GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #76 - December 17, 2007

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Dear Ghostvillagers,

In the realm of paranormal discussion, few topics are as controversial as demons. Are there dark, non-human creatures or elementals that can mingle in our lives or maybe even attach themselves to us? Is it just bad people stuck on the other side and we mislabel them? Or is it all in our heads -- the notions of good and evil locked in eternal battle?

It's interesting to note that different parts of the world seem to discuss demons more than others. I can't quantify this any more than saying I communicate with a lot of people and groups from all over the world, and it's simply a trend I've noticed: Regions with a heavy Catholic influence (like New England, like Chicago, like Italy) tend to discuss demons more than other regions. I'm not saying you need to be Catholic to believe in demons, but certainly that influence plays some kind of role.

Throughout history, there have been truly terrible people who have walked among us: Attila the Hun, Adolf Hitler, Ted Bundy, and Jeffrey Dahmer just to name a few. These are mass murderers, cannibals, and dictators who killed innocent people on a grand scale. "Evil" is certainly an acceptable term to place on these people. In the media, some have also been called "monsters" and even "demons." When they die, if they're still around, would they change their ways, or would they continue their cruel habits?

Religious texts, folklore, and legends are filled with non-human entities that have come into our world and run amok. Grab your holy water, good luck charms, and sacred books, because this month on Ghostvillage, we're going to look more closely at the subject of demons.

This month we added a new Webisode of "Paranormal Journeys," where we head to Salem, Massachusetts, to attend a table-tipping sťance with a coven of Witches. Be sure to check it out: http://www.ghostvillage.com/resources/2007/pj_12102007.shtml.

This is also the last newsletter of 2007, so I'd like to take a moment to thank you all for an incredible year. This was our busiest year so far -- more people visited our village this year than ever before, more folks subscribe to this newsletter, and we've become a big voice in the paranormal community. In 2008, you can expect more great content, new features, new regular contributors will be joining us, and we will remain a place to openly discuss all facets of this dynamic topic.

So from our family to yours, have a warm and wonderful holiday season... and be sure to tell a ghost story or two around the hearth.

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
Mayor of Ghostvillage.com



Monthly Contest
Congratulations to J.M Cornwell of Colorado Springs, Colorado, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's new book, The Ghost Files, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!

This month, we're doing the contest again, but we ask that you first click this link: http://www.ghostvillage.com/index.shtml#winner. If it says, "The search is on" then we don't have a winner yet and go ahead and send in your answer. If you see today's date and "We have a winner!" that means you weren't the first to email us. Sorry, please try again next month.

On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Ghostvillage.com. The first person to reply to this email with the correct answer will win this month's prize.

What was the last song Rosemary Ellen Guiley sang along to?

Once we have our winner, we will announce them on our home page as soon as possible. Good luck! (Only Ghostvillagers who have not won a prize from us in the last year are eligible.)

This month's prize: We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's latest book, The Ghost Files, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!


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Supernatural Calendar
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December 19: Jeff Belanger on APSR Radio
January 19: Las Vegas Paranormal Conference, San Francisco Conference-Forever Family Foundation
February 2: Jeff Belanger on Exploring Unexplained Phenomena
February 7: Tombstone Ghost Conference - Arizona - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
February 9: Your New Life Attitude With Rick Hayes

Who's Who in the Village?
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.

>>Joven76<< - member since October 18, 2007

What is your name?
Christopher Pressley. (No, I have not seen Elvis lately.)

How old are you?
31.

Where do you live?
Cary, North Carolina.

What do you do for a living?
I'm an Order and Government Contract Administrator.

What got you interested in the paranormal?
I've always been interested in the paranormal ever since I can remember, and have had minor personal experiences, but my wife got me more involved. She has had many experiences and has shown me there was a lot more to the paranormal then I knew. I started listening to her experiences, along with others, and decided I wanted to learn even more. We both have started investigating together to further our knowledge. She has been a great guide along the way.

What piece of ghost investigation equipment is most important to you?
Ok, I know this is going to sound really weird, but it's my wife. Without her, I wouldn't be as involved as I am. She has a lot more knowledge than I do when it comes to the paranormal. I'm always picking her brain when we encounter something we can't explain. And together, we are learning so much more.

Have you had any experiences with demons?
No... But luckily, if I ever do, I have a contact to assist me.

Do you or your family have any good holiday traditions?
Yes... We have a few. Before I got married, my family always had a special dinner on Christmas Eve: waffles and bacon. I know it sounds weird, but we did it ever since I can remember. Once I got married, I found out my wife had a similar tradition -- she had fried shrimp, buttered poppy seed noodles, and clam chowder. So, what we do now that we're married? No, not fried shrimp waffles and bacon clam chowder -- that's just gross -- we alternate years. This year it's waffles and bacon -- woo hoo!

Another tradition in my family was adopted when I got married. My wife's family always sets an extra place at the dinner table for Jesus for Christmas Eve dinner. And if anyone ever came to your house at that time, you were to invite them in to dine with you. That would symbolize Jesus eating with you. Well, a couple of years ago we had just sat down to Christmas Eve dinner when the doorbell rang. My wife, daughter, and I all looked at each other in amazement. Someone was here during our dinner. When we answered the door, it was the Fed Ex man delivering a package. I think we scared him a little when he saw how excited we were that he was here and invited him in for dinner. Unfortunately he could not stay, but he did take some cookies and a Coke to go.

Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Our last month's theme was pareidolia. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:

Newsletter: Newsletter Introduction: What is Pareidolia?
Discussion: Pareidolia and EVP
Discussion: Message Board of the Month

Shopping at Ghostvillage.com
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Ghostvillage U.: "Professor Paranormal" Loyd Auerbach and the HCH Institute's Distance Learning Certificate Course on Parapsychological Studies is now available through Ghostvillage.com. Ready to take paranormal investigation to the next level? Check out the online courses.

Ghost-Mart:
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Supernatural Library
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee Prosser and the staff have brought you several new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.

This past month's Library additions:

The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits by Rosemary Ellen Guiley [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
Pirate Ghosts & Phantom Ships by Thomas D'Agostino
Photography and Spirit by John Harvey
Tarot Theory and Practice by Ly de Angeles
Kuan Yin by Daniela Schenker


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Recent Encounters
We receive personal encounters from all over the world. Many are scary, some are touching, but they are always profound. If you would like to share your own experience, please click >>here<<. Since our last newsletter, we added the following new encounters:

Meeting Grandpa - Jerome, Idaho
The Woman Who Protects Me - Stuart, Florida
Glowing Eyes At Grandparents' House - Barto, Pennsylvania
The Presence in Room 3 - Nicosia, Cyprus
Grandpa Checking On the Kids - Hazel Park, Michigan
La Llorona on Channel Road - Sanger, California
Uncle George's Last Visit - Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Hear the Storm - Sebago, Maine
Hearing Voices - Riverside, California
Smoky's Return - Invermere, British Columbia, Canada


News
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2008 California Ghost Hunters Conference in Sutter Creek [CONFERENCE WATCH]
2 Gypsy Clans' Feud Over Fortunetelling Offers Rare Glimpse Into Insular Culture -Desert Morning News - Newport Beach, California - December 7, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghosthunter Mum Chases Scotland's Spooky Past - Daily Record - Glasgow, Scotland - December 4, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Fla. Town Welcomes Visitors to Commune With Spiritualists - USA Today - December 3, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Announcing Northern California's Largest Paranormal Conference [CONFERENCE WATCH]
The Gay Ghost of The George Hotel - Gay Wired - Los Angeles, California - November 23, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Paranormal Researchers Create New Device



Features
Our "Features" section is a place for editorials, research articles, open letters to our readers, and other content of interest to Ghostvillagers. If you have a topic on your mind, agree or disagree with something you read recently, we want to hear from you! For guidelines, click here.

New features added since our last newsletter:

A Sťance in Salem - Paranormal Journeys - December 10, 2007 [Webcast]
Psychic Vampire: Michelle Belanger - Ghost Chronicles - December 5, 2007 [Podcast]
Nazi Theocracy - by Lee Prosser - December 3, 2007 [Column]
The Orb House - Ghost Chronicles - November 28, 2007 [Podcast]
Haunted Lighthouses - Ghost Chronicles - November 21, 2007 [Podcast]
Violet Road: The Grave of Michael Bashor - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin [Column]
Phyllis Glade and Fate Magazine - Ghost Chronicles - November 14, 2007 [Podcast]


Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
This is the place to find out where author and Ghostvillage.com founder Jeff Belanger will be speaking on the subject of the supernatural. If you're interested in booking Jeff for a conference or other event, please email us for more information.

Events Scheduled:

Tombstone Ghost Conference - Tombstone, Arizona - February 7-9, 2008
Ghost Rush 2008 - Volcano, California - March 28-30, 2008
MASS Monster Mash - Watertown, Massachusetts - October 18, 2008

Hot Threads and the Ghostvillage.com Community
In the past month, hundreds of new people registered for free to join our supernatural discussion! Have you?

If you have registered for our message boards but haven't validated your account yet, it's simple to do! Look for the email that was automatically sent to you when you registered and click on the account activation link in the email (note: some bulkmail filters may block this email, so you'll need to check your bulkmail folder if the validation email didn't immediately come through). There are always great discussions going on in our huge message board community. We hope you'll get involved. It's free to register if you're not already a member. Here are some of the hot topics this month:

Interesting Symbols In The Dollar Bill
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=21871
Random graphic design or something more?

Vanishing Graveyard
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=21066
Did an old cemetery in Kentucky disappear without a trace?

Devils and Demons: Do they really exist?
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=7903
The rising level of noticed activity over the decades.


Board of the Month -- Demons
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showforum=27
Are there dark creatures and elementals mingling in our world?

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