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Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  793 Ratings  ·  109 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
Dec 28, 2011 Brett Talley rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Dec 21, 2011 Tana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2011 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hope you all love this one.
Veronica Morfi
Dec 07, 2011 Veronica Morfi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 08, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2012 Ruby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jan 04, 2012 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 26, 2011 Leanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
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
Jen - At Random
Jan 16, 2012 Jen - At Random rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
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!!!!!!"
Mar 05, 2012 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
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
Jul 25, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
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
Susan Barton
Zach Kalusky is the head of the paranormal team, Xavier Paranormal Investigators (XPI) and host of the Sci-D television series with the same name. Zach is considered a professional investigator and his findings are respected within the paranormal community. When Sci-D executives insist that Zach team up with another, less ethical paranormal team he has serious reservations. The Demon Hunters are known for their flashy style and fabricated evidence. Unfortunately, Zach has no choice. Rosewood Asy ...more
Matt Schiariti
Nov 15, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2013 Keri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joan Adamak
Feb 10, 2013 Joan Adamak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 19, 2013 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy readers
Shelves: thriller
Many of my family and friends will most likely not like this type of books - as it relates to paranormal ghosts, being possessed: stigmata, etc.

Rosewood Hospital has always been known to be haunted and surrounded by mysterious fire incidents. It has always been sought after by paranormal investigators but the place was protected and left vacant. Then, for a special Halloween special, the producers finally gained access to the property and decided to join two popular investigating teams, Xavier
Nov 30, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2011 Chibineko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Debbie Allen
Dec 01, 2011 Debbie Allen rated it it was amazing
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
S. Wideman
Jan 27, 2013 S. Wideman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Deborah Balsham
But it is a GOOD three stars.

I don't watch any of the paranormal investigation TV shows, and the ghost "hunting" was not all that interesting. What drew me to this book was that is was about a haunted former asylum. The haunting had nothing to do with the inmates of the asylum!

Still, there were aspects of the story that piqued my interest. The protagonist was a devout Roman Catholic. He was possessed by the spirit of his dead uncle/ godfather, who gave him advice and information about the dead.
Andrea Allison
Jul 05, 2011 Andrea Allison rated it really liked it  ·  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
Kyra Dunst
Apr 30, 2014 Kyra Dunst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love a good ghost story, this one is for you. Zach has a paranormal investigation TV show and for years he has wanted to run an investigation of Rosewood Asylum. When he finally gets the chance, he finds out that due to the limited time allowed them to have access to the facility, he will have to join with another rival investigative team that is known for fabricating evidence in order to increase ratings. Since he tries to keep everything scientific on his show, he only agrees as long as ...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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