“The Science of Ghosts”

September 4, 2012

I announce my latest book, The Science of Ghosts: Searching for Spirits of the Dead, from Prometheus Books. (It is the first of what I hope to make a series, the next being The Science of Miracles.)

When I became a paranormal investigator in 1969, there were virtually no books on the subject of ghosts—from a scientific perspective. There still aren’t! So I decided to write this, the only comprehensive, investigative one of its kind.

The book is divided into four parts: Part 1, “The Haunting Impulse,” looks at history, phenomena (such as auras, apparitions, and near-death experiences), and cultural and psychological forces that relate to belief in ghosts. Part 2, “Spirited Travels,” presents case studies that take us to numerous supposedly haunted places, from an Alaskan bordello to lonely lighthouses, European castles, Australian jails, and more. Part 3, “Communications with the Dead,” studies spiritualism and the claims of mediums who allegedly make contact with those from the other side. And Part 4, “Ghost Hunting,” examines the evidence of those who visit allegedly haunted places in an effort to detect phenomena they believe are associated with ghosts.

In addition, an appendix, “The Haunted Mind,” provides a glossary of mental phenomena associated with supposed otherworldly encounters.

Here’s what people are saying about the book. Michael Shermer (publisher of Skeptic magazine) states: “This is it—the definitive book on ghosts from a scientific perspective, written by the world’s foremost science-based ghost hunter. Nickell is the go-to guy for all things paranormal, and with this book he has once again asserted himself as a fair and careful investigator whose conclusions we can trust.”

And D.J. Grothe (president of the James Randi Educational Foundation) writes: “In [this] important new book Joe Nickell—the premier skeptical paranormal investigator alive today—explains his expert techniques while presenting various paranormal cases, looking at the actual evidence for the existence of such spirit beings. This is a book that everyone interested in ghostly evidence for the afterlife—believer and skeptic alike—will benefit from reading.”

To purchase The Science of Ghosts—available in paperback or as an ebook—contact Prometheus Books at 800-421-0351, or visit your favorite bookstore or online book retailer. Order now. I wrote this book for you!