Free Digital Edition of ‘Is Your House Haunted?’

Is Your House Haunted?

If you’re looking for my free, 2013 edition of Is Your House Haunted?, it was (past tense) available through The Authors Club.

Starting in 2016, that site seemed to be in redesign. (See TheAuthorsClub.net, in case the site is back in business.)

As soon as the new edition is available, I’ll share download links here and at my Fiona Broome author website.

Meanwhile, the checklist is still available. Visit my freebies page for this and other free ghost hunting materials.

Here’s how the book was described at The Authors Club.

When Jason Hawes launched The Authors Club — and included the free version of my book — here’s what I’d said:

Have you ever wondered what goes on at a possibly haunted home before the TV cameras start filming?

This book takes you through some of the important steps.  It’s sort of “the investigation before the investigation you see on TV.”

You can download the 2013 edition in either ePub or PDF format, completely free.  Just go to The Authors Club, click on the book link, and select which format you’d like to download.  Registration is free at the site, and so is my book.

This book will also be available in print, at Amazon.com.  The printed book is 140 pages long.

I’m working on a second update to this book — expected before the end of 2016 — as well as a much larger edition for professionals, in digital and print formats.

Here’s the book description:

Is Your House Haunted?  Tips for anyone living in — or investigating — a house that might be haunted.
Written by Fiona Broome, founder of HollowHill.com and Ghosts101.com

If you’ve wondered if your home is haunted, this book will help you find answers… and — in most cases — explain what to do about them.

You’ll discover the leading, normal reasons why some houses seem haunted. You’ll also find out why at least 80% of “haunted” houses don’t have ghosts, and what to do if your home really is haunted.

Based on over 30 years’ research in haunted homes and businesses throughout the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, and Canada, author and paranormal investigator Fiona Broome will show you…

  • What you can investigate on your own, easily.
  • What to do — and what not to do — if your house is haunted.
  • When to call an expert, and what to ask them.
  • How to protect yourself and your family from real and hidden dangers in your (possibly) haunted home.

If your home might be haunted, it’s important to act quickly. This book explains what to do, step-by-step, right now.

 

Haunted House? Free Checklist

Every day, people write to me about their haunted houses.  They want to know if they have ghosts or demons, or if they’re in danger.

Haunted houseI’m not at the house, so I can’t diagnose the situation, no matter how clear the descriptions, photos and EVPs.

The only person who can tell what’s really going on is someone right there. (If anyone at a forum or website tells you differently, stay away from them.)

But, anyone with a possibly haunted house can get help, right away.

Free: Is Your House Haunted? Checklist

Here’s the rest of the story…

Around 2009, I created a free book and checklist to help people find an answer to their haunted house questions… usually within a short amount of time.

That’s when I wrote my classic how-to guide, Is Your House Haunted? Over the next few years, I updated the book a few times. For a few years, my book was free at Jason’s Author Club.  Last time I checked (Sept 2017), that site was no longer online.

In addition, my 2009 version (and updates through 2014) is now outdated. I need to rewrite it, update it, and expand it.

Oh, the original book is still valid. It’s just not complete, and I no longer recommend some techniques for dealing with hauntings that are problems.

As soon as I hear that Jason’s Author Club is back — or whatever he replaces it with — I’ll post the link here.

Meanwhile, as far as I know, the old version of the book can be downloaded at any one of the following links. (If any link stops working, please use the Contact form to let me know.)

Is Your House Haunted?

Important reminder: You can share the checklist (as a PDF or a link) with others, as long as you don’t change anything on it, take credit for it, or use it in a commercial project.

[Thanks to Joanne W. for helping me restore this article.]

When a Loved One Might Be a Ghost

Several people have asked if a recently departed family member or friend might be a ghost.  (A few have asked if a pet can return as a spirit. Yes, I believe pets are as much “family” as their human companions are.)

The following is part of my reply to a reader whose mother had passed away and now seems to be returning — as a spirit — to the home where she lived.

My personal experiences and my work in this field lead me to believe that people definitely can (and often will) visit friends and family after passing on.In most cases, it’s not necessarily anything negative.  The person has an interest in those who are still living in this plane of existence.  Or, the person has something to communicate.  Maybe the spirit is simply having fun… which can be received a variety of ways, depending on the spirit’s sense of humor.

The intensity and duration of these experiences seem to diminish over time.  My mom visited me for several weeks after she passed away. Then, she was gone for awhile.

A month later, she showed up at an event where I was speaking, in a country she’d barely visited. She spoke very clearly to me — in her own voice, across a room — through Christopher Moon’s “Telephone to the Dead” (aka, a “Frank’s Box”).

I’m not sure which among us was more amazed when that happened… including my mother, who seemed a little intimidated by the device.

