Haunted Historic Colonial Williamsburg Virginia: With Breakthrough Ghost Photography by Tim Scullion | ISBN13: 9780764350603 | Schiffer Publishing
Haunted Historic Colonial Willimasburg, Virginia is a great book for history lovers that like a bit of scandal to go with their ghost stories. As far at the "breakthrough photography" is concerned, I'm not convinced. You'll have to check out the images for yourself, but they seemed altered to me. For me, that made this book seem more fiction than fact.
Paranormal Provincetown: Legends and Lore of the Outer Capeby Sam Baltrusis | ISBN13: 9780764351532 | Schiffer Publishing
Provincetown, Massachusetts is a cool place to visit, but if you're into ghosts you may want to put it on the top of your destination list. Sam Baltrusis considers this town to be a hotspot of paranormal activity. And like many other books of this genre, Provincetown has a rich history that's worth checking out. Ghost lover or not, this would be an interesting place to visit.
Spirit Magnet in Texas: 20 Ghostly Encounters by Ann Bridges | ISBN13: 9780764350344 | Schiffer Publishing
Like the title suggests, Ann Bridges is a spirit magnet. She's had all sorts of interesting and spooky things happen to her. And she visits many interesting places. Some of the places she's visits are considered "ghost hotspots" where ghost tours are given. I'm skeptical of ghost tours because I feel that the integrity of the tour can be easily compromised by many different variables. But there are some cool stories in this book that you might not be familiar with.
Haunted Bridges: Over 300 of America's Creepiest Crossingsby Rich Newman | ISBN13: 9780738748474 | Llewellyn Publications
More than 300 bridges with eerie phenomenon that span space and time
Across the country hundreds of bridges harbor some of the creepiest paranormal activity known to man. Invisible hands reach out and touch unsuspecting travelers. Residual ghosts haunt scenes of murders, accidents, hangings, and suicides. At some bridges a voice cries out in the darkness that sends a chill down the spine of anyone who hears it.
Haunted Bridges tells the kinds of stories that are told in hushed tones around hearths and campfires as we ponder the unknown late into the night. The stories are at once mesmerizing, unique, and unexpectedly familiar, as if we all know deep down that fate keeps some spirits bound to earth. If you can endure the fear and you don’t look away, you will experience the dread and mystery of the unexplained.
Cities and states are listed for 324 public locations so readers can look up specific bridges.
Every town has some sort of urban legend relating to a bridge--often tragic. Rich Newman's book, Haunted Bridges, is a guide for people who want to tour such bridges. This book is pretty comprehensive, but it is missing some things. I would have liked to see some images of some of the bridges. Also a few maps would have been a great addition. One thing Newman included that I thought was great was he cautioned explorers about some of the older, more dangerous bridges. Safety first!
by Jamie Davis Whitmer | ISBN13: 9780738748009 | Llewellyn Publications
Have you ever stayed at a haunted hotel? Would you ever book a room at a renowned haunted hotel? I'm not sure if I would or not. It's sounds exciting, but I'm not sure I would do much sleeping. Jamie Whitmer did just that. She stayed at some pretty amazing places that had some very interesting histories attached to them. A lot of what Jamie witnessed was not so much as a ghost encounter but more of negative feelings when she went into certain places. And though some of these places may be haunted, the skeptic in me wonders to what lengths the hotel owners will go to in order to keep up appearances that their hotels are in fact haunted. Color me not convinced.
These books were interesting even though they didn't convince me of paranormal activity. I love the fascinating and tragic stories that accompanied most of the stories. I'm not sure I could stay in the hotel that inspired The Shining, but it was cool to read about. I'm still a skeptic, but I remain open to the possibility that there might be ghosts.
Do you believe in ghosts?