Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (May 1, 2012)
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What was that noise? The cat? The wind?
Little brother stealing a peek at your diary?
Or is it a ghost?
The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide will help you identify the creepy crawlers from the spooky spirits, the howling winds fromt he haunting phantoms. And with this guide you can learn from real experts how to investigate and contact your very own ghosts!
Everything a girl needs for a night full of fun, including:
• Spooky urban legends to set the mood
• Must-have stuff for your ghost hunting kit
• Pointers for leading the best-ever ghost hunt
• Tips for writing your own ghost
• With fun quizzes, games, recipes, and more! So gather your friends if they are brave enough, grab a flashlight, and go investigate!
Today, on the blog, we have a fun Halloweenish book to talk about, but it's not only for Halloween! Girls would love this interactive book for Halloween parties, slumber parties, or just when they're hanging out having fun. Reagan has had a blast taking the quizzes and planning her own Halloween party this year. If you have a middle grade girl in your life, this would make an awesome gift!
And now, for a little more fun, we have the author, Stacey Graham, here to tell us how to talk with ghosts!
Electronic Voice Phenomena:
Getting down, getting funky with ghostsby Stacey Graham
Sure, sitting in a cold room while waiting for a floating head to appear sounds glamorous but the reality of ghost hunting is just that: sitting in a cold room wait… you get the idea. Armed with cameras, notebooks, and the various accoutrements of the paranormal investigator’s kit, we’ve breathed new life into communicating with the other side within the past thirty years with Electronic Voice Phenomena. Those ghosts get chatty, people.
Discovering what’s making those odd breathing noises not belonging to dog is simple. Using a digital voice recorder or even the sound recorder on your smart phone, find a quiet spot where you believe paranormal activity is likely and get cozy. Turning on the recorder, speak clearly into the mic following these tips:
- Begin by having each (living) person in the room speak their name into the recorder to identify voices
- Record the date/time/place or room/weather conditions (rainy, dry)
- Make sure all heaters/air conditioners are turned off so you don’t have background noise
- Anytime you’re sure of a noise --such as a cough, rumbling belly, car driving by, or a fellow investigator tripping over a rug-- record that into the mic. Strange yelps may be misconstrued as a voice from beyond when really it’s a stubbed toe and some creative language skills
- Get creative in your questions. Ask what they’re wearing so you can tell what time period they’re from. Ask their names, names of their family members, what the house looks like to them, ask if they see the date displayed anywhere such as a newspaper.
- Leave a space between each question. Responses are often very low on tape so it’s difficult to hear if you do get something
- Before you leave the room, play back what you’ve recorded. You may have someone trying to get your attention and their interpretive dance in the corner isn’t cutting it
Noises to listen for in your recordings:
- Voices not belonging to your group
- Unidentified noises
My group, Wee Ghosties Paranormal Investigations, uses EVP sessions often in our work. Click here to hear what my partner picked up during a very long night at the West Virginia Penitentiary in 2008. We didn’t hear or see a thing – they apparently noticed us though.
Another EVP session in Winchester, Virginia recorded a small child asking for her mama while we stood in a deserted alley.
Good luck and keep me posted!
Stacey Graham is the author of the Girls’ Ghost Hunting Guide, the Zombie Tarot and multiple short stories. She is currently writing a book about true haunted objects; if you have a story you’d like to share and possibly be in the book, please contact her at stacey.i.graham[at]gmail.com. Please visit her website at stacey.i.graham.com, on twitter at @staceyigraham and on Facebook at facebook.com/authorstaceygraham.
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