Generally, when a spirit is around you, I think it’s polite to talk out loud to her (or him) as if you could still see the person.  After all, it’s still the same person, and nobody likes to feel ignored.

If she’s doing anything that you like, say so.  If she’s making you uncomfortable, talk about that, too.

Though spirits seem to retain their basic personalities — and sometimes an occasional eccentricity or habit — they seem to recover a lot of their mental abilities from before they were injured or became ill.

Forgetfulness seems to be common. I think that’s because the spirits are discovering a very cool, exciting new realm. They forget things because there’s so much to learn and explore.

I don’t think spirits retain any limitations from their earthly lives… not unless they still feel defined by them. That can change as they get more used to their new lives.

Of course, all of this is my interpretation of what I’ve experienced, and what I’ve learned from others’ stories.  Some of my conclusions may be wrong, but… well, they work for me.

In any potential haunting or visit, the most important thing is to treat the spirit as if he or she is still alive… because, after all, the spirit is. Don’t ignore it or be frightened of it.

Talk normally, explain how you feel about the visits. Behave as if you’re talking to them on the phone but the connection isn’t perfect.  Let them know that they can probably hear you just fine, but you can’t hear them clearly.

It’s nothing to be frightened or worried about.

In fact, I think it’d be very strange (and frankly not fair) if people passed away and could never return to visit friends, family and places they most loved.

I hope that helps.

As I said in that email, this is just my opinion about one very normal type of “haunting.”  I might be wrong, or it may not apply to all situations.

Start with the idea that spirits (and ghosts) are normal, not scary or dangerous.  Movies, TV, books, stories and even some websites have sensationalized visits from the other side… aka “hauntings.”

The only time a haunting is a problem is if it’s a significant issue for you or for the spirit that seems to be lingering here.

Otherwise, I don’t think there’s anything odd or unusual about someone visiting friends, family, or favorite places.  In fact, it’s rather nice.

Ghosts – What’s Real. What’s Not.

About every two or three months, I’m contacted by someone who describes something too extreme.

If I reply — and I generally don’t — the email usually bounces right back to me. The person contacted me as a prank.

Now and then, the email is real. The following is edited from one of those, and it had been left as a comment at this site, too:

Hi,

My roommate and I need help. We have lived in the same apartment for 8 years and 6 months ago we have been seeing some very strange things in our apt. that is scaring the hell out of us and we are in need of help. Dark shadows, knocking (loud) at our front door when no one is there. Cold spots, too.

We are currently looking for another Apt, but things are getting bad by the day. Our animals are getting scared and one died last week. The dark shadows are the worst, extremely frightening!

We are looking for ANY advice as to how to deal with this until we move. HELP!

There are many other things going as well, doors that do not have keys locking themselves.  We cannot sleep well due to fright.

Whatever is going on is taking a severe toll on us and our animals. Do you have any suggestions on how to deal with this?

Thankyou
Scott

Here’s a lightly edited version of my reply to Scott:

You’re describing too many problems in one location.  Either this didn’t actually start six months ago, or something normal is involved… like a neighbor is using an appliance that’s leaking EMF at a very high level.  That’s one of the first things I’d check.

However, check for carbon monoxide, as soon as you read this.

If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, see if it’s required in apartments where you live.  (Many states require them in all apartments.) Maybe your landlord needs to install one.

Otherwise, get to Home Depot or something and buy one today. A cat dying could be a big warning.

The variety of events you’re talking about… those may happen at places like The Myrtles Plantation or the Falstaffs Experience.

They don’t happen in normal homes or apartments. Those things don’t happen out-of-the-blue, either… not unless someone was idiot enough to summon something dark.

If the latter is the case, you need to get help from a demonologist or at least a priest or minister.

Otherwise, some or all of what’s going on is probably caused by something normal… and possibly several things that are stacking to look frightening.

1. Check carbon monoxide.
2. Check EMF.

In haste,
Fiona Broome

I’m posting this here because many of us are hearing stories like these from people who are frightened.  Due to the popularity of ghost-related TV shows, they leap to paranormal conclusions instead of methodically checking for normal explanations, first.

What’s usually going on

My free book, Is Your House Haunted?, was written for cases where people think their home is haunted, especially if they’re experiencing multiple kinds of phenomena, or one that’s particularly dramatic.

It takes you, step-by-step, through typical symptoms of a haunting, and it explains how to find out if they’re normal or paranormal.

Every ghost investigator and team must follow those kinds of steps before doing an investigation that focuses on ghosts.

When there’s danger

The person who sent me that email may be in significant danger.   If that’s the case, he could be dead before my book arrives from Amazon.  (If carbon monoxide is involved, I’m not exaggerating.)

If there’s any chance that you are in danger, go stay with a relative or a friend while you sort out what’s really going on.

Once you, your family and your pets are safe, start checking your home for the most dangerous problems.

