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Simon Marsden Infrared Gothic Photography       

"They themselves do not see the world of light as we do, but our shapes cast shadows in their minds, which only the noon sun destroys: and in the dark they perceive many signs and forms that are hidden from us: then are they are most to be feared. And at all times they smell the blood of living things, desiring and hating it. Senses, too, there are other than sight or smell.  We can feel their presence - it troubled our hearts, as soon as we came here, and before we saw them; they feel ours more keenly. "

  - Aragorn commenting on the Ringwraiths in The Lord Of The Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien


Ray:   "Sir, what you have there is what we refer to as a focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm, or a Class Five full roaming vapor.

 Real nasty one, too!"



The Society for Paranormal Investigation Classification System of Haunting & Paranormal Activity

by Vorpral


Interactive Former Human Spirit Pattern Location Based Haunting Non-Interactive :  Earth Mysteries Psychokinetic Non-Human Entity 
Phantom Residual Haunting General RSPK & ESP Angels
Apparition Spirit (Psychic) Burn Poltergeist Demons
Classic Haunting Psychic Echoes Psychic Attack Elementals 
Graveyard Spectres Phantom Craft Psychic Disturbance Banshees?
Etheric Revenant Vortexes/Portals Psychic Vampire Ghost Lights?
Vampires Ley Lines Thoughtforms Wild Hunt
  Power Points Astral Projection (OBE) Spirit/Animal Guides?
  Feng Shui - Geomancy Bilocation/Double Lower Astral Entities?
  Spiritual Residue Time Slips Etheric Larvae?
  Imprints Artificial Ghost Animal Ghosts  Cryptozoology
  Geomagnetic Anomaly  Shapeshifter Aliens/Fey Folk?


Remember that these are just labels for convenient use, and it is not to say that any of these particular entities/events actually exist. They may also be known by other names, belong to more than one group or subgroup, and be in flux or in conjunction with other types of paranormal activity. The "?" mark signifies subclasses of which I have a greater degree of uncertainty.


Paranormal Dictionary



Taken from John Greer's book, Monsters 

with modified interpretation by Vorpral of SPI

Level  Description Beings (examples) 
Spiritual The level of primal unity from which all other levels emanate and to which they return, possibly Heaven Angels
Mental Abstract consciousness, timelessness, logic & math Thoughtforms
Astral  Concrete consciousness, dreams, OBE Astral Projection
Etheric  Life force Ghosts, Fay Folk
Physical  What we commonly perceive as reality Humans and Animals
Sub-Physical  Hell Demons


These classifications I owe to research found in the first four books that are named in my Books To Read section. 



Orbs - also known as plasmoids, speeders and EML (Electromagnetic Luminaries - credit Chris Mosely of Dagulf's Ghost)


Ectoplasm, mist


Shadow Men


Ghost vehicle


"What is a ghost? An emotion, a terrible moment condemned to repeat itself over and over? An instant of pain, perhaps? Something dead which appears at times alive. A sentiment suspended in time ... like a blurry photograph ... like an insect trapped in amber."

-The Devil's Backbone