by Joe Fisher
Paraview Press, 2001
Controversial Knowledge, 313 pp
Trade Paperback: $16.95
ABOUT THE BOOK
Mediumship dates back to the Greek Oracles and beyond, but
millennia later nobody yet knows for certain what transpires when
a medium enters a deep trance. Today, the practice of channeling
spirit guides through hypnotized mediums is hotly debated. This
strange phenomenon is either dismissed as a dubious parlor trick,
or regarded as a form of communication between this world and the
next. Many view "the guides" as a source of love and
but are they?
For five years, best-selling author and journalist Joe Fisher
painstakingly investigated the claims of channelers and the
mysterious voices that speak through them. The Siren Call of
Hungry Ghosts is his gripping journey into a realm of
darkness and deception. This revised edition includes a new
foreword by Colin Wilson, and an epilogue that updates events
since the book was first published in the U.K. a decade ago.
The Siren Call of Hungry Ghosts is not a skeptic's
dismissal of channeling. Deeply convinced of the reality of
reincarnation after writing The Case For Reincarnation and
Life Between Life, Joe Fisher ventured into the world of
mediumship with every expectation of writing the definitive book
on how to contact spirit guides. But what he encountered, while
remarkable in many ways, turned his emotions inside out and left
him questioning the faith of New Age believers. This book is
required reading for anyone who has ever visited, or considered
visiting, a deep-trance channeler.
"Fisher is a superb writer whose subject matter, outrageous as
it must seem to many, is offered up with just the right tone of
frankness, disbelief and wonder." --Patricia Job, Toronto
"...a riveting detective story full of blind alleys, misplaced
trust, deceit, and duplicity, all made doubly inspiring by the
fact that none of the 'suspects' are of this world."
--Christopher Loudon, Quill & Quire
". . .part confessional, part romance, part detective story...
No matter what your response, one thing is certain: you won't go
away from this one unaffected." --Barbara Gunn, Vancouver
"If Wilde's fox-hunter is the unspeakable in pursuit of the
uneatable, the psychic investigator in his earthly manifestation
as Joe Fisher is the undauntable in search of the unprovable."
--Peter James, The London Evening Standard
"I finished Hungry Ghosts as fascinated by my own strong
reactions to it...as by the phenomena described. Any book that
can engender such powerful emotions surely merits laying aside a
few long-held assumptions." --Adam Lively, The London Sunday
"...a discerning book in a field tragically short of objective
investigation. Read it, and don't get fooled again." --Russ
Bravo, Derby Evening Telegraph
"Absorbing." Brenda Denzler, Journal of Scientific
JOE FISHER is a journalist and best-selling author.
His previous works include Life Between Life, The Case for
Reincarnation, and Predictions.
Troubled by personal problems - as well as by the spirits he
claimed to have angered in writing the Siren Call of Hungry
Ghosts - Joe Fisher took his own life on May 9, 2001. That he
would do so is all the more surprising considering what he had
written earlier in The Case for Reincarnation: "As much as
the suicidal personality feels able to escape the world by
getting rid of the body, reincarnation's revolving door ensures
that all hope (of escape) is short lived. Those who learn that
they have killed themselves in past lives are quickly brought to
the realization that suicide, far from being an answer to life's
problems is (instead) the violent breaking of the lifeline. If
the (suicide) could only realize the resulting intensification of
difficulty which must enter the life to come, (suicide) would
never be (attempted)."