The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal: Abductions, Apparitions, ESP, Synchronicity, and More Unexplained Phenomena from Other Realms
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Stranded motorists on a lonesome road are rescued by angels. The phone rings with a call from beyond the grave. A blood-sucking predator is sighted again in the south of Texas. The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal is your gateway into the world beyond the known. Covering topics from cryptids to psychics, telekinesis to telepathy, this concise handbook will guide you through the eerie, the undeniable, and the strange world of the paranormal.
Once upon a time, events like ghost sightings were commonplace. Parlors were redecorated to accommodate séance rituals, and ghost stories poured from the culture. Psychic occurrences and abilities might have been feared and disliked, but they were accepted as a normal part of life. Today, we are experiencing a resurgence of all things paranormal—in our books, our movies, on the internet, in the way we look at life. Join paranormal investigator and psychic Judith Joyce as she delves into this world with haunting detail and illuminating clarity. Joyce touches on all of the major aspects of paranormal phenomena, and more. Do you have telepathic powers? Can the Ouija board really speak from the Other Side? Use this paranormal primer to find out.
Some clairvoyants can see events happening in distant locations or in the future or past. Some can read letters within sealed envelopes. Some can put their hands on a book and "see" the words printed within. A classic example of a clairvoyant is the Bible's Witch of Endor, who summoned and was able to see the spirit of the prophet Samuel when she was asked to do so by King Saul. Cold Spots Have you ever been swimming in the ocean and encountered an especially warm spot? Paranormal cold spots
are similar, but they occur on land. Cold spots are small areas that feel significantly colder than surrounding areas with no conventionally discernible reason for this localized drop in temperature. In other words, the spot directly in front of an air conditioner does not count as a paranormal cold spot. Thermometers do not always register cold spots, although sometimes they do. Cold spots may be temporary. They may exist for brief periods, or they may be located consistently in the same place.
obvious fraud. Others take the opposite tack, insisting that paranormal events simply cannot be real, regardless of evidence. Renowned UFO researcher Budd Hopkins asks us to consider exactly who are the true believers and who are the skeptics—those willing to accept that something out of the ordinary just might be true—versus those who deny this possibility simply because they believe it can't be true. Beginning in the late 19th century, various paranormal societies were founded as forums where
will be dispossessed on Tuesday. Titus Merritt . . . is taking up a subscription among his friends with a view to sending Mrs. Kane to some sort of sanitarium. Maggie died homeless on March 8, 1893 at fifty-nine. Both Maggie and Kate died penniless alcoholics. If Maggie's confession was true and the sisters began as frauds, did the experience in Hydesville and its aftermath awaken their latent psychic skills? Those who have attempted to replicate the trick as described by Maggie have
conditions and illnesses. Mainstream science dismisses the literal validity of abduction claims, attributing them instead to false-memory syndrome, mental illness, or attention-seeking fraud. Theories differ as to why aliens abduct humans. The most malevolent suggest that aliens are studying us in order to enslave us more easily. Others claim they seek to create transgenic beings, hybrid human-aliens, who will live discreetly among us and insidiously and gradually conquer Earth. Could it not