The Everything Ghost Hunting Book, 2nd Ed.

It is finally here! The Everything Ghost hunting Book 2nd Ed., is out.

This revised edition has new technology and new areas of paranormal phenomena to explore.

All you need to track and record paranormal activity!2nd Ed

Ectoplasm…cold spots…orbs…everyone loves a real-life ghost story! Ghosthunter Melissa Martin Ellis takes you on an exciting journey into the supernatural world of haunted sites, restless souls, and messages from beyond the grave. You’ll learn about the most up-to-date technology, such as motion sensors and highly sensitive digital cameras, as well as the supernatural phenomena themselves, including:

  • Poltergeists
  • Electronic-voice phenomena (EVP)
  • Possession
  • Photo anomalies
  • Seances and voodoo rituals

With expert advice on everything from picking a haunted location to setting up cameras and dealing with unwieldy ghosts, The Everything Ghost Hunting Book, 2nd Edition shows you how today’s investigators use the tools of modern science to study a wide range of paranormal activity..




Pictures of beautiful Newport, RI.


New England in the Fall

New England is a photographer’s dream. The colors and forms in autumn are a constant source of delight and it is easy to spend the day in a leisurely tour of old fashioned barns and architecture, harvest fairs and farmer’s markets.


The Hunt is on AGAIN!

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Revising a book can be fun, as I am learning as I work on the second edition of The Everything Ghost Hunting Book. I was contacted by the publisher, F&W Media in May, 2013 to update the technology described and revisit interviewees who were in the original volume to see what they’ve been up to in the last five years. So far, I have really enjoyed the process.


For those unfamiliar with the work, The Everything Ghost Hunting Book is an illustrated guide for those wishing to understand the (relatively) new phenomena of investigating the paranormal using technology. I have had many team leaders and newly formed teams contact me to say how useful it is when they are training new members. My book discusses the various approaches investigators currently use to bolster proof of ghosts, poltergeists and other paranormal phenomena. It also discusses the long, rich history of paranormal investigation that preceded our current technological approach.


As I researched the book, I had the pleasure of talking to and interviewing some amazingly interesting people. I am very happy indeed to check back in with them for the new edition. As a Rhode Islander, I’m fortunate to be located in one of the most historically “mysterious” regions of the country. The first case of alleged vampirism in America occurred in Rhode Island. There are innumerable old cemeteries (or burying grounds as we call them) and there are many old houses that date back to the settling of this country. All of New England is a happy hunting ground for those looking for proof of an afterlife or at least inexplicable ghostly doings.

As the book progresses, I’ll post periodic updates.


Beecoming Sophie – A Bee Conscious Adventure

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Beecoming Sophie is a Young Adult graphic novel (actually suitable for Adults as well) which explores ways to save the honeybees from extinction through beautiful imagery and imaginative storytelling.

Adopted teen Sophie Saffron has a secret–the bee that flew in her window one rainy evening is far more than she seems. She is Phoebee, the Queen of the Bees and she carries all the secrets of their ancient wisdom. She has an urgent message for Sophie, who adopts Phoebee and her mission. She must save the honeybees worldwide–before it is too late for them and all mankind. Sophie recruits her brother Rolando, and friend Sokuen to sting the community into bee-conscious action!

Adapted by Mark Ellis from a script by Susan West Kurz. Illustrated by Melissa Martin- Ellis and Jeff Slemons.

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The Insider’s Newport Guide – A Quick Guide to Newport, RI

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Beautiful Newport, historic Newport, fun Newport!

A lone gull patrols the dunes at Second Beach.

Newport, Rhode Island is one of those towns visitors never forget. Located on the southern tip of Aquidneck Island, this tiny community offers something for everyone’s tastes and for over a century has been one of America’s most famous vacation destinations.

Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont–owner of Belcourt castle in the Gilded Age.



With this easy reference ebook guide to Newport, you’ll find everything you need to make visiting Newport a lot easier and a lot more fun!

Chockfull of helpful inside tips and photos, THE INSIDER’S NEWPORT GUIDE has clickable hyperlinks to local information and businesses, the lowdown on parking and restrooms, as well as information about restaurants, beaches, shopping, attractions and lodging.

Ocean Drive


Does the ghost of Ogden Goelet still walk the halls of this French chateau?
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Visitors using the Guide will find their time is well spent in Newport–it simplifies navigation around tiney colonial streets and clearly shows the options available in the different sections of the city. The book contains a link to a frequently updated FaceBook page, to keep readers informed about important news and the many events and festivals going on in the City-by-the Sea. Newport Mansions, The Cliffwalk, Ocean Drive and all the elegance and history that make Newport unique can be found here.

Written by longtime Newport resident Melissa Martin-Ellis, author of The Everything Guide to Photography, the handy guide has over 80 beautiful color photos.


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Andrew Laird said:

“Hands down the most enjoyable and complete touring guides to one of New England’s oldest towns I have ever seen!”

Susan B. Iwanisziw said:

“Whether you are looking to stay in New England or take a day trip, you will be well advised to check out beforehand Melissa Martin-Ellis’ comprehensive and beautifully evocative guide to Newport. Famous for its folk and jazz festivals, Newport hosts innumerable other attractions, not the least of which are exquisite scenery, peaceful beaches, spacious parks, engrossing museums, shops and restaurants for all tastes, and grand architecture in the form of colonial and “robber baron” residences. Perhaps the most alluring tourist destination is Bellevue Avenue, a two-and-a-half mile stretch of spectacular mansions, several owned by the phenomenally rich Vanderbilt family.”

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Beecoming Sophie

Beecoming Sophie Graphic NovelBeecoming Sophie has been turned into a digital graphic novel and it’s now available on Amazon!

The graphic novel was written by Susan Kurz, edited by Mark Ellis, and illustrated by myself and Jeff Slemons.

Becoming Sophie is a magical tale that will inform young people about the crisis with honeybee health and inspire them to make a difference and bee the change they want to see in the world. The story weaves issues crucial to the worldwide decline in honeybee population into a story of high school student Sophie’s awakening and the resulting journey she shares with her friends and family. As common objections and fears about bees are addressed, readers will find them replaced with awareness and respect for the beautiful honeybee so critical to our environment and the food on our tables.


This graphic novel is appropriate for teens and young adults. It is a call to action for all who care about the environment and a sustainable food supply.


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