GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #97 - September 17, 2009
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Curses are a funny thing (unless you’re cursed). Believe that you’re cursed, and you are. You start to focus on little things that go wrong: your fall down the stairs, the fender-bender with your car, not winning a World Series for 86 years; these little things start to compound and make you look for a cause. Once you think you've found that cause, nothing seems to go right until you can find a way to break that curse. On the flip side, can we have such malicious intent that we can impose our will on an object or person to the point of causing them to suffer? This concept has been around for a long time and goes by many names: curse, evil eye, and bad juju to name a few.
Curses are referenced in history books and in religious texts. In the Bible (Genesis 3:14), God curses the serpent for tempting Eve and Adam in the Garden of Eden. “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.” Tough break for the snake. This month we’re going to explore the subject of curses a little deeper. We’ll look at bad luck charms, famous (and infamous) curses, and your own experiences with events that are more than just bad luck.
This month I’m proud to announce the release of the Second Edition of my book, Encyclopedia of Haunted Places, the original directory of international haunts written by over 100 paranormal investigators from around the globe. We’ve updated and expanded the book with dozens of new entries. Be sure to check it out or ask for it at your favorite local bookstore.
September is here which means the busy season is upon us. Halloween is around the corner and our little Village is going to start getting crowded as new people discover us as they search the Web for a dose of ghosts. I’m ready!
We also had a great month for 30 Odd Minutes. Thanks to everyone who has been watching and sending us feedback. We have big things and great guests in store for future episodes. You can watch us online live, download past episodes on iTunes, or check us out on MySpace video.
Thank you to all the Ghostvillagers who said hello to me on the Queen Mary, and I’m looking forward to seeing even more of you at the Chicago Ghost Conference! It’s our time of year to shine. Let’s use this opportunity to speak intelligently about the subject and show people it’s not so weird (okay, sometimes it is…).
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2009 Chicago Ghost Conference - Chicago, Illinois - October 2-3, 2009
A Weird (Massachusetts) Event at the Sutton Historical Society - Sutton, Massachusetts - 7:00 PM, October 6, 2009
MASS Monster Mash - Watertown, Massachusetts - 6:00 PM, October 17, 2009
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Bellingham Library - Bellingham, Massachusetts - 7:00 PM, October 26, 2009
Ghost Adventures Live - Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia - The Travel Channel - October 30, 2009
Beyond Reality Events - The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado - November 6-9, 2009
The Queen City Paranormal Convention - Historic Music Hall - Cincinnati, Ohio - April 9, 2010
Beyond Reality Events - The Mt. Washington Hotel - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire - April 23-26, 2010
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September 18: Mary
Ann Winkowski: The REAL Ghost Whisperer
September 23: Meet
The Medium - Georgia O'Connor
September 24: Haunted
September 26: FGC
October 2: 2009
Chicago Ghost Conference - Illinois
October 9: East
Coast Paranormal Investigators Conference
October 10: S.O.U.L.S.
October 16: 2009
Allegan Paranormal Conference, PhantomCon
October 17: Michigan
October 23: Fright
at the Fort
October 25: October's
Other Side at the Old Mill
October 30: Fright
at the Fort
October 31: The
October 31, 2009 T.Az.P.R.S. Paranormal Conference
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New features added since our last newsletter:
The Skinwalker Ranch and April Slaughter By Mike Brody, September 15, 2009 [COLUMN]
A Psychic Rant By Tiffany Johnson, September 8, 2009 [COLUMN]
Parapsychology with Loyd Auerbach, By 30 Odd Minutes September 3, 2009 [VIDCAST]
Doppelgänger By Lee Prosser, September 3, 2009 [COLUMN]
Fort Delaware - Ghost Chronicles, September 2, 2009 [PODCAST]
Derby Gaol with Richard Felix By 30 Odd Minutes, August 27, 2009 [VIDCAST]
When Live TV Goes Wrong By 30 Odd Minutes, August 20, 2009 [VIDCAST]
Our last month's theme was Paranormal and the Media. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
|Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Discussion: Das Fetch
Features: Doppelganger by Lee Prosser
Encounters: My Doppelganger
Encounters: A Voice In My Ear
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Deformed Face Near the Cemetery - Kerala, India
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From the Desk of Christopher Balzano, News Editor
Once when we were using the Ouija board in college, we got a spirit claiming to be the ghost of FDR. None of us were too impressed when it spelled out “fear itself,” and our blood didn’t turn cold when we learned later we had spoken to him on the 50th anniversary of his death. Old presidents communicating via talking boards is not headline news, but if someone has been a regular on television or the movies, they may just have a chance at life after death.
It was hours after Patrick Swayze had passed that people had already begun to see his ghost. The news hit the wires, and pretty soon people across the Internet were exchanging stories of the actor’s post-Ghost ghost. This came on the heels of dozens of reports of Michael Jackson’s spirit being seen before he was finally laid to rest. Since the day he had died, the pop star had been seen all over the place, including national television. These are just the reports in the past month. All you need to do is go back a little farther in the archives to see the ghost of Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith, and Johnny Carson.
Back in the day it was easy. A celebrity died, you bought a map, and their actions became the source of Hollywood lore. It’s not so easy today. The famous dead seem to be rising from the grave at an alarming rate. It’s nothing new if you look on the paranormal bookshelves and see the number of titles dedicated to the subject. What seems to be the story these days is how they are leaving the places often associated with these types of hauntings (their mansions or hotels they played in) and being seen in everyday life by common people.
Is it wishful thinking by the witnesses or matrixing-gone-camera phone? Is there something about these stars who burned so bright in life that their energy exists beyond it? This month the Ghostvillage News will leave the numerous stories of arrests and ghost-related death for a moment to bring you an exploration into these questions. Keep checking out the site for the story later this month, and until then, be careful about wishing too hard to meet someone famous and get that autograph you want.
Ghost hunting woman falls to death at spooky university building The Canadian Press Toronto, Canada- September 10, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Haunted Indian station reopens BBC News Begunkodor, India- September 3, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Cop faces court over exorcism attempt ABC News Barossa Valley, Australia- September 2, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Carteret County Ghosts to Help with Library Fund Raiser
Ghostly goings-on captured on CCTV at Liverpool's Croxteth Park The Liverpool Echo Liverpool, England- August 25, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Frightened girl dies after ghost prank The Times of India Behrampore, India- August 27, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Paranormal in the Panhandle
Beban House's ghostly past continues to spook workers Canada.com Beban Park, Ontario- August 17, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Yahya Jammeh's state witch-hunters kidnap villagers in western Gambia Times Online Banjul, Gambia- August 16, 2009 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
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Movie remakes -- let's talk about them.
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Shadow person caught on film.
EVP caught from Vinton, Virginia, Cemetery.
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Have you ever felt like you were cursed?
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