GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #50 - October 14, 2005

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Dear Ghostvillagers,

The Halloween season must be here because I just heard Bobby "Boris" Pickett's perennial song, "Monster Mash" play on the radio. It must be Halloween because Ghostvillage has donned our new look and we have been hopping with new and old visitors wandering our streets and dark back alleys. And it must be Halloween because ghostly discussions are happening on radio and television programs, and the oversized ghosts and jack-o-lantern decorations that adorn our neighbors' lawns remind us that the supernatural is not a taboo subject -- at least not this month.

This has been an incredible October for me already. I've had the pleasure of meeting many Ghostvillagers at some of the various lectures and events I've spoken at, and I was fortunate enough to attend the Las Vegas Paranormal Conference which was put on by Robert Allen and Janice Oberding. I'm a big fan of conferences like these because it gives us the opportunity to come together and talk about the way we go about our studies of the supernatural, we get to learn from each other, and we make some great contacts, which gives us the chance to work together on investigations and other important projects in the field. One of the highlights of the Las Vegas conference was visiting Liberace's haunted mansion -- you can read a write-up of the experience by author Richard Senate here.

Last month I told you about a charity auction we were hosting for Hurricane Katrina victims -- I'm proud to share the results with you this month. We raised $723.90 for the American Red Cross! A big thank-you to everyone who donated and bid on the auction items. Great things happen when the paranormal community comes together.

The spotlight is on us through October 31st -- let's take every opportunity to raise awareness and get people openly talking about ghosts and hauntings... and if you happen to be trick-or-treating in my neighborhood this year, we give out the full-sized candy bars. You can't miss my house -- it's the one with the fog machines and strobe lights going, and in the background you'll no doubt hear the sounds of Bobby "Boris" Pickett... "We did the mash... we did the Monster Mash... it's a graveyard smash..."

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
info@ghostvillage.com
Mayor of Ghostvillage.com



Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Andi Kiger of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's new book, The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales from Around the World, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!

This month, we're doing the contest again, but we ask that you first click this link: http://www.ghostvillage.com/index.shtml#winner. 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 Ghostvillage.com. The first person to reply to this email with the correct answer will win this month's prize.

What year was Liberace born in and what is his full name?

Once we have a winner, we will announce it 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 new book, The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales from Around the World, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!


Didn't win? Want to buy a copy? Click on the graphic.



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! We'd like your help filling our calendar in -- so add your events for thousands of Ghostvillagers to see. Here's some of the conferences, happenings, and meetings going on in the next two months:

October 14: Mediums: We See Dead People on A&E, Signing-"Cape Encounters"@Haunted Tunnel
October 15: Book Signing-"Cape Encounters", Haunted Over Night Stay @ Capone's Place
October 16: Jeff Belanger book signing - Danbury, CT, Jeff Belanger on Graveyard Shift Radio
October 17: Jeff Belanger on WGN in Chicago, Jeff Belanger on WGY AM 810 Albany, NY
October 21: Signing-"Cape Encounters"@Haunted Tunnel
October 22: Book Signing - "Cape Encounters"
October 23: Jeff Belanger Book Signing Bellingham, MA, Jeff Belanger on Ghostly Talk Radio, Spectral Evidence: Ghost Hunting 101
October 25: Ghost Stories at Brewster Ladies Library, Jeff Belanger on Cable Radio Network, Jeff Belanger on 'X' Zone Radio Show, Jeff Belanger at Bellingham, MA Library
October 26: Jeff Belanger on WOCM 98.1 FM Ocean City, Jeff Belanger on WRKI 95.1 FM Danbury CT
October 27: Jeff Belanger Hosts Stone's Public House - Ashland, MA, Jeff Belanger on WTBX 93.9 FM Hibbing MN, Jeff Belanger on 55KRC in Cincinnati, OH
October 28: Signing-"Cape Encounters"@Haunted Tunnel, "Cape Encounters" Authors on Plum TV, Jeff Belanger on KXIA 101.1 FM Iowa
October 29: Haunted Heartland Ghost Tour, Book Signing - "Cape Encounters", Conducting Paranormal Investigations
October 30: Jeff Belanger on 21st Century Radio, Ursula Bielski's Black Ball
October 31: HALLOWEEN WORKSHOP & INVESTIGATION, Haunted Heartland Halloween Tour, Jeff Belanger on WHJJ AM 920 Providence
November 12: "Give Your Heart a Start" Fair


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

>>dchastain<< - member since November 17, 2004

What is your name?
Chastain... David Chastain

How old are you?
I turned 37 on October 8th.

