From January 2010 at The Word Place, here’s a haunting blog! It’s not full of fascinating stories like the ones you just read from Tui Snider and Shelly Tucker, but if you’re a writer who loves to insert a little ghostly matter into your books--or if you just enjoy reading about the unexplained--you’ll find something here.
I’ve said it before—everybody likes a good ghost story! So in today’s Resources for Writers, you’ll find the names of some books about, as well as links to places to find such stories. Whether you just want to read for entertainment, or whether you’re looking for information to incorporate in a story, the resources below are only the tip of the iceberg.
- Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond (Hans Holzer)
- Haunted Places: The National Directory: Ghostly Abodes, Sacred Sites, UFO Landings, and Other Supernatural Locations (Dennis William Hauck)
- Haunted Inns of the Southeast (Sheila Turnage)
- The Field Guide to Ghosts and Other Apparitions (Field Guide to the Unknown) (Hilary Evans)
- The Ghostly Gazetteer: America’s Most Fascinating Haunted Landmarks (Arthur Myers)
- Haints, Witches, and Boogers: Tales from Upper East Tennessee (Charles Edwin Price)
- Oldest Ghosts: St. Augustine Haunts (Karen G. Harvey)
- The Granny Curse and Other Ghsots and Legends from East Tennessee (Janet Barnet)
- Ghostly Encounters: True Stories of America’s Haunted Inns and Hotels (Frances Kermeen)
- Haunt Hunters Guide to Florida (Joyce Elson Moore)
- Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings Across America (Leslie Rule)
- Ghosts of St. Augustine (Dave Lapham)
- Haunted Jonesborough (Charles Edwin Price)
- Savannah Spectres and Other Strange Tales (Margaret Wayt DeBolt)
- Mountain Ghost Stories and Curious Tales of Western North Carolina (Randy Russell)
- Ghost Stories of Texas (Jo-Anne Christensen)
- Haunted Theatres (Barbara Smith)
- The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits (Rosemary Ellen Guiley)
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ghosts and Hauntings (Tom Ogden)
- Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales from Around the World (Jeff Belanger)
Don’t forget to check out Tui’s and Shelly’s books (they’re linked on the two previous blogs)!
Links to Websites of Interest
http://www.prairieghosts.com/whitechapel.html White Chapel Press/ Books on American History and Hauntings Since 1993
http://www.moneymaker.com/ghosts/ghstbk1.htm Books about Nevada Ghost towns and mining camps
Happy haunting...er, hunting for information! And before you leave. . .
I can’t resist a good ghost story or local tour when I’m traveling. Nor can I resist slipping a little spooky tidbit into most of my books.
In the second book of the Penelope series, The Stubborn Schoolhouse Spirit, you’ll find some hair-raising haunts from the checkered past of Amaryllis, Arkansas. Of course, you have to read book 1 first to get acquainted with Penelope and her mystery man Sam--but The Bogus Biker is always a bargain at 99 cents, so check it out!
The Dreamland Series is built around some strange, even ghostly-goings-ons in tiny Dreamland, Arkansas. Again, book 1, Lethal Legacy in Dreamland, is a tempting 99 cents. (What is the ghost of Al Capone doing in the building Trixie inherited from her grandfather?)