Review: The Ghost Studies: New Perspectives on the Origins of Paranormal Experiences

The Ghost Studies: New Perspectives on the Origins of Paranormal ExperiencesThe Ghost Studies: New Perspectives on the Origins of Paranormal Experiences by Brandon Massullo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Less than two hundred pages, you will go through this book fairly quickly. “The Ghost Studies” has an excellent Index, and Notes section making it both easy to navigate and a great jumping off point for your own research. Each chapter ( for example “Not Everything is Paranormal” ) concludes with a brief summary.
All in all, I really enjoyed it but I wanted more.
Maybe that’s what Massullo had in mind?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Page Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Posted by on October 16, 2017 in Uncategorized


Coffee with Poe

Who wouldn’t want a little Poe with their coffee? Source…

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Posted by on October 15, 2017 in book news


To Kill A Mockingbird — banned

When I was a little boy, I had a few heroes. I loved Horatio Hornblower, Cyrano de Bergerac, Batman, and Atticus Finch. They were, in a certain sense, role models for me then like the Kardashians are for today’s children.

Imagine my disappointment in learning than a school is banning To Kill A Mockingbird because it makes people uncomfortable.

“There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


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Posted by on October 14, 2017 in Barry rant, book news


Rare bookseller banned for selling Templar mugs

A woman who sells rare books has been banned for selling Templar mugs and cups. The fear is that a Muslim may have been or may be offended by a reference to the Knights Templar. Really?




Halloween game … MachiaVillain

We all need it, a simple game to kill some time while the little beggars ( I mean trick-or-treaters ) visit. I suppose that any game will do but why not try something that says Halloween?

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Posted by on October 13, 2017 in Barry rant


Kindle Oasis is water proof

The next Kindle, the Oasis (, is allegedly waterproof. I suppose it would be perfect for those people who want to read while bathing. I enjoyed my Kindle until it died shortly after the warranty had expired. Amazon was very helpful — they suggested that I buy a new one.


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Posted by on October 12, 2017 in Ebooks


In the Hall of the Mountain King

I’ve had a horrible day, but this little video cheered me up. Gawd, I’m such a geek.

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Posted by on October 12, 2017 in Barry rant


In my mailbox, October 7th

It’s early Sunday morning and I’ve decided to post this video on my blog. I didn’t have any damage from the storm as far as I can tell. It’s a very humid and windy morning — just started raining again.

The family will be here shortly for our routine Sunday breakfast. All in all, life is good.

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Posted by on October 8, 2017 in Barry rant


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Santa Muerte Book Trailer

source: Weiser

Death welcomes everyone. This is the foundation for the veneration of Santa Muerte, or “Holy Death.” Considered to be the female personification of death, she is associated with protection and safe passage to the afterlife. She is also the patron saint of people who live on the fringes of society and often face violence and death. In recent years her constituency has expanded to include the LGBT community and people who are marginalized or whose jobs put them at significant risk of death such as military and police personnel. Santa Muerte is hailed as their potent and powerful protector, capable of delivering them from harm and even granting miracles.

Santa Muerte is a complete ritual guide to working with this famous—and infamous!—Mexican folk saint. It takes us beyond the sensational headlines to reveal the truth about why Santa Muerte is so beloved by so many. Author Tracey Rollin presents simple, straightforward methods for working with Holy Death that may be used alone or easily incorporated into your own magical practice.

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Posted by on October 7, 2017 in book news



Something steampunk this way comes

I have just received an email from Titan Books. They are sending me a copy of Steampunk Style 2: Goggles, Gas Masks and Aviator Styles. I’m psyched!

Steampunk Style 2

This is the second edition to what I hope will be a series. I reviewed the first Steampunk Style ( link ) a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. Thank you Titan Books…

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Posted by on October 3, 2017 in book news, Steampunk

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