Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew
by Zak Bagans, and Kelly Crigger
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition
Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5
It’s easy to say ghosts exist or don’t exist. Anyone can do that. Trying to figure out the why or what is a different story. Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans, host of the popular Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures, pulls from his years of experience with paranormal activities and unexplained phenomena to provide an evenhanded look at a divisive subject. In Dark World, regardless of whether you believe in the afterlife or not, Zak does his best to find and share answers to the phenomena that people encounter. He wants you to experience a haunting through his eyes: to feel what it’s like to be scared, freaked out, pushed, cold, sluggish, whispered-at and touched by an ethereal being or attacked by a demonic spirit. But beyond simply experiencing these events, Zak is looking for the reasons behind them, searching for answers to the unanswered questions. Addressing all the major issues and theories of the field in an impartial way, Dark World is a must read for paranormal enthusiasts, those who don’t believe and anyone who’s ever wondered about things that go bump in the night.
This is one of those books that I could score a 5 just as easily as a 3. It’s a bit like nailing down jello. On the one hand, Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew smacks of an exercise in narcissism. I almost expected to see Zak Bagans name larger than anything else of the cover ( and it nearly is ). I am reminded of a story related to me by a ghost hunter, that I greatly respect, in which one of Zak’s interviewees told her about Zak’s constant preening. While there is a lot of ego flexing in the book, I couldn’t help but come away impressed with Bagans’ knowledge of paranormal tools and techniques.
If the book were solely about paranormal techniques, strategy, or tools, I think that it would have been a better book. While I may not agree with everything in his approach, I am impressed with his energy and passion.
I think that more behind-the-scenes anecdotes and less retelling of episodes would have helped the book. Sometimes it is a little difficult to take Bagans seriously. That being said, I would recommend the book and give it a wishy-washy 4 stars out of 5.