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Ryan Buell, star of the hit A&E series Paranormal State, takes us behind the scenes of his most intense supernatural encounters.Follow Ryan Buell on his extraordinary journey as he seeks out the truth behind terrifying demonic disturbances, hauntings, and paranormal phenomena to solve unexplained mysteries that have been plaguing frightened families who have nowhere elRyan Buell, star of the hit A&E series Paranormal State, takes us behind the scenes of his most intense supernatural encounters.Follow Ryan Buell on his extraordinary journey as he seeks out the truth behind terrifying demonic disturbances, hauntings, and paranormal phenomena to solve unexplained mysteries that have been plaguing frightened families who have nowhere else to turn.In Paranormal State, Buell gives readers a chilling, in-depth look at some of the most disturbing cases—including some that have never been aired—revealing startling new facts and incredible new discoveries. Buell relives the origins of the Paranormal Research Society—discussed here for the first time—and the strange path his life has taken since the show's beginning. With unparalleled candor, Ryan discusses the intriguing mysteries, the difficult decisions, and the struggles with questions of faith, sanity, and the very concept of reality....

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  • Ava Strange
    2019-01-31 11:41

    A lot of people have a real hate-on for Ryan Buell, the host of A&E’s Paranormal State and the author of this book about his experiences making the show. Basically, they think he’s a real douche. I never had much of an opinion of him either way except that I really loved the show, but now that I’ve read the book I have to tell you all, you seriously need to give the guy a break.The problem with any reality type TV show, as everyone should know, is with the editing. Two days of footage is a lot of material to fit into 23 minutes. As Ryan himself said, it would be great if each of these shows was a feature-length movie. But they’re not, and that’s just how it goes. TV is TV. I don’t remember feeling that the show was rushed while it was still on the air, but after going back and watching almost the entire first season of which the book is based on, it looked rushed as hell. It becomes all too obvious that there’s a whole lot missing from these episodes, and what Ryan has done in this book is fill in all the blanks for us. He adds a ton of detail, so it’s an incredibly great companion for any fan of Paranormal State.What became clear to me as I read was that what people perceive to be douchey-ness, is actually Ryan’s passion for his work and strong sense of integrity for the show. This guy is no pushover, and he’s willing to fight for what he believes in. If he thinks a mistake is being made, he wants to correct it. To be a douche would be to have an inflated ego, but Ryan absolutely does not have this, and he never comes across as the least bit arrogant or self-serving. His writing style is very honest, genuine, and pleasantly conversational. He’s not the greatest writer who ever lived, and there are still a few issues with the editing, but there’s a warmth here that gives you the sense that he’s writing directly to you, and this is difficult to achieve. He has absolutely no agenda to push, and wants only to share an important part of his life. He’s honest about his weaknesses and his doubts. He admits his mistakes. I gained a lot of respect for him, and when he drops a personal bombshell in the middle of the book I gained a lot of compassion for him too. Ryan is a good person. He’s the kind of guy you want on your side, and to his clients that must be incredibly important. They’re very lucky to have him around.People have also accused the show of being too Catholic-leaning, and he addresses this as well. Ryan is a practicing Catholic himself, and he’s very open about this, and about his strong spiritual convictions along with his personal and professional ones. But never once does he approach anything like preaching, and he’s absolutely respectful of other people’s own belief systems. He’s the good kind of Christian, the kind that does what he believes is right free of any hate or hypocrisy. And he has good reason for this, because as you will see, he’s been on the receiving end of just this very thing himself. We also need to keep in mind that most people in America are Christians, and Ryan always strives to align the help of his team with the religious beliefs of his clients. The fact that most clients are Christian, and so the aid they provide will be Christian in nature as well is to be expected. There’s no conspiracy here, it’s just common sense.Nor does Ryan ever try to convince anyone of the phenomenon on the show. You don’t have to be a believer in the paranormal to enjoy the book and the many insights within it. He presents the facts simply as he experienced them, and when discussing his beliefs he’s always quick to offer differing points of view. At the end of each chapter, each based on one episode of the show, there are asides with further information on topics that have been discussed, such as EVP or cryptozoology, and these are the sections that are uninfluenced by his experiences. They are only matter of fact, there so you can further appreciate and consider the book’s content. These sidebars also contain a few stories and information about the other members of his team.So I have to end by saying that this book is not only entertaining, but very smart. The structure and the style make perfect sense and I believe that they accomplish exactly what Ryan set out to do here. He’s just sharing information, and himself. Not preaching, not pushing, not trying to prove anything. He’s just sharing his experiences the same way he would to a very good friend. That’s how you’ll feel by the end of the book, and I can’t wait to read his next one.Other recommended reads: The Demonologist

  • Stacie
    2019-01-29 09:46

    I have had to really think about how I felt about this. I have watched the first two seasons of the show Paranormal State merely out of intrigue and curiosity. Like most, paranormal shows I try to dismiss the crap. I was reluctant to read this when it fell on my desk, but after reading the personal testimony of Ryan Buell he appears to be a well thought out individual with a natural ability to motivate people in a positive way. This being said, this book really is a journey of his growth through the experiences he has had on the cases of his first season of the show. The book offers a another look at the cases with add scrutiny that the television show omits. It makes a lot of what you see and hear a little more believable or debunked. Ryan's own personal philosophy is so well written that it's hard not to put even the slightest bit of faith in the kid. The most important point in this book is that he believes and hopes he really is helping people, whether it is supernatural or just stress and a series of coincidences. Helping people recognize what is really going on in their lives and helping them to move forward and take back control of their lives appears to be his mission. There is no greater teacher than personal experience. Ryan Buell demonstrates this in this book on more than one level which makes this personal story great. We see a young man driven by faith transform into a man willing to accept all possible accounts and drawing rational conclusions rather that jumping to them.The layout of the book made for a quick read, and not once was I bored to put it down and walk away as if I cared less. There is a growing philosophy that I will actually walk away with after reading this. And I will definitely give some benefit of the doubt to some personal testimony of the paranormal.

  • Courtney
    2019-01-20 12:58

    Paranormal State is an autobiographical account from Ryan Buell about the work that he, and the rest of his research group did investigating the supernatural during the first season of their A&E show Paranormal State.I think Buell did a decent job on this book. We see a lot of the background about the group, and what went on behind the scenes of the television show. He also tells us about a lot of the material that was cut from the show so it would fit the time requirements - quite a bit was left out, apparently. The group covered a variety of cases, and they're discussed in the order they occurred and were filmed, rather than when they were aired on tv. The majority of the cases are spirit-related, though. It's clear from Buell's writing that he and the rest of the group takes the investigations quite seriously. It's interesting to see the various research methods the group uses as well.We're also told a fair bit of Buell's personal life, such as his previous encounters with the supernatural - growing up & the effect it had on his life, as well as several cases that take place before the start of the show. He talks a bit about his spiritual beliefs, as well as those of the other members of the group, and what brought him to where he is in his life spiritually. I don't know if it was intentionally done, given the more scientific apporach he takes to describing the cases, but it made for quite a creepy read. (That's what I get for reading a large part of it at night over the weekend, I guess!) I'm glad I picked it up. I'd definitely recommend it to fans of the show, or people interested is the scientific side of supernatural research.

  • Angela Wade
    2019-02-10 12:03

    Reading this book is like reading a letter from a friend. It's unsophisticated, but passionate, and the information presented helps you get to know the person better. Basically a case-by-case review from the time PRS started to the end of it's first season on television. Missing "I Am Six" (which probably deserves its own full-length book), but covers Ryan's personal experiences with demons.

  • Margaret
    2019-02-01 12:38

    For the longest time I refused to watch Paranormal State. Like most people, I figured it was fake. Then, around December I stumbled upon one episode and thought, what the heck? Lets give this show a chance.Needless to say, I became hooked. The show was indeed pretty cinematic for a documentary and the fact that episodes were edited out of order annoyed me very much. Yet, something about Paranormal State made me want to know more. Especially about Ryan Buell.My sister bought me this book for Christmas. I was jumping up and down like a child, I swear. However, I did have some concerns. Like, can this guy actually write?Again, I ate my words. I can't even express how much credit and respect I have for this man after reading this book. It provided a window into his life and a behind the scenes look at the making of Paranormal State: Season 1. Being an actress and the type of person who just loves to know the back story to EVERYTHING, I ate it all up.I learned so much about the paranormal. Granted, I knew a lot to begin with, but now...I really understand it. This book made my passion for the paranormal grow. It showed me the paranormal isn't just about spirits. It's about pyschology, history, and above all, skepticism. After all, the best way to prove a haunting to to disprove it first. But aside from the paranormal...this book about someone's journey. I can relate to that - I think everyone can. What amazes me to most is how Ryan took something that scared him and turned it into something positive. It crazy how many people don't have to courage to do that.I'm rambling, I know. Obviously, I can talk for hours about Paranormal State, but the bottom line is: this book is GOOD. Give it a chance.

  • Christine
    2019-01-22 11:44

    interesting. kept me reading.

  • Traci
    2019-02-07 12:39

    Paranormal State is honestly not my go-to ghost hunting show, because it's probably the one that I see as the least genuine. This is partially because of the fact that it's shoved into a half-hour timeslot and it's really hard to get anything credible in a 30 minute timeframe, and also because some people who aren't necessarily members of PRS are a little prone to dramatics. (Looking at you, Chip.) That's not to say I don't enjoy PS, just that it's not my favorite of the crowd.So with that, I was a little hesitant to read this book, because I just didn't want more of the same hyped up overdramatic screaming that we get in the episodes. But it was on sale for kindle this month and I figured I didn't have a whole lot to lose. I'm really glad I picked it up, because I unexpectedly found myself enjoying it. This book covers the first season of the show, so if you haven't seen the show, it's probably not going to make much sense to you. I was glad to see the level of skepticism and the apparent integrity that we don't necessarily see on the tv show. There was a lot about how the production crew changes the way an investigation goes, and since I've watched every ghost hunting/paranormal tv show out there, I have always wondered this. I was glad to see its inclusion. I do still think that Chip is a little too melodramatic, but I now see how he had to prove himself and I might actually like him a tiny bit more, too. I definitely feel like I have a higher level of respect for this team and for Ryan Buell after reading this book.

  • Jennifer Lavoie
    2019-02-10 08:51

    I'm a huge fan of ghost hunting shows and the like, and Paranormal State, while enjoyable, was not one of my favorites because I liked seeing the evidence found. However, after reading this book and reading Ryan's reason for why his group and show are so different from others, such as TAPS/Ghost Hunters, I have a new appreciation for it, and I must say, it's quickly grown on me. This book takes the readers through episodes of the series, and I'm disappointed with how much the show leaves out. Now I wish each episode was an hour long rathern than half, so viewers could see much more. I also enjoyed Ryan's very candid discussion on his religious beliefs, paranormal beliefs, and his sexuality. To open up like that is something very brave, and I commend him for it. I hear that he has a second book in the works, and I honestly cannot wait for it. I hope it offers just as much insight. For anyone that is a fan of the show, this is a must read. For anyone interested in paranormal studies, this is also a must read. Getting into the show? Read this while watching the episodes. I'm going to rewatch the first season now with a new appreciation.

  • Kelli
    2019-02-12 10:01

    I really liked this book. I watch the show from time to time, but the editing they do, in my opinion, makes Ryan Buell come across as kind of egotistical, and frankly kind of a douche. But hearing the behind the scenes information, as he tells it, you really get a better understanding of the guy. He's not egotistical, just passionate and maybe a little nerdy (in a good way). His stories are really interesting, and I liked finding out that there's really a lot more to the investigations than what the show captures. I recommend it for other paranormal enthusiasts!

  • Kathy Hiester
    2019-01-30 08:44

    Ryan Buell is the lead investigator and founder of the Paranormal Research Society, a student organization of ghost hunters out of Penn State. Buell goes into detail on what went into creating the show as well as the challenge of not losing the paranormal integrity that the research society has worked hard to achieveThis book is written for supporters of the TV show Paranormal State. A reader with no familiarity with the show will get very little from the book but as a follower of the show, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to others who also watch it.4 Stars

  • Lord Beardsley
    2019-02-05 08:39

    Don't make fun of me. I read this and enjoyed it. Don't be a Judge Judy.

  • Chris
    2019-02-02 15:03

    Host of A&E's Paranormal State and founder of the Paranormal Research Society Ryan Buell's book is pretty good, but it could have been better. The book basically follows Buell setting up the Paranormal Research Society at Penn State and then how Paranormal State developed in to a hit show during its first season on A&E.For fans of Paranormal State this book has a lot of "behind the scenes" information about each episode during the first season. I learned a lot about things that happened during each case that weren't shown on the air because the show is limited to a 22 minute episode each week. Buell reveals several insights that don't come across on the show. Previously from watching the show I believed Buell really relied a lot on the psychics he's had on the show. While Buell's trust in a couple of them, particularly Michelle Belanger and Chip Coffey, developed throughout the first season he's a bit more skeptical of psychics in general than I think comes across on the show.The unfortunate part is that I don't think the book delves deeply enough in to some aspects of Buell's past that are mentioned on the show, particularly his childhood. The show discusses during the beginning of each episode that Buell experienced things in his bedroom at night as a child. He discusses this a bit, but doesn't go in to what exactly the "monster" he remembers from his childhood bedroom was. Perhaps he doesn't know or hasn't ever encountered that entity again after becoming an adult. He also discusses being threatened by demons during a couple cases during season one, but he does not delve in to why those entities are angry with him, again, perhaps this is because he doesn't know. One aspect of the book that I definitely wish he'd discussed is what happened at the end of the Mothman case. Through Chip Coffey Buell apparently was able to contact whatever type of entity that Mothman is, and was given a "sign" from those entities. Buell has a tape recording that may contain that sign but he has not listened to it. I respect his decision not to really want to know what is on the tape, but it would have been great for the book had he listened to the tape and gotten an EVP or something.Overall, a very good book for fans of the show. You'll learn a lot about what went on behind the scenes of what's become a hit show.

  • Bryan Ball
    2019-01-23 15:02

    I've only recently truly discovered the TV show "Paranormal State," which is Ryan Buell's reality program about his paranormal investigating society (the Paranormal Research Society), which began as a club at Penn State College.I realize- and have seen- that so many of these types of ghost hunting shows are less than legitimate. But Buell's work is different. What interested me most about the show was his philosophy; his investigations present a person, tell their story, and test how likely actual paranormal activity is in a person's given situation. Though Buell has a very much Catholic background he brings to his general philosophy and life, death and the beyond- I do have to admit I find it fascinating how open he is to other spiritual beliefs, which he thinks of as different spiritual languages all speaking the same goals. I'm also a big fan of how the show researches the history of properties and people-- and how often the stories they dig up through research about what did happen in the past is far more interesting than anyone in the present thinking they are seeing ghosts.So I read Buell's book. And loved it. Say or think what you will about people like him, but he is incredibly earnest in his work, and it shows. He goes into so much detail in this book about the investigations shown on the first season of the show; what was left out, what he really thought, and his struggles to maintain a kind of integrity doing what he does while having a reality show. With the show, Buell and his team look at these cases, these reports of ghost stories and do more than trying to debunk them, more than trying to confirm them.And the frankness with which he talks about what he does believe, or what he believes could be possible-- and everything from his faith to his sexuality is incredibly interesting. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in the show, Buell's philosophy, or an inspired look at what it is to think the paranormal is possible in today's world.

  • Stephen Osborne
    2019-01-20 09:55

    I had only seen a few episodes of Paranormal State prior to reading the book, but I got the first season DVD set very cheap so I thought I'd give it a try. Then I saw Ryan had a book out. Why not read the book while watching the first season? As it turned out, the book was ABOUT making season one, so it was perfect. I could read and watch and see what they left out, etc. I appreciated Buell's honesty in the book, and found it fascinating the thought process that goes into making the show. Some reviews I had read on paranormal sights trashed him (and this was before the book had actually come out!) for revealing in these pages that he was bisexual. A stunt to drum up extra sales, they claimed. Really? From the tone of the "reviews" and comments made, it seemed more likely that people WOULDN'T buy the book because of his statement. And it isn't revealed as a lurid tell-all--it was germane to the chapter he was writing. Hopefully this is just the first of a series of Paranormal State books. Now I'll have to get season two...

  • Megan
    2019-01-18 09:02

    I am really grateful for this book. It really opened my eyes to the world of the paranormal. I didn't once doubt Buell's stories, because he came off as such a well-meaning, concerned, intelligent guy. He always kept the client's interests in mind, as well as the spirit's, while also investigating the nature of hauntings. I think this is proof that some investigators are genuinely interested in the meanings and logic behind the paranormal, instead of just being "ghost hunters" and exploiting the spirits for adrenaline or publicity. I learned a lot while reading this book, the most important being that you shouldn't be afraid. The spirits usually aren't there to harm, just to communicate, to find a sense of peace.I know not everyone believes in this, but I find this a good argument for the fact. The point of the book wasn't to scare the reader, as some were probably expecting, but to educate. And I really appreciate that.

  • Amanda Quinn
    2019-01-23 15:02

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I am a big fan of Ryan Buell and Paranormal State. I am not a full out believer in all of the things in this book or on Paranormal State, and I am not particularly religious, but I do believe there are things out there in the world that we do not understand and I am eager to learn more about them. This book really lets Ryan's personality shine through and obviously gives fans a lot of behind the scenes information about the cases PRS takes on. However, I was rather disappointed that the book only covers season 1 of Paranormal State (or seasons 1 and 1.5 as Ryan calls them). Having seen all of the seasons, I would have been more interested to read about some of the later cases, particularly the details of "I am Six". As it is, I couldn't put the book down and finished it in about a day and a half. If Ryan ever writes another book, I would definitely read it!

  • Sean Kennedy
    2019-01-21 10:58

    I have an awful mix of both Mulder and Scully in me. As much as I want to believe, there is still the skeptic nagging away within. I love ghost stories and do find myself addicted to ghost hunting series, although I have to admit I'm more interested in the stories of the hauntings themselves rather than the search for 'evidence'. I wanted to read this book especially because of Buell and his coming out as bisexual. I wanted to know more of his life story and how he came to grips with both it and a belief in the supernatural despite having a strong faith. Although he gave us some glimpses, the book was little more than a recall of some of the more elaborate cases he worked on with his show. Which is all well and good, but for a book subtitled "My Journey Into the Unknown", I expected a little more of the 'me' in there.

  • Lynnett
    2019-01-30 13:49

    I like Paranormal State as a show. It is very interesting. However after reading this book I have gained a new respect for what PRS does and especially for Ryan himself. I think another reviewer said it well when saying this books reads like a longtime friend telling you a story about himself. But I also get the impression that there is a budding professor in him who wants to educate and a bit of a psychologist that wants to heal. Ryan is a man of many talents that has found a way to help those that a "standardized" professional would fail at. Many kudos and I hope the show is not yet over. As he has said there is more to his story and others too I am sure.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-07 08:58

    3.5 stars. probably would have gotten more out of this if I'd ever watched Paranormal State. that aside, I found it interesting for the insight it gave into ghost hunting, and I do believe Ryan is sincere in his beliefs. some chapters seemed a little thin, and there are a lot of points within the stories where events or investigation seem to be leading up to something, only to end with "we never got resolution on this." but hey, that's real life, and as was even stated once in the book, if there were too many neatly tied up stories, no one would believe them. the extra half star was for managing to ruin one night of sleep for me. don't read the demon chapters before bed!

  • Gloria
    2019-01-27 11:55

    I thought it would have been better, he gave a little background information behind the scenes of the shows. But I watched all seasons and really didn't learn anything more. I thought there would have been details about what he went through as a kid his experiences but there weren't. Also thought he would have touched on his illness i guess thats for the next book. Disappointed.

  • Anais919
    2019-02-08 12:57

    In one weeks time I will be meeting Ryan Buell!!! Loved this book. Paranormal State is one of my favorite shows! His focus on the clients and their experience is wonderful. Seems very genuine and caring. Great book for those who love the paranormal. Skeptics should find this intersting too as he is honest about his findings and debunking what he can. Great insight into how his team works.

  • Kristi
    2019-01-29 12:49

    Unfortunately, Ryan Buell contradicts himself quite a bit in this book, and it is clear after seeing the tv episodes that the show does not represent reality. The clients are real and some of the phenomenon is real, but the time-crunched, edited episodes mislead the viewer. Ryan's attempt to share with readers what is not shown in the episodes just made me feel angry and deceived.

  • Louise
    2019-02-03 12:49

    Okay, here's where I have to admit I'm obsessed with the paranormal. I know. Anyhow, one of my favorite TV programs, before Ryan Buell quit it to move on to better things, was Paranormal State. I'd hoped that this book was more of what I found so interesting about the program, but what it was about was his own journey of self-development. While he did explain things about the cases and include material that had been edited out (for good reason because it wasn't that interesting), this book was more about him. His personality really comes through in this book, which actually worked to his disadvantage as he came across as overly serious, somewhat conceited, and not a person I related to at all. It did have a good appendix section which gave some background information and suggested reading on paranormal subjects, which I found helpful.

  • Tealmermaid
    2019-02-13 13:41

    I enjoyed this more than expected. It may not be the most polished book, but the author's sincerity shines through in his writing. He is a skeptic who goes to great lengths to find a "real" reason for a phenomenon rather than leaping to the automatic conclusion of the paranormal. To me, this is refreshing. It is also refreshing to have confirmation that there is far more to each case than what was ultimately included in each episode. Indeed, we wouldn't believe them if everything was tied up in a neat bow at the end. That goes a long way toward making "reality TV" a bit more "real".

  • Bronwyn C Rideout
    2019-02-14 11:46

    I used to really enjoy the show when it first aired and have been keen on this book for years given Buell's oft-mentioned history with the demonic. The book doesn't deliver on the supernatural end that well but it was still a good look into the behind-the-scenes production of the first season. Can meander a little bit with hints of relationship dramas and potential group members who didn't commit.

  • Gina Rigsby
    2019-02-06 11:56

    Surprisingly liked it but I never got to finish it because my book somehow disappeared. I was reading it, fell asleep, and then looked all day the next and never found it.

  • Seph
    2019-02-03 13:39

    Of the plethora of ghost hunting shows available on cable, "Paranormal State" was the only one that legitimately interested me. From the very beginning the PRS team seemed different: multicultural, and open to the possibilities of a much more diverse spiritual experience than the traditional standby of God/good, Satan/bad, all activity is diabolic. Reading Ryan's recap of season one, and pre-series events has only served to reinforce my appreciation for the group and their goals, even if I do remain highly skeptical about the business end of broadcasting this type of work."Paranormal State: My Journey into the Unknown" is more than just a series-guide though. While Ryan does walk the reader through the reception, set-up, investigation, and conclusion of each of season one's cases, he does so much more along the way. Each chapter includes personal anecdotes, events and experiences that were cut from the show, as well as Ryan's personal opinions concerning the legitimacy of each haunting, the emotional and psychological conditions of each client, the accuracy of psychics utilized, and the effectiveness of ghost-busting technology displayed during the episode. If anything, the book is even more involving than the show.At the same time, many of the chapter conclusions feature separate information: interviews with PRS team members, history of particular experiences or case locations, and even definitions and descriptions of spiritual creatures like ghosts, spirits, demons, the Succubus and Incubus, Skinwalkers, the Wendigo, and other cryptids. These short explanatory notes serve well for breaking up the monotony of reading case-file after case-file, and often have relation to the chapter just finished, expanding on theories or ideas Ryan either didn't write much about, or which weren't covered in the episode as it aired.My only complaint with the volume is two-fold.First, Ryan teases the reader with paranormal experiences he encountered as a child. While these are not necessarily a secret anymore, and can be found throughout the internet, I felt like he never fully explained what happened to him, even though he attributes these adolescent experiences as the catalyst for his life-long search into the unknown.Second, the use of demon names. The book covers three cases of demonic infestation, one occurring before A&E picked up the show, two occurring during aired episodes. Ryan refers to these demonic entities as B—— and M——, but never displays their actual names. His reasoning, while never fully explained, seems to be that he believes speaking their names is enough to make them haunt or torment you. For the record, the two demons are Belial, and Moloch.The former is not actually an entity, but was instead a descriptive term in Judaism for an individual who was impure, unclean, and never to see the Lord's glory. The latter is a pagan minor-god sometimes believed to have been worshiped in the Levant (modern day Israel, Lebanon, etc). In truth, much of the demonic associations attributed to Moloch (child sacrifice being the most common) are lies orchestrated by the Jewish and Catholic extremists who so covet that land.Neither Belial nor Moloch are actually demonic figures. So, I felt a little let down that Ryan was so frightened of their names. A small amount of research (something PRS frequently does for their cases) could have blown the lid off of that one.All things considered, the book is a fast-paced read, with lots of interesting anecdotal evidence, and some genuinely creepy ghost stories to tell along the way. It will not haunt you, or leave open any doorways for spirits to come and pester you just by reading it, but it can leave an eerie feeling if you read it between midnight and sunrise.

  • Kris
    2019-02-12 15:49

    My interest in this book was based initially on my own interest in the paranormal and paranormal experiences I have had. I did not have any pre-conceived notions of what the book was about. I had seen the show and while I was skeptical about the show, I viewed for purely entertainment purposes.This book was a pleasant and unexpected surprise on many levels. I know there has been some issues with Ryan Buell in terms of missed shows or unreturned refunds, I feel that while Ryan may be a good paranormal investigator, he is probably not a very good businessman. I would add to that my belief that the overwhelmingly favorable response to the show, overwhelmed the team and Buell. I don’t think he is shady – but he is probably under skilled in running business side of show biz.That being said, the book is an excellent look into the formation and structure of the Penn State group. It is equally as enlightening into the way reality tv, regardless of network, machinates events into 22 minutes and leaves out huge chunks of what actually goes into reality.Buell is a skeptic. The first order of business for him is to debunk or explain rationally any event that a client is reporting as paranormal. A lot of work goes into that process and its interesting how willing the producers were to make the leap to demonology when regular old mental health, electrical causes or grief were the root problems. Buell and his team did a great job of pushing back in an attempt to keep it real.The investigations took weeks, and sometimes months. All of this was condensed and cut to what the producers deemed the best 22 minutes. Buell points out that there were events and occurrences that provided much more substantial proof and belief than what made the cut.There is a lot of really great information about the first season of the series and Buell takes great pains to share the accolades due the team as well as people he brought in like Chip Coffey and Lorraine Warren. For fans of the paranormal who have an interest in going into investigations, this is a great primer for how it should be done. There is a healthy respect for and work with the Church, psychologists and other mental health professionals, research both current and historical to confirm or deny facts as well as a look at what electronic equipment is worth using and what is merely money making scams.Paranormal investigation is an imperfect science. There are so many things we simply cannot measure or quantify through the scientific method. Belief is a personal measure of any individual and Buell does a nice job of leaving the information open to all kinds of interpretation. A surprisingly thoughtful and direct book on the subject.

  • Beki
    2019-02-17 15:03

    This is an interesting enough read for fans of the show. Doesn't really offer anything particularly insightful on the paranormal front. More of a "how I saw things" blog diary from Ryan, about Ryan, set against the backdrop of the making of the first season of Paranormal State. Probably a little more revealing of Ryan's self absorption than a less narcissistic individual would indulge, and certain portends, to the careful reader, some of the real life problems Ryan has faced since the show ended, but makes for interesting enough reading if you watched the show and ever found yourself wondering what the players were thinking about what transpired, or if there wasn't a little bit more to the story than ever actually hit the air. Though spare with the surprises even on that front, there are some unexpected revelations about Ryan's take on psychics I found interesting, particularly in how they deviate from the show's presentation of as much. Competently, albeit somewhat blandly, written and suffers from the same forced, vaguely manipulative narrative structure that the show did. Not recommended for anyone who didn't watch the show. But if you did, and if you're looking for a Captain's Log type of read about the process of getting the show off the ground, this is an easy read that requires minimal investment and returns on that investment in kind.

  • Kim
    2019-01-19 12:53

    I had seen the show several times before a friend of mine let me borrow this book. Always a fan of the paranormal, I did find the way that the group investigated and helped the clients to be a refreshing change with all the paranormal investigation shows on the various channels. Intrigued by the show, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book.The thing that stuck with me was the level of honesty in which the book is written. When there were missteps and mistakes made by either PRS or the production crew, it was noted in the book. Even the times when Ryan was full of doubt and wanted to step away from the show forever were talked about in several chapters. It's refreshing to see accept responsibility for the negative things as much as they accept praise for the positive things. All of the investigators showed different levels of growth as the show progressed and this was also documented in the book.Whether a person has watched the show or not, there is enough information given in all of the chapters to help lead the reader along at a fairly good pace. The way in which the book is written helps to give each member of the PRS family more depth than the television show was able to do. It was really neat to see them as fun-loving, smiling, open-minded people in place of the completely serious, never smiling group that is often shown in the shows.It doesn't matter if you truly believe the same things as Ryan or anyone in the group nor does being a skeptic take anything away from the book. All possible explanations are ruled out until there's simply one question left. Is it possible that there's something out there? For those who enjoy the television show or behind-the-scenes accounts, this book is definitely one to be picked up.