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What's the best birthday gift author Richard Kimmel has ever received?
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This month's prize:
We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's latest book, Who's Haunting the White House?, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
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May 24: Alamo
Conference (UFOs), Jeff
Belanger on Shadows Of Doubt Paranormal Talk
May 29: Jeff
Belanger at Book Expo America - New York City
May 30: Western
Pennsylvania Paranormal Conference
May 31: Into
the Unknown '09 UFO Conference
June 5: Through
June 13: Tales
of the Paranormal
June 19: Jeff
Belanger on White Noise Paranormal Radio
July 4: Paranormal
& Psychic Faire
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.
|Who's Who in the Village?
>>Kira<< - member since April 18, 2007
What is your name?
My legal name is Amy, but I prefer Kira and use it online and professionally on the Web.
How old are you?
Ummmm, 40 something.
Where do you live?
What do you do for a living?
I am a teacher and I read Tarot and Angel cards.
What got you interested in the paranormal?
I became interested at around the age of nine. I always believed in magic and wished I was like "Bewitched." I became interested in learning how to do spells and practiced into my mid-teenage years. I also saw my first apparition at age 9 in an old, spooky house in East Granby, Connecticut. From my maternal grandmother, all the way down to my daughter, all the women in the family have many and varied gifts." Every place I've lived has had spirit activity which doesn't scare me, I'm used to it.
Do you think the current popularity of the subject in the media is helping or hurting the field?
Both. The media brings paranormal activity into the living rooms of millions of households, which is good because it helps to open people's minds about the possibility of subjects that they were previously closed to for various reasons. However, it can also cause hysteria. I think many view these shows with preconceived ideas of evil who then become scared that if they should ever experience anything, it is automatically "the Devil." Then of course those who are unconscionable; trespass, disrespect the dead and sometimes vandalize properties. That hurts the field.
Whatís your favorite spring flower?
Our last month's theme was Urban Legends. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
|Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Discussion: Legend of Onionhead
Discussion: Medical Myths and Urban Legends
Discussion: Procter & Gamble Win court battle over urban legend
Discussion: Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary
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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:
Real Angels by Brad Steiger and Sherry Hansen Steiger
WWII Ghosts by Richard J. Kimmel [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
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:
Premonition Dream and My Dead Pet - Avon, Indiana
Girl in Her Easter Dress - Milton, Florida [PIC]
Encounters on a Ghost Tour - New South Wales, Australia
Someone in the Attic - Temple, Texas
The Spirit In Black - Forest Park, Illinois - 1997
The Body in the Pool - Anaheim, California and Pleasant Grove, Utah
Bright Jack-O-Lanterns - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Strong Odor and Darting Shadows - Southfield, Massachusetts
The Black Mist in Our Home - Marysville, California
Ghost of a Runaway Slave in My Car - Interstate 10, Louisiana
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
From the Desk of Chris Balzano, New Editor:
People on the outside think that participation in the paranormal community is a way to escape the real world. Even if there is such a thing as ghosts, visiting Web sites and reading ghost books is something you do to forget about your job or mortgage or the price of gas. Nothing is further from the truth. Following the paranormal in the news is like following the real news, and trying to escape societyís problems by submerging yourself in the ghost world is much like turning on CNN because you like the anchorís clothes.
I have been asked in recent weeks whether the paranormal is recession-proof. It is one of the few industries that pumps the opposite way of the flow of money. The harder things get, the more people look to supernatural things to help offer support or insight into the future. For many this means turning to their church, but for many others, like Solomon looking to the Witch of Endor, it means seeking the unknown from the unknown. There may be some comfort in it, but look too closely and you see all hauntings are a representation of the life and times during which they happen and not necessarily when the tragedies that sparked them occurred.
Look over the stories weíve covered in the past few months. There have been crimes, such as the criminal exorcism cases and the murders and arsons blamed on ghosts and demons. There has been politics with Jindal. You can flip through the sports section and see how the Florida Marlins have been haunted by ghosts in a hotel in Milwaukee. With the passing of Hans Holzer, you even have the obituaries.
Then there is the real estate section. There was a time where the horror of a paranormal property was the ghost who roamed the halls. Now, like the rest of the country, the scariest thing about a haunted house is trying to make the rent. Over the past few months there have been several stories weíve brought you about property all over the globe facing the same housing crunch the rest of us are being confronted with. From a mansion in Spain to haunted hotels in Florida and Pennsylvania, more and more the idea having a ghost is no longer scaring these tenants, but as a sign of the times, it canít help save them either.
Enjoy the next monthís worth of paranormal news from Ghostvillage. There will be stories that will challenge your ideas on ghosts and reveal much about the people who experience them. The beauty of our news department is it is both informative and entertaining. Donít dwell on the stories for too long or read too much into them. Weíre also trying to help you escape.
This monthís headlines are below:
Fire in haunted hotel room The Telegraph Ramsey, United Kingdom- May 13, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Historic Fort Wayne & MPI Announce Ghost Tours The Times Herald Ft. Wayne, Indiana- May 9, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Haunted mansion up for auction The Euro Weekly News Campanillas, Spain- May 7, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghost hunters raise funds for preservation AP via WSBT Shelbyville, Illinois- May 5, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
The paranormal world mourns the loss of one of its icons, Dr. Hans Holzer
Haunted tunnels in Newtown removed piece by piece The News-Times Newtown, Connecticut-April 26, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Scary run-ins at Exeter site with ghostly reputation The Providence Journal Exeter, Rhode Island-April 23, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Sex offender hunting ghosts violates probation The Hernando Today Brooksville, Florida -April 20, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Darkness Radio returns to Waverly Hills
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New features added since our last newsletter:
Your Worst Nightmare By 30 Odd Minutes - May 14, 2009 [VIDCAST]
A Demonologist the Title Doesn't Make by Adam Christian Blai - May 8, 2009
My Clientele By Tiffany Johnson - May 4, 2009 [COLUMN]
The Ghost Huntress, Marley Gibson - Ghost Chronicles
April 29, 2009 [PODCAST]
The Ghosts of Atlantis - Ghost Chronicles - April 22, 2009 [PODCAST]
Ghosts and Talking Rocks - Ghost Chronicles - April 15, 2009 [PODCAST]
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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East Alabama Paranormal Enthusiasts.
More than ghosts.
Marysville Pilchuck Road - Washington.
Gettysburg - Sach's Bridge Ghost Story.
Does anyone else live in a haunted house?
Christmas Day orbs.
A friend's mom makes contact.
A ghost car.
Board of the Month -- Religion and the Paranormal
What does your belief system say about the paranormal? Are there ghosts in your religious books?
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