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This title is 'Storytelling World/Storytelling Magazine' Award Winner. 'I love a book that gives me what it promises, and this one does: fifty real ghost stories, drawn from a variety of sources and told in as many voices, written so as to simulate the language and delivery of a face-to-face performance, and artfully, delightfully done' - ""Review of Texas Books"". 'Scarcely a page will you turn in this collection of ghost stories in Texas without encountering a disembodied hand or a fang babycreatures guaranteed to shock the shell of an armadillo...Whether you read the tales out loud or spin them around a campfire, youand your audiencewill be spooked. And you'll never again saunter along a dark, deserted riverbank late at night' - Patti Ross, ""San Antonio Express-News"". Some humorous, some haunting, and some just late-night terrifying, these stories, gathered by two favorite Texas tellers, span a rich cultural heritage from the earliest Spanish explorers to the present, from ""La Llorona (the Weeping Woman)"" to the ""Vanishing Hitchhiker"" . Introduced by John O. West and John L. Davis, two of Texas most respected folklorists, the stories include tales adapted by European settlers to their new southwestern settings, more historically rooted legends about such early pioneers as Britt Bailey of the Gulf Coast prairie and Josiah Wilbarger of Austin, and those notorious contemporary cautionary tales known as urban legends. With two appendixes addressing selection, learning, and telling of stories as well as sources and scholarship, ""Texas Ghost Stories"" is a full-service compendium for tellers, teachers, readers, and collectors. Celebrating both the blending and the diversity of Texan cultures through the timeless stories we love to be scared by, it is a treasury for all Texans and for those who really want to know us.
Take a ghostly tour of Texas and discover what creepy tales lay hidden in its old buildings and gloomy corners. Meet Wanda, the permanent "resident" of Bruce Hall at the University of North Texas. Discover the haunting tale of the ghostly woman roaming the shores of White Rock Lake. Dine with unseen spirits at the Catfish Plantation. Accompany ghost investigators as they uncover surprising evidence of the paranormal, and get the lowdown from both sides as both an internationally well-regarded skeptic and a university professor share their experiences. So grab a flashlight, wear your ten-gallon hat loose, and keep your mind openbecause the ghosts of Texas are waiting!
Have you wondered what lies beyond the grave? Join the Paranormal Adventurers as they unlock secrets in some of Long Islands historic and most haunted cemeteries. Venture with them into the darkest regions of the paranormal. See ghostly mists and hear spirit voices at Potter's Field in Yaphank, where spirits have only a number to identify them. Feel the toxic presence of spirits on your skin, like fingers melting into flesh, at the East Hillside Cemetery in Glen Head, where ghosts hunt live children. Visit Machpelah Cemetery in Ridgewood Queens, where Harry Houdini is buried. See the creepiest and most mysterious cemetery on Long Island where you might see a white-faced phantom hiding in the darkness of the shadows watching you. Join The Paranormal Adventurers as they search for ghostly clues...you won't be sorry...
Haunted Durham contains a startling collection of true-life tales from in and around the city. From Durham Castle to Jimmy Allen's public house, discover poltergeists, hooded apparitions, headless horses, phantoms, seances and exposed hoaxes. The author draws on historical and contemporary sources, and even shares his personal experiences of overnight surveillance within the confines of Durham. Containing many tales which have never before been published - including the crooked spectre of North Bailey and the ghost who bruised a barmaid's backside - this book will delight everyone interested in the paranormal.
Tour the "Show-me State" to lonely cemeteries, abandoned buildings, and into Bigfoot-infested woods. Tales of the supernatural include a UFO crash and government cover-up, encounters with a mid-Missouri dogman, Bigfoot encounters in Southern Missouri, and the spirits that haunt an abandoned nursing home in Walt Disney's boyhood home. Did Mark Twain dictate a novel through a Ouija board? Does a secret UFO base exist in Jefferson City? Was a Missouri student accosted by black-eyed Kids? Did a Marceline man sleep with an extraterrestrial? Find out in Paranormal Missouri.
Boston after dark is the town that scared and repulsed even Edgar Allan Poe, inspired H.P. Lovecraft, and brought the hunting of witches and murder of hapless innocents to American shores. Come to the Boston Common and walk over a thousand bodies of the long-dead. Take in some theater and be sure to excuse yourself when passing by the seat that only seems empty. Head out to the swampy suburbs, dance with the Will o' the Wisps and hike along the lost paths of Dogtown, where witches once extracted tolls on passersby. Welcome to Boston's eerie environs, and watch out for stranglers.
Gordon Smith, hailed as the UK's most accurate Spiritual Medium, is respected internationally both for his ability to convey precise messages from the Spirit World, filled with a level of detail that astounds people, and also as one of the world's foremost teachers of mediumship. In this fascinating updated edition of one of his bestselling books, Gordon sheds light on: - how mediums and psychics get their information - why spirits choose to communicate with us - the truth about ghosts, poltergeists and hauntings - out-of-body experiences and altered states of awareness - re-incarnation and memories of past lives. While Gordon is the first person to acknowledge that people's imagination, grief or distress can affect their perceptions, and that charlatans and frauds only add to the confusion, his incredible experiences and research have inspired him with a passion to reveal what really happens in the Spirit World. In The Unbelievable Truth, he lifts the lid on these 'insider' topics with wit, insight and great knowledge.
Grab your camera and flashlight as you travel into one of the most haunted regions of New York State, the Southern Tier. Learn of a deformed figure that wanders Holland Road in Angola looking for peace; and walk the cursed land in Hinsdale, whose evil energy has reached out to bring ruin to the lives of many. Find out about the fabled Pink House of Wellsville, where a spirit child waits for the candlelight to fade, and the ghostly man and dog who return to haunt the Murderer's Shack. Come along as the author uncovers the truth about hauntings and introduces you to new tales of specters and phantoms from the country hillside. Are you ready for the journey?
Explore legends, myths, ghost stories, and haunted locations that have kept New Jerseyans awake at night for generations. Walk the halls of Ringwood Manor, home to ancient energies for improving health and a ghost with unfinished business. Spend time at Lake Hopatcong where a ghostly Indian chief still protects his people and may answer your call, if you beckon. Visit the Surflight Theater to meet an owner who refuses to "give up the ghost!" From the famous Jersey Devil to the nearly-lost-to-time Paulinskill Viaduct troll, get ready for a feast for your soul.
Take a spooky journey through the shore towns of North Carolina. Find ordinary men and women who've witnessed ghosts. Meet a dead Confederate sentry who has not left his post. In Weldon, waltz with a ghostly lady ... until she disappears. Witness a battle at Bentonville that appeared to be a re-enactmentit wasn't. From the Chowan River to beaches of the Outer Banks, the spirits of the North Carolina shores never rest.
The ghosts of Civil War soldiers still inhabit the battlefields of America's Southern States. Shots ring out, ghostly warriors march, and phantom figures, tents, and cannons appear. Read firsthand accounts by re-enactors who are joined by spirits of Confederate and Union soldiers. These ghosts call them to the line and entreat us to "never again let this happen." Haunted battlefields at Perryville, Sacramento, Stones River, Shiloh, Franklin, and Andersonville Prison carry chilling stories. Read about battle fog near Benton-White Road that hid spirit soldiers clacking and rattling their canteens. Breakfast with a lost Rebel drummer in Perryville, Kentucky, who joins re-enactors by the campfire. Feel sickness when you visit the Bloody Pond in Shiloh, where soldiers still take their last drink. Explore these battlefields to find invisible rifle volleys, a disappearing cemetery, and soldiers who await you.
Got Ghosts? Las Vegas certainly has, and many of them. There's an abundance of paranormal activity in this super hot, dry, and enchanting desert. Come join us on the South side of Las Vegas as we learn about a ghost who gets a home owner's attention by hanging a child's Barbie doll from the ceiling. Listen to a ghost who likes to play the Ukulele on the North side of town. Meet the ghost of a Grandpa in the area of Sunrise Mountain who won't leave until his new grandchild is born, and a spirit in the Summerlin neighborhood who made contact with the residents by writing messages on their bathroom mirrors! Do you believe in ghosts? You will, after hearing about the specters of Las Vegas!
A fabulous collection of ghost hauntings in Suffolk, from the infamous Black Dog of Bungay to the headless Anne Boleyn stalking visitors at Blickling Hall. The serene, low-lying countryside of Suffolk, with its scattered farms, water-meadows and extensive coastline, seems an unlikely area to be associated with ghosts and demons. Yet, a motley array are said to haunt the region. The most famous is the Black Dog, a spectral hound, which in the year 1577 terrorised and killed parishioners in the churches of Bungay and Blythburgh, and continues to exert a strong presence today. Other strange phenomena include phantom coaches, rattling through the countryside at night, drawn by spectral horses and driven by a headless coachman, and the freshwater mermaids who lure young children to their deaths in pools and rivers. Tobias Gill the black drummer haunts the crossroads near Blythburgh where he was hanged for the murder of a servant girl, and Mrs. Short, the 'Queen of Hell', can still raise the hairs on your neck if you wander in the region of Boulge Hall near Woodbridge. Famous characters such as Anne Boleyn, Earl Hugh Bigod, and St. Edmund add an additional lustre to folk tales of the area, and strange happenings occur in many of the churchyards, Suffolk having more churches per acre than almost any other county. This fascinating account of local 'sightings' deals with all the traditional historical legends as well as modern day sightings, and investigates their relevance and significance for the modern age.
Washington provides more than just a ghost story or an eerie locationthere's a haunted vacation brewing! From Port Townsend to Spokane, and everywhere in between, you will find directions from one haunted site to the next. Are you hungry? Dine with spirit of the former police chief of Centralia. Tired? Sleep at the Davenport Hotel where you may wake up with the woman in white. Visit with the miners in Roslyn or take a trip to Leavenworth, where ghostly music fills the air. Take in the sights at Lake View Cemetery where Bruce and Brandon Lee still haunt the grounds. Whether it's over a weekend, or a week, enjoy a haunted hotspot in Washington!
Take a haunted tour of Michigan's nightlifeespecially if you like the company of ghosts! Visit the state's most haunted restaurants such as the Trattoria Stella, nestled inside a former insane asylum. Spend time in Nunica, where a small-town bar serves more than just the usual spirits! Relax with resident ghosts in the Regent Theater where a ghostly usher still shines his flashlight along the theater isles or take a chilling tour of Detroit's haunted Symphony Orchestra Hall where a ghostly figure keeps an eye on rehearsals. Visit actor Jeff Daniels' spirit-filled Purple Rose Theater to interact with a feisty ghost who moves stage props. Whether your idea of nightlife is a haunted restaurant, a spirited bar, a spooky theater, or an overnight stay with tortured souls in a World War II submarine, this book is must for your paranormal library!
Journey through haunted theaters in historic North and South Carolina! Learn history behind-the-scenes and meet the ghosts inhabiting the stages. The father of John Wilkes Booth moves objects at the Dock Street Theater in Charleston, and a ghost at ImaginOn in Charlotte calls out visitors' names. Discover the origin of superstitions surrounding the theatrical worldwhy it's good luck to wish someone to "break a leg," and what a "ghost light" is really for! From some of the oldest haunted spots in North America, read about the Lost Colony on North Carolina's Outer Banks where a disembodied voice whispers for visitors not to be afraid, and brand-new buildings like the ImaginOn in Charlotte. These stories are proof that not all the spooky characters and effects in these theaters appear on the stage.
Explore Indiana, perched on the disquieting frontier between the banal and the bizarre! Visit haunted hollows and baleful abodes of the Hoosier state's most dreadful locales. Take a ride down the bannister of Culbertson Mansion, thrill to a true account of the possession of Lurrancy Vennum, splash into the murky waters beneath Lake Busco to find a real-life sea monster, and learn the twisted history of William Dudley Pelley, a man who claimed contact with beings from another world! Ride the Vincennes Airship, high above the windswept plains with the "Hartford Visitors." Indiana has witches, werewolves, ghosts, ghouls, and Hairy Men galore, in this shivery exploration of the dark side of Hoosier history.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, is haunted by history, from the eternally fanatic Puritans and Royalists to the clever specters of Harvard and MIT. Explore many ghosts and legends of the area. Thrill to a game of Hide and Seek with a ghost dressed in red velvet. Consider a British prisoner who blows out candles in Christ Church. Be amazed at the ability of the Irish to leave their land on "coffin ships" to make their way to Massachusetts. Marvel at the ambition of East Apthorp, who haunted Harvard students through the twentieth century, the generosity of Harry Widener, who still haunts his library, and the birth of forensic science at one of the great criminal trials of the nineteenth century. Chuckle at great pranks pulled by Harvard and MIT students. These stories are part of history; now you can learn them, tooif you dare...
Dare to investigate Long Island's most haunted places to experience real ghosts! Pursue a dreaded headless ghost at Lakeview Cemetery in Patchogue Village that rises from the grave and chases girls! Feel the penetrating eyes and see the deathly white face of a mysterious phantom lurking in the shadows of Houdini's grave at Machpelah Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens. Then witness a specter at Pine Hollow Cemetery in Oyster Bay, where a man dressed in a black cape appears and disappears in apparitional mists moving amid the graves. But nothinganothing!acan prepare you for the ghosts of Sweet Hollow Road in Melville as they float around you in the pitch black night on this lonely country roadathe very place the ghost, Mary, is known to dwell!
Tucson is one haunted town. From furniture stores and ice cream shops, to an entire community buried beneath a downtown neighborhood, ghosts are everywhere. Who is the ghostly Victorian Lady that glides down the staircase at Z Mansion in historic downtown Tucson? What happened when a rock-throwing ghost suddenly appeared at Fort Lowell over 100 years ago? What became of all the bodies buried in the Court Street Cemetery? Who is responsible for the phantom voices at Old Tucson? Find out, as Tucson's top paranormal investigators give you a peek into the lives of the ghosts who exist alongside Tucsonans, right here in the Old Pueblo!
From historical hauntings to tales of modern-day spooks, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, hosts everything paranormal. Share a drink with the ghostly patrons of Molly Malone's, the Portsmouth Brewery, and AK's Bar and Bistro. Catch a performance at the Portsmouth Music Hall...just don't complain about a phantom blocking your view of the stage. Watch ghostly ladies who pine for war hero John Paul Jones, and shudder as you read about an alien abduction of a couple that sparked the UFO craze. Discover the glowing tombs at Point of Graves and South Cemeteries. Portsmouth is rife with spirits, haunted houses, UFO sightings, ghost ships, pirates, witches, and more! Be prepared to be scared.
Massachusetts has many haunted towns! Blending legend and history, step back in time to when the first "shot heard round the world" began the American Revolution. Read about the battle of North Bridge, where Americans first tasted victory, and home of the first American flag. Follow ghostly footsteps at Munroe Tavern and Colonial Inn where people feel an unknown presence in the mist. Meet the witch of Shawsheen who saved a sickly town from death. These ghostly voices can still be heard in the hours before the sun rises, as their restless spirits roam famous houses and taverns. Their stories will chill you.
San Antonio holds a proud place in Texas history, but it is also a city soaked in blood and violence. Take a guided tour of its most haunted places. Spend a night at the Menger Hotel, where a spirit child giggles in the hallway and a ghostly lady in blue dances the night away. Have a drink with spirits of a different kind at the Cadillac Bar where ghosts make crashing and dragging sounds overhead. Listen as souls of thousands whisper through the adobe walls of the famed Alamo. Keep your wits about you, and pay close attention, for in San Antonio the dead can still be heard.
Scores of ghosts roam Civil War battlefields, streets, homes, and businesses in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Hear pots and pans rattle at the Klingle House as a ghostly woman prepares food on the battlefield for soldiers long dead. Meet Alice, the spirit of a little girl who appears at the Chestnut Hall Bed and Breakfast. Encounter a photogenic ghost in the basement of the historic Cashtown Inn. Learn about Jeremy's tragic death and how his mourning father still walks the halls at the Farnsworth House. Read a police officer's confession: he watched Flossy walk from the turret balcony into the Bechtel Victorian Mansion...without opening the door. Stick close as you walk the towns of Adams County; you may not be walking alone.
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