Review: Ghost Files: The Collected Cases from Ghost Hunting and Seeking Spirits

Ghost Files: The Collected Cases from Ghost Hunting and Seeking Spirits
by Jason Hawes
Paperback: 560 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
ISBN-10: 1451633106
ISBN-13: 978-1451633108

Ghost Files is composed of two earlier books by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. Not having read either Ghost Hunting or Seeking Spirits, I jumped at Gallery Books’ offer to review Ghost Files.

Let me start off with a disclaimer, I enjoy Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International as entertainment. I have been, and continue to be, skeptical of the show. Having said that, I find it entertaining.

If you pick up this book hoping for some sort of heart-felt confession of fraud, you will be sorely disappointed. There are no confessions of hoaxing, no loosened light bulbs on the lighthouse’s motion detector, no fishing line pulling chairs, and no string pulling collars. In fact the book(s) are brief summaries ( 2 to 5 pages ) of their earlier cases.

I found Jason’s green olive story interesting. He claimed that green olives stopped his visions, “I ate those suckers all day long, a bottle a day, and the visions I’d been having went away. I wasn’t cured for life, because whenever I stopped eating olives the visions came back.”

I liked the color pictures included in the book. One of my biggest pet peeves is bad graphics in a book. There is a nice glossary for those unfamiliar with the terms used, but the language used is largely non-technical.

I would recommend this book to the new Ghost Hunters fan. It’s a good way to get up to speed on what the Ghost Hunters do and have done. If, like myself, you missed both books (Ghost Hunting or Seeking Spirits,) this may be the book for you. I think a long-term fan will find the summaries to be brief and repetitive. I give it 3 1/2 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Gallery 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.”


Next book on my list …


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  1. I’m mildly sensitive to ghost and I think it’s because I’ve been doing this so long. It isn’t anything specific, just a sense that yes there is or no there isn’t. However, we’ve got a psychic on our team who really has the talent. She’s one of those who can wear an “I see dead people” t-shirt and mean it.

    She’s never mentioned green olives as a way to tune out excessive internal input. I’ll have to suggest it. We can head out to one of our most haunted locations, slam down some green olives, and see what happens. Did he say anything about washing them down with martinis?

  2. Haha. Olives, huh? Interesting how the belly seems to help the mind. I’m thinking some stupid-ass psychic told him that one and he bought it. The mind is an amazing thing. I’m not impressed with them other than they took a very boring hobby (I know because I do it) and make a hugely profitable venture from it. They have done zero for the ghost hunting world as far as any advancements or improvements. They took a line they were told and continued to pull it along. I’m not impressed with them as ghost hunters, but more as people representing ghost hunters for television and making a profit through much merchandising. I must admit, even if the book were offered free, there would be nothing new to enjoy in its covers. I might use it to shore up the uneven legs on my sofa, though.

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