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First you hear the mournful wail of the ghost train s horn. Then you hear the throaty diesel engines roar and the heavy wheels clatter and groan on the steel tracks. You see the bright searchlight cut the inky dark And, moments later, it s gone. Vanished in thin air. Haunted Rails is filled with stories of ghost trains, haunted locomotives, and spectral cabooses. Within these pages, you ll read the riveting stories of fatal crashes and the ghosts that linger in old railroad stations and museums. You ll discover engineers, conductors, and brakemen who perished on the job but have yet to cross over into the light. This book includes dozens of true ghost stories that take place on famous rail lines and in out-of-the-way locations that will delight even the most fervent railroad fan.
Tour Indiana University's spooky Bloomington campus and Southern Indiana's haunted houses and creepy corners. Be introduced to timeless campus ghosts such as the Girl in Yellow of Read Hall who stumbles about looking for her sliced-away face, the shadow dog that growls and patrols the Indiana Memorial Union, and the Lady in Black who has drifted along sidewalks of East Third Street since 1911. The mysterious Buskirk-Showers Mansion is where one might be locked in the restroom or find wine glasses smashed. The Story Inn is where the blue lady might stare back at you from a mirror. Meet the paranormal teams who have investigated notorious haunted locations, such as the Crump Theater where phantom music and fragrances are often experienced and Stepp Cemetery with its many legends and scares. Join the haunts at Hoosier Halls!
Frightening, sometimes amusing, always entertaining, this collection spotlights haunted tales from around the First State. Experience a sixth-grader's terrifying "game" with a talking board and a beautiful spiritual send off for a dying patriarch. Visit Fort Delaware where ghostly "chatter" may raise your hackles and read about one family's "ghost stories" spanning four generations and eighty-years. Discover the haunts of Cape Henelopen, Sussex, Kent, and New Castle counties, Newark, Wilmington, Delaware City, Dover, Smyrna, and more. Stories range from the strange and ghoulish, to the slap-stick comical. Urban legends are also explored to determine if the hype is trustworthy a some remain unexplained, while a few are debunked as pure invention. Included are results from several firsthand "haunted investigations," with a surprise ending to one inquiry that nobody saw coming!
Savannah, Georgia, has been rated among the top three haunted cities in America today and for good reason! True stories of ghosts, poltergeists, and strange and unusual spiritual events in Savannah will make you shiver as you read about: ac The tragic air crash that killed crew and observers--are they still here with us? ac A dark shadow in the attic of the Krouskoff Mansion on East Abercorn Street--the one that just waits and watches. ac Gravesites by the runway at the Savannah International Airport--why are they there? ac The skeleton found in the wall at the Foley House Inn where a murderous secret is buried. These and other scary tales of Savannah will have you reading deep into the night, proving that real life experiences are, indeed, far stranger than fiction. Includes a detailed touring map so that you, too, can visit Savannah's Ghosts!
Over ninety public houses and hotels are featured in this book. There is a brief overview of each one, giving type of inn and the fare on offer. Every inn has a story to tell. Some were patronised by royalty, others were smugglers dens or the local 'pick-up joint'! Some were caught up in the civil wars of the 1600s, others were a venue for an illicit romance. A few have even been involved in a murder. Above all, in every one of these hostelries, at one time or another, a ghost has made its presence felt.
"In the top corner of the window a pale, milky-white wisp is rising almost to the top of our ten-foot ceiling.... I am startled but not afraid.... Mostly, I am engrossed; I have never seen anything like this before (or since) and it fascinates me." Dennis Waskul writes these lines-about his first-hand experience with the supernatural-in the introduction to his beguiling book Ghostly Encounters. Based on two years of fieldwork and interviews with 71 midwestern Americans, the Waskuls' book is a reflexive ethnography that examines how people experience ghosts and hauntings in everyday life. The authors explore how uncanny happenings become ghosts, and the reasons people struggle with or against a will to believe. They present the variety and character of hauntings and ghostly encounters, outcomes of people telling haunted legends, and the nested consequences of ghostly experiences. Through these stories, Ghostly Encounters seeks to understand the persistence of uncanny experiences and beliefs in ghosts in an age of reason, science, education, and technology-as well as how those beliefs and experiences both reflect and serve important social and cultural functions.
A hundred years after their deaths, meet keepers who still keep the lights burning. Meet their spurned lovers, who moan and wail; wronged wives, who play pianos; bereaved mothers, who still search for their children; and devoted housewives, who still lend a hand with the cleaning choresaall long-since passed away, at least from this realm. Travel around the borders of this great country, visiting the remote lighthouses of the two great oceans, and along the shores of the Great Lakes. Learn the grisly tales of disastrous deaths and unsolved murders, lost loves, and hurrendous storms. A wonderful read for all who love lighthouses or goosebump adventures.
