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In the northeastern United
States, we have been rained on almost daily for the last
month and a half. We don't need to watch the Weather
Channel anymore -- we know what it's going to say. During
weekends and days off, I've been watching the sky for
breaks in the clouds so I can just run outside and catch
some warm rays. It's not the best weather for getting outside
for supernatural investigations, ghost story gathering,
and "legend tripping," which is a term I
recently learned from Michael E. Bell, author of Food
for the Dead (watch for more on this in my next
column). "Legend tripping" is about
investigating folklore and legends, visiting historical
sites, and bringing your cameras and notebooks. Of course
rain, if you'll excuse the pun, puts a damper on all of
Those of us in northern climates know what to do when the
weather forces us to stay indoors -- after all, we spent
this past winter buried under several feet of snow. One
thing this weather is conducive to is reading and
research. A lot of people are ever-ready to go experience
an "adventure" -- to boldly step into a haunted
house, graveyard, or other locale, but so few do much work
before the investigation. Sifting through books,
Web pages, and magazine articles on the area you're going
to investigate can be an adventure in itself. To
understand the history and folklore before stepping foot
into an investigation site makes the experience so much
more exciting, and it enables you to bring more to the
Take advantage if you're rained in -- between the Internet
and your local bookstores, there's a lot of great
information to catch up on. Don't sell yourself short on
getting the full experience of paranormal investigating by
skipping the research.
This past month, Ghostvillage.com has seen the most traffic
we've ever had in our almost four-year history. Our
community is growing quickly, and we really appreciate all of
the people who come to our village to share their wisdom
and personal accounts -- you make us all better. Thanks
for researching and reading Ghostvillage.com! Enjoy the
rest of this month's newsletter, below.
Mayor of Ghostvillage.com
Sean Snyderman of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Sean was last month's winner of a year's subscription
The "winner" icon on the left has been hidden somewhere on Ghostvillage.com. If you're the first to find it, email us with the page it's on, and you win this month's
prize. The graphic could be on any page on the Web site -- maybe at the top of the page, maybe the bottom, etc. Once we have a winner, we will
announce it on our home page right away. By clicking on the "winner" icon within Ghostvillage.com, it should launch your email with the appropriate
subject. If not, email email@example.com, and in the subject or body, put the URL of the page you found the icon on. Good luck!
prize: a free one-year subscription to Mysteries Magazine. Four times a year,
Mysteries explores the mysteries from modern times to yesteryear. In addition to the subscription, the winner will also get
$5 credited to their Supernatural Auction account (note: this applies to auction fees only).
Didn't win? Want to buy a subscription? Click on the graphic or link above.
Get to know some of your fellow
|Who's Who in the Town Square?
What is your name?
How old are you?
Where are you from?
What does it mean to be a Wiccan to you?
Wicca to me is a very important thing. Before I
adapted to my religion, I was very high-strung and I could
blow my temper at the smallest issue. Wicca has
helped me analyze the situations more carefully and
respect others as well as the Earth. It's also taught me
to help others with the Magikal aspect, but also that the
Magik is not the only part. These eight words the Rede
"An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will"
What was your first ghost experience like?
I remember I wasn't more than 11 or 12 years old. I loved
sleeping in the living room. One night I was in there and
I woke up at midnight. I turned off the radio and went to
get back to sleep when I looked at the wall and saw 4
bright apparitions walking into the wall. *ghost hunting*
Scary as hell. I think it was Fairfield Hills. My friend
took us up there for no reason and, well, you could see a
blue light floating in the upper window.
What's your favorite part of Ghostvillage.com?
I love the Religion Section *obviously* and I also love
the Spiritography section.
The Ghostvillage.com Supernatural Library is beginning to bulk up! Have you read one of these books? Want to add your own review? Click
May's Book Reviews:
Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings Across America - By Leslie Rule
Ghost: Investigating the Other Side - By Katherine Ramsland
The Holy Grail Mystery Solved - By Frank C. Tribbe
Since our last newsletter, the following columns have run:
|Legends of the Supernatural
It's in the Cards - May 31, 2003
Exploring Satanism - May 17, 2003
If you know of a publication that may be interested in
running this column, drop me a line. >>email<<
If you have an encounter, please share it by clicking >>here<<.
Civil War Soldier Ghosts - Marietta, Georgia
Supernatural Magnet Dog - Indianapolis, Indiana
Late-Night Footsteps - Bethel Island, California
Haunted Bathroom - Orchard Park, New York
China Hutch Orb - Chisholm, Minnesota
Creepy Childhood Home - Indianapolis, Indiana
Our >>Supernatural Auction<< has been gaining momentum! I'd like to thank everyone who has registered, bought, and sold items since we launched the auction on May 9th.
Just a reminder -- as of June 10, this will go to a paid service.
There's still time to add a free listing (even if your
auction closes after June 10). The listing prices will be as follows:
For items listing for $.01 to $49.99, a 25-cent fee will apply.
For items listing for $50.00 to $199.99, a 50-cent fee will apply.
For items listing for $200.00 to $499.99, a 75-cent fee will apply.
For items listing for $500.00 to $999.99, a $1 fee will apply.
For items listing for $1,000.00 to $9,999.99, a $1.50 fee will apply.
For items listing over $10,000.00, a $2.00 fee will apply.
As a special bonus, all current registered members and all new members who register will have $1.00 credited to their account. This supernatural marketplace is a great way to connect with
people who are interested in your products and services.
Besides books, ghost hunting equipment, psychic readings, and computer equipment, here are some current featured auctions:
Modem Internal 56k v92 / V44 PCI NEW
ANTI - MONOLOPOLY II 1977 National Games INC
Psychic MEDIUM Reading - References! 1 Hour!
Since our last newsletter, the following people have joined us in the Town Square.
dwrj, wwinds, reaper, priyadarsh, gummiebehr, and fierytemp.
15,880 Messages in the Town
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|Ghostvillage.com Quick Stats:
1,648 Members in the Town
listed in 2003 so far
281 Paranormal Web sites in the Ghost
3,316 Subscribers to this newsletter
1,583,950 total Web site "hits" for Ghostvillage.com in May
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