I rarely read the books about one person's experience living in a haunted house because the few I tried were poorly written and obviously largely exaggerated if not just made up. I was surprised at how well written this one was, and the author seemed pretty sincere and genuine. If you want to read about someone's firsthand experience that doesn't read like a high school student wrote it, and is actually creepy, this is a good choice. In paperback and e-book.
The Ghost Next Door by Mark Alan Morris
is a refreshingly simple and
entertaining book of true ghost stories
collected by the author from people he
knows. Most of the narrative is in
the words of the subject of each tale,
so each story has its own "personality."
There are no photos, but I didn't feel a
need for them. The chapters are
short, but are to the point and not
filled with extraneous history or
details just to add pages. The book is
short, and I would have liked a few more
stories (who doesn't always want more?!)
but I would still recommend it.
It's 100 pages of text with several
blank pages at the end. Maybe you could
use them to record your own spooky
So, There I Was.... More Confessions of Ghost Hunters by Troy Taylor & Len Adams
I liked this book
which gives the "behind the scenes"
happenings for Troy Taylor and his
colleagues who make up the American
Ghost Society in Illinois. Taylor and
Adams each write their own chapters with
their personal anecdotes from their
being guides for ghost tours and their
investigations. Written in a
relaxed, comfortable manner, it's fun to
hear what the "experts" experienced or
thought as they pursued their
fascination with the paranormal. At
times Troy Taylor gets a little TOO into
the history and background of sites
(there was more information than I
wanted/needed to know about the Lemp
Mansion and the U.S penal system/Eastern
State Penitentiary) but in general I
enjoyed this book. In paperback.
Don't let the
subtitle of this book scare you - it is
made very readable and easy to
understand by the author. This is
truly the most fascinating book on the
paranormal that I have read in ages.
I have long believed that many
"unexplainable" phenomena have some
scientific basis that we just don't know
about yet. This book opens so many
possibilities and new ways to view
paranormal phenomena. I have no
background in physics at all and found
the basic tenets of quantum physics mind
blowing and so intriguing. One
thing I liked about this book is that it
does not offer pat explanations for
everything, but offers plausible reasons
for many events while raising more
"hmmm...so then what if...?" questions
for me to chew on at the same time.
I would categorize this book as a MUST
for anyone seriously interested in the
paranormal. In paperback and
Green Mountain Ghosts, Ghouls & Unsolved... by Joseph A. Citro
This book covers all kinds of oddities in Vermont, not just ghosts. It is organized by type of story, with major headings such as: Vermont's Ghostly Gallery, Here Monsters Dwell, Alien Skies, and Lingering Mysteries. I found this book well written, intriguing and fun to read. In 1996 Mr. Citro published another book, Passing Strange which covers all kinds of strangeness throughout New England and was also very entertaining. In paperback and e-book.
Lighthouse Ghosts : 13 Bona Fide.. by Norma Elizabeth and Bruce Roberts
presents well done writeups of 13
haunted lighthouses, from Michigan to
the Atlantic Coast down to Florida.
Detailed directions and contact info are
provided. Excellent photographs
accompany each chapter. The authors'
love of and respect for lighthouses is
apparent and contagious. 144pp. In
If you're even thinking of traveling along Rte. 66, this book is for you. It has (not coincidentally?) 66 listings of spooky stops you can make as you travel. This guide has great maps, both general of the whole Route, and for each state so you have a very good idea of where these sites are. Each ghostly entry is 2-3 pages, with a good photo, description and directions. The book is paperback, 190pp including an index. In paperback.
Lone Star Spooks: Searching for Ghosts in Texas by Nate Riddle
Not your typical haunted places entry
style book, this is more a physical and intellectual exploration by the
author regarding the nature and existence of ghosts. He has a
chapter at the beginning of the book where he interviews a professor of
parapsychology, and then a later chapter where he interviews a skeptic.
Both are very interesting and raise questions for the author (and
hopefully the reader as well). While I could have done without the
lengthy chapter on an urban legend style local haunting, I liked his
account of his stay at the Menger Hotel with his wife and his brother.
It was not just about paranormal experiences, but he recounts much of
his stay as if he were talking to you at a barbecue, telling you about
the whole trip. One problem I did have with this book is the chapter
where he consults a psychic. He has given her some questions ahead
of time, and though she gets no answers correct and gives him "cold
reading" guesses that I could have come up with (eg name of a family
cat, "I'm getting the word 'scat' in connection with it..." and
never came up with a name close to a real name) Mr. Riddle writes that
she had been "unusually accurate." Okay, I won't get started on
this aspect... Other than that chapter I liked this book for its
different style and approach where the author "thinks out loud" about
the issues involved in believing or disbelieving in ghosts. In
Ghost Hunting by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson
This book is by the co-founders of TAPS which is the paranormal investigation group featured on SciFi Channel's show "Ghost Hunters." Jason does most of the writing while at the end of each chapter is a short "Grant's Take." How TAPS came into existence is covered, as well as many of their earliest investigations before the TV show started. Even the chapters that cover the investigations seen on the show are interesting to read and revisit. The book moves quickly and has an informal, easy going feel to it. I do wish there had been more "behind the scenes" stuff but would still recommend this book. It is in paperback, 273 pages with a photo insert in the center. In paperback and e-book.
Pacific Northwest Haunts by Joe Teeples
If you're looking for a guide to haunted spots
where you live or will be visiting, this book is the ideal style - tons
of entries with pithy descriptions and lots of photos. Definitely
more of a guidebook than a book to read for creepy narratives it
accomplishes its goal very well. There's also an interesting
section at the end that addresses graveyards and iconography of
gravestones. Alaska only gets 3 pages, and Portland OR gets 11 - the book
really is for those interested in Seattle or Washington state.
224pp. including tour and web resources and an index. In paperback.
Haunted Travels of Michigan by Kathleen Tedsen & Beverlee Rydel
This book is different
from the typical ghost books in that
it has a web interactive component.
The authors accompanied paranormal
investigative groups, wrote about the
investigation and then put some photos,
video and EVPs on their web site where
they can be accessed with a password
from the book. The authors were
quite diligent in their research on each
site, and go into great detail on a
property's history and each
investigation as it proceeded.
There are ten sites/chapters, and
photos (many of them of the
investigators). An interesting book
for those who want to feel what being on
an investigation firsthand is like.
There are two more volumes by the
authors. In paperback and e-book.
by Jason Offutt
As the author says
in his afterword, he spent a year
driving thousands of miles and had a few
unexplained experiences and still isn't
sure if he believes in ghosts.
This isn't a surprise - his attitude is
to be open with some skepticism in a pleasant down
to earth way. The book is written
in a manner that feels like the author
is talking to you. He does devote
a lot of space to history, and his love
of this subject is apparent especially
in his section on Civil War sites.
Coast to Coast Ghosts by Leslie Rule
type of ghost, Ms. Rule covers a wide
breadth of hauntings (including the
house she grew up in). Chapters include
ghosts of children, animals, schools,
the Gold Rush, and watery sites among
many others. She visited each place, and
each entry conveys her personal
interest. The writing and photography
(which she does herself) are very good
and there are interesting sidebars
throughout the book. This would be a
nice book to curl up with on a gray
weekend day. Paperback and e-book.
Seattle's Market Ghost Stories by Mercedes Yaeger
This book is as much about the history of Pike
Place Market in Seattle as it is about its haunted sites. The
author grew up there and her family has been intricately involved with
the Market for decades - that emotional connection runs strongly through
this collection. The descriptions of the hauntings are interesting
and strongly set in historical context. I should note that the
author is co-owner of Market Ghost Tours, and if visiting Seattle
consider adding it to your activities. E-book
Haunted Lakes: Great Lakes Ghost... by Frederick Stonehouse
In this book Stonehouse writes about all sorts of paranormal phenomena of the Great Lakes. After many years of compiling maritime history about the lakes, Stonehouse realized he had amassed many odd tales and set them down in their own volume. He writes about haunted lighthouses, ghostly ships, sea serpents, superstitions and more. This book is very well written, with interesting tales and information about what life was and is like on the lakes. In paperback.
True Stories and Eerie Legends from America's Most Haunted Neighborhood by David Domine
Ghosts of Old Louisville and Phantoms of Old Lousiville were combined into one edition in this book. It is well written and interesting, about a unique neighborhood. Old Louisville KY, filled with Victorian structures was destined to fall to developer's bulldozers in the name of modernization when the whole area was made a protected Preservation District that covers several square miles. Mr. Domine has scouted out many ghosts who remain as well, and has written an entertaining book about his neighborhood which includes his own firsthand experience when he moved there. After each chapter the author adds some information about a historical site that relates to the episode described, and is also haunted. Worth reading for the history and tales. In paperback and e-book.
This 160pp book includes photos and an index. It combines current sites that the author has visited and also recounts local/old legends. While many of the chapters are very short, the tradeoff is that there are many entries. In paperback.