Where do you live?
Woodstock, Georgia

What do you do for a living?
I work as a Technical Integration Manager in Information Technology Operations for an Atlanta-based media and auto industry conglomerate.

What got you interested in the supernatural?
I think it must be the birthday. October has always been my favorite month, and Halloween trails my birthday. So as a child while I was getting hyped to turn a year older, there were always trappings of Halloween celebration around. It probably worked into my psyche. I spent a great deal of my time as a pre-teenager in the public library year-round reading anything that I could get my hands on of paranormal orientation. I used to secretly sit up after my parents went to bed and watch movies like George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. I placed in two Halloween costume contests during that same time period. Then I continued to grow up during the slasher horror film/Fangoria era. I slid right into Stephen King, Peter Straub, Anne Rice, etc.

There was an old primitive church near Berry College where I grew up in Rome, Georgia. Whenever I could, I would visit the church because of the predictable stories of secret devil worship, sacrifices, graveyard activity. The best part was that you could not drive all the way up to the church. In the time before I was fully considerate of private property owners, we would park at the gate day or night and hike up to the church... and proceed to scare the wits out of each other. I was there once during the day and found a partly-exposed grave. I imagined all of the horrific reasons that this could be possible. That church was probably the "nail in the coffin."

What's your favorite paranormal movie?
It changes, but currently it is Session 9 released in 2001, starring David Caruso and Stephen Gevedon, directed by Brad Anderson. I just watched it again a couple of days ago. Brrrrrr.

What's the first music album you ever bought?
I wish I could declare it was something deep and artistic, but it was in fact a K-Tel cassette compilation of early 80's popular music. On it was the Go-Go's, Joe Jackson, Flock of Seagulls, etc. I played it all of the time on a crappy little black desktop tape recorder and it drove my parents crazy.



Supernatural Library
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee Prosser, has brought us several new book reviews since our last newsletter.


This past month's Library additions:

House of Spirits and Whispers by Annie Wilder

The Well Worn Path By Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor

The Mysteries of Mithras
by Payam Nabarz


Spiritualism & Clairvoyance for Beginners
by Elizabeth Owens


Advancing The Witches' Craft
by Lord Foxglove
[AUTHOR INTERVIEW]

The Book of Hindu Imagery
by Eva Rudy Jansen



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:

Dad's Spirit - Navasota, Texas [PIC]

The Rotating Bed - Virginia

Poltergeists at the Desert Sands Inn - Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Reclining Ghost - Gresham, Oregon

The Hand Grabbed Me - Salt Lake City, Utah

The Dark Figure - Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Grandpa's Late-Night Visit - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Second Sight After Surgery - San Diego, California

Mom's Goodbye Kiss - Virginia [PIC]

Encounters At My Grandparent's House - Lumber City, Georgia

The Spirit Girl Who Lived With Us - Flagler Beach, Florida


News
This is a new section we have added to Ghostvillage.com. 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.

TLC presents Dead Tenants Premiering Thursday, October 13th at 10:00PM ET - October 10, 2005

California Author Launches Paranormal Animal Research Group - October 7, 2005

World's Leading Ghost Hunters Unite to Produce Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales From Around the World - September 29, 2005

Parapsychologist and Director of East Coast Hauntings Organization (ECHO) Has Opened a Business Office in Historic Downtown Washington - September 19, 2005


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:

Gift From A Child By Rick Hayes - October 14, 2005

Ghost Hunt: The Liberace Mansion by Richard Senate - October 7, 2005

Mimosa, Marigold, Cayenne, Dandelion, Mullein, Clairvoyance, Uncle Willard, and Ghosts - by Lee Prosser - October 1, 2005 [COLUMN]

The Witchcraft Connection - Resurrection Mary: Part Three - by Lord Foxglove
September 20, 2005
[COLUMN]

