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Is there a tried and true method to look for ghosts? Writer and paranormal investigator Christopher Balzano says no. His new book Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting: Step-by-Step Instruction for Exploring Haunts and Finding Spirits, Spooks, and Specters approaches ghosts from different angles, offering readers varied methods to gathering evidence and looking at results. According to Balzano, “Sometimes knowledge is less about what you know and more about knowing where to get information from. I wanted this book to reflect that, so I tapped as many investigators and thinkers out there to see what they do. The book is a template rather than something written in stone.” The result is a book that covers everything from equipment and clothes to finding a local group, setting up a website, and evaluating media sources which offer information about the paranormal. “It’s a well rounded approach to the paranormal,” says Balzano. “The question of what ghosts are has no clear answer right now, so looking for ghosts shouldn’t either.”

Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting introduces novice paranormal explorers to the history, techniques, and equipment used in the search for proof of life after death, or simply, ghosts. Written like a field guide to ghost hunting, the book begins by examining what a ghost is, and isn’t, and presents a brief history of ghosts and the pioneers of the ghost hunting field. You’ll review what has already been discovered and the tried and true methods and tricks that have been successfully used by seasoned ghost hunters and their outcomes. You’ll also take a look at the different types of equipment used to both search for and communicate with ghosts, as well as how to approach the hunt depending on the location. Finally, you’ll learn how to assess the evidence that you’ve gathered and what it all means, and how to avoid the pitfalls that are the stuff of popular ghost legends. Written by an avid and experienced paranormal researcher, “Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting” is filled with firsthand tips and advice, including a 90-minute interactive DVD featuring tutorials and interviews, and is both a reference and a source of helpful inspiration for any aspiring ghost hunter.

About Christopher Balzano
Christopher Balzano is the founder and director of Massachusetts Paranormal Crossroads( , an online collection of legends and ghost stories from Massachusetts and the surrounding states. He has been investigating the paranormal for more than ten years and has been writing about those experiences for the past five. He has been a contributor to Jeff Belanger’s Encyclopedia of Haunted Places and Weird Massachusetts and was one of the writers behind Weird Hauntings. His writing has been featured in Haunted Times and Mystery Magazine and has been covered by the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Standard Times, and Worcester Magazine.

Christopher is the author of several books about regional hauntings, including Dark Woods: Cults, Crime, and Paranormal in the Freetown State Forest and Ghosts of the Bridgewater Triangle, as well as the collection of true ghosts stories Ghostly Adventures. He has appeared on radio stations in Massachusetts and throughout the Internet, as well as being called upon by television shows to comment on ghosts and urban legends. He now runs the paranormal news from Ghostvillage, one of the oldest and largest websites dedicated to the paranormal.

About Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting
Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting (ISBN: 1598634984, pages: 299, price: $19.99) was published by Course Technology PTR in August of 2008. The book features classifications of ghosts, the best way to communicate with spirits, and the techniques for investigating the paranormal and reviewing the evidence. It is available at Barnes & Noble, Borders,, and many other booksellers.

Press Contact:
Christopher Balzano
Massachusetts Paranormal Crossroads
Ghostvillage News

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