Another Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mystery: “King Midas Exhumed”

Help for the Haunted Front CoverIn earlier chronicles, we’ve seen that Vera was usually tight-lipped when it came to her family background. “King Midas Exhumed” reveals a bit of her past that she had preferred to keep secret.

At the same time, this month’s ghostly investigation reveals a secret about a Philadelphia tavern, too. It involves the Underground Railroad — and how one man named Ambrose Petty acted to derail it.

Learn deeply hidden secrets in “King Midas Exhumed.” The link to .pdf, .epub, and .mobi/Kindle versions of the tale is at the Complimentary Haunting page.

Oh, and by the way!

I’m very pleased to announce that Help for the Haunted: A Decade of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries is now available online at and Barnes & Noble! For more information, visit!



The Cover for the New Edition of Help for the Haunted!

the-v-filesIn a matter of weeks, Help for the Haunted: A Decade of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries will be re-released by Brom Bones Books.

Though I might tinker with it slightly, here’s the cover. The violet glow around the lettering will make sense to those who’ve either read the previous edition (published by Emby Press) or who’ve been reading the chronicles posted each month at this website.

Help for the Haunted Front Cover

I’m still proofreading and tweaking the stories — and I have a Maine vacation planned in about a week — so exactly when the book will be available for sale is uncertain. But it shouldn’t be any later than the middle of June.

Regarding Vera and the Violet Ruptures between Dimensions

the-v-files“Violet, say our scientists, is on the extreme edge of visibility! Could it somehow mark a passage between ours and the invisible world?”

— Vera Van Slyke, “The Minister’s Unveiling”

The very first story in Help for the Haunted introduces the idea that violet light marks passageways between the spirit and physical realms — but the light can only be perceived by spirits. By the third story, Van Slyke and Lida discover a means to tug that light into the visible spectrum of the living. It becomes the duo’s chief means of confirming supernatural activity.

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