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It's easy to say ghosts exist or don't exist. Anyone can do that. Trying to figure out the why or what is a different story. Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans, host of the popular Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures, pulls from his years of experience with paranormal activities and unexplained phenomena to provide an evenhanded look at a divisive subject. In Dark WorldIt's easy to say ghosts exist or don't exist. Anyone can do that. Trying to figure out the why or what is a different story. Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans, host of the popular Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures, pulls from his years of experience with paranormal activities and unexplained phenomena to provide an evenhanded look at a divisive subject. In Dark World, regardless of whether you believe in the afterlife or not, Zak does his best to find and share answers to the phenomena that people encounter. He wants you to experience a haunting through his eyes: to feel what it's like to be scared, freaked out, pushed, cold, sluggish, whispered-at and touched by an ethereal being or attacked by a demonic spirit. But beyond simply experiencing these events, Zak is looking for the reasons behind them, searching for answers to the unanswered questions. Addressing all the major issues and theories of the field in an impartial way, Dark World is a must read for paranormal enthusiasts, those who don't believe and anyone who's ever wondered about things that go bump in the night....

Title : Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew
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ISBN : 9781936608850
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Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew Reviews

  • Julia
    2019-02-26 20:14

    Zak ( @Zak_Bagans ) knows what he's talking about, even if he comes off as a bit of a dork on screen sometimes. He knows a lot about the paranormal and has some really great ideas that, I think, should happen. This books makes me appreciate Zak for what he does in order to educate people. Really well done book. Loved every part of it!

  • Courtney
    2019-03-07 17:00

    I need this book so badly!! I love Ghost Adventures and Zak is hot as hell!! 

  • Joseph
    2019-03-08 16:16

    The book is very basic for anyone who's interested in anything paranormal. If you've watched a couple of episodes of any paranormal tv, then you realize that Bagans gives a very watered down pseudo-philisophical attempt to explain his experiences. I bought the book hoping for some of his experiences, or even a behind the scenes look at the wildly popular "Ghost Adventures Show." What I got was a meandering mismash of hinted at experiences, and half formed thoughts on random paranormal subjects. Zak is a likeable person, and his charisma is much of what pulls you through in the book. He gives an occasional gem of an anecdote, but will often cut it off before giving any context. He also writes very much as he speaks, so you'll get flatulence jokes and patronizing questions.If you like the show, you'll like the book. Don't read it looking for anything in-depth.

  • Sue
    2019-03-13 19:54

    I'm a big fan of the Travel Channel show "Ghost Adventures", so when a friend told me Zak Bagans had a book, I immediately checked it out. What I love about this is that we are able to see more about Zak than what we see on Ghost Adventures. He can come across as a little bizarre, so reading this was a great peek into his mind. My thoughts on the paranormal are pretty much midline; I believe in spirits, but I don't necessarily think the things that haunt buildings are benign. I view a lot of Ghost Adventures as pure entertainment, but many things on the show have stopped to make me think. It was really neat being able to read more about specific experiences. Zak is also a bit of a nerd. He also seems very down to earth and genuine. I'm not sure I believe a lot of the stuff that he does, but it's obvious that HE believes it, which is important. I appreciated the part of the book where he discusses how being a believer in the paranormal affects a person's view of religion. Very well spoken and true. Perhaps most fun was near the end, where we got some tidbits from my favorite recurring guests on Ghost Adventures, Mark & Debbie Constantino. There were some blurbs from other GA regulars, but the names escape me at the moment. Overall, this was a very interesting, intriguing and thought provoking read. Lots of interesting things about physics and theories that I didn't expect and I gained some new knowledge by reading those passages. Zak and his co-writer do a great job of dumbing some of the technical and scientific jargon down to make it understandable and relatable to the average reader. If you are a fan of GA, this really is a must read!

  • Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
    2019-03-12 14:04

    I am finding Zak Bagan's paranormal experiences he has written of in this first book wildly interesting, and I can't put it down. He is as compelling as his presenting style.I find it unique and I enjoy it very much.While filming an episode of Ghost Adventures show in Edinburgh, Zak had interviewed Kryss, a guy who looks the part of a vampire in a black duster coat, ala THE CROW, and after the filming of the interview, the guy starts to shadow Zak. He seems to show up wherever Zak is. It is later on when the GAC all go out to a club later and Kryss brings his three friends. Who of course, are creepy ass vamps just like him. It just gets too f'n creepy and Zak and Aaron beat feet. Just as they tip the f out the door and make it to the street, and there he is already, going, "Where ya going?" Zak wins the prize for Craziest Fans, EASY. Poor guy.He relates a lot of his experiences of the paranormal while making documentaries and his show. And, on the serious side he calls for a standardization throughout the paranormal community so they can start to prove its legitimacy as a science. Basically, 'we want answers...' BTW this is my 666th rating.. ooooo... :)

  • Sean Kennedy
    2019-03-04 21:02

    My hopes for this book were pretty low to begin with - Bagans comes across as annoyingly frat-boyish on his show, and I was hoping that maybe in his writing he would come across less so. No. This book is really just a rehash of events that happened on his TV show, but without any additional info or storytelling. Little tidbits about his life off the show are tantalising but once again little on detail. I'm not expecting him to recount his whole personal journal, but a little personal info and personality would go a long way.Not that it factored into my review at all, but Kindle readers may find the book badly formattted. For me at least the 'text boxes' throughout the book repeated the first third of them and cut off the end. Don't know what went wrong there but I reported it to Amazon.

  • Casimiro
    2019-03-06 19:12

    If you are a fan of Ghost Adventures and Zak Bagans, this is almost a must read. I like the show (totally entertaining) and Zak is I kinda had to read the book. Looking back...This is not a very well written book, and if you're already familiar with the paranormal and its related theories, it's not very informative either. What it is though, is an interesting look into a man that verges on being a narcissist and egomaniac...and you know what...I love Zak Bagans for that! The book was kind of like a train wreck that I couldn't tear myself away from. Final thought... Buy it used, read it, and enjoy the wreck.

  • Jean
    2019-03-16 19:58

    Whether you're interested in the paranormal or not...Zak tells his experiences and beliefs with genuine spirit and integrity. He's a pleasant adventurous young man with a passion for the paranormal and it shows. My only criticism I guess it that I was hoping for some new experiences...since I watch the show regularly I knew many of the events already...but overal I enjoyed his book. Nice first outing.

  • Cornerofmadness
    2019-03-19 20:00

    A few caveats about this review: 1. If you’re reading it as a non-believer in ghosts I assume one of two things, you’re curious and have an open mind or you’re here to ridicule. 2. I read this book because my brother wanted to me. He’s just gotten into ghost hunting (I’ve been involved since the mid 1980’s). I would not have read it otherwise because I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of Mr. Bagans. I sort of think he’s a jerk and from a ghost hunting stand point, I differ vastly in approach and don’t think yelling at/ridiculing spirits is the best way to go. To his credit, Zak does discuss this in his book and why he does it.The book is more about Zak than anything and I do feel he has a very high opinion of himself (granted I felt that way going into this but nothing in the book dissuaded me from that opinion). It’s all about how he got into ghost hunting, his approach to hunting and his experiences. A good chunk of the beginning of the book is dedicated to explaining the techniques and tools of the trade. The language is very conversational and written so pretty much anyone could follow.It goes into depth about various types of hauntings, residual, intelligent etc and into Zak’s religious beliefs (lightly, nothing preachy) and his belief in the demonic. It certainly pulls from various sites seen on the TV show. It has tips and caveats about getting into ghost hunting and as I said above Zak does explain why he likes to yell at/humiliate some ghosts, the risks of doing that and why he spends a lot of time yelling at his companions (something I find very off putting and one of the reasons I rarely watch the show in all honesty. However, I suspect that reality TV is convinced we want to see someone acting like a dick judging by personalities we see on X-Factor and Kitchen Nightmares).The latter parts of the book deal with scientific theory, and various of theories that could explain hauntings. I’ll give him credit for attempting to explain these theories so anyone could understand them even if I’m not entirely sure I buy into some of his conclusions and his knee jerk assumption all of science is filled with non-believers.If you came into this hoping for a book on all his hauntings, you might be disappointed. Outside of Bob Mackay’s and a couple others, most of the investigations are given light treatment, less than a page or two. It’s more about the how to do it rather than the experiences in any depth. And again, it’s all about Zak. Even his partners aren’t given much face time. The lay out of the book is nice though I would have preferred pictures of the investigations instead of Zak trying to look bad ass in various locals. I suspect most people picking this book up are already fans of Bagans and/or Ghost Adventures. If you’re looking for a book to dip your toe into the world of ghost hunting, it’s not a bad place to start. If you’re more of an old hand at ghost hunting, you’ll probably be a little bored in many places since it’s nothing you haven’t heard a hundred times before.

  • Molly
    2019-03-21 17:54

    I thoroughly enjoyed having the bejeezus scared out of me by this book. Although I don't believe I've ever had a paranormal experience, I have always had an open mind to such things and the information in this book certainly supported some of my beliefs. My main complaint is in the editing - may I offer my services for the next edition? There were multiple errors in grammar and syntax, which happen to the best of us, but there were also some errors in fact that should have been caught and addressed. The chapter on Science was particularly troublesome in this respect. A tsunami is not a weather phenomenon. Microtubules are not brain cells. And, although I have no doubt that traditional scientists with their bloated egos and know-it-all-God complexes (I can say this because I used to be one) ridicule paranormal investigators, I think the latter could learn a lot from the scientific method that this book tended to deride. It's no wonder these people can't work together, even though it seems perfectly obvious to me that collaboration would benefit both parties. Anyway, all in all, a very enjoyable read. And I definitely learned a few things, too. Like I do not want to be a paranormal investigator. And that I should leave the reputed ghost in my workplace the hell alone. Leave it to the professionals, and read about it later!

  • BeautifulOblivion
    2019-02-23 20:18

    This is a marvelous book! Zak absolutely knows what he's talking about. From actually living the paranormal, Bagans explains all his paranormal encounters that didn't make it on the big screen. Zak Bagans, lead investigator from the Ghost Adventures makes an outstanding job on this book! He explains how he deals with that paranormal, such as demons, evil entities, ghost, and let's not forget the incubus and the succubus. (love that episode!)Zak really knows how to get the readers attention. Once you read it, you can't put it down. I remember I wouldn't put the book down and spent all night reading it. This book is a must read! Especially for Gac fans...

  • travis
    2019-03-16 13:18

    Insultingly dumb, unsurprisingly covered in confirmation bias, self-contradictory and written like a middle school essay. (Ghost Adventures is a guilty pleasure, but this book is an affront to any normal person's grasp on reality.)

  • Blackoween
    2019-03-06 18:11

    Very good- hard to put down. A nice bit of Zak's personality. Interesting bits about the struggle that the paranormal society is having to get it to be consider a true science. Also good explanations of the categories of spirits.

  • Doreen Petersen
    2019-03-11 13:04

    The paranormal is a very controversial topic for many people. That being said I personally feel that there are things we as humans and science don't fully understand and can't be explained by conventional means. However you feel about this topic I think this is well worthwhile reading.

  • Mimi
    2019-03-02 13:54

    A good look into the current hype of paranormal shows. Zak Bagans is an intelligent and well versed author capable of writing his thoughts down.

