Book Review: “How to Hunt Ghosts: A Practical Guide” by Joshua P. Warren

The author has been in the paranormal field since at least the early 1990’s and is often consulted as an expert on paranormal research. He is a frequent guest on Coast to Coast A.M. and is the founder of L.E.M.U.R. Paranormal. So, I’m going to assume he has some idea about what he is talking about even if I don’t agree with everything he has to say. The book is well organized taking the reader through the basics of “what is a ghost” to actual ghost hunting. He also provides examples of investigation logs and an interview form. For anyone starting out, this book covers all of the basics for understanding what you may be getting into if you decide to devote your time to paranormal investigation.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, this is a good book to start thinking about investigations and the process of investigating. I have some issues with a few topics covered just due to concerns about actual data to support claims, but overall, I think the information is useful.

Pros: A good place to start thinking about the theories behind a haunting and the mechanisms that may lead to a haunting. This book reminded me that I need to start considering solar flare activity when I’m tracking environmental readings for a location as solar flares can affect the earth’s EM filed. He also discusses interesting ideas regarding individual EM fields and static electricity.

Cons: There are some “leaps of faith” in this book. While there is research to kind of support some of the ideas, it is more correlation and not causation. I also have concerns about including information on equipment such as dowsing rods, Ouija boards, pendulums, and automatic writing. Research has shown that humans often subconsciously manipulate these items through very minor movements of their hand. Usually, the individual will track with their eyes before the movement occurs. Thankfully the author does caution users on the validity of a few of these items.

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