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7 Sep 2004 Complete Idiot's Guide to
A unique guide to the world of the paranormal, THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO GHOSTS AND HAUNTINGS is a perennial favourite. Now updated, revised and expanded with new information on ghost hunting and observing, this new edition includes new tips on gathering and recording paranormal data and a new section devoted to faking it showing readers how to haunt their own houses to amuse and bewilder friends.

Expanded appendixes featuring new Internet sites devoted to the paranormal, as well as modern-day haunted houses open to the public

Additional information on the origin of spiritualism and its followers

Strong seller for Halloween season

Completely reorganised for easier reading and referencing

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha Books; 2nd edition (7 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592572502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592572502
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 22.8 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,378,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

You're no idiot, of course. You know Casper was a friendly ghost and that the Phantom Hitchhiker is someone you'd rather not meet on a deserted highway late at night. But when it comes to knowing the authentic roots of ghost stories--and which ones remain unexplained to this day--you don't stand a ghost of a chance. Don't get spirited away yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ghosts and Hauntings is an eerie investigation into the firsthand accounts, legends, literature, and dramatic works surrounding the world of ghosts. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get:

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tom Ogden is an internationally lauded magician and comedian. Two-time winner of the coveted Parlour Magician of the Year Award by Magic Castle in Hollywood, he has appeared on television shows such as The World s Greatest Magic II and The Great Magic of Las Vegas. Mr. Ogden lives in Hollywood, California.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts and hauntings 21 Feb 2010
By E. Todd
Interesting book if you are into the supernatural. A good introduction if you want to research the paranormal.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately will not make idiots any wiser 8 Aug 2002
By Duliniel - Published on
I have to say I was surprised at all the factual errors in this book. I know there are no "facts" in paranormal investigations, but this book gets actual "facts" wrong when discussing people and places. Queen Elizabeth I is not buried at Windsor Castle; she's entombed at Westminster Abbey. This is just one small example of MANY inaccuracies found in this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars For once a book that lives up to its name 6 Mar 2002
By M. Williams - Published on
I was very disappointed with this book. I am a ghosthunter by profession and bought this book out of curiosity. It is full of misconceptions anf false information. For anyone looking for serious information on the spirits and ghosts around us, I would not recommend this book. For those looking for some fun reading around the campfire this book is better suited for this purpose. For once I can say that a book lives up to its name....the author should research a little more........
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 31 May 2002
By the wolverine - Published on
This is probably one of the worst ghost books I have ever read. Perhaps it is trying to live up to it's title, since it assumes the reader does not know any definition for ghosts or hauntings or anything in between and chooses to act as if this book will give you all the answers. It doesn't give any. Most of the book is spent on small snippets of useless information in an effort to "tell you alot". If you want to read a real ghost book, go pick out anything by Hans Holzer, or perhaps "Gravesend",or "Haunted Heartland" or ANY other book on ghosts and hauntings but this one.
27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Filled with errors 11 Feb 2001
By RigelK - Published on
Please do not waste your money on this book. Even if you just borrow it or check it out of the library, don't expect to get a lot out of it. It is filled with errors.
There is very, very little in the paranormal field that is "fact". You may be wondering how I can say this book is filled with errors. Ogden messes up stuff that is fact... the number of siblings John Wesley had, information about the University of Alabama, and more. This is a sloppily assembled book. Even basic information is incorrect. So, how on earth are we supposed to trust his writing about the less concrete things?
Also, whoever proofread and editted this book should be fired. There are grammatical, spelling, and printing errors, erroneous captions and labels, and more.
It's a shoddy piece of work....poor quality control. If they ever release a reprint, they've got a ton of work to do.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Intellectuals beware 8 Dec 2001
By Kat Holland - Published on
This is the first book I've purchased on ghosts and hauntings. I have lukewarm feelings on this book. I don't like it because it is very poorly edited, never goes into detail, and adds florish where there should be none (like serving a McDonalds burger with parsley tucked in the side). I like the book because it touches on many arenas of ghosts and gives me a better idea of what I want in the next hauntings book I order. Also, the short segments make it a perfect book to tuck next to the toilet. It's easy to put down after one or two short sections so you never wind up with sleeping buttocks.
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