  • TL
    2019-03-16 13:58

    excellent book... well written, you can clearly hear Zak's 'voice' throughout... hope he writes another one someday :)

  • Brittany
    2019-03-13 14:07

    I read Zak's books in reverse order. This one was written first but I read it second :) There's a huge difference between the two. I Am Haunted seemed to me more of an autobiography whereas Dark World was more of a here's a recap/more detail on the evidence you've seen if you watch the show with a whole lot of here's how to be a paranormal investigator. Now...that's not to say I didn't like this book. I did...A LOT. One thing that always bugs me about the show is the fact that they have to cram so much into only a one hour slot so it was nice to get read more detail about some of their most compelling evidence. I also liked that he explains a bit more in detail about different residual hauntings vs intelligent hauntings, poltergeist, demons, possessions, exorcisms...I liked the teaching element. But...what blew my mind was the SCIENCE portion of the book...SCIENCE...I LOVE SCIENCE. I AM A NERD SO I WAS ENTHRALLED! The whole time I read every word just going OMG...what if? Maybe so?! HOLY COW! Zak delves into time and space and quantum mechanics and I finished it going holy shit...he seems quite brilliant! Now...I don't claim to be an expert in quantum physics so to a professor of the subject, it may seem Zak is talking out of his ass...but to me...his points of view seemed legit. I'm a nerd through and through and a science geek at that...I wear it with when you start talking scientific method, my ears perk up and I become a meerkat. I liked that Zak took a subject that would normally be way over even my well educated head and brought it down to a level I could understand...then turned around and made these weird ass connections between it and the paranormal. It seriously blew my mind and I LIKED IT! I thoroughly enjoyed how he closes the book out with thoughts from other leading paranormal investigators and authors about the future of paranormal investigation...and dare I say...paranormal science! I was sitting here going dude I'll do it...I'll volunteer. Send me your evidence and i'll put the ambient temperature, moon phase, weather, humidity, etc into a spreadsheet....but somebody else will have to pay for the website :) I'm all for putting the evidence into one location and working on making it a legit science. Call me crazy but why not?! Honestly, I don't know if I'm a believer or wouldn't someone who isn't sure about it be perfect for compiling it all into one location?! I'm just sayin...As someone who has never had a paranormal experience, I do think I'm open enough to other view points to support Zak's (and others) cause to try and make paranormal investigation more into a paranormal science. The psych minor and nerdy scientist in me went gaga for his ideas. Carry on Zak and Good Luck!

  • Amit
    2019-02-26 19:17

    Before I start I want to give a lot of thanks to Zak Bagans for his "Chapter-6" named "SCIENCE". By reading that chapter I finally understand why you dedicated your life in this Paranormal World. You are so genius man & of course an Unbelievable Person… :PThis book is very very informative for the paranormal world. First I want to start with your own speech that you narrated on you book...Speech of Zak Bagans :1. I've never worshiped the Devil, Studied secrets of VooDoo or Drunk Blood for protection from Evil Spirits...2. How many times have you heard those stories about a man who keeps his girls too close because he's terrified of losing her? That willingness to protect a loved one carry over into the spirit world...3. I'd like to think that what the Justice system could not discover, we did. In the middle of the night, when there's nothing left but you, the spirits and the darkness, the truth can be found if you know where to look..."Who killed you?" I asked, waiting in the silence. Moments later when I reviewed the digital recording of the Spirit Box, I got a response that I did not expect."Andy"...4. Fear is a big player when it comes to the paranormal for a couple of reasons. Some people have preconceived notions of what ghosts are and others simply fear the unknown. Fear is a product of knowing the possible consequences of your actions...5. Spirits are composed of weak energy and are not capable of manifesting themselves into sound or sight until they come in contact with a greater amount of energy that can borrow or take altogether...6. (Speech of Bishop James Long) : "Demonology has nothing to do with the Paranormal. It's purely theological and in fact exorcists and Demonologists are not the same thing. I am concerned more and more that the information age will convince people they can do the things that have taken me nearly a decade to perfect...People who are not trained in demonology and attempt to perform rituals that they have no business performing are playing with fire. If that trend continues, people are going to get hurt. When performing the Solemn rite of Exorcism, there's a real potential of the possessed person expiring. That right is reserved for an ordained clergyman and can be deadly if done wrong. People who have performed an Exorcism incorrectly have been charged with Manslaughter in the past, so in the future I hope this trend of amateurs performing Exorcism stops"...Myself :1. I am now a dedicated believer of Paranormal World.2. This book is very useful for them who wants to start their journey by paranormal investigation.3. I do respect you much more than before.4. The connection between Science and Paranormal World was Incredible to know.Thank You Zak. Thank You...

