Title: Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew
Author: Zak Bagans
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Victory Belt
Source: personal copy
Last summer I happened upon a marathon of Ghost Adventures while channel surfing one boring Friday night. With no other viable options, I quickly became sucked into the world of Zak Bagans and his ghost hunting pals Nick Groff and the goofy Aaron Goodwin. At first the show spooked me somewhat, causing me to turn around and check behind me. After all, I was watching the show facing a corner with my back to an open living room. Eventually the creepiness factor wore off and I stopped checking for things that go bump in the night. I became addicted to the show, catching the marathons every Friday and Saturday night.
Upon hearing that Zak had written a book, I was interested in reading it, but unsure of how it’d turn out. One of my online friends and fellow Ghost Adventures fan, Sue, had mentioned that she had read Dark World. She had enjoyed it so I decided to give it a go.
Overall I really enjoyed Dark World. It was interesting and funny at the same time. If you’re a fan of Ghost Adventures you’d probably enjoy it too. There’s references to investigations they have gone on and some more insight is given. We learn how some of the common devices that are used on Ghost Adventures, like the Mel Meter, were created. Terms used on the show, like EMF, were explained more in depth. We also get to learn more about Zak through his book. I’ve never understood the people online who refer to Zak as a douche bag. He actually seems pretty down to earth, a little goofy, but very serious into his research into the paranormal world. His research and investigations are not a hobby – they are his job, which he enjoys.
The book is divided into seven sections (Beginnings, Innocence, Sadness and Confusion, Anger, Evil, Science, and The Future). There was only one section that I could not get into – section 6. It dealt with the “Science” of ghost hunting. Science and Math were never my strong subjects – I even failed Math in 8th grade. I’ve never read anything about Quantum Physics or Einsteins Theory of Relativity, so much of that flew over my head faster than a fan girl squealing in delight when Zak takes his shirt off. On my Kindle edition I figure that section only took up about 15% of the book, so it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of reading.
If you’re a fan of Zak and Ghost Adventures then I think you’d enjoy Dark World.