Saturday, October 15, 2016

Book Review: Ghosts from Our Past by Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates with Andrew Shaffer

Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal is a 2016 book by Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates, with Andrew Shaffer. It was featured in this summer's Ghostbusters movie as a book written by Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Abby (Melissa McCarthy), and since I loved the movie so much, of course I had to buy the book! The book consists of three sections: Erin and Abby's experiences, their research, and their methods. Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), and Kevin the receptionist (Chris Hemsworth) also contribute to the book.

Future paranormal investigators will be interested in the chapter that lists all of the things you might need before you take part in a paranormal investigation and the section that talks about the most haunted types of locations (houses, theaters, hotels, battlefields, prisons, hospitals, and cemeteries).
The chapter on malevolent spirits is really interesting, and the authors give examples of each class of spirit from least malevolent to the ones most likely to kill you:

Class 1: ghostly mist
Class 2: disembodied hand
Class 3: The Night Man (ghost of a sailor who warns people if a storm is coming)
Class 4: John Belushi
Class 5: The Hastings Fountain (a fountain of blood)
Class 6: kelpies (ghost horses)
Class 7: Krampus

Ghosts from Our Past is funny and very informative, and though it was written as a movie tie-in, it actually seems like it would be helpful for real-life paranormal investigators. If you're a fan of the new Ghostbusters movie or are just interested in paranormal investigation, you should check out Ghosts from Our Past. : )

My rating: 9/10

Here's my review of Ghostbusters:

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