A Ghost Report from the Southern Standard on August 25, 1888

Spectral EditionAn old house in Connecticut has a history of being haunted.

George Greene’s experiences there show that things haven’t changed. Along with unexplained sounds and furniture moving by itself, there’s a “colorless” figure that keeps watch in George’s bedroom when he’s trying to sleep.

1888-08-25 p7 Southern Standard [McMinnville, Tennessee]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1917. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

UPDATE: My Introduction is complete along with my transcriptions of 146 ghost reports for Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspaper, 1865-1917. Though the book is a good, solid length, I have room enough to add an Appendix that looks closely at the 1871 haunting of Memphis’s Brinkley College — and the debates it sparked about how newspapers should handle such events. Look for updates on my progress here at The Merry Ghost Hunter site and on my Facebook author page.

A Ghost Report from the Bridgeport Evening Farmer on January 14, 1915

Spectral EditionI’ve run into several articles about the toll that houses said to be haunted takes on those wishing to rent those properties. Who wants to live with a freeloading phantom?

L.T. Gallagher and James A. Meath might or might not have believed in ghosts.

But they certainly believed they were haunted.

1915-01-14 p5 Bridgeport Evening Farmer [Connecticut]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

UPDATE: Having transcribed 146 ghost reports for Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspaper, 1865-1917, I’m now working on an Introduction, one that attempts to explain why so many ghost reports appeared when they did. Look for updates on my progress here at The Merry Ghost Hunter site and on my Facebook author page.

A Ghost Report from the Alexandria Gazette on September 6, 1878

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A railroad worker not only saw and heard a ghost at Gravesend, New York — he chatted with her.

Two other witnesses verify the encounter.

Did Maria L. Hubbard return to the land of the living because she’s upset about the handling of her death, which involves a glass of poisoned beer?

1878-09-06 p1 Alexandria Gazette [D.C.]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

UPDATE: I’ve now transcribed 146 ghost reports for Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspaper, 1865-1918. That’s plenty to fill the book, but I still have to write the general introduction — and possibly an appendix. Look for updates on my progress here at The Merry Ghost Hunter site and on my Facebook author page.

 

A Ghost Report from the Daily Inter Mountain on August 19, 1899

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A family visiting the West hears someone playing with a ball in an unoccupied room of the ranch house they’re renting. The father investigates, but he finds the room empty, the windows locked — and a rubber ball.

The same thing happens the next night, so the father asks for help from one of the ranch hands. Then the mystery is solved. And some might consider the culprit far, far worse than a ghost.

1899-08-19 p11 Daily Inter Mountain [Butte, Montana]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

UPDATE: Work is proceeding nicely on my book version of Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspaper, 1865-1918. I’m now transcribing articles for the sixth chapter. Look for updates on my progress here at The Merry Ghost Hunter site and on my Facebook author page.

A Ghost Report from the St. Paul Daily Globe on February 26, 1886

Spectral EditionIn life, a Connecticut woman is haunted by her.

In death, she seems to haunt the house where she committed a horrible act.

And Mr. And Mrs. Ray just wanted to use that house as a summer retreat.

1886-02-26 p1 St. Paul Daily Globe [Minnesota]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

UPDATE: Transcribing enough ghost reports to fill a book has been fun but tiring work, but I’m on the fourth chapter of Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1918. I hope to have the book available before the end of year — ideally before Halloween!

A Ghost Report from the Charlevoix County Herald on November 13, 1915

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The dimly seen ghost of a soldier stood on a particular block of Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans.

There were many, many witnesses.

But there were no answers as to why the apparition appeared when and where it did.

1915-11-13 p6 Charlevoix County Herald [East Jordan, Michigan]

Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can hear me read many of the ghost reports here, readings first heard on episodes of The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts.

NOTE: I am very close to finishing the first chapter of a Spectral Edition book. Look for updates on my progress here at The Merry Ghost Hunter site and on my Facebook author page.

4-Question Interview: Tony Walker

present-tensionsWhile hunting for ghosts on the Web, I came across a site titled simply: Ghost Stories. It’s “a blog to discuss, present, curate and review classic ghost stories, Gothic fiction and Weird Tales,” and it’s managed by Tony Walker.

Tony is also a writer, and the plot of his novel Unreal City is introduced this way: “Hard-boiled detective Christian Le Cozh is hired by a man who thinks his wife was killed by a vampire.  Le Cozh is sceptical but he needs the money. He accompanies his client to a graveyard at midnight to persuade him to get medical help. Then things go wrong and he has to hunt the beasts, before they hunt him.”

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4-Question Interview: C.A. Verstraete

present-tensionsI met author C.A. (Christine) Verstraete during the October Frights Blog Hop of last year. I quickly ordered her new book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, intrigued by the notion of turning the most famous matricidal/patricidal figure in American history into an occult detective. Though I admit I haven’t yet read the novel, it seems like a very promising next step from — and a clever spin on — Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009) and his Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (2010).

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A mystery runs through Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, a sinister puzzle that Borden must solve. As I say, she’s presented as an occult detective, and as I do with my Vera Van Slyke chronicles, Verstraete interweaves historical fact with supernatural fiction in this novel. Her other work has been published in various anthologies and magazines, including Mystery Weekly, Siren’s Call and Happy Homicides 3: Summertime Crime. She’s also the author of a young adult novel, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie.

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An American Ghost Gallery: The Punchbowl Ghost

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In a book titled Legends of Old Honolulu (1915), Ka Hula O Na Aumakua describes that famous city’s Punchbowl region this way: “Punchbowl lies back of Honolulu. It is an extinct volcano. Inside the crater rim lies a basin whose sides are grass-covered, with groups of trees here and there. The little houses and small gardens of squatters show that there is no longer any fear of subterranean activity.”

The writer goes on to narrate one of the area’s legends. Long ago, Kakei, “the moi, or high high ruling chief of Oahu,” had proudly returned from plundering the village of Waimea on the island of Kauai. Surveying his ill-gotten riches and kidnapped women and children, the warrior decided a great feast was in order and its site should be Punchbowl Hill. However, as the celebration began, earthquakes cracked the earth’s crust. “The side of Punchbowl Hill opened and a flood of lava poured out, mixed with clouds of bursting masses of steam and foul gases.” The eruption threatened not just the feast but the lives of those attending. Amid the calamity, the spirits of the victims’ ancestors appeared “in a solemn and stately dance. Back and forth they moved to the rhythm of steady peals of bursting gasses. The clouds swayed to and fro, while ghosts moved back and forth among them.” The ghostly ancestors had come to rescue the kidnapped women and children. Not until Kakei made reparation to Waimea for his plundering did the earthquakes, lava flow, and spectral dancing cease. “It is said that the fire never again returned to that crater or to the island of Oahu.”

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4-Question Interview: John Linwood Grant

present-tensionsAs one gets to know John Linwood Grant, one learns certain canine-related words. Lurcher, for instance. And since looking that up, I now know what a sighthound is. I’m a better man for it.

Really thin dogs — think greyhounds and whippets — appear a lot on John’s website, greydogtales, which is dedicated to “weird fiction, weird art, and even weirder lurchers.” There’s a lot of information about authors working in the occult detective cross-genre and related areas of supernatural fiction. Like myself, John both writes about the stuff while also writing the stuff. His The Last Edwardian series is rooted in the same era as my Vera Van Slyke chronicles, but his stories are based much more on a cast of characters. He’ll introduce you to them.

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