RRB: This book looks super cool! Tell us about it.
MH: Thank you! This book took me on an incredible journey. Over the past few years I've gone from Mars to beyond the veil. As the title suggests, Chasing Ghosts covers spirits from the earliest of civilizations and cultures to the ghost hunters of today. In between I include medieval ghosts, Victorian-era Spiritualism, haunted places, poltergeist cases, and ways in which technology has been used to either capture evidence of ghosts or explain paranormal experiences. Regarding the latter, for example, is the story of Vic Tandy's experiments with infrasound beginning in the late 1970s. He realized this 18.9 hz frequency—undetectable to us–affects us in ways that might lead us to think the paranormal is happening. It makes people feel fear and see shadowy figures. And it happens to occur in cellars and narrow hallways—two places known for having a presence of ghosts.
Research took me to various places, including Lily Dale Assembly in Western New York, Eastern State Penitentiary, Gettysburg, and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia. I also loved speaking with various parapsychologists, paranormal investigators, and even friends and co-workers who've experienced ghosts. So the book is full of incredible stories and theories, plus a lot of incredible photos and newspaper clippings. Just in time for Halloween!