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Haunted Highways: Spooky Stories, Strange Happenings, and Supernatural Sightings


Tom Ogden - 2008
    By day, they usually reveal a familiar, real--living--world. But then darkness comes. Haunted Highways brings together more than twenty of the spookiest stories ever of ghosts, hauntings, and supernatural events on or near America's highways and byways. There are the usual suspects--the creepy hitchhiker, the eerie lights along a lonely stretch of road--as well as many you never dared to imagine. Each of the book's twenty-five chapters ratchets up the suspense, from an introduction that sets the scene and draws you in, to a haunting climax. Whether the actor Telly Savalas's haunting encounter with a long-dead good Samaritan on a rural Long Island road, or the Ghost Riders in the Sky who appear over the plains of Texas, these stories will bring delightful fright to readers young and old.

Haunted Objects: Stories of Ghosts on Your Shelf


Christopher Balzano - 2012
    Discover for yourself in this eerie, spine-chilling, and alarming collection of true tales and classic stories of possessed possessions.Unearthed by veteran ghost hunters Christopher Balzano and Tim Weisberg, each page of "Haunted Objects" reveals unsettling accounts of unexplained paranormal activity surrounding everyday items. From dolls to rings, these innocent looking items have disturbing tales to tell.You'll never look at chairs, dresses, paintings, and the common items in your home the same way again.

It Was a Dark and Creepy Night: Real-Life Encounters with the Strange, Mysterious, and Downright Terrifying


Joshua P. Warren - 2014
    Warren began collecting these stories from around the world: they had to be true, they had to be short, and they had to send a shiver down your spine.It Was a Dark and Creepy Night presents a wide variety of weird and spooky tales about ghosts, UFOs, cryptids, angels, demons, ESP, interdimensional contact and more. Because each tale is short, this eerie little tome is perfect for a subway ride, a plane flight, or a night entertaining guests.An internationally respected investigator of the unknown, Joshua adds his insight to these strange experiences. Some tales are too odd to easily categorize, but each one simple or complex transformed an ordinary person's life, revealing a facet of those uncanny phenomena that still leave us wondering…what if?Imagine if:You met a strange woman who said she remembered Lincoln's funeral, then vanished . . .You dreamed you were being attacked by a demon and woke up to find scratch marks across your body . . .The face of the person in front of you suddenly transformed into that of a reptilian . . .Remember: These and the many other tales in this fascinating book are true, short, and eminently creepy!

Weird Encounters: True Tales of Haunted Places


Joanne Austin - 2010
    Compiled by Joanne M. Austin, editor of the hugely successful Weird Hauntings, this chilling anthology tells of “Historic Haunts,” and “Hostel Environments” and conjures up a host of phantasms, paranormal pranksters, and devilishly destructive spirits-like the deceased owner of an Illinois inn whose ghost gets fresh with his female patrons and the bridge in Mississippi that's haunted by a serial murderer and his victims.

Ghost Stories of the Rocky Mountains


Barbara Smith - 1999
    These haunting tales from the high country include mysteries surrounding many well-known buildings and landmarks, some of which might be inhabited by restless spirits to this day! Features over four dozen stories from Little Bighorn, Cheyenne, Santa Fe, Denver, Butte, Salt Lake City, and more.With 27 b/w photographs.

My Paranormal Journal: Volume One


R. Moses - 2014
    For over twenty years she has experienced the bizarre and searches for answers at every turn. Travel with her as she becomes obsessed with a house that her friends claim is haunted by a demon, lurking in the shadows and feeding off the terror of all those who dare to cross into its domain. From the nightly visitors to unseen touches and feelings of an unspeakable evil, our journal writer sinks further into trying to peer beyond the veil that separates our world and the unseen one as she is consumed by the house on the hill. Her research into the unexplained and ghost hunting start to take over her already busy life as she searches for answers in the metro Charlotte, North Carolina area. So join her in her constant pursuit of the truth…if you dare. My Paranormal Journal: Volume One is the first in a three part serialized journal. This first installment is roughly 15,000 words and is the length of a long short story/novelette.

Ghosts and Haunts of the Civil War: Authentic Accounts of the Strange and Unexplained


Christopher K. Coleman - 1999
    . . A fascinating collection of ghostly sightings, auspicious visions, audible manifestations, and uncanny premonitions.In 1872 a photographer who claimed he could capture the "essence' of dead relatives took an image purporting to show Mary Todd Lincoln with the protective ghost of Abraham Lincoln behind her.The spirit of George Washington who appeared to John C. Calhoun in the 1840s to persuade him not to dissolve the union.The nameless drummer boy from the Army of Ohio who still plays at the Shiloh battlefieldThe twentieth-century schoolchildren who heard the Irish brigade on the Antietam battlefieldTeddy Roosevelt and First Lady Grace Coolidge who both claim to have enountered Abraham Linicoln in the White HouseJefferson davis and his wife Varina who both have been seen at Fort Monroe, Virginia, where he was imprisoned after the War

Our Haunted Lives: True Life Ghost Encounters


Jeff Belanger - 2006
    When people encounter what they perceive to be a ghost or spirit, their lives are forever changed. The ultimate question - Is there life after death? - has just been answered for them. Ghosts cross every culture and continent, and the belief in their existence is on the rise.Our Haunted Lives features the stories of dozens of people who have witnessed the supernatural firsthand in their homes, at work, and in numerous other locations and explores the profound nature of ghosts and spirits. Through personal interviews, the author captures the many different facets of the experience - the touching, where people come in contact with a loved one who's passed on; the funny, where pranks are played or peculiar disembodied sounds are heard; and the frightening, where people still feel shaken by what they saw, heard, and felt. Ghosts are unbiased - they appear to people from all walks of life, ages, cultures, and religious backgrounds.Our Haunted Lives features accounts from famous hauntings, such as an extensive interview with George Lutz - the man whose experiences with the paranormal in Amityville, Long Island launched debates, books, and movies. You'll hear from police officers who were the first on the scene after a homeowner reported a break-in, only to find the disturbance wasn't caused by someone living. Doctors who had a brush with the supernatural after losing a patient on the operating table will speak about the very emotional and profound events they witnessed. No, we are not alone.

The Ghost Next Door: True Stories of Paranormal Encounters from Everyday People


Mark Alan Morris - 2003
    Sure, we read about them, watch TV shows about them and tell stories about them, but we'll probably never run into one--right? Don't be so sure. Even if you've never personally encountered a ghost, chances are you know someone who has. The Ghost Next Door takes a revealing look into the lives of average, everyday people from across the country who have had experiences in the realm of the unexplained. Whether you're a true believer in ghosts or a hard-nosed skeptic, you're sure to get a chill or two when you read about the woman who was visited by her grandfather...on the night of his funeral! Or the man who was forced to move by a troublesome spirit...only to find it had followed him!As you make your way through these and other genuinely spooky stories, you'll probably find that ghostly encounters are a lot more common than you had imagined. Could there be a "haunted house" in your town? Perhaps on your very street? Maybe even right next door?

Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings Across America


Leslie Rule - 2001
    An employee of the St. James Hotel in New Mexico watches in shock as a fair-haired toddler with a terribly disfigured face disappears into the floor. This is just one of the paranormal mysteries Leslie Rule shares with us--a result of extensive interviews and research uncovering the reasons behind ghost sightings across the country.Coast to Coast Ghosts features dozens of spine-tingling, real-life ghost stories and approximately fifty black-and-white photographs taken by Rule, including some believed to have captured actual apparitions.Only the reader can decide. . . .

Grave's End: A True Ghost Story


Elaine Mercado - 2001
    Then came scratching noises and weird smells, followed by voices whispering, maniacal laughter, shadowy figures scurrying along baseboards, and small balls of light bouncing along the ceilings. From the beginning of the haunting, "suffocating dreams" were experienced by everyone except the younger daughter. These eventually accelerated to physical aggression directed at Elaine and both the girls. This book is the true story of how one family tried to cope with living in a haunted house. It also describes how, with the help of a parapsychologist, Dr. Hans Holtzer, and the medium Marisa Anderson, the family discovered the tragic and heartbreaking secrets buried in the house at Grave's End.

Villisca


Roy Marshall - 2003
    Law enforcement officers encountered a scene of unimagined violence: eight victims, six of them children, bludgeoned to death with an ax while they slept. Everywhere there were clues. But inexperienced investigators failed, and private detectives took over. When Detective James Newton Wilkerson charged that a respected state senator had been motivated to the unthinkable by the promiscuity of his daughter-in-law, the community was drawn into a bitter and accelerating struggle between powerful men. And then a deranged and perverted minister confessed. . . .

Haunted Presidents: Ghosts in the Lives of the Chief Executives


Charles A. Stansfield Jr. - 2010
    Readers will learn about Washington's phantom appearance at the Battle of Gettysburg, Dolley Madison's spirit in the White House rose garden, Andrew Jackson's encounter with the Bell Witch, Abraham Lincoln's prophetic dreams, the mischievous ghost of Franklin D. Roosevelt's dog Fala, Richard Nixon's spiritual conferences with dead presidents, and the odd demon cat that materializes prior to national disasters.

The Uninvited: The True Story of the Union Screaming House


Steven LaChance - 2008
    LaChance chronicles how the house's relentless supernatural predators infest those around them. He consults paranormal investigators, psychics, and priests, but the demonic attacks--screams, growls, putrid odors, invisible shoves, bites, and other physical violations--only grow worse. The entities clearly demonstrate their wrath and power: killing family pets, sexually assaulting individuals, even causing two people to be institutionalized.The demons' next target is the current homeowner, Helen. When the entities take possession and urge Helen toward murder and madness, LaChance must engage in a hair-raising battle for her soul.Selected as one of the Best Books of 2008 by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Cops' True Stories of the Paranormal: Ghosts, UFOs, and Other Shivers


Loren W. Christensen - 2016
    Christensen asked men and women in uniform—police officers, sheriff deputies, SWAT, command, correction officers, and MPs—to convey their experiences with the paranormal. These are veteran officers that have been there and done that, but on one occasion they were confronted with the unexplained ... Here are some of the stories told within: Close Encounters of the Second Kind Vanished Trapped Eyes Dead Man Walking Dead Man's Cane A Touch of Thanks The Snitch The Warning The Light The Couple Wrong Number Ghost Prisoner Tower 7 Hospital Morgue Coffee and Cups The Stabber The Faceless Mannequin White Eagle The Man in the Window Strange Place Forest Lawn Cemetery Scratches A Sign in Twisted Metal He Pulled The Trigger Four Times