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Dear Ghostvillagers,

This past month was our busiest ever here at -- more than 8 million hits in October alone. That means there are a lot of new faces seeing this newsletter for the first time. Welcome to the supernatural discussion to all of you who recently signed up online or at some of the many lectures I've given over the last several weeks. During my recent travels, I've had the pleasure to meet so many people who are interested in ghosts and the supernatural and who are doing some great work to further the research and discussion of this important subject. This past weekend I was in Astoria, Oregon as a guest of the A.G.H.O.S.T. organization. Thank you to Ross Allison and the rest of his group for their hospitality and for their great insight. This coming weekend I'll be speaking at Ghostfest on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. I know several Ghostvillagers have already emailed me to say they plan on attending -- I look forward to seeing you all there and showing you the secret handshake (which looks remarkably like a regular handshake).

In the month ahead we'll be exploring Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC) here in the Village. The exact definition of ITC is a bit of a moving target, but basically the idea encompasses spirit communication via modern technology. There are many offshoots from this practice that you may be more familiar with -- certainly Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) can fall under this umbrella, as can certain aspects of spirit photography and videography. We live in a technological age with a myriad of devices that we use to communicate: telephones, televisions, computers, cell phones, pagers, fax machines, and radios just to name a few. If our personalities, memories, and intelligence can pass on after death, it would seem logical that we may use these old familiar devices to try and reach back to our living loved ones (hopefully there are no exorbitant roaming charges for that call). There are also researchers building electronic devices with the sole intent of communicating with spirits. The field of ITC is wide open.

Practitioners of ITC believe these devices can be used to bridge the gap, and that an open, two-way dialogue with spirits is possible. The practice takes focus, not just on the living side of the veil, but also on the spirit side -- a symphonic blend of science and spirituality. This month we'll explore the methods, the evidence being collected, and the history of ITC. To kick things off, I've included an excerpt from my book, Communicating With the Dead: Reach Beyond the Grave. You can click here to read part of my chapter on ITC.

Thank you all for another great Halloween/Samhain season. Please keep sharing your experiences, your evidence, and your opinions. Great things will come of it. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
Mayor of

Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Melissa McConnell of Sartell, Minnesota who was last month's winner of a copy of an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's book, Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales from Around the World, a window sticker, and a t-shirt!

This month, we're doing the contest again, but we ask that you first click this link: 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 The first person to reply to this email with the correct answer will win this month's prize.

Who were the guests on the November 6th episode of Ghost Chronicles?

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 book, Communicating With the Dead: Reach Beyond the Grave, a window sticker, and a t-shirt!

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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! 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!

November 17-19: Queen Mary Paranormal Convention, Long Beach, California - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
November 29: Jeff Belanger on APSR Paranormal Talk Radio

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

>>evad_83647<< - member since October 21, 2005

What is your name?
Dave Ryan

How old are you?

Where do you live?
Las Vegas, Nevada

What do you do for a living?
Jet engine mechanic, photographer, and author. I've just released my latest book, The Enlightenment. It is a novel about how man came to be on Earth (

What got you interested in the supernatural?
This is a hard question. I guess I've always been interested since I was a child trying to explain the dreams I had. I have also had unexplainable experiences in my life, both with ghosts/spirits and UFOs. I found Ghostvillage while doing some research on another book I am writing. You guys sucked me in, and I am probably more interested in the paranormal now than I have ever been.

Do you think science will ever be able to prove or disprove the existence of ghosts?
I think as long as there are unexplained events which occur, people will try to figure out why. As you know I am very interested in the science end of things. If you compare us to the universe, our current knowledge level would fit on the head of a pin. We have a long way to go to understand how everything works and why. At this point I am inclined to say anything is possible.

I think to be able to prove or disprove the existence of ghosts is going to require a lot more research. You have people on both sides right now who swear they are correct. We need to get past that mindset and work together to find the answers. Ghostvillage has done an excellent job of bringing people to the table to discuss their experiences.

Yes, I believe science will prove or disprove the existence of ghosts, but not for a long, long time. Hopefully we will be around to see it.

What's in your CD player right now?
I don't usually listen to music while I'm working. If I had something in there other than what I was currently working on, it would probably be Larry the Cable Guy or some other comedian.

