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The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits, Third Edition
  • Authored by: Rosemary Ellen Guiley; Foreword by Troy Taylor
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816067376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6737-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 08/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 133.103
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 576


Praise for the previous edition:
"...can be used for ready reference or as a guide for further study. Highly recommended..."—Choice

"The writing style is very readable, and browsers may find themselves reading the entire work...Recommended..."—Booklist

"...beautifully produced...a really outstanding reference book that is accessible to nearly all lay people."—Journal of Scientific Exploration

The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits, Third Edition includes more than 600 fascinating entries about ghosts, hauntings, related paranormal phenomenon, the people who investigate them, and the key theories about what causes them. Widely regarded as the definitive reference in the field, this encyclopedia provides comprehensive coverage written in an engaging style.

Paranormal expert Rosemary Ellen Guiley has compiled extensive research on the most current theories about what causes ghosts and the many new haunting cases documented since publication of the second edition. The third edition has been substantially updated with the addition of more than 130 new entries, more than 20 new black-and-white photographs, and an updated foreword by Troy Taylor, author and founder of the American Ghost Society. Many entries include bibliographical listings for further reading.

New and revised entries include:

  • After-death communication
  • Apparitions
  • Borley Rectory
  • Demonology
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Electronic voice phenomena
  • Lizzie Borden house
  • Mediums and mediumship
  • Necromancy
  • Poltergeists
  • Possessed possessions
  • Séances
  • Spirit photography
  • Talking boards
  • Wandering ghosts
  • Waverly Hills Sanatorium
  • and more.


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Index. Bibliographic references. Cross-references.

About the Author(s)

Rosemary Ellen Guiley is the best-selling author of books on the paranormal, mystical and visionary experiences, and spirituality. Her other books for Facts On File include The Encyclopedia of Angels, Second Edition; The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy; The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft, and Wicca, Third Edition; and The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters. She is an honorary life member of the Ghost Club of London. She lives in Connecticut.

Foreword author Troy Taylor is an author and the founder of the American Ghost Society.

Reviews and Awards

"This riveting volume provides a much-needed expansion and update of one of the best references on the subject. Well researched and engagingly written...comprehensive...an outstanding tool for serious researchers and laypeople alike."
School Library Journal

"Believers and skeptics alike seeking information on various phenomena will find this book useful...fascinating..."

"...easy to read...a plethora of good information..."
American Reference Books Annual

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