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by Joe Fisher

Paraview Press, 2001
ISBN 1-931044-02-3
Controversial Knowledge, 313 pp
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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 wisdom…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 Sunday Sun

"...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 Sun 

"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 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 Times 

"...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 Exploration


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)."

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