Today's Cults of Personality by Wayne Harrup - September 19, 2005

Clairvoyance and the River of the Mind - by Lee Prosser - September 15, 2005 [COLUMN]


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:

A Supernatural Presentation With Jeff Belanger at the Bellingham, Massachusetts Public Library - October 25th

A haunted dinner and ghost talk with Jeff Belanger at Stone's Public House in Ashland, Massachusetts - October 27th call +1.508.881.1778 for details/reservations. www.stonespublichouse.com

New Jersey Ghost Conference 2006 - April 22, 2006


Paranormal Radio
There's only one place where you can tune in to the leading paranormal radio programs available online, and that's right here on Ghostvillage.com's Paranormal Radio: http://www.ghostvillage.com/resources/ghostradio.shtml
 

Tune in to: A.P.S.R. Talk Radio, Exploring Unexplained Phenomena, The Ghost Chronicles, Ghostly Talk Radio, The Graveyard Shift, Magick Mind Radio, and The 'X' Zone Radio Show.


Hot Threads in the Community
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 spam filters may block this email, so you'll need to check your spam 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:

Summoning a Spirit
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=10449
How do you summon a specific spirit?

Spirit Photo Exhibit
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=10477
Visiting New York? Make a trip to see the exhibition on ghostly artwork.

The Vampire
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=10078
The myths and legends of this undead being that haunts the human psyche, plus some lesser-heard tales.

What do you love about Ghostvillage?
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=9504
Tell everyone why you like it here.

Is it dust or bugs?
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=10216
Is it dust or bugs? Perhaps a spirit orb? Check out this cool video and decide.

A very creepy EVP
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=10287
This EVP is most interesting but not for the faint of heart.

Ancient Monk or Modern Man?
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=10402
Is this an ancient monk praying in a church or a modern man? You decide and join the debate.

Bara Hack
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=8386
A very active paranormal location. Although closed to the public, come and read some of the stories and experiences from those who have been there.

Harry Potter and the 12 Spiritual Powers
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=10032
Church putting Potter into its lessons.

Have you introduced yourself yet?
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=3162
Stop in and say hello.

Curveball
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=10364
Can you beat the computer?

It's Healthy
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=10445
Frustrated about what is "good" this week? Join your fellow villagers as they hash out their thoughts and strategies on healthy eating.



Welcome New Members
In the last month, the following people have joined our ghostly community. Please welcome:

