"I do not believe in the supernatural or the paranormal, angels or demons, or poltergeists or exorcisms, and yet so powerful are the Hollywood films that portray such phenomena as real that even I get chills watching them. If a skeptic can be so moved, imagine the effect such films have on general believing audiences. In American Hauntings, Robert Bartholomew and Joe Nickell-the world's foremost ghostbusters-give us the facts behind the stories and natural explanations for apparently supernatural phenomena, demystifying while illuminating the wonders of human psychology." -- Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, and author of Why People Believe Weird Things, The Believing Brain, and The Moral Arc "Not to be missed ... Bartholomew and Nickell are demon researchers with no agenda save getting at the truth. With surgical precision, they adeptly separate myth from reality in this engrossing expose of the real stories behind a crop of successful Hollywood films reportedly based on legitimate ghostly manifestations." -- Bruce Dettman, author of The Horror Factory "A delightful and enlightening romp through the little-known scientific evidence underlying seven supposed hauntings, all immortalized in familiar Hollywood films. This is a much-needed reminder that the facts behind allegedly paranormal events are almost always more fascinating than the fictions. American Hauntings is certain to become a classic." -- Scott O. Lilienfeld, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Emory University, and Coauthor of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology. "A meticulously researched analysis of some of the most well known cases of haunted houses and poltergeists. Bartholomew and Nickell apply their considerable detective nous and skills in critical analysis to expose and examine the evidence behind each haunting. The result is a spellbinding and engaging read." -- Dr. Keith J. Petrie, Professor of Health Psychology, School of Medicine, University of Auckland
Robert E. Bartholomew, PhD, is a medical sociologist who teaches social sciences at Botany College, Auckland, New Zealand.Joe Nickell, PhD, is a prominent paranormal investigator and former resident magician at the Houdini Hall of Fame.