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Ghosts of Virginia

by L.B. Taylor, Jr.

Both public places and private residences are covered in this 381 page book. Mr. Taylor's background in journalism shows in the quality of the writing. He includes many pictures, and also gives a lot of historical background in many of his chapters. I found this book very interesting and entertaining. The only drawback is that while the photos are well done, the illustrations in the book are not very good.

 

Haunted Houses of California : A Ghostly...

by Antoinette May, 1990, 1993.

This book is organized by geographic area. Ms. May does her own investigating and combines history, witness reports, and her own impressions in her coverage of a variety of sites. She also frequently has a psychic accompany her, notably Sylvia Browne. I liked this book very much. It is 231 pages and has many photos. My only (small) complaint is that a map page for each of her regional chapters with locations pinpointed would have been nice.

Haunted Ohio : Ghostly Tales from the...

Haunted Ohio (series), by Chris Woodyard, 1991.

This series by Ms. Woodyard consists of four books. The accounts in the Haunted Ohio books are entertaining and interesting. The author is a "ghosthunter" and many of the episodes are places she has explored. Her chapters are organized by type of haunting, such as haunted clothing or college ghosts. In Haunted Ohio II she has a chapter on haunted inns and taverns, including the Buxton Inn which many people are curious about. Her books have no photos, and run close to 200pp.

I Never Believed in Ghosts Until... :...

I Never Believed in Ghosts Until...
Collected by the Editors of USA Weekend,1992.

This is an absolutely wonderful book which resulted from a request by USA Weekend magazine for reader's own ghost stories for a halloween issue. They received more than five hundred stories but only had room to publish six. They took 100 of the best tales and compiled them in this book. The stories are varied, chilling and told in as many styles as there are entries. One of my favorites.

Ghost Stalker's Guide To Haunted...

Ghost Stalker's Guide to Haunted California, by Richard Senate, 1998.

Ghost Stalker's Guide is not as well done as Antoinette May's book on CA, but may prove a useful book to have. Its contents are organized by type of site (lodgings, vessels, missions, restaurants, etc.). Many of the chapters are fairly short, averaging two full pages. Some entries (such as Whaley House and Alcatraz)cover only his own visit, neglecting others' ghostly experiences in those places. There are no photos of each site - one picture is at the start of each topic chapter. Senate does list lots of haunted places and this book should give you a long itinerary of locations to visit! 176 pp, with index.

 

Green Mountain Ghosts, Ghouls & Unsolved...

Green Mountain Ghosts, Ghouls & Unsolved Mysteries, by Joseph A. Citro. 1994.

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.

Haunted Heartland

by Beth Scott & Michael Norman, 1985.

Scott and Norman offer 468 pages of ghost stories of the Midwest. Their "day jobs" as college professors shows through. There is lots of historical background and their detailed research is obvious. Lots of ghost stories, including many from the 19th century as well as contemporary ones.

Haunted Hotels: A Guide to American and...

by Robin Mead, 1995.

Hotels/inns in the U.S. and Canada are described. Most states are included. Descriptions of the hotel are given, then the nature of the haunting. At the end of each entry Mead lists the address, telephone, facilities and price range. Nicely done with line drawings of the buildings for some of the listings. 218pp. At the end, the author lists other haunted places that he did not write chapters on. A handy reference book to have, especially if you like to travel.

 

Georgia Ghosts

by Nancy Roberts, 1997

This is an entertaining book covering many hauntings in Georgia. It is organized by geographic area and has some photos. Nancy Roberts is a well-known writer of ghostly folklore and her chapters in this book are written in a storyteller's style. The book is not only helpful in identifying haunted places, but is enjoyable just to read the tales.

Haunt Hunter's Guide to Florida

by Joyce Elson Moore, 1998

Moore's book has lost of entries, organized by geographic region and includes a map in the front, which is helpful. Each chapter has a general description of the place, then "Haunt History," "Visitng the Site," and "Directions." The chapters are short and to the point, but have all the information you'd need. I think this book would be a useful resource to find hauntings in a particular area you're interested in or will visit.

Haunted Lakes : Great Lakes Ghost...

by Frederick Stonehouse, 1997

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. The book is almost 200 pages, with photos, an index and a bibliography.

Ghost Stories of Washington

by Barbara Smith, 2000

Barbara Smith has written several books about ghosts in Canadian provinces and now turns her hand to the Pacific Northwest. She covers a variety of spooks, from haunted houses to inns, schools, roads, and theaters. While this book will not give you as many sites you can visit as some other books do, it will give you enough. Many of the stories are not contemporary but are still interesting to read. So, while not what I would view as a real "guidebook," this is still a good book to curl up with on a stormy day. 230pp, some photos.

Welcome Inn

by Ed Okonowicz, 1995

This book is part of a series by Mr. Okonowicz called Spirits Between the Bays covering hauntings in the DelMarVa area. Although his volumes are thin, they are well written, entertaining and have interesting content. Welcome Inn has twelve chapters describing haunted inns. 90pp. Drawings of sites. Note: Another entry in this series, Possessed Possessions, is a worthwhile read.

Lighthouse Ghosts : 13 Bona Fide...

by Norma Elizabeth and Bruce Roberts, 1999

This book 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.

Coast to Coast Ghosts

by Leslie Rule, 2001

Organized by 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.  249pp with photos.  Ms. Rule is currently working on a second book.