Dark World : Into The Shadows With The Lead Investigator Of The Ghost Adventures Crew by Zak Bagans and Kelly Crigger

Dark World : Into The Shadows With The Lead Investigator Of The Ghost Adventures Crew by Zak Bagans and Kelly Crigger

When it comes to the existence of ghosts, opinions can be easily divided. However, delving into the explanation behind their presence is a whole different matter altogether. Zak Bagans, the host of Ghost Adventures, a popular show on the Travel Channel, draws on his extensive experience as a paranormal investigator to offer an unbiased perspective on this controversial topic.

In his book, Dark World, Zak goes beyond the realm of belief in the afterlife. He sets out to explore and unravel the mysteries behind the unexplained occurrences and eerie phenomena that people encounter. His aim is to give readers the opportunity to truly understand what it feels like to be confronted by a supernatural being: the fear, the shock, the sensations of being touched by an ethereal entity or even attacked by a malevolent spirit.

Nevertheless, Zak’s quest extends beyond mere experiences. He is driven to seek the underlying reasons and hidden truths behind these events. Dark World provides an impartial examination of all the major theories and issues in the field of paranormal activity. This makes it an essential read for both enthusiastic believers in the supernatural, skeptics, and anyone who has ever been curious about the things that go bump in the night.

Book Review: Dark World by Zak Bagans & Kelly Crigger

Hey, what’s up everyone? Welcome back to Luke’s Reviews. Today, I wanted to take the time to share my thoughts on a recent book I read called “Dark World” by Zak Bagans and Kelly Krieger. I stumbled upon this book quite by accident while Christmas shopping with my girlfriend at Barnes & Noble back in December. Surprisingly, I found out that Zak Bagans had written a book called “I Am Haunted” and became intrigued. Lo and behold, someone even gifted me a Barnes & Noble gift card for Christmas, so I was able to purchase the book. However, during a visit to a different Barnes & Noble store, I came across “Dark World,” Bagans’ first book and a New York Times bestseller. Intrigued, I decided to read this book first before getting to “I Am Haunted.”

For those who may be unfamiliar, Zak Bagans is the host, lead investigator, and co-creator of the television show “Ghost Adventures,” which is currently in its 12th season on the Travel Channel. As a longtime fan of paranormal shows, I used to enjoy “Ghost Hunters” on the Sci-Fi channel. However, I felt they became too focused on their celebrity status and charging people to join investigations, which led me to lose interest in the show. That’s when I discovered “Ghost Adventures” and became hooked. I appreciate Bagans’ approach to investigating the paranormal and his willingness to sometimes provoke spirits for more intense experiences. This book delves deeper into some of the episodes featured on the show.

One interesting aspect Bagans discusses is the notion that, despite possible evidence being faked on the show, the actual experience of being in these haunted locations cannot be faked. These places are known to be haunted, and with the right equipment, something is bound to be captured eventually. Bagans also shares personal theories on the paranormal world and explores why and how these phenomena occur. He references specific episodes, such as those at the Goldfield Hotel, Preston Castle, Villisca Ax Murder House, and more.

“Dark World” provides insight into Bagans’ growth as a paranormal investigator, notably his increased sensitivity to the spirit world. He explores the basics of ghost hunting and popular theories while utilizing his own experiences to support his claims. This makes the book a great starting point for newcomers to the field. However, if you’re already well-versed in paranormal investigating or have watched many episodes of “Ghost Adventures,” you may not find much new information here. While Bagans occasionally introduces new elements, a significant portion of the book covers familiar ground.

The book does feature some intriguing stories that weren’t covered on the show, like an unplanned return to Bobby Mackey’s Music World for a private investigation. During this visit, they captured unusual audio recordings, including a voice calling Bagans “Z-man,” a nickname his father used when he was younger. Another incident involved a terrified mother hearing her living daughter’s voice saying, “Mommy, help” during an EVP session. These stories offer a fresh perspective and add depth to the book.

However, one criticism I have is Bagans’ tendency to repeat himself excessively throughout the book. He often mentions how his experiences have made him more sensitive to the spirit world, which becomes redundant. Additionally, he sometimes jumps to conclusions too quickly based on limited evidence, assuming that every unexplained phenomenon is connected to a specific spirit. This habit can be frustrating, as it undermines the credibility of his investigations.

Despite these criticisms, “Dark World” is well-written and fluid. Bagans, along with co-author Kelly Krieger, effectively structures the chapters, making them easy to follow. Towards the end of the book, Bagans explores the future of paranormal investigating and his hope for a collaborative platform where investigators can share evidence and further legitimize the field.

If you’re a fan of “Ghost Adventures” or new to paranormal investigating, “Dark World” offers valuable insights and a great starting point. Bagans’ dedication to the field and his desire to raise it to a more legitimate scientific level are admirable. While the book may not provide much new information for seasoned paranormal investigators, it still makes for an enjoyable read. I look forward to reading Bagans’ next book, “I Am Haunted,” and seeing how he continues to navigate the world of the supernatural.

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