This book was written by Kirby Robinson and Lisa Maliga, however, throughout the book Kirby is spoken of as if he is being written about and not the writer himself.
According to Wiki, Kirby is; A self-proclaimed exorcist, demonologist, and spirit liberator.
As for Lisa Maliga, she is an author of ebooks on several subjects, only one of which is paranormal. She also writes about; animals, pets, aromatherapy, crafts, recipes, etc.
This book breaks down every single episodes of Paranormal State from season 1-4 and a few of season 5. Published this year Paranormal Reality: Investigating Paranormal State reads like the writer is obsessed with the show and pointing out every little thing that Kirby finds ‘odd’.
Here is the formula used for each episode of ‘Paranormal State’;
• A very small synopsis of the episode.
• An outline of the episode including everything that the author, (whichever one of the two that is), believes is faked. This includes exact times that he feels something was supposed to take place (dead time is 3AM) and the time it actually takes place. He claims he can tell this by seeing the times on either computer screens or cameras in the episode.
• Paranormal Evidence Tally which includes; Proof of Paranormal Activity, Accuracy of psychic, Ryan Buell’s producer credit that changes only a few times throughout the five seasons, and Demon Count.
This goes on for 77 (!!!) episodes.
After two or three chapters, it gets very old. This book could have been formatted so that in the beginning it is understood that Robinson believes that Ryan is only the Executive producer or Co-producer for a few episodes, otherwise he is the Consulting producer. He could have also explained why it matters. Most people don’t even know what a producer does, regardless of what type of producer he is. I believe I know why Ryan gets a ‘Producer’s’ credit and it isn’t paranormal in the least.
He could have also stated in the beginning that he feels, everyone’s clothing changes inappropriately showing that the show is filmed out of order which he states is not the way a documentary (the type of show PS is considered) is filmed. Having watched more documentaries than most ‘normal’ people, and interviewing doc directors and subjects…..this just isn’t how a doc is filmed. Let’s be real, you can’t shoot anything in chronologic order. If you don’t believe it, watch your favorite concert video, these popular types of docs aren’t even filmed chronologically.
Finally, the authors could have stated in the beginning of the book that they (he, she, whoever) believes that there was only 2 demons found in all five seasons.
If the book was reformatted in the way above, the rest of the book could have had some meat. They could have pointed out the ‘true faked’ (oxy-moron is very appropriate here) parts of the show. Oh, that would mean that this so-called demonologist would have to know what was faked and he clearly doesn’t. So, he wouldn’t have a book.
There is one thing he points out that, if true, is unforgivable, and that is the in the episode entitled ‘The Messenger’. This is supposedly the story of a husband and wife who are being haunted by the headless ghost in their coastal Oregon home. Read the letter from the woman featured in the show sent to a site called Ghosttheory.com.
I will not reprint the letter, please do read it above. If what the woman says is true, then what the PS show did to them is beyond inexcusable.
As for the rest of the book, here are some of the things I have a problem with.
• The aforementioned Ryan’s producer credit, etc. It’s just irritating and unnecessary.
• I watched a few of the episodes that he complains about, and the problems he claims aren’t there. Example: Episode 41 ‘The Drowned’, in which Ryan is supposedly caught trying to hide a smile when the family is awaiting he and his team outside of the home. Kirby claims this is staged. If you watch Ryan through any episode, he wears his thoughts clearly on his face. Also, so what if he wants to smile, maybe it’s a nervous smile. It certainly isn’t enough to prove the show has faked anything. Also Ryan’s wardrobe changes (which Kirby clearly states are proof of scenes being shot out of sequence) are not exactly as he states. I did notice that Ryan removed his coat and put it back on a few times. His shirts are different in appropriate places.
• The book tries to portray Ryan as unintelligent. This happens several places in the book. This is often subjective.
• Ryan’s voice-overs. These are his director’s diaries etc. Since he usually does his director’s diaries outside, of course he dubs or does a voice-over in a studio, otherwise no one could hear what he was saying due to outside noise.
• The book often says that the camera never shows what the investigators claim to see or hear. This, for the most part isn’t true. In an episode I watched, ‘The Drowning’, he clearly states that Ryan thinks that he senses something inside the bathtub, behind the shower curtain. He also states that we never get to see whatever it is…This is incorrect, we do see the tub, behind the curtain, there was nothing there.
• At one place in the book, a place is investigated, the West Virginia Penitentiary. The book states ‘The program never shares the fact that this historical place makes money on ghost tours’. I would like to know why the author believes this should have been disclosed.
• Ryan is accused of not knowing anything about the rite of exorcism.
I could go on for pages, I think you get the picture.
There are a few things I would have liked for the book to cover that they didn’t. One person on the show that is interesting to me is Eilfie, the occult specialist. She always seems so depressed and upset. I always feel like she needs a hug.
The other thing I would like to know about is Ryan’s demonic experience from his past. These are but two things that this book doesn’t bother to fully address.
In closing, I would like to point out that the book doesn’t seem to have been proof-read, as there are plenty of grammar errors. Also, in episode 71 ‘Paranormal Detour’, the book states that Ryan and the team stops in St. Helens Oregon. The book goes on to say that this city is noted for the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980. Mt. St. Helens (the volcano) is in Washington. The city of St. Helens IS close to the volcano, about 40 miles or so. But was neither named for or is known for the eruption of the volcano. It is also stated that St. Helens is ‘enjoying fame as being the site of Twilight, the popular film and book series. While it is true that some of the filming was done in St. Helens, any fan would be able to tell you that Forks, Washington is THE City most closely associated with the film and books.
One thing I do like about the book is the hyperlinking that is done when there is a website for a location that was investigated. I have my Kindle app on my iPad so I can check out these sites. The author also reveals what is on the page in the text for those who can’t follow the links.
All in all, it’s sad that the people behind this book felt the need to completely tear PS apart, episode by episode, dead time by dead time. Why would someone go that far? I’m not sure of the answer, but I don’t buy that it is purely to ‘out’ the show for fakery.