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

Discussion: Halloween - What Did You Dress Up As?
Discussion: Halloween Decorations 2006
Discussion: Cultural Observances for Halloween
Archive: Halloween 2003 - What Scares Us - From the archives
Discussion: What's Your Favorite Halloween Movies?
Archive: The History of Halloween - From the archives
Feature Article: What Does Halloween/Samhain Mean to You? by Jeff Belanger

Supernatural Library'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:

Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin

The Museum of Lost Wonder by Jeff Hoke

Ghosts of War by Jeff Belanger [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]

Dream Exploration by Robert P. Gongloff

Darkside Zodiac by Stella Hyde

The Ghosts of the California Missions by Richard Senate [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]

The Knights Templar in the Golden Age of Spain by Juan García Atienza

The Way of Four Spellbook by Deborah Lipp

The Wicca Handbook by Eileen Holland

The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary by Jean-Yves Leloup

The Essence of Tantric Sexuality by Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson Advertising Opportunities
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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:

Ghosts of Gympie Library - Gympie, Queensland, Australia

Haunted Sleepover - York, Pennsylvania

Shadows and Cold Spots - Essex, Ontario, Canada

Bald Man at My Brother's Crib - Spooner, Wisconsin

Footsteps From the Red Room - Warwick, Rhode Island

Darting Shadows and My Haunted Home - Berri, South Australia

Spirits Followed Me Home From Carnton - Nashville, Tennessee

Downs Road Ghosts - Bethany, Connecticut

Kay's Goodbye - Sacramento, California

The Woman on the Bed - Melrose, Minnesota

Cemetery Apparition Video and EVP - Bardstown, Kentucky [VIDEO] [EVP]

The Shadow Man - Richfield, Minnesota

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

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BU Students Learn About Paranormal Activity Waco Tribune-Herald Waco, Texas - November 15, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Can Faith and the Paranormal Co-Exist? The Wichita Eagle Wichita, Kansas - October 28, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

The Shady Science of Ghost Hunting Yahoo - October 28, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Science Bites Myth of Vampires, Ghosts Yahoo - October 27, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

Wildcat Mountain's Secret Vernon County Broadcaster Viroqua, Wisconsin - October 25, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

PsyTech and Utopia Dream Productions Announce the Release of the documentary Haunted Kentucky to DVD

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:

Ghost Hunt Seminar - Ghost Chronicles - November 15, 2006 [GHOSTVILLAGE RADIO]

Ghost Photography: Orbs by Robbin Van Pelt - November 9, 2006

Pet Ghosts - Ghost Chronicles - November 6, 2006 [GHOSTVILLAGE RADIO]

Ghosts Haunt the Inn by Richard Senate - November 3, 2006

Japanese Woman Artist - by Lee Prosser - November 1, 2006 [COLUMN]

The Ghosts of the Windham Restaurant - Ghost Chronicles - October 30, 2006 [GHOSTVILLAGE RADIO]

Part Four of Belle Gunness: McClung Road and the Blood Farm Horror - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
October 25, 2006

The Salem Witches - Ghost Chronicles - October 23, 2006 [GHOSTVILLAGE RADIO]

Homan House, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: A Preliminary Report by John Sabol - October 20, 2006

That is the Way of It - by Lee Prosser - October 15, 2006 [COLUMN]

Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
This is the place to find out where author and 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:

Ghostfest - RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, California - November 17-19, 2006

2007 Haunted America Conference - Decatur, Illinois - June 22-23, 2007

Ghost World Conference - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - July 20-22, 2007

Ghost World Conference 2007 - Meet Your Fellow Ghostvillagers!
Tickets to the Ghost World Conference are already selling fast, so definitely click on the Web site and get your tickets and reservations early. is proud to help organize this giant paranormal conference, tradeshow, and symposium for July 20-22, 2007 in one of the most haunted places on earth: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Tickets and booth space are already going fast and space is limited. Be sure to visit the conference Web site for more information or to sign up:

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Tune in to: A.P.S.R. Talk Radio, Darkness on the Edge of Town Radio, Exploring Unexplained Phenomena, The Ghost Chronicles, Ghostly Talk Radio, The Graveyard Shift, Magick Mind Radio, Nightwatch, Weird Stuff Happens, and The 'X' Zone Radio Show.

Hot Threads and the Community
In the past month 1228 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:

Workers Unearth Civil War Coffin
Have they raised the spirits of an old solider?

Does Hell Exist?
Is Hell an actual place or just a state of mind?

What are your favorite Internet hoaxes, email rumors, and urban legends?

Haunted Train
Does a spirit remain in car #751?

Blue Mist in the Photo
Taken in the woods of New Hampshire.

Audible Voices
Can ghosts form a larynx and speak audibly?

Board of the Month -- Instrumental TransCommunication
Come in and discuss your own ITC experiments and learn what others are doing. Quick Stats:
210,610 Messages in the Town Square Message Boards
12,964 Members in the Town Square
569 "Personal Encounters" published on
638 Paranormal Web sites in the Ghost Links directory
24,688 Subscribers to this newsletter
8,361,178 total Web site "hits" for in October

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