GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #104 - May 14, 2010

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Dear Ghostvillagers,

Hey, sorry about missing last monthís newsletter. It was the first missed newsletter in over three years. I wonít bring you down with all of the woes, but between a computer virus and multiple deadlines, I just wasnít able to send one out last month. But things are much better now here at the Ghostvillage.com world headquarters. To quote a Barry Manilow song (something one should almost never do), ďit looks like we made itÖĒ Iím out of the woods and ready to paranormally rock once more.

I just finished a new book and DVD that will be available in July. Iím so excited about this project I can hardly contain myself. My intent is to present an entirely new way to look at the paranormal. I want to change everything. Stay tuned, GhostvillagersÖ something huge is comingÖ at the CopaÖ CopacabanaÖ (man, thatís twice now in two paragraphs).

A big welcome to the hundreds of new subscribers to the newsletter. Whether I met you at a recent conference or if you just stumbled upon our corner of the Internet, welcome. Stay a while and share your own ghostly experiences.

When talking about paranormal hot spots, one type of location that comes up repeatedly is battlefields. These are places where powerful, history-changing events took place. Itís where sometimes thousands of lives were lost in a short period of time, and where those fighting felt the most extreme of emotions from rage to raw fear as they realized their lives were about to end. When you walk on a battlefield today, you canít help but pick up on those feelings. The ground is hallowed, as President Abraham Lincoln put it in the Gettysburg Address. Though the president was talking about a small town in Pennsylvania, his words could apply to any battlefield in any war. The ground is hallowed. Full of souls.

In ghost investigations, we want to be where the ghosts are. Itís natural that we are drawn to these places of great tragedy. Itís also natural that we learn what took place in these locations. Who fought who. Who died where, and why. Historians are ready to spout statistics off about various battles: which armies were where and the numbers of dead and wounded, but those numbers are cold and have little impact or meaning. But a story about a single soldier with a family, with siblings, with friendsóthat has impact. Because then you can multiply that single story by the thousands of dead and start to understand the importance of the battle. Ghost research allows us to strive for that single story. Itís a noble pursuit. Donít let anyone tell you different.

In addition to all of my deadlines, Iíve also been travelling quite a bit for conferences and legend trips. Thank you to everyone who said hello at these events. I look forward to seeing you again at another one. See the list below for a list of upcoming engagements and be sure to be there!

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below!

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
Mayor of Ghostvillage.com

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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:

Houghton Mansion Ghost Conference - North Adams, Massachusetts - May 15, 2010
Book Expo America (BEA) Conference - New York, New York - May 26, 2010
Ghost Adventures Crew and Darkness Events - Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - June 3-5, 2010
Beyond Reality Events - The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado - June 13-16, 2010
Afterlife Paranormal Conference - Dekalb, Illinois - August 13-14, 2010
2010 Haunted America East Coast Conference - Cape Cod Community College - West Barnstable, Massachusetts - August 28, 2010
Ghost Adventures Crew and Darkness Events - Mansfield Reformatory - Mansfield, Ohio - September 9-12, 2010
A Paranormal Retreat: Virginia City - Virginia City, Nevada - October 1-4, 2010
A "Weird" Massachusetts Evening - Fiske Public Library - Wrentham, Massachusetts - October 19, 2010, 7 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Beaman Memorial Library - West Boylston, Massachusetts - October 26, 2010, 7 PM


Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Greg Galbraith of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's book, Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Revised Edition and a Ghostvillage.com window sticker!

How to win: Entries will be accepted up until 5:00 PM (eastern time) tomorrow (May 15, 2010). At 5:00 PM, we will draw a winner at random from the correct entries that have been received. You no longer have to be the first, but you only have until 5:00 PM to get your answer in. If you click on this link: http://www.ghostvillage.com/index.shtml#winner, you see today's date, and "We have a winner!" that means the contest has ended. Sorry, please try again next month. To submit your entry, simply reply to this email with the correct answer.

On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Ghostvillage.com. Remember, reply by 5:00 PM tomorrow to be eligible to win.

At the Joke Joint Comedy Club paranormal investigation, a dark shadow anomaly is caught in a photo. According to Mike Brody, what is the anomaly and what is it reaching for?

At 5:00 PM tomorrow, we will announce the winner on our home page. 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 book, Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Revised Edition and a Ghostvillage.com window sticker!


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Supernatural Calendar
The Supernatural Calendar is the place where thousands will learn about your events of interest to the supernatural world. The service is only available to registered members of the message boards, and it's free! Ghostvillage.com now syndicates our calendar of events so other Web sites can also display these supernatural happenings at no charge! To learn more about installing our calendar of events RSS feed, please visit our syndication page. Adding your own local events to our calendar is more important than ever!

May 15: Houghton Mansion Ghost Conference - North Adams MA
May 22: Meet the Ghosts of Cripple Creek's past!
May 26: Jeff Belanger at Book Expo America in NYC
May 28: Alamo conference
June 3: Ghost Adventures Crew - Eastern State Penitentiary
June 11: Through the Veil, Ghostapalooza
June 13: Beyond Reality Events - The Stanley Hotel - CO
June 18: The Hill View Manor Experience Event
June 29: Jeff Belanger on the Sheena Metal Experience
July 3: Paranormal/Psychic Faire
July 8: Jeff Belanger on Shadows & Lost Souls Radio



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

>>Daewen<< - Ghostvillager since June 15, 2004

What is your name?
Arianne Rahmon.

How old are you?
21.

Where do you live?
Bedford, Ohio.

What do you do for a living?
I'm a student. Anthropology major.

What got you interested in the paranormal?
I got interested in the paranormal when I was little. I woke up one night and saw the ghost of an old man. He said, "Don't be afraid," and then he disappeared. I had some other experiences after that and basically grew up believing that there are certain things in the world that can't be, or at least haven't yet been, explained.

Do you feel locations like battlefields are more prone to haunting?
Yes, I feel like any place where people died violently is going to be more prone to hauntings.

Whatís your favorite ice cream flavor?
Ben and Jerry's Brownie Batter.



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:

Paranormal Pop Culture with Aaron Sagers By 30 Odd Minutes April 27, 2010 [VIDCAST]
The Starchild Skull with Lloyd Pye By 30 Odd Minutes April 20, 2010 [VIDCAST]
Haunted Inns on the Cape - Ghost Chronicles April 1, 2010 [PODCAST]
On the Road with Patrick Burns and Marley Gibson By 30 Odd Minutes March 30, 2010 [VIDCAST]
The Haunted Comedy Club By Mike Brody March 20, 2010 [COLUMN]
Folklore and Legends with Dr. Michael Bell By 30 Odd Minutes March 16, 2010 [VIDCAST]



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

Library: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter
Kids: Kait's Monster Repellent
Features: Mercy Brown, the Rhode Island Vampirebr>


Shopping at Ghostvillage.com
Have you checked out our Ghost-Mart and Ghostvillage U.?

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:
Digital Voice Recorders: Going for EVP? Think DVR.
Paranormal Books: Ghost-Mart has many of the leading paranormal titles.
EMF Meters: Check out our line of EMF meters from cell sensors to tri-field.
Closed Circuit TV: From inexpensive to the high end, we have them all.


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

This past month's Library additions:

The Weiser Field Guide to Cryptozoology by Deena West Budd



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:

Visits From Freddie - Youngstown, Ohio
The Face in the Cellar Door - Groton, Vermont [PIC]
My Guardian Angel Uncle - Chiloquin, Oregon
The Lady in My House - Greensboro, North Carolina
Pop Pop's Goodbye Dream - Jacksonville, Florida



News
This is the place to find news items on paranormal happenings around the world. If you have a news item you'd like to submit, please see our guidelines.

Community spirits: Investigating the paranormal activity at Lawrence Community Theatre Lawrence Journal World Lawrence, Kansas - April 1, 2010 [External News]
FORTFEST A-Wake!: A Tribute to John Michell & John Keel APRIL 24 & 25, 2010


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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:

Spiritography
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=30016
What is this?

EVP
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=30329
What was heard in the computer room?

Spirit Videos
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=30345
What is in the lower right of this video?

Paranormal Equipment
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=30398
The Subsonic Sensor.

Spirit Communication
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=20538
Astral travel and projections.

Religion and Spirituality
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=28286
A discussion on the after-life.

Skeptics
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=30397
Does this explain near-death experiences scientifically?

Personal Encounters
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=30394
Dealing with the pain of a past life.

Haunted Places
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=28744
Your haunted "To Visit" list.

Egyptian Door to After-Life
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=30304
Door to afterlife from ancient Egyptian tomb found.


Board of the Month -- Battlefield Ghosts
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showforum=27
Are battlefields more likely to be haunted? Is it residual? Interactive? Let's discuss!


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