Veteran award-winning daily newspaper editor Don Allison, prompted by personal experience, has tackled an improbable topic. His latest book is “I Met a Ghost at Gettysburg: A Journalist’s Journey into the Paranormal.” This book takes a hard look at an often trivialized topic.
Allison concludes that testimony and evidence from throughout recorded history proves beyond a reasonable doubt that ghosts, or energy giving us the impression of ghosts, do indeed exist. People of impeccable reputations, with no reason to lie, have sworn to paranormal encounters.
For whatever reason – perhaps fear, perhaps superstition – many people refuse to even consider the possibility of spirits and belittle those who do share their experiences. “I Met a Ghost” goes beyond the fear and the superstition, challenging us to look at the science behind it all.
Allison used to be among those devout skeptics, even going so far as to doubt his own grandmother’s claims of experiences in a haunted house. But after encountering the unexplained many times, he reluctantly concluded he indeed has experienced the paranormal. Eventually, after what he described as a mind-blowing paranormal encounter at Gettysburg, Pa., he could contain his curiosity no longer. He decided to write about his experiences, and to go a step further – to share the science behind what he has encountered.
The result is the latest volume from Faded Banner Publications, “I Met a Ghost at Gettysburg: A Journalist’s Journey into the Paranormal.”
This is not a collection of ghost stories. Any incidents Allison relates are actual personal experiences, viewed through a skeptical eye and analyzed as actual evidence. He would like to convince people to embrace and investigate – certainly not fear – the paranormal.
In his review of the book, noted paranormal investigator and author Mark Nesbitt wrote: “Great read. Very entertaining … I think you’ve created an ‘Everyman’s’ explanation of paranormal experiences. Most people ignore or rationalize away true paranormal events. Your book covers the many types of paranormal events AS paranormal events, and explains how you came (reluctantly, in some cases) to those conclusions.”
Allison said fear of people’s reactions to a book on this topic made him think long and hard before tackling this project. “Once I decided to proceed with this book,” he explains, “I realized I could hold nothing back. I am treating the paranormal as I would any other topic. I am sharing my own experiences and what I have learned from research. I am passing on what other people have told me about the subject and in some cases their own perceptions of what I have experienced.”
If you’re looking for the perfect book to read this Halloween, then stop by the Bryan Main Library on Monday, October 26th. Don will be holding a book signing between 6:00 to 7:30 pm in Bookends Used Bookstore. Copies of “I Met a Ghost at Gettysburg: A Journalist’s Journey into the Paranormal” will be for sale. Don will also be speaking on the inspiration behind his venture into writing on the paranormal. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. If you are unable to attend the book signing, visit imetaghost.com and order your copy of “I Met a Ghost at Gettysburg” today.
The Bryan Main Library is located at 107 E. High Street. For more information, contact Kylee Matthews at 419-636-6734 ext. 274.