Category Archives: Ghost Hunting

Book Case #89 – Through A Glass Darkly

Book and Author Details:
Through A Glass Darkly on Good Reads
Through A Glass Darkly on Amazon
Donald Allen Kirch’s Website
Donald Allen Kirch on Good Reads
Donald Allen Kirch on Facebook
Double Dragon Publishing

Description from Author:

The House loomed over the city like a beacon of malevolent evil. People spoke of it only in whispers. Others tried to own it, eventually coming out in a body bag. Darkness dripped from its windows, spilt blood made up the foundations of its property, and Satan seemed to have a claim on the land. Houses built along its borders nailed their windows shut so that they wouldn’t have to see it. Evil resided within its ancient walls and did not care who knew it!

Manchester House was a legend – the “Mount Everest” of Haunted Houses!

Professor Jonathon Holzer knew he had scored the opportunity of a lifetime. With an international crew of paranormal investigators, and a mysterious “shaman” named Indrid Night, the man hoped to find some answers. There was one proviso: The City Council was not aware of his venture, and the police could not help him. He would be alone.

Sometimes when one stares into an abyss, the abyss stares back into you!

My Review:
How do I start this review? There are those books that you read and enjoy. Those ones that you read, write the review and move onto the next one. Then, there are those books that you read, rush through to the end because you HAVE to know what’s going to happen next, and then find yourself reflecting on all the multifaceted levels of the book. 

This, was one of those books. I finished last week and I have taken this time to really revel in the enjoyment I felt from this novel. Huge kudos to the author, Donald Allen Kirch. I really hope this novel catches the eyes of a lot of readers; if it doesn’t they are surely missing out.

We are met with a self-assured parapsychologist who is aching to take on the “Holy Grail” of all paranormal /haunting cases. The very case he has sought out lands in his lap with a call from a Lt. Wells from Atchison, KS. There’s a house, Manchester House, that has taken the lives of many over the 100+ years since it was built. 

With the chance in his grasp, he gathers a group from his team of experts. S.O.U.R.C.E. This team represents the “ideal” team; this is a team I would die for in my investigations. Even though there’s bickering amongst the team, the team is stronger than any family I’ve ever met. There’s a saying in my family, “We fight hard, but we love harder.” This holds true to Professor Holzer’s dream paranormal team. 

This team goes through thick and thin; literally..thick mud and thin plastic veils. The come out with a hellish ending, and bigger tale to tell others. Without giving too much more of the plot line away, I will say that this was a well thought out, well written and thorough book. The author deserves to be promoted highly for his imagination and novel born of it.

I really hope that he does write a continuation. Donald Allen Kirch has left it wide open with the end in this book. If he does opt to continue this storyline, he focuses on some of the “cons” I’ve listed below. 

Pros: There are so many pros in this storyline. 
A. Team. I absolutely love the dynamic put together for Pr. Holzer’s team. Miranda, completely scientific based. Teresa, psychic medium whose power is believed in by the rest of the team, even though some are strongly science based. Sinclair, “non-believing” camera man who’s just there for his knowledge of camera and video equipment. Professor Holzer, parapsychologist, firm believer and researcher of all things supernatural. Finally, Indrid Night. Indrid is the Elvis of religious beliefs. He’s a cross between Indiana Jones and Roland of Gilead. I love this character. I could really see Jeff Bridges playing this character in a movie, should a major film company ever pick it up as a screenwrite. 

B. Verbage and word usage. Donald has a strong grasp of the English language. I love when an author makes me think because of their work. I am electrified when an author causes me to keep a dictionary handy to look up words. I felt electrical pulses for words like, “incongruous.”  I found this throughout the whole novel. This alone should be a reason to read this book. I have found that a lot of self publish authors do not possess the knowledge behind a strong vocabulary. I found this to be one of the solid aspects of Donald’s writing.  

C. Plot line. There were no real questions left behind in this novel. Donald did a marvelous job at covering almost all points in his story. I was only left with two questions. Everything from the start of the Manchester House to the hell within. All circles of life were completed. The author brought in Religion, and did it with grace and class. As mentioned above, Indrid Night was the team’s religious guru. I compared him to Elvis, because Elvis wore symbols from every religion. Night, he was versed in religions from new to archaic. There’s a quote in the book that I felt was appropriate. “Charms, spells and icons of every faith and religion. Good, like evil, had many faces. Though Night was partial to the ‘faces” of his own faith, he realized that God was great enough to have other faces in His battle with evil.”

