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J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
Do you know of any novels that include true stories about ghosts? Name your favorites! :)


 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) I have a few books about haunted locations that I haven't gotten to read yet. Check out Wikipedia. They have some really crazy real ghost stories on there that will scare the crap out of you.

One of the scariest real ghost stories I ever read was about the Bell Witch. Here is a link to the wikipedia page for it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_witch


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Terri (terrilovescrows) | 188 comments Hans Holzer wrote tons of books - he was a professional "ghost hunter"


 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) I have one of his books, I think.


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J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
I asked my friend who is obsessed with true Ghost stories, and she said any books by these authors are great!

Richard T. Crowe
Ursula Bielski
Troy Taylor
Dale Kaczmarek
Scott Markus
Ed Warren

Hope this helps some peeps. :)


 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) I'll have to check those out. Ed And Lorraine Warren were very active paranormal investigators in the 70s and 80s. Unfortunately their reputation was marred due to association with the Amityville Hoax.


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J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
Gatadelafuente (Danielle) wrote: "I'll have to check those out. Ed And Lorraine Warren were very active paranormal investigators in the 70s and 80s. Unfortunately their reputation was marred due to association with the Amityville ..."

That stinks! Hopefully, you'll enjoy some of the other authors. I trust her judgement in this area. Over the years she has scoured the bookstores for the BEST in this area. :)


message 8: by Unapologetic_Bookaholic (last edited Jul 14, 2009 04:58PM) (new)

Unapologetic_Bookaholic The Haunting in Conn. (movie) in based on true events as in:

-Yes there was a family that had a kid with cancer.
-Yes they had to move into a home closer to the hospital to gets his treatments.
-Yes the home used to be a funeral parlor.

After that the movie takes some creative license but the basic facts remained true. I rented the DVD this AM and liked it. No special features though. Creeped me out a bit. Got chillbumps watching it again. I saw the original telling.


message 9: by BK (last edited Jul 14, 2009 10:43PM) (new)

BK Blue (paradoxically) I usually just read ghost stories online or hear them from other people. I used to live in Tennessee, which is home to the Bell Witch but is also FULL of other ghost stories. Everyone there has a ghost story to tell, lol. I lived in Bristol, which has several haunted places of it's own. I even went to a haunted high school. And I heard foot steps before when I was alone in a hallway. AH! I forgot to mention that in the other thread, lol. But yes, Agnes is pretty famous there. http://www.prairieghosts.com/bristol....

I have read some books on ghost stories before, but I don't remember the titles or authors. The only one I remember is Coast To Coast Ghosts True Stories of Hauntings Across America


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Kristina | 778 comments I love ghost stories so my fiance bought me a book by Hans Holzer. I only read the first couple of stories and got bored by it. His writing didn't keep me interested but maybe I need to give it another try. I got another book called, I think, The Top 25 Haunted Places in the World. Or something like that. Each chapter would include a picture of the place and the goings on there. It was pretty interesting.


 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) BonFire wrote: "I usually just read ghost stories online or hear them from other people. I used to live in Tennessee, which is home to the Bell Witch but is also FULL of other ghost stories. Everyone there has a g..."


I read about your high school. Wow that's interesting.


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Kristina | 778 comments The south has a lot of interesting ghost stories. The town I used to live in in Tennessee was full of them. One in particular was crazy. Apparently there was a girl and her family pretty much built a cult around her. The grandfather thought they had taken it too far and so took her for a carriage ride and left the carriage on the train tracks as a train was coming. The house that she lived in has her initial in tile on the roof. My friends and I went to the girls mauoleum on Halloween and the tale is if you walk around it 13 times backwards then go to the gate and say her name you'll hear her laugh or something. We did it but some random guys were watching us and jumped out and tried to scare us as we finished it. It was still fun though.


 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) You're a brave woman, Kristina. I won't do the Bloody Mary or the Candyman thing.


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Kristina | 778 comments Haha! I've always loved that stuff. I can't remember if it was that same Halloween or another year but we went and played hide and seek in large cemetary. That was a little creepy!


 Danielle The Book Huntress  (gatadelafuente) Oh, you are a very brave woman. I don't like cemetaries in the daytime, much less at night.


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J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
One of my closest friends visits cemeteries for fun. :) She knows everything about every single cemetery in Illinois, and she has been to most of them. :)


message 17: by Kristina (new)

Kristina | 778 comments There's a lot of history in the area I work. One church is from 1692 and I've always to snoop around there but haven't yet. There's another church that is also from the late 1600's or early 1700's. I took a quick peek in that graveyard one evening but forgot my flashlight so couldn't see the headstones very well. There's also several local ghost stories down here but I've never seen anything.


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Hewy, has anyone ever heard of Jason Offutt? He writes alot of books about the supernatural. I loved Haunted Missouri! I even went to some of the places while I was there, and....wow! Felt so real! I could totally feel a presence!


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Sonya marie madden | 440 comments for a fiction author who writes paranormal, try Heather Graham.


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Peter Meredith (goodreadscompetermeredith) | 22 comments I have written about two true ghost stories that have happened to me. The first can be found on my blog here...

*** Blatant self promotional plug warning*** The Haunting on Colonel's Row ***The danger has passed, go about your business citizens.***

The other one I turned into a novella and is currently on Amazon The Haunting at Red Feathers



message 21: by Beatrice (new)

Beatrice Masaluñga (beatricemasalunga) We have this book called "True Philippine Ghost Stories" submitted by different people talking about their experiences about ghosts.

Some are scary and some are not.


message 22: by Cary (last edited Jul 27, 2012 08:54AM) (new)

Cary (vortigern) | 344 comments My Life In the Bush of Ghosts novel by Amos Tutuola is a great African book. For some African peoples the Bush is alive with spirits & ghosts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Life_... A real must for anyone who considers themelves well read & avante guard, and loves the spirit world.
Now for me being traditional and European. The Celts write the best ghost stories in a genre with which we are familiar. The Irish especially write the best ghost stories. Sheridan Le Fanu was one of the best Irish writters of ghost stories. In A Glass Darkly is a collection of ghost & demon stories. Very old school original. Last story in the book is Carmilla. It's not my obsession with that story that makes me recomend this book. All the stories are outstanding & unique ghost stories. Le Fanu wrote lots of other ghost stories as well.
M.R. James is probably the best ghost story writer/teller of them all. Ghost-Stories of an Antiquary and dozens more collections of his stories just set the standard for ghost stories. He was an Englishman. Check these three gentlemen out. Le Fanu & James are both turn of the 19th century writers. Amos Tutuola is more modern, Nigeria 1954. All three sources I have listed are just excellent.


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