Visit 25 of California's most haunted and historic sites. Wander the halls of Camarillo State Hospital to hear ghostly children laughing and objects moving without assistance from the living. Consider whether restless soldiers are still in the tunnels where they were killed could this be a legend? Is there a cryptozoological creature known as the "Billiwhack Monster" at Rancho Camulos? Could there be truth to the phantom stagecoach that can be heard and seen late at night at Vallecito, then continuing on before vanishing from sight? Each site is explored by the authors and Planet Paranormal Investigations to give the visitor or potential investigator all the tools necessary for a rewarding experience. All sites are open to the public and this comprehensive historic guide supplies visitor information, tools of the trade, and a full glossary."
Journey through supernatural Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Maine to experience 20 real encounters with ghosts and phantasms. Within these pages visit ghostly homes, haunted shipwrecks, businesses, and famous spooky historical places, as you explore paranormal situations that defy rational explanation. Read about a spirit cat continuing to make her presence known to help her grieving owner, and a ghost that stands in a doorway, but cannot come in. Experience objects that appear out of nowhere and consider the persistent appearance of the same name, number, and visions. Find out how dreams and intuition can become reality. See actual pictures of apparitions and paranormal phenomena. You are sure to experience some of the spookiest and creepiest encounters from New England in this spooky second volume.
From heart-stopping accounts of apparitions, manifestations and related supernatural phenomena to first-hand encounters with ghouls and spirits, this collection of stories contains new and well-known spooky tales from in and around Hastings. Drawing on historical and contemporary sources Haunted Hastings contains a chilling range of ghostly phenomena. From the haunted staircase at Hastings library in Claremont and the singing spectre of Hastings College, to the mysterious witches' footsteps in the Stag Inn and the phantom coach and horses that gallops up the High Street on a dark winter's night, this phenomenal gathering of ghostly goings-on is bound to captivate anyone interested in the supernatural history of the area.
Explore haunted places of Montgomery County, Maryland, and its surrounding area through 53 ghostly stories: Brookeville to Gaithersburg, Poolesville, and Leesburg, Virginia; the C & O Canal to Rockville and Silver Spring; Chevy Chase and Washington, D.C. to Sandy Spring. Learn about the many ghosts, apparitions, and supernatural occurrences that can't be explained logically, including the Headless Horseman that continues to terrorize visitors to the old railroad bridge; the poltergeist that haunts the Madison House; the Tommyknocker at the Maryland Mine; and the farmer that keeps searching for his buried treasure. The history of gold mining, presidential politics, the Civil War, the burning of Washington during the War of 1812, the French and Indian War, and various important personages come to life through these mind-tingling stories. Are you brave enough to take this haunted journey back into time?
A mischievous ghost lurks in the Palace Theatre, Redditch; the Technical Manager has seen it three times. The Bull's Head at Inkberrow is haunted by a young seamstress. A female spirit has been seen four times in room 307 at the Falcon Hotel, Stratford. A courting couple went to Henley for the day and were advised by the ghost of an elderly lady to finish their relationship. These and over a hundred ghost stories, both ancient and modern, are packed into this book including many eye-witness accounts and spinechilling anecdotes.
Like every state in the Union, Virginia has unique myths, legends, and yes, even true stories that sound much like legends, but aren't. Learn about the urban legend of the Bunnyman and what happens to mortals at his Bunnyman Bridge in Clifton at midnight on Halloween. Prepare to discover the myths surrounding Edgar Allan Poe and other famous Virginians. See why Natural Bridge is actually a haunted tourist attraction. And what makes the Great Dismal Swamp so creepy: Is it the ghosts or Bigfoot? Meet the Witch of Pungo in Virginia Beach and find out that Mothman and the Jersey Devil actually visited Virginia. Read Virginian stories of witches, demons, monsters, ghosts, pirates, strange animals, and soldiers from the Civil War. Come visit a most amazing, frightening, and even intriguing Virginia that you never knew existed.
There are few factual books written about poltergeist phenomena, John's Fraser's Poltergeist! A New Investigation Into Destructive Haunting fills that void, advancing and updating Colin Wilson's work Poltergeist!, this study's namesake from over 38 years ago. Fraser takes readers on a journey from the Borley Rectory to the Isle of Man, and grounds his readers in an historical overview of 'Poltergeist phenomena'. He examines where such events overlap with other paranormal investigations of 'apparitional' ghosts. What do they have in common, what do they differ? To answer this, Fraser looks to new research on paranormal events, never before published in book form. Fraser contends, perhaps controversially, that ghost sightings are and always will be ambiguous and near-impossible to prove, that only Poltergeist phenomena can be empirically verified.