D. Even subtle references to kick ass fiction characters, “Bubba Ho Tep.” Because, Ho Tep man.

Cons: There were only a couple that left me pondering. 
Character building was a little lacking. I would love to have known more about their psychic, Teresa, and her background. The tidbits fed to the reader about her parents was just enough to meet the character, but not enough to satisfy the hunger. Each character was described enough to understand their roll within the book, but not enough to understand their idiosyncrasies and what makes approach the paranormal in the ways that they do.  I do hope that if he goes into a book II, he covers their background a bit more. 

The plastic sheeting was never covered. Although it covered the pages of the book within the storyline, the author doesn’t cover the meaning behind it. 

Book Case #88 – Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist

Book and Author Details:
MMP on Good Reads
MMP on Amazon
Jenny Ashford’s Website
Jenny Ashford’s Facebook

Description from Author:

In December of 1982, when Tom Ross was thirteen years old, he took a week’s vacation to Mammoth Lakes in California with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. Almost from the moment they arrived at their condo, they experienced a near-constant barrage of bizarre phenomena that escalated over their stay, and seemed to follow them after they left. Items moved around by themselves, shades flew open when no one was near them, bloody tissues appeared out of nowhere, words appeared on windows in empty rooms, a blue haze seemed to hover near the ceiling, a door chain was broken from the inside by what appeared to be a clawed hand, and disembodied voices emerged from corners.

The family was simultaneously terrified and amazed. Thirty-two years later, the four witnesses decided to tell their story.

My Review:
I received this book as an ARC, author review copy. I was excited to get my hands on a novel about a real life haunting experience.

The novel outlines a family vacation to Mammoth Mountains in California. It is based in the late 70s, featuring an aunt and uncle, their child and his cousin, Tom. The author interviewed and constructed a storyline of events from their eye witness accounts. The poltergeist activity is everything from furniture moving to a strange blue mist. I was really engaged to the tales of activity.

Chapters 12-14 featured a break down of the paranormal field, pseudo-science, and eventually into the skepticism view points. While I found the experiences laid out by the family incredible and believable, I also found  that the section on skepticism a bit condescending. I understand that the author is a hard core unbeliever, but I felt that she pushed her views in a sense that made believers, such as myself, a bit put down for believing in spirits.

I am sure that wasn’t the author’s intention, it really came across in her writing. In fairness, the foreword in the novel does indicate that she’s a horror novel writer, and a firm believer in the more skeptical side of things. I would loved to have seen it pinned by both believers and skeptics for a more balanced view.
In her words,

I am also, rather relevantly, the most hard-line of skeptics. I have been an atheist since I was old enough to make such a distinction. I spend my free time devouring books by the likes of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris,Christopher Hitchens. I faithfully read every issue of magazines like Skeptical Inquirer, Scientific American, Skeptic,and The Humanist, and enjoy following scientific and “debunking” blogs. I mention all this to establish the fact that I am a rationalist, a pragmatist, a realist down to my core. I emphatically do not believe in ghosts or in any aspect of what is termed “the supernatural.”

With that said, I am a bit insulted in the idea that those who are believers are some how irrational, especially as a psychic medium who wholeheartedly believes. If her goal was only to stoke a fire and get people heated for a debate, she did a job well done.

Her strength in horror writing, however, does play a wonderful role in helping construct this novel. The first part of the story, she did a wonderful job of adding suspense and spooky to the poltergeist tales. 

Book Case #72 – The Hanging Tree

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Book and Author Details:
The Hanging Tree: Amazon
The Hanging Tree: Good Reads
Still Well: A Haunting on Long Island: Amazon
Still Well: A Haunting on Long Island: Good Reads
The Flip: Amazon
The Flip: Good Reads
Michael Phillip Cash’s Website
Michael Phillip Cash’s Twitter
Michael Phillip Cash: Good Reads

My Review:
First, I must apologize… again. I have relocated with my son to another state. I am nestled in, finally, and starting to get back into the grind of things. Even though my reviews have been severely lacking, my reading has not. I took the downtime opportunity it read, a lot. So, authors, publishers and friends who have been generous in sending me books to read and review, I have them, I am reading them and I am now starting to get back into reviewing them.

I received two bundles from the publisher for Mr. Cash. The first bundle were these haunting, paranormal based novels. The second bundle was more of a Sci-Fi genre set. Being such a paranormal enthusiast, I opted to read this set first. I read them in the order listed above; The Hanging Tree, Still Well and The Flip. I am glad I chose this order to read them. For me, it showed the strength and growth in the writer’s writing abilities. Although The Hanging Tree was technically published before Still Well, I believe that Still Well is a bit of a stronger story line.

Of the three books given to me by Red Feather Productions, the novella, “The Hanging Tree” was not my favorite. This is not a reflection of the author, or his abilities. I can honestly say that had I found this book in the library, I most likely would have checked it out. I truly cannot pinpoint the reasons why it didn’t appeal to me as much as his other two did. I just really didn’t connect with it.

It was an entertaining little book, but I really didn’t grip the pages with my teeth and devour through it. Even though it’s only 91 pages long, I found myself pushing myself to finish it.  It’s not a bad book, at all. The subject is entertaining and thought provoking. A teenage girl’s choices, as anyone’s choices at that age, truly define the outcome of the rest of her life. The strongest point of this book are the characters, and the author’s ability to create a solid character development.

As the spirits that haunt The Hanging Tree, their living lives begin to unfold around the reader. Michael Phillip Cash does a strong job of creating each and every character in their own uniqueness. Even though they varied as heavily as their life choices did, they all find themselves attached to the tree in spirit form. While their passing down their tales, the living teenager, “Arielle” is making her own choices below them.

Just as any teen has struggles, the main character is toying with sex, “growing up”, fitting in and over protective parents. Will her choices cause her to fall into an ancient curse, or will her choices change the path of her own life?

This is a great book for a night by the fire, drinking tea on a spooky October Eve.
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Description from Author:
The Hanging Tree: Seventeen year old Arielle is at a crossroads in her life. Disenchanted with her father, she is testing the boundaries of his trust by dating someone he does not approve. Under the moonlit sky in Long Island, Arielle and her boyfriend meet beneath the infamous hanging tree. The couple’s destiny is rooted to the five spirits in the tree whose lives and deaths are determined by an ancient curse. Will her future be determined by the past or will Arielle’s choices alter the course of her life?

Still Well: Haunting on Long Island: Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife’s spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife’s soul free.

The Flip: Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants’ junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals it’s past, will the couple’s marriage survive The Flip?

Book Case #70 – Haunted Stuff

Book To Be Released: August 8, 2014

Book and Author Details:
Stacey Graham – Website
Stacey Graham – Facebook
Haunted Stuff – Llwellyn Publishing
Haunted Stuff – Good Reads
Haunted Stuff – Amazon

Description from Author:

Finding a one-of-a-kind antique doll at a garage sale is a great feeling—until you bring that doll home and discover it’s haunted. Objects with restless spirits attached to them can quietly invade a home through auctions, antique dealers, estate sales, garage sales, and inheritance. This spooky collection examines a wide variety of haunted items, from screaming skulls to demonic dolls, and how they affect the owner’s life.

Haunted Stuff provides true accounts of possessed possessions, often found in the strangest places. Discover chilling stories of the island of haunted dolls, the tumbling coffin, Rudolph Valentino’s cursed ring, and even the Queen Mary ocean liner—one of the largest haunted items of all. Experience these true accounts that will make you look closer at the antiques on your shelf . . . and wonder if that creepy doll just blinked.

My Review:

I had the blessing of reading and reviewing Stacey Graham’sThe Girls’ Ghost Hunting Guide beginning of last year. I loved the author’s quirky take on ghost hunting, her advice to a younger crowd, and how well she presented it in her book. I was completely on board when she requested that I review her new book, “Haunted Stuff: Demonic Dolls, Screaming Skulls, and Other Creepy Collectibles.”

The book starts out with an outlined description of the author’s idea of what “Haunted Stuff” means to her; tangible objects haunted or inhabiting a spirit energy. The first few chapters discussed haunted objects, types of ghosts, and running a paranormal investigation. The last remaining chapters covered anything from famous haunted creepy dolls to bridges, and everything in between.

In chapter 2, Stacey discusses types of Ghosts. She breaks it down into the common believed theories of ghost type entities. The author does a fine job of defining all encompassing theories for ghost energy. Stacey moves from ghost types to actually investigating these types of spiritual energy in chapter 3. The rest of the book is various items and locations of creepy goodness.

Haunted Robert Doll

Annabelle

In chapter 4, the author covers creepy dolls. I’d have titled the chapter, “Creepy Ass Dolls” but that’s my preference. Her compilation of various haunted dolls includes “Robert” and “Annabelle”. Annabelle was made famous by Ed and Lorraine Warren, and even more recently in the movie, “The Conjuring.”  The one story that I gave a huge verbal, “Oh Hell No!” to was the story of “The Island of Haunted Dolls” in Mexico.

Um Hell No!!

I would have to say that my favorite chapter within this compilation is “Dem Bones”. Stories of haunted horror surrounding bones, caverns of bones, or even catacombs such as those in; which house over 6 million dead.

The last chapter I want to mention was “Out of Pocket”; larger scale hauntings like Ghost Towns or bridges. I have actually been to the ghost town mentioned, “Garnett, MT.” I had such phenomenal experiences while in the town. I had to give Kudos to the author for mentioning it. Out of all the haunted ghost towns in the US, she mentioned one close to home.

This book is a fun, fantastic compilation of haunted objects, small enough to fit in your pocket, to big enough to house a gold rush city. I would recommend this book to any paranormal enthusiast.

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Hello Haunted Travels of Michigan friends,

Kat and Bev are continuing research for their fourth book. The fourth book will deviate from their Haunted Travels of Michigan trilogy and delve into many areas of paranormal phenomena. Although this will include ghost stories, it will also expand to other areas of the unexplained. In this regard, we ask your help. If you’ve experienced/witnessed any of the below, we would love to hear from you:
NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE (NDE) or PAST LIFE MEMORIES
The perplexing phenomena of continued consciousness. Continued consciousness includes Near Death Experiences (NDE) and past life memories. If you or someone you know has had a NDE, we would love to hear from you. If you or someone you know have memories of another life or memories that don’t seem to fit in your life experiences, please contact us.
UFOs or CRYPTIDS (sightings of unusually creatures – land or lake)
We’d like to hear from you if you have recorded and witnessed a UFO event. This needs to be a significant event that was recorded either by photograph or video.  Also, if you’ve personally seen an unusual creature or know someone who has, we’d like to hear from you.  Again, this should be more than a brief sighting but something that was of some significance to you.
THE HAT MAN, SHADOWMAN or NIGHT CREEPER
There are numerous reports of an unusual shadow man people have seen most often as they awaken from sleep. Frequently, shadowman or Hat man as it is sometime called, is the image of a man wearing a cape, hunched over, a brimmed had on its head. There are other reports of seeing a shadow figure on all fours, from 3-4 feet in height, dash across the floor. This is referred to as the Night Creeper.  If you have experienced any of these OR other unexplained shadow images, please let us know.
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If you’ve experienced any of the above, please email us: haunted@mivg.com
SUBJECT LINE: Book 4 Experience
We hope to hear from you!

Book Case: #64 and #65

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Author & Publisher Information:
Amazon: Ghosts of Delaware by Gerard J. Medvec
Good Reads: Ghosts of Delaware by Gerard J. Medvec
Amazon: UFOs Above PA
Good Reads: UFOs Above PA

Description:
UFOs Above PA:

Alien abductions, wild silent spacecrafts and magical ET technology all come together through eyewitness accounts in UFOs Above PA! Read never-before-told sagas of sightings that are similar to others around the world. Told in short-story style, feel the wonder, terror and revelation of folks seeing objects and beings from other realities. Return to the ’60s when a UFO visited a prominent eastern PA university. Witness a young boy being chased by an alien craft through the streets of his western PA suburb. Feel a woman’s terror as alien lights blast through her vacation cabin in central PA. Discover the real, nightly alien invasion that nobody talks about and nobody can stop!

Ghosts of Delaware:

Frightening, sometimes amusing, always entertaining, this collection spotlights haunted tales from around the First State. Experience a sixth-grader’s terrifying “game” with a talking board and a beautiful spiritual send off for a dying patriarch. Visit Fort Delaware where ghostly “chatter” may raise your hackles and read about one family’s “ghost stories” spanning four generations and eighty-years. Discover the haunts of Cape Henelopen, Sussex, Kent, and New Castle counties, Newark, Wilmington, Delaware City, Dover, Smyrna, and more. Stories range from the strange and ghoulish, to the slap-stick comical. Urban legends are also explored to determine if the hype is trustworthy some remain unexplained, while a few are debunked as pure invention. Included are results from several firsthand “haunted investigations,” with a surprise ending to one inquiry that nobody saw coming!

My Review:
I received both of these books from the author, Gerard J. Medvec, for review, after I had read and reviewed another book of his: Review Here.

I am highly interested in supernatural, UFOs, BEK, abductions, and any abnormal events in human existence. I really enjoyed the author’s previous book he sent me, so I was more than willing to read and review both of these books.  I was not disappointed.

Ghosts of Delaware has quickly become apart of my “Ghost Tours of the USA” collection. I will win the lottery one day and use these books to map out the best friggen vacation ever. Gerard does a fantastic job of telling a spooky ghost story, combining some of them with pictures, and creating an extreme interest in visiting the locations he wrote about. This book is perfect for using as a tour guide to some of the best locations in Delaware to visit, stay and get spooked.

Best section of the book for me was the last section, “Cape Henlopen Memoirs”. If you are into plotting and visiting haunted locations, this book needs to be apart of your repertoire. I am happy to display this book on my bookshelf and have found myself discussing it with anyone who asks about it.

UFOs Above PA:  Much like the “Mid-Atlantic UFO” book I read from this author, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a supernatural based library, interest in UFOS, etc.

This book, like the previous two, are a wonderful compilation of UFO stories from the PA locale. It is written in an easy to read, and fun, format. I enjoyed this book a bit more than the Mid-Atlantic stories because of the lay out within the book, the photos and maps to accompany the stories, and the overall flow of all the personal encounters.

One of the things I am most scared of in this life is aliens. This book was fantastic to feed that creepy intrigue I carry within. Some of my favorite stories within the book:

Most Hallowed Ground
Drones
Alien Base Camp 

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Book Case #63 – Spirits in the Trees

Author, Book &/or Publisher:
Author’s Website
Author’s Facebook Page
Author’s Good Reads Page
Spirits in the Trees – Good Reads
Spirits in the Trees – Amazon

Description:

SOME FAMILY SECRETS ARE BETTER LEFT BURIED.
An abandoned house, a psychotic killer, and a victim reaching out from the grave. A woman must unearth deadly family secrets before she becomes a ghost herself.

My Review:
I received and read my books out of order; on my part not on the part of the distributor.  Spirit in the Trees is book one of the Spirits Trilogy. I read book two, “Spirits Among Us” by the same author. You can read my review here, Book Case #61.

I am glad I had a chance to read this book, especially after starting with book two. This book was a fantastic mix of paranormal entities, evil trapped energies, and a haunting family secret. 

Once again, author Morgan Hannah MacDonald was successful in capturing my attention with a well written, creepy story. I look forward to book #3. She’s a strong author with a wonderful talent of mixing romance, mystery and ghosts.

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Book Case #55 – 3 Gates of the Dead

One of the entries in the filmmaker competition hosted on the author’s site:

Author & Publisher Information:
3 Gates on Amazon
3 Gates on Good Reads
Author’s Website
Author on Facebook
Publisher/Agent’s Website

Description:

Sometimes, the most evil things come from the most holy…

Conflicted with his faith in God and the hypocrisy of the church, Aidan Schaeffer, a young assistant pastor, is in a constant state of spiritual turmoil. When Aidan learns that his ex-fiancée is the first victim in a string of ritualistic killings, he finds himself in the middle of an even deeper fight. Tormented by demonic threats and haunted by spirits, Aidan throws himself into investigating Amanda’s death; all the while supernatural forces have begun to attack the people around him. The more questions he asks, the more he is drawn into the world of a mysterious Anglican priest, a paranormal investigation group and a rogue female detective investigating the murders. As the gruesome rituals escalate, ancient hidden secrets and an evil long buried threaten to rip Aidan’s world apart.

My Review:
So, there’s a lot of killer things going on with this book. I first found it on Good Reads under their book giveaway section. I entered, but went ahead and contacted the author regarding this book. I had to read it. It had evil spirits, religious matters, ghost hunters, death, murders… I mean come on all my favorite topics between two pages, I was interested to say the least. I received a response with download to a review copy. I am so glad I pursued it after the contest entry.

Aidan is torn between his scientific degree and pastoral studies, the assistant pastor has found himself in the middle of a religious whirlwind with him standing in the eye. He does not believe in God anymore after being witness to greed, arrogance, hypocrisy and all things a church is not supposed to represent. Now, he’s called into the police station after his ex-fiance’ was found brutally murdered.

Everything in his life has spiraled out of control, starting with the death of his parents a year prior. He then finds himