Sorry for the delayed posting. But if you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, why not check out this week’s pick, Dark World by Zak Bagans?
I know it’s a little early, but I always get excited for Halloween—it’s my favorite holiday! And since stores everywhere are starting to display decorations and costumes, I couldn’t help but celebrate the release of a new season of Ghost Adventures picking up one of my favorite spooky themed book, written by none other than the lead investigator, Zak Bagans.
Born in Florida, Bagans moved to Chicago his senior year of high school, where he graduated from Glenbard West, and still visits family here—as well as coming back to film an episode of his show, which airs tonight! After bouncing from college to college for a few years, he moved to Michigan, where he experienced his first paranormal encounter in his Trenton apartment. The rest is history. Shortly after his move to Nevada to start film school and meeting Nick Groff is where his book picks up.
It’s hard to imagine that the buff, controversial ghost hunter who has become the face of the Nevada ASPCA ever suffered from sever social phobias or still has issues with anxiety. Yet his book tells how he went from being a shy kid who was constantly bullied in school to the star of his own television show with his best friends. For me, this was the most interesting part. Having dealt with these issues myself, reading such an emotional account of the struggle to feel comfortable in his own skin and to find where he belongs in the world was extremely moving.
But not all of the book focuses around Zak’s life. While the first few chapters look at the development of the Ghost Adventures Crew and gives a look into his life before he became famous, most of the following chapters look at different ghost hunting techniques, scientific phenomena, and tells the stories of some of his most impressive and haunting encounters with the other side. Written in an informal, almost conversational style, Bagans’ book reads more like having a talk with the author about his than an autobiography. In addition to tales of his adventures with his friends Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin while filming their show, his book also includes numerous photographs ranging from evidence they’ve captured, on set scenes, and a few of his personal pictures such as his back tattoo and an inside look at his dungeon. Yes, you read that right—his dungeon. You’ll just have to read the book to find out!
Whether you’re a seasoned ghost hunter, Ghost Adventures fan, or have never heard of the show or it’s host until now, this book is a great read. I finished in just a few days, and couldn’t put it down. Not only was the topic captivating, the writing was extremely well done and kept me engaged. I highly recommend reading before Halloween—it’s sure to keep you up at night.
For added fun, listen to my suggested playlist while reading:
Ghost Adventures by Mike Felumlee
(Ghost) Riders In the Sky by Johnny Cash
Energy by Nick Groff
Enter My Realm by Nick Groff
If I Die Young by The Band Perry
Johanna by Bobby Mackey
Oh, Death by Jen Titus
Paranormal Energy by Lord of Acid, Feat. Zak Bagans
What’s Next by Nick Groff
And look out for a coming review of Nick Groff’s book, Chasing Spirits!
Until next time, happy reading!
— Meg Schlegel, Assistant Blog Editor
Editor’s Notes: Meg Schlegel is in her senior year, and is a double major in Theology and English with a minor in Spanish. An avid reader, she loves the classics like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice, and Dracula, historical fiction and non-fiction.