Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs, and Bigfoot

Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs, and Bigfoot

Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs, and Bigfoot

Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs, and Bigfoot

Synopsis

Did you know that interest in UFO research increased during the 1960s as a result of the Kennedy assassination? Or that America experienced a Satanic Panic in the 1980s that culminated with the longest, most expensive court trial in American history? This book reviews the history, economy, and community of paranormal research in this country, and considers the deeper meaning behind the philosophies and theories surrounding the industry.

Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs, and Bigfoot explores the events that have defined paranormal belief systems today. From the birth of religious doctrine, to European witch hunts, to the increasing popularity of the supernatural in American television programming, the author examines the past and present conditions that have fueled interest in the unexplained and considers what this trend means for modern-day America.

Excerpt

Afrightened family and a paranormal research group known as the Spirit Seekers out of Montgomery, Alabama, sit around a wooden table in a dark recess of the Shea family’s new home. Ben and Jamie Shea and their three young children, Jackson (3 months), Bridger (5), and Tory (11) have been experiencing a living nightmare since purchasing and moving into the previously empty house. Demonic phantoms appear to them; ghosts of children and the elderly walk up and down their stairs at night; their young son cannot sleep because of the voices that keep sounding in his room and, worst of all, the Shea’s oldest child is involved in a near-fatal car accident. After enduring these apparitions, frightening sounds, near misses, and paranoia, the Sheas finally called the Spirit Seekers. Alan Lowe and his wife, Angela, run the Spirit Seekers. Together they investigate paranormal phenomena such as hauntings. Joining them is their daughter Violet, a medium who can converse with the dead, and Karen Shillings, a historical researcher who tries to discover a historical source of the haunting. They have come to help the Sheas rid their home of its unwelcome guests.

The Spirit Seekers set up shop quickly. The focus of the terror appears to be a little boy’s room at the end of a hallway. It was in this room that the Sheas found evidence of a satanic ritual when they first bought the abandoned house. Not believing that there was anything to worry about, they purchased the home anyway and turned the bedroom into their son’s room. The Spirit Seekers have placed a video camera in the hallway to monitor activity. In fact, they have placed several video cameras throughout the house with viewing monitors, recording devices, and infrared cameras to capture any negative . . .

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