Do you believe in ghosts? This latest story collection from master folklorist Vernon Oickle might sway even the skeptics.
The stories include firsthand accounts from current owners and residents of supposedly haunted buildings and eyewitness reports from those who have come across eerie sights and sounds in nature and public areas. Each ghostly tale includes lots of well-researched background information on the history of these places and the people and events that shaped them. This approach makes for an interesting read for believer and doubter alike, providing ample insight into the possibilities of supernatural and more mundane forces behind the phenomena.
Told in a straightforward manner, these stories are more folklore than foreboding and contain more history than histrionics. In fact, in many cases, the ghosts have become ‘part of the furniture’ and are deemed harmless by their living counterparts.
While maybe not the kind of ghost stories you’d tell around a campfire with a flashlight pressed to your chin, if you like to know the why and how behind the hauntings, this collection provides creepy context to flesh out some of our local spirits.