  • Kirsty
    2019-03-07 13:52

    Admittedly I'm hugely disappointed in this book. I love anything paranormal based, books, TV, films, and have been on several ghosts hunts myself. So after watching Ghost Adventures, and thinking it's one of the most credible TV shows out there that deal with the paranormal, I was really excited to read the book of the lead investigator Zak Bagans.It just wasn't as engaging as you would expect. Zak has fallen into the trap of bogging the reader down with too much science, and not enough personal anecdotes and experiences. I total understand that he wants to show he's a serious investigator with scientific methods and records, to encourage skeptics into considering the value of ghost hunting and the paranormal world, BUT... To pick up this book I already have an interest in this field! I also have a hundred books on the theories/ science of paranormal, that all deal with parallel universes, stone tape/ water theories, fringe science ETC, and I'm not ashamed to admit that when I picked this book up I wanted Zak's TV experiences, behind the scenes info, and a more personal insight. Most of the info given is already well known from the TV episodes, there was nothing really new here except the explanation of Zak's first ghostly encounters, which are mentioned in his voice over at the start of the show. It would have also been nice to have some colour photos of the cast, and the professionals that are mentioned throughout the book, or even some stills of the most exciting evidence caught on camera (as not all episodes have been shown in the UK).As much as I love Zak as a TV personality and paranormal investigator, I have to admit he could have done with a little more editing as an author! He likes to ramble, and LOVES to repeat himself!! Quite a lot of this book could have been pared down and sharpened up.Overall this is a good introduction to the theories of hauntings and the science of the paranormal, but if you're looking for a companion to the show or the personal/ unknown experiences of Zak himself.. I sadly can't really recommend it- as you might as well just watch the show itself.A great overview book to check out if you're interested in this subject is .

  • Nikki
    2019-03-17 14:02

    I like the show Ghost Adventures, so when a friend told me Zak Bagans had a book, I thought, this is something I need to check out. Zak Bagans is hilarious to watch. He's very eccentric and aggressive and it makes for entertaining television. But Zak Bagans does know what he's talking about. He has done his research. For me, that's what made this book separate from the show. He does refer to investigations from the show, but the book isn't primarily about that. What I really liked about the book was that he drew from science, primarily quantum physics theories to support his claims. With these theories, however, he merely skimmed the surface and did not delve too deep into them, but provided citations for further inquiry, if the reader would like to research further. Additionally, in the last chapter of the book he had statements from the leading researchers and investigators in the field, where they spoke of their hopes and expectations for the future of the field, which I thought was really neat. A minor criticism that I would have for the book was that it just skimmed the surface. Nothing was really spoken about in depth. Which overall was fine. He introduced me to theories and gave me the basics. Now, with that introduction, I can explore those theories further on my own time, if I so please. Another criticism I have is for the e-book version. There were snippets in the e-book that were in different font, I don't know if this is because they were meant to be side notes from Zak, but every time one of these footnotes came along, it would be cut short in my e-book version, which was pretty frustrating. So, anyone ordering the e-book, be warned!Overall, I really enjoyed reading the book (although I had to read it during the day in case I came across any particularly freaky anecdotes). Zak's theories sort of solidified for me any thoughts I had previously and certainly made me curious to research more.