If animals are sick or dying, the first thing to check is carbon monoxide… and do so, today. That has no color or odor and it kills people, too.  At lower levels, people are operating with low oxygen levels and can imagine all kinds of things.

Less immediately dangerous, but still an issue: Elevated EMF can make animals and people sick, and the effects can be very bad if the person or animal is sleeping where the EMF is highest.

EMF is one of the EIFs — an abbreviation for Experience Inducing Fields — that cause very normal people to think paranormal and scary things are going on.  Geomagnetic fields and infrasound can do the same thing.

Once people start sleeping badly or losing sleep altogether, their heightened sensitivity can make ordinary (but odd) things seem sinister.  That leads to even more anxiety and less sleep, and it’s a vicious cycle.

If you’re in an apartment, condo or dorm, the issue may begin outside your rooms. A new neighbor may have a refrigerator that’s generating abnormally high EMF; I saw that in a dorm where a small refrigerator was affecting the room next door.  The EMF from behind the refrigerator pushed EMF levels to the red zone in the room next door.

Or, it’s possible that you have a few normal (and perhaps dangerous) problems, and an obnoxious neighbor heard about this and is playing pranks to make things worse.   (I don’t want to add paranoia to the mix, but… well, now and then someone truly stupid thinks it’s okay to be a practical joker.)

How normal hauntings progress

This is what’s real:

In haunted places, a single “symptom” may emerge overnight, but it’s not likely to be anything big:  People may notice shadows moving in the basement.  A cold spot may begin to emerge in a room where it can’t be explained as a draft.  Poltergeist activity (objects moving or unexplained, odd noises) begins in the kitchen or bath.

It’s very low-level.  People notice these things, and may or may not be alarmed by them.  They look for normal explanations, or at least explain them (to themselves) in a normal context:  My eyes are playing tricks on me.  It only seems cold there because it’s warmer by the radiator.  The cup didn’t really fly across the room, it just fell and had a lot of momentum.

From there, the range of activity may increase, but it’s usually a case of one or two phenomena increasing:  People see more shadows.  The TV turns itself on & off more often.  And so on.

The process usually takes months, and sometimes years, to increase.  It’s not overnight.

Unless it’s a profoundly active location, you won’t find cold spots and animals dying and doors locking themselves and loud knocking, etc.

The one exception

The one exception is if someone (usually a few people) actually summoned something dark.

I tend to use words like “idiot” and “amazingly stupid” when I hear about that. It’s not as if anyone in our society is oblivious to the cases where things as benign as a Ouija board appear to be the cause of continuing, scary and even dangerous activity.

So, while it’s vital to get help in that situation and it can be life-threatening, many of us will remind those who started the problem: You get what you ask for.  Don’t open doors you can’t close, and don’t get so full of yourself that you think you can close anything and everything you open.

Summary

If you feel that you’re in danger, get out of there.  Do that immediately.  Stay with a relative or friend for a few days.  That’s all you’ll need to determine the actual level of danger, and perhaps its causes, too.

Check very normal reasons for what’s going on.  Do that first.

Begin by keeping a journal of what’s going on.

My book talks you through “troubleshooting” steps, but you can also call a good handyman or contractor.  If he (or she) has a broad background in home repairs, he can probably identify and fix what’s wrong.

Once you’ve ruled out what’s normal — or if this started when someone thought it was “fun” to summon demons — it’s time to address this from a spiritual and/or paranormal view.

However, few very haunted homes have cold spots and noises and doors locking themselves.  Animals don’t usually die there either, unless they were very sick or elderly. (In other words, that tragic loss has nothing to do with ghosts.)

  • Always check for normal explanations first.
  • There may be multiple normal factors at work.
  • Paranormal activity could be part of the problem.

It’s vital to analyze the situation objectively, and explore every possibility, starting with what’s normal… especially if it’s dangerous.

But, if you think you’re in danger, even if you’re concerned that people will say “it’s all in your imagination,” get out now.

It’s easier to assess risky situations from a distance.

How to Investigate Haunted Stairways

Haunted Stairways – or a good job for a carpenter?

Here are some low-tech ways to investigate haunted stairways, plus some extra footage at the wonderfully haunted hotel, The Spalding Inn, at Whitefield, NH.

Has someone complained about a ghost on a staircase?  Ghost hunters need to respond quickly to this kind of complaint.  It might be a normal — but dangerous — problem.  Finding a normal reason why someone feels disoriented on the stairs could save lives.

To investigate a haunted stairway, you’ll need:

  • A carpenter’s level (under $2.50 at most hardware and DIY stores).
  • A ruler or tape measure, or both.
  • An EMF detector (to check for leaking EMF, usually from wiring concealed under the staircase).

Here’s how to test the staircase to see if the problem is normal, not paranormal: