There are two corrections I'll note for Brad and Barry Klinge's book about their nocturnal exploits with the supernatural, Chasing Ghosts Texas Style: On the Road With Everyday Paranormal. The first is Brad attributing "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer," to an old Mafia saying. That's wrong: the military strategist Sun-tzu said it first. Brad, if you want a Mafia quote, I recommend this one: "I know nothing, I didn't see anything, I wasn't there, and if I was there, I was asleep." Even if Michael Corleone says his father told him to keep his enemies closer in The Godfather, the Mob didn't think of it first.
The second correction is more of a needed addition to the book. Brad and Barry describe their experiences with spectral phenomenon, often citing audio and photographic evidence gathered in their encounters, but there are no photographs. I can understand audio being a problem for the print edition (it would be great to hear EVPs in the ebook version, hint, hint), but to not include photographs seems rather silly, don't you think? Am I a skeptic? Sure, to an extent. But it's more a case of me being tired of the endless hearsay descriptions given on every Ghost Hunters episode, Ghost Lab episode, and insert-your-own-favorite-here episode of any and every paranormal show.
You know the drill I'm referring to: investigators start investigating by invariably doing a walk-through of the purportedly haunted premises first, guided by someone who describes how he or she, or a guest or co-worker, has seen a full body apparition, or heard a disembodied voice, or was tripped down the stairs by big spectral feet. The descriptions are always so much more juicy than the investigations (although, I confess, both do jive enough for me, sometimes). Brad and Barrys' very first investigation, the Harlequin Diner (they took photos), and Brad's apparition sighting of Civil War soldiers (he said he filmed it), piqued my interest enough to want to see photographic evidence. But none is provided in the book. Ouch.
Now here's what I really like about this book: the refreshingly skeptical stance both of them take when witches and feeling psychics are involved in investigations. Asterisks appear by certain names so I'll assume those names have been changed. Whoever "Celeste" the psychic may be in real life, her effectively simple (but naughty) spook assist in the television studio investigation, as well as those white witches who conducted a questionable ceremony--with burning sage--in another, provide a much needed Everyday Normal against all the EVP, EMF, and K-2 meter gadgetizing.
The best chapter may be Everyday Nutsacks and Other Disasters, in which we meet tipsy "Meredith," who dresses for the brothers' investigation of her house in a flowing white nightgown, and "Sharon," who says the spirits levitated and rotated her. At least she wasn't tipsy.
In Chasing Ghosts Texas Style, Brad and Barry describe their roadtrip to everyday paranormal, potholes and all. A short glossary and essential list of ghost hunting tools will get you started, but you'll just have to find--and avoid-- the potholes for yourself. This book provides a good business primer to do that.