  • Casey Nash
    2019-03-21 19:56

    This is a book I picked up in order to do some extra research into the paranormal before writing my next book. I just want to say that when I did pick it up, I had never heard of 'Ghost Adventures' in my life. I read it in the hope that it would provide some knowledge on the paranormal that I didn't have before.I've come across a few books written by Paranormal Investigators, but I must say, I've never come across an investigator who can write about his experiences and relate it in a scientific way which shows that the guy actually KNOWS what he's talking about. It's refreshing to read a book that not only recounts events, but also compares them and analyses them. 'Dark World' is a great book for those who want to know more about the paranormal as a whole and the different techniques used in Paranormal investigations.'Dark World' also goes into the Physics behind the Paranormal. While I know quite a few people find this annoying, I love it. It gives a different outlook on the Paranormal - a more scientific one. If you're a fan of the show and just want to know more about it, then this book does give some insight, but not as much as I feel some people expect. The background information, when compared to the show (which I have now watched) is quite amazing. There are definitely things cut out of the show which are interesting to read about. However, the main basis for the book is explaining the Paranormal, so if you only want the experiences and don't care for the science, then I suggest you stick to the T.V. show.All in all, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the Paranormal.

  • Lauren
    2019-02-19 20:03

    Overall, I would give this book a 4.5 stars out of 5. This was a very well written, thought provoking read, I am a big fan of the show Ghost Adventures and so I just had to read the lead investigators book. It explores the paranormal field in depth in everything from the different types of spirits, addressing the skeptics to the science behind it. I would recommend this book to both skeptics and believers of the paranormal world as I don't think you can really argue with some of the points brought up in this book. And I agree that believer's and skeptics should be working together to find answers to paranormal phenomena rather than just scoffing at each other, after all like this book says we all seek answers to the same question-Is there life after death? So yes I would highly recommend this book to everyone, the only reason that I didn't give this book a full five stars was that I found it a little boring in places but I think that's because it deals with very deep themes and I'm only young so I found some of it a little hard to comprehend. :)

  • Jessica
    2019-03-12 18:02

    It was pretty much a rehashing of the shows, and this book is in need of a good copy editor. I have to be honest, spelling Casper the Friendly Ghost wrong (p. 159, "Caspar") is a pretty atrocious error that I find hard to get past. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the subject matter and the tidbits of information that went beyond the show; I just wish there was more of it. My favorite parts were when Zak delved deeper into his childhood and the experiences he had after investigations. I also appreciated the collaboration of voices, particularly in toward the end where there is a calling for enhanced and more organized research in the field of paranormal studies. I can't deny that I was entertained and fascinated with the ideas in the book, so that is what earned this rating.

  • Rinji
    2019-03-16 20:51

    As a fan of Ghost Adventures I looked forward to reading this book since I heard Zak Bagans was writing it. I picked it up the day it came out and started reading it that night. I was not disapointed. It was more than I expected it to be.Zak was honest and told those who want to be paronormal investigators what they need to know and told them about the equiptment they would use. He talked about personal experiances and how he started in paronormal investigating. If I could I would give this book 15 stars or more.I would recomend this book to my friends. As I said I was not disapointed. And I will read this book again!

  • Gina
    2019-03-07 15:09

    I am curious about GAC & what goes into their investigations. So I'm reading this book to gain insight into the work. I am a fan of the Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures". I appreciate the work, the science, the research that's involved in the paranormal field. The GAC guys have been around for years now, building their credebility with hard evidence. They get in to exciting adventures as they study locations. It's fun & exciting. I grew up watching scary stuff so I like it. I agree that if you are a fan of Ghost Adventures, then read this.

  • Jade Knight
    2019-03-19 18:50

    It was amazing!! Not only did Zac view his own opinions but also used science to validate and explain it. To me Zac Bagans is one of the best paranormal investigators because he doesn't just see something and assume its right, he researches and digs deeper into factual science and professionalism to seek the truth to make sure it is right! One of the best books written for the paranormal that I've read!!

  • Renata
    2019-02-19 20:04

    This book is nearly impossible to follow if you haven't seen every single episode of Ghost Adventures, BUT it is pretty hilarious and has excellent Goth Fonts.

  • Jacquelyn
    2019-03-08 20:07

    Really enjoyed this one!

  • Tim Mcmichael
    2019-03-12 19:16

    Zac "Princess" Bagans bothers me but his theories are catching and is a good book to read to learn about the ghost hunting field.

  • Dharia Scarab
    2019-03-02 20:56

    After having seen most of the Ghost Adventures episodes, it was interesting to read about them from Zak's point of view.