GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #41 All material is © 2005 Ghostvillage.com
January 18, 2005
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There's been a lot of buzz surrounding the new movie White Noise starring Michael Keaton lately. The movie uses the concept of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) as the premise behind the plot -- EVP involves capturing spirit voices using basic audio recording equipment. I saw the movie opening weekend with my wife, even though the critics mostly panned it. While I don't feel that anyone involved with the project is in any danger of winning any Academy awards, I do feel that something very important came from the film.
Universal Pictures spent most of their marketing effort teaching the public a little about the phenomenon. The trailer for the movie began with a definition of EVP followed by some real examples. In fact, the television commercials for White Noise hardly mentioned the plot of the movie at all. This marketing effort started some EVP discussion (which of course also begs the even bigger question about life after death and the existance of spirits) in the mainstream media. This is a good thing.
Secondly, Universal Pictures targeted us (that's right... I mean you and me) supernatural enthusiasts as a big demographic of people they hoped would go see the film. Many supernatural Web sites even put up free banner ads for this movie to help get the word out. Whether we want to accept the fact or not, collectively we are a viable market. And there are a lot of us... and our numbers are growing as people continue to ask their own spiritual questions. Don't stop asking these questions and don't forget that you're not alone in your quest.
Some exciting things are coming in the next month. First, we're going to start reviewing DVDs in our Library section, we have some author interviews that will be coming shortly, and there will be a new article in our Legends section. I recently had the opportunity to interview Hans Holzer about his life and work. The 85-year-old has a fascinating perspective on the supernatural, on life, and he shows no sign of slowing. Watch for those things in the next few weeks.
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Who's Who in the Town Square?
>>Sammy_Da_Cat << - member since December 8, 2003
What is your name?
How old are you?
Where do you live?
I live in Knoxville, Tennessee. At the foot of the beautiful Smokey Mountains.
What do you do for a living?
I am a Systems Administrator for a very large media company.
Have you ever seen a ghost?
Yes I have seen, heard, and felt ghosts. Whenever someone asks me about ghosts one experience always comes to mind and causes me to chuckle. It was back when I first started dating my wife. She had just moved into a second-story apartment that was converted from an old furniture store. The whole building was not very big and, as it was in early years, the store was on the first level and the store owner and family lived on the second level. I started sleeping there in the afternoons because it was closer to work and I was on the night shift. Plus, because my wife worked on the day shift, I would be able to spend more time with her. On the first day that I slept there, I heard footsteps come up the stairs, open the back door, walk through the kitchen, through the bedroom, and into the living room. I was still half asleep, but I quickly came to the conclusion that someone had broken in. I jumped out of bed, not bothering to dress, and ran around the apartment yelling and waving around a baseball bat. I was surprised to find that no one was there and the back door was still locked. As I stood in the kitchen warming up a stale cup of coffee, I came to two conclusions. First, I really needed to put some clothes on and second that the apartment may be haunted. I decided to stay up the next day and wait for it to happen again. Sure enough, at 3:14 PM the ghost walked through again. I did not see anything but I could follow the sound as he made his rounds. I told my wife about this, and she agreed to stay home one day to see, or hear it, for herself. Well sure enough, 3:14 PM rolls around and it happens again. After I knew that we had a ghostie in the apartment, I was able to sleep right through the experience. If ghosts get together and tell human stories, I am sure that this particular ghostie makes the whole crowd laugh when he tells his tale of the strange, naked man who chased after him with a baseball bat.
Do you think mainstream religions do enough to address the afterlife?
Religion does all it can to provide answers to what happens to us when we die. But religion was never meant to give us a definite answer. The true purpose of religion is to give us a base of understanding and a method of practice that we can use to find the answers to the questions "Why are we here?" and "What happens after we die?" Too often, people look to religion and science expecting to find a direct answer that will calm the uncertainty of life. When the answers are not found, it causes fear and anger to grow within that person. It must be understood that these teachings only provide keys to the answers, not the answers themselves. It is up to the person to find within themselves the energy and the wisdom to search for the doors to which these keys fit.
What's your favorite scary movie?
I would have to say that my favorite scary movie is the newest release of Dawn of the Dead (Uncut). I always loved zombie movies, but they always seemed a bit too slow-moving to scare me. But those fast running zombies that seemed to pop out of nowhere really made me jump.
This past month's Library additions:
Haunted Battlefields by Dan Asfar AND Haunted Cemeteries by Edrick Thay
Yoga: Anytime, Anywhere by Carol Blackman and Elise Browning Miller
The Gospel of Philip by Jean-Yves Leloup
Becoming Psychic by Stephen Kierulff and Stanley Krippner
Amulets: Sacred Charms of Power and Protection by Sheila Paine
Which Witch Is Which? by Patricia Telesco
Llewellyn's 2005 Witches' Spell-A-Day Almanac
The Front Porch Moaning - Managua, Nicaragua
The Crystal Curse - Chesapeake, Ohio
Bringing Evil Home - Denver, Colorado
Mr. Ruckman's Mansion - Runge, Texas
Brown Robed Figure - Fremont, California
The White Lady of Old Burial Point - Salem, Massachusetts [pic]
Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus in the Window - North Baker, Pennsylvania [pic]
The Little Girl in the Red Dress - San Jose, California
New articles since our last newsletter:
Some Musings on White Noise by Lee Prosser - January 12, 2005
India and the Supernatural by Lee Prosser - January 3, 2005
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