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Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  527 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Zach Kalusky, host of Sci-D TV's Xavier Paranormal Investigators, is ecstatic when he's given the opportunity to explore the most haunted site in Chicago for a Halloween Special: Rosewood Asylum, a place long made off-limits by the local government, plagued by decades of mysterious fires and unexplained events. It's Zach's dream investigation- but there's a catch: the netw ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 294 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Otherworld Publications LLC (first published May 10th 2011)
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Brett Talley
Jan 04, 2012 Brett Talley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: horror, paranormal
There’s a reason that the ghost story has been around since the beginning of time (check out First Samuel 28:3-25 if you doubt me). People are obsessed with the unknown, and there is no greater unknown than what happens after death. Sure, plenty of us think we know. Atheists say nothing, people of faith pin their hopes on a life beyond. But we can’t know for sure. Add to that mystery the things that go bump in the night, the shadow that moves in the distance, the figure in the corner of your eye ...more
Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum – by Stephen Prosapio

This is the first book I’ve read by Stephen Prosapio I love ghost stories so I was quite excited to read and review this novel. Stephen’s writing is good his words flowed effortlessly and he did an excellent job with the character’s descriptions and the plot was unique. He combines a ghost story with a behind the scenes look into a reality TV show that investigates paranormal activity. I was hooked after reading the Prologue and the first chapter of
Veronica Morfi
Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is my dream life inside a book.

This is the story of Zach, the host of Xavier Paranormal Investigators, a show that investigates paranormal, visits haunted places and sets the trapped spirits free. Zach is very excited about his next mission. The Rosewood Asylum has been one of the most haunted places around Chicago and has been off limits to everyone. The only thing bad about the new mission is that he has to join forces with another investigating show, The Demon Hunte
Jun 05, 2011 Stephen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hope you all love this one.
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Review posted here:

Thanks to my good friend Heidi (@RainyDayRamblings), she has introduced me to the Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum Tour which in turn made me get the book. I love a great ghost story, so I had to jump on this. The synopsis sounded so good, I had to check this out immediately. I am so glad I did and I can assure you will too.

Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is about a group of ghost hunters that work for
Ghost stories are the perfect way to send tingles down your spin, but add a creepy run down asylum to the mix and you've got Ghosts of Rosewood by Stephen Prosapio. Part paranormal thriller, part psychological thriller, this book takes you from the first sentence and possesses your mind 'til the final end. A can't put down, stay up all night ride of pure adrenaline...

Zach, leader of the XPI, is a mystery in and of himself, haunted and waiting for answers he's not sure he's ready for. His crew, a
Ghost stories have always been a favorite of mine, and I find ghost hunting shows a bucket of amusing, so when I saw this book was written by a local author I had to pick it up. While not quite what I'd hoped (I admittedly have rather high standards), this book is a good way to kill time.

I found the first few chapters rather rough. The story was trying to allude to too many things at once without giving anything away which made the beginning of story seem rather scattered, and it was easy to fig
Sandra "Jeanz"
What a great start to what may be a brilliant series of books. I loved the descriptions of the scenery and the Rosewood Asylum building. I liked we got to know about the background of the Asylum too before all the ghosts were introduced into the book. I also enjoyed all the character descriptions of the people and the ghosts too. I don' t wish to give away spoilers but will say there are a few twists and turns in the plot that keep you guessing. There are a mixture of talents within the groups o ...more
Tricia Kristufek
They're not telling you everything.

Zach dreams of investigating Rosewood Asylum, the haunted facility in Chicago. As host for Sci-D TV's Xavier Paranormal Investigators, Zach and his team go into haunted areas to learn the science behind the haunting and to exorcise any ghosts on the premises. But as Zach gets his wish of investigating Rosewood, his team's unity is tested by adding the Demon Hunter team into the mix - the "catch" for getting access to Rosewood.

The large cast used in this book co
The story opens, July 4, 1900. A young, precocious girl, Amelia scampers about the grounds of the Rosewood Asylum. Amelia is exploring with her mysterious friend, Boy, he is a fun companion. The two roam the woods, while Amelia tries to keep her dress clean. Suddenly, the pair run into a woman in a long dress. Something isn't quite right about her. The strange woman morphs in front of them, her flesh burns and turns to charred remains, as she reaches out and touches Boy, he is swallowed up, vani ...more
In the mood for a horror read, I downloaded the preview for this on my Kindle and my interest was piqued. The price was insanely reasonable so after buying it, I couldn't put it down.

Author Prosapio does such an excellent job of giving the reader clues to theorize along with the characters, to where I was surprised when misdirected and felt great satisfaction when my hunch was right - nothing is overly obvious. I felt the story flowed smooth and naturally - nothing seemed forced while the descr
Jen - At Random
Competing and conflicting paranormal investigating TV shows unwillingly join forces to investigate Rosewood Asylum. The property and the surrounding town have a disturbing past. During their time there, the heads of both shows do nothing but butt heads. Zach wants to legitimately solve the mystery of Rosewood Asylum by looking into its past while Bryce wants nothing more than to boost the ratings of his show.

I’ve seen my share of ghost hunting shows and this book reads like a behind the scenes l
This was a great book. I love the history parts of ghost hunter shows so this was perfect for me. The story got a little scrambled towards the end but picked back up again pretty quickly. There were a few moments where I found myself "yelling" at the main character, "OMG! How could you NOT figure that out on your own!!!!!!"
Very intriguing! I wasn't sure what to expect, as I had never read anything by this author before. I was pleasantly surprised! The book kept me guessing, and was definitely a page-turner!
Frida Fantastic (book blogger)
(Cross-posted from Adarna SF)

Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is a paranormal suspense/contemporary fantasy novel with a fun and original premise. It’s about a reality show that investigates paranormal activity, and the investigators are students from the Catholic Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Zach is a pretty ordinary guy working on his PhD in Psychology… other than the fact that he’s worried about network ratings, he’s possessed by the spirit of his dead uncle, and the abandoned asylum he’s inv
Joan Adamak
A Unique Ghost Story

While there are ghost stories that may be more creepy, this was a mixture of ghosts, demons, the paranormal, a little religion, history, mystery, betrayal, and TV shows. It was unique in its plots and sub-plots and used a writer’s tool of often hinting at certain abilities or events but leaving them mysteries til further into the story. Basically it is a novel of the TV show “Xavier Paranormal Investigations” who has to do an investigation of the long closed Rosewood Asylum w
If I had to describe this book in one word, it'd be unusual. Prosapio has given us a rather interesting read in Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum in that it's rather hard to pin down to a specific genre. At its heart it's a ghost story but it also has the feel of a nice cozy mystery (minus the murder that always happens at the start of a cozy mystery) as well as a touch of urban fantasy.

The idea of a group of ghost hunting college students (their ghost show takes on the name of the university) is an in
Matt Schiariti
It seems like ghost hunting TV shows and novels are at their peak right now. Ghost Adventures, Dead Files, even books like the Experiment in Terror series and The Ghost Files by Nicholson, Rain and Klebert are all pretty popular. I'm sure there are many more than that (some I have on my kindle and haven't even gotten to yet!) that are equally as popular. As a result, Rosewood Asylum couldn't have come around at a better time.

One of the more interesting aspects I found about the book was the fact
I bought this book because its description on the Amazon website seemed interesting and like something I would enjoy. I read the reader reviews and one of them likened it to an episode of Sy-Fi channel's "Ghost Hunters," and I am a devoted fan of that show! I was not disappointed.

In the book, we are introduced to the Xavier Paranormal Investigators (XPI), led by Zach Kalusky. Zach is a young man with a Big, paranormal, secret. The group does a TV show for the Sci-D Channel and they are doing an
I don't like to write reviews much anymore, but when I read these Kindle freebies I feel like I owe the author and publisher at least that much, you know? They let me read it for free, so the least I can do is post a paragraph or two.

This is a 'ghost-hunting' mystery, so fans of Ghost Hunters (TAPS) like myself are the target audience, I assume. Zach, the protagonist, is 'gifted' (although I wouldn't want that gift) with stigmata and a cigar-smelling dead uncle who guides him in psychic episodes
Polished confident storytelling characterizes this scary and thoroughly modern ghost story by Stephen Prosapio. Zach Kalusky heads the cast of Xavier Paranormal Investigators and hides a secret. As the team combines with the scorned, and possibly fake, Demon Hunters for a TV special filmed at Rosewood asylum, Zach may not be the only person hiding something. Ghost-hunting details, ethical challenges, and seriously scary mysteries ensue. Someone has been setting fires for more than a century and ...more
Right from the beginning, the reader is shown how deeply conflicted Zach is about what he believes he needs to be doing and what the network controlling his show thinks he should do. Whispers of doubt plague him after Zach begins to notice how things aren't adding up. The author does a good job of building the level of anxiety in the character. Although Zach is often a logical thinking, he can be misled by the amount of trust he has in those closest to him.

I was glad to see that all the characte
Jane McBride
There's no quicker way to get me to pick up a book than to put Ghosts and Asylum in the same title. Make it a creepy, gigantic, 19th century asylum, and you've probably got me for good. This is a story about TV ghost hunters, 2 groups, in fact, coming together at historic Rosewood Asylum in Chicago to do a Halloween special. One group is led by Zach, who is a no faking needed, ghost talking, honest to goodness stigmatic and visionary. His group is comprised of other psychic-ghostie types and tec ...more
Debbie Allen
I love Ghost Stories, and Stephen Prosapio's 'Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum' does not disappoint.
Paranormal research, Ghost Hunting groups and Reality TV shows have become very popular in recent years, so to add them to a recipe for a piece of fiction totally makes sense, and it works!

The idea of two opposing TV groups, Ghost and Demon Hunters investigating on a Halloween TV special at Rosewood Asylum, a derelict, creepy and haunted setting with a disturbing past, is awesome!
The characters living a
Stephanie Wideman
Honestly, loved the book. It didn't scare me (but so few books do, I think horror is more of a visual medium with me), but it did hold my interest. The main character, Zach, is a fairly good Catholic boy who is possessed by the spirit of his godfather/uncle and has the stigmata. That right there made it worth the read. He runs a scientific ghost hunting/debunking show called XPI, and is given the chance to finally explore Rosewood Asylum. Only drawback, his team has to work with their opposites, ...more
Andrea Allison
Sep 24, 2011 Andrea Allison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Andrea by: Stephen Prosapio
Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is basically a behind-the-scenes look in to paranormal TV with a few twists and turns. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Ghost Hunters teamed up with Ghost Adventures to investigate a location like Waverly Hills? This book will give you an idea. The story is well drawn out. The characters are likeable and a few that aren't. Anyone who knows anything about the haunted locations understands the history is a part of its allure. In this book, the history behin ...more
I truly enjoyed Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum, I was so very happy to see that a paranormal reseacher was writing a book that wasn't a "how to", the typical ghost hunting 101 style books. I was looking forward to enjoying a good ghost story book, I have been a paranormal reseacher for almost 10 years and have read many of the how to book, and I really enjoy a good READ.
Stephen's book was exactly what I needed! His writing made me feel as if I was there. I could relate to the story on many levels an
For a much more in depth review please check out Shivers of Horror.

I'm really surprised by the 4 or 5 star reviews here...... this was "meh" to me until the end when it was just downright silly. And I generally spook easily when it comes to anything ghostly.

I thought by seeing all these great reviews here on Goodreads that it was going to be a logical, realistic ghost story, it was anything but.

While the writing was decent, the storyline (unrealistic to me because of Zach), lack of ghosts, and
I am not sure if I won this e-book from a competition or if it was free on Amazon for a few days, however, it was recommended through a notification or blog. By whatever means I came by it I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wasn't sure if it would be for me, as I don't do too scary but it wasn't creepy and it didn't have me hiding under the covers. Yes, I am a visual reader and often imagine the scenario, I had a picture of Zach and his team and the author conjured clear images of his 'ghosts'. I liked ...more
The Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum was an interesting read especially for someone currently involved in a paranormal investigation group. I read it in one day. I found myself comparing investigation techniques and wanting to bat a few Demon Hunters around. Zach's affliction is interesting as I know a little bit about part of what comprises his "gift." Luckily, every time I had a question about Zach and was about to email Mr. Prosapio, the next chapter depicted a scene from his past that gave me a lit ...more
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Stephen Prosapio received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago. After reporting for one of the nation’s largest fantasy football websites,, Stephen wrote his first novel, Dream War. Competing against 2,676 other novels, it won a Top Five Finalist award in’s 2007 First Chapters contest. Dream War was released as an eBook in ...more
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