Pennsylvania's Lower Susquehanna Valley, including Dauphin, Lancaster, Cumberland, Adams, and York Counties, is no stranger to the existence of ghosts, angels, and elementals. Visit haunted hotspots to see what shows up in mirrors at Golden Lane Antiques and Art Gallery and hear secrets kept in Hanover, where family cats are mistreated by ghosts. Spend time with elementals at Chickie's Rock or Fort Hunter Park. Descend into Catacombs at Bube's Brewery in Mt. Joy, have your picture taken with a ghost at Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, and be pushed by ghosts at the Accomac Inn. These stories and more will show that the energy of mankind, nature, and spirituality connect the physical and spiritual world in Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Valley.
Stories of lost and haunted treasure sites are intermingled through three states in southern New England: Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Explore supernatural history that abounds and visit ghost towns, lost Native American villages, forgotten mines, and valuable gem discoveries. Pirates were welcome, and when they visited, the legends suggest that they left their loot behind. Begin your search in Rhode Island where Captain Kidd is said to have buried coins at the northern tip of Sandy Point. (Coins from his era have been found here!) Seek pirate treasure said to be hidden in Brooklyn, Windham County, Connecticut (you'd have to look out for the headless horseman who was killed for the gold in question). Pirate treasure is said to be buried on Money Hill in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A large amount of British gold and silver was discovered in 1973 and thousands of coins have been found dating from the late 18th century. But beware, black dog guardians, wildmen, and pirate ghosts protect these treasures from ever being found. Yo Ho.
Pennsylvania has a long and creepy history. These stories showcase some of the spookiest places in the Keystone State that have played important roles in the state's unique culture. The encounters are as varied as the landscape, ranging from a lonely haunted hiking trail in a mountain forest where a murder victim still seeks justice, to a busy city intersection where a luckless ghost of a hanged woman lingers. Find out if there's really something to be feared on Cult House Road in Chadds Ford, where the trees seem to grow intentionally away from the road. Is a murder spree to blame for the spookiness? And one mustn't forget to visit America's first serial killer, at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon; but be careful, because you might get a migraine at this grave site. Ghosts of murderers, maids, Major Generals, and even a monster or two are among the beings you will encounter within these pages. The one thing these lost souls share is a desire to have their story told. Find a comfy chair and settle in as you visit the spookier side of Pennsylvania.
Alameda, Oakland, and Berkeley, California (across the bay from San Francisco), don't have much in common at first glanceuntil after dark. Visit with none-too-friendly ghosts of the Pardee Home Museum who, even now, still talk to visitors. Learn about the poltergeist in a medical office that levitates ashtrays and throws typewriters. Read about a threatening, smoky wraith that glides across the gym at the Alameda High School. Explore Mound Street, former Native American burial grounds, and the cemetery ghosts of Mills College. A psychic shares her impression of an Alameda restaurant. Find out how a dead neighbor communicated through a computer screen. Public buildings and private homes, and even a student co-op are not immune from spirits haunting Alameda, Berkeley, and Oakland. To those of us who believe, ghosts are everywhere; these cities are no exception.
Investigate the ghosts of the Pacific Northwest with this useful field guide to spectral haunts! Visit a community in Seattle built over top a children's graveyard, where unsuspecting homeowners report ghostly children in their homes. Read about ghastly happenings in Aberdeen where the ghost of Billy Ghol is still seen at the town pub. Take a stroll through Seattle's Pike Place Market and discover the many souls who have never left this tourist hotspot, such as the female barber who sang her victims to sleep in order to rob them. Have dinner in FDR's railroad car in Georgetown, where the staff has followed a beautiful mysterious lady into the back room, only to have her vanish before their eyes! Hunting ghosts in the Pacific Northwest is a haunting good time!
Las Vegas is a city with a rich history and colorful past, complete with famous skeletons in her closets and numerous ghosts making their presences known around town. From the orbs that show up in photos taken in the Luxor's lobby to the ghosts of two murdered children that roam Green Valley Park, there is a dark side of the city that lurks behind the famous marquee signs and jackpots. Wander the gardens of Bugsy Siegel's old stomping grounds, eat at the restaurant Liberace once owned and seems to still frequent today, or stare up at the top of the Stratosphere and try to imagine how anyone could ever jump. Enjoy this handy guide as you explore the city; a city where the odds are good that a spirited lady luck will lure you back again and again.
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