Richv1, ghostseeker22, sajithmn1, pharmacy chick, little_light#2, tysmith34, ShmoopieBear, goodsoul36, peaceforthesoul, Dee-Dee, Leslie the surfer, Griffon, DD2, gasher99, DesertRose, knight2k, eve420_2, Just_Callme_Jess, Babyfisher, teensey34, zwolf69, southernsouls, underpope, freakyfriday, londonliz38, londonliz39, blankantix, The one who sleeps, synluna, TheArticleRed, mandii, CynicBoy, terryyork, dedface77, LAWestfall, vortex2003, pooblin, Gary Smallwood, boxerbeat321, pooblinboo, boxerbeat123, realmsogold, danib40, Fallen, Cornered, sound74, janerboo, Ghost Hunter 1975, shairajane, Janetems, stellakitty, bad1961, niteangel2, jjr89, HRPRG, .:Ghostboy:., monique, FELIS_DRACO, MoonGurl, toughuntingchick, tonky, missmo, marisela, Kelli, Delan, banda, BRITAN, sexyelf2005, LongingToBeNoticed89, mjmreeves, poopinyourhand, rayax3, cheshirekat, moonspirit38, selene, Sassiedreamer, Sassydreamer, Peter Houlihan, azshtr, eppibrandt, tate4bama, lilcoggie, meoow, blackangel29, Adramelech, kat70, gnomie, ghostguy, horrormovies, bloody_mary, Hot_Lyndsey, holedup, Frostie_the_snow_man, alex_lexan_khim, Silentwatcher, vijay krishna., azynchika808, slugatha, boogygrl, CitOrNot, Irene Calvert, Western Outlaw, Ablaze, dreamweaver17, meridian101, Nguen Hoang, CTghosthunter, ghostimager, skiplou42, stephen01, QnMaeve, Purnululu, Bobcatwoman, ohiostatebuckeyeghostgirl, Violet, jaybrist, inuyasha55, spiritwithme, cgmizzou, tharaldr, frasiersc, Heather_Marie, Fiona, Ravenscroft, ozzie2595, Fairystars1980, tony6107, LaLa7771, mominer, straga13, ronulfa, elsa, twodarb, GEORGE REINECKE, EPE123, favesis37, Azazel12, skabailey, dansrgurl, Deimos618, DocsWife, phantomjm9, scorpyo, debbieboling, Scissors, EnchantedFire, joyce001967, chick4u2nv, the flying hippie, NoisesintheChurch, youngblooddale, markstoves1968, angelstarr1, gsghs, DGresh78, zoe123, yeawhateva03, G.H.O.S.T., foxy, cleo, garden, susan, y7o7n7i7, hanell, spookyville, mysti_badgurl, dezpez, sari_jane, Emily07, tinkerbell74, wiccajo, mouwie, vivesk, startzi, PolarisRider06, BERNA85224, jimgilmartin, Calliopetb, XNavyGunner, Tokyo Walled, isthereanyonethere, whiskeysuicide, JackKnife, Maggie1, Sandra Hess, andreag, JoJo, BOO!!, ma bung, Alameda_Spellbinder, MissSkippy, mark_twain, Nora, abraxas, DruidDragonRider420, Leeranii, zevahc1963, junielf, habu1, Amun aten, pietretief, stungun101, whitewolf9791, jsparrow, fierois, Spooked, Frank, sunitha, Fayaaz, aaiwass, laurastemptations, jcd490, obakegirl, Areu4real, Mee-Maw, Chitown_Brian, hctiblayor, khen_sathan15, rosebud, stabler_rocks, Caos Junkie, ghostdreamerstl, xgraveflowerx, atch755, zacksmom89, Topaz, smafsar2003, bakerbabe, starlightdrk, BrightonEarly, burris0925, boo boo, Ghostville, xshortyx731, NorskeMa, nettle, devillynmykila, chary, Lrienecker, paul.brown19, mysteryskm, DarkBiPolarAngel, luckyblood, greenjane52, Ghost Hunter 28, ghosthunter2387, sweet_thing, ghost_woman, booboo1, Xipe Totec, Manheim, Devildandy, mercedeselaine, Diana04, Lordpaladin, Maabsta, Healing Hands, VictoriaFlournoy, stcerny212, fireman, Jenny504, bwkee, runmccoy, sango4545, tucsonhenna, mystrywitch, firebug_ab, spooksareus, Lchadwick, draculia, Peggy, Masbeth, bloodraven, Brook, hrts_jewels, flickfan83, jedempse, zarabanda, Mi-Sage, Princess Kali, simonslo, undercut, mrgonzales08, t.michaud, tursiopsboy, vampire_minera, redwingsfan, gbaby, Butterflyhammer, wishfulthinkin07, tulsa80, serpent, jishnu, misshayley, Ezza_1989, davinalg, Dani71179, dsnickers, ginger_sweazy82, Vlad Tep, ghtsekr, NancyL, Synergy, ghostbanger, ledhead7968, jmax1863, ManthaSue, Scarlett, katmac120181, Rozzie, White Falcon, tyger05, mrsfoss, ghostbusters96, Night Star, ho1d0n, diva_ghost, angie69, SpookySister26, ghostmom3, judyscout, GOTTALUVME, vliakas, snelson1980, salm2pagan, will777, casper_the_cutie, Foosfan, Pantera, godglam, bugg8381, texemo67, ed_webb23, tez, cogill69, arps, MelRose, garbo, sal, sarah83mae, dmarc1978, Kali, gizmo0323, Musky, Stellaozza, Nicholas Anderson, CarolynM, billmiller, thirdshift, thehigherentity, nuyoricannene7, dillybeans, Miss Wicked, bddrish, roadrunner79au, salaamnamaste, Panicgal, Elm75060, Corgwyn, La Mer, ghost26, jesszach1218, Shawn333, lucylocket76, AKATEXASBUMPKIN, Lessels, angels45, bugmenot, Phathom Phellow, bonnielass_11, krazieklown, and pni.


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414 "Personal Encounters" published on Ghostvillage.com
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