Review: Dark World

zakbagansdarkworld 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
ISBN-10: 1936608855

Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5

Product description:
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.

My thoughts:
goofyzakThis 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.

zak-eyes-1If 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.

 

Ghost Adventures and GHI have twitter fight.

zak-eyes-1It seems that Zak Bagans and Robb Demarest don’t like each other. Both Bagans (GA) and Demarest (GHI) had a hissy fit on twitter.

Zak Bagans said, of Robb Demarest, “Ive never had more issues with people talking shit than ppl from Ghost Hunters Intl… Failed TV Show and these wannabes wanna talk shit LMFAO” […] “Paranormal “1-hit wonders” like @RobbDemarest that had a failed TV Show miss the fame so they bash the GAC… don’t think so dork GET A LIFE”

Demarest tried to settle the dust-up with, “Just because I have an opinion does not always mean I have to share it. Lesson learned. That means I owe a certain someone a big ol’ hug!”

I think both gentlemen need to cut back on the steroids. Especially you Zak!  It seems all that you need to be a paranormal expert is a black t-shirt and an enormous ego.

Zak Bagans has a new show and book in the works

Like Jason of Ghost Hunters and Ryan of Paranormal State, Zak is jumping into the book arena. Maybe it’s just me, but I was surprised to learn that Zak could write.

If you thought along those same lines, it should come as no surprise that his book “Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew” was co-written by a published author Kelly Crigger. Crigger is known for books about mixed martial arts. It seems to be an odd pairing, a writer of martial arts books, who is not a ghost hunter, and Zak Bagans?

The book is coming out in August just ahead of the Halloween buzz. That was a pretty good marketing idea, considering that the publisher Victory Belt Publishing usually publishes books about choke holds. Not to imply that books about choke holds are all that Victory Belt produces, they also do videos about choke holds. Of all of the paranormal book publishers, only a martial art publisher thought that Zak’s thoughts should be in print?

Having said that, Zak is a busy boy. He is also putting together a new paranormal show called. “Paranormal Challenge.” The show will feature two amateur ghost hunting teams who will be judged by Bagans and a panel of experts. The date for the premiere of Paranormal Challenge ( or dancing with the paranormal ) is June 17th.

I can’t wait to see Zak give advice to ghost hunters like, “you need to scream louder.” If you have a paranormal team and feel that you need some Zak Bagans TV time, you can email Zak at ParanormalShow2011@gmail.com.

Ghost Adventures fans can write Zak, Nick, and Aaron here:

Ghost Adventures Crew
9850 S. Maryland Pkwy
Ste: A-5 219
Las Vegas, NV 89183

Ghost Hunters International: “Ghosts of the Eastern Bloc”

After this episode, I guess we know what direction the new GHI show has taken. They look less like an imitation of Ghost Hunters and more of an imitation of Ghost Adventures. The GHI crew visited two beautiful castles Pidhirtsi Castle, and Reszel Castle.

Pidhirtsi Castle is located in the Ukraine, I guess what stuck out the most to me was the introduction by Barry as he addressed the team as GHI. It was if he were not part of the team and was talking to a group of strangers. Barry and Kris find an inverted pentacle which they believe is a  Satanic shrine. Yeah, let’s not waste any time researching what it may be, let’s just call it Satanic.

I got a chuckle from Joe Chin giving us his best imitation of Zak Bagans with tingles and goosebumps. He freaks out seeing something between the cracks of a door ala Barry from an earlier season of GHI. Later Susan debunks the shadowy figure as nothing more than a sheet of plastic.

Susan has a semi-psychic moment ( I wonder if we will have more of those as the season moves along) and believed that she had been touched on the cheek. Full-spectrum pictures are taken of Susan, and those pictures show an odd shadow.

It is Reszel Castle that gives us the best laughs of the night. Barry freaks out when something touches his leg. That man has the heart of a lion — not.

Paul and Susan move to the bar, and Susan fills two glasses with ice water and adds straws. Shortly there after, Paul detects cold spots ( mmmmmm Paul ice water) and then a straw moves! We see and hear the ice as the straw shifts but Paul and Susan are in a state of paranormal rapture.

During the analysis the ice water poltergeist is revealed as nothing more than melting water, and Paul takes some good-natured teasing. I got a good laugh out of this group of professional ghost hunters.

Everything said and done, I really enjoyed the episode. Will it survive? I don’t know. As I said, it looks more like Ghost Adventures and that may not sit well with Ghost Hunters fans.

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