read for those that enjoy watching Ghost Hunters. Too bad some of the investigations they wrote about happened before the series. Those would have made some fantastic episodes.
Jaki
Oct 02, 2012 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
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Ariel
Oct 29, 2011 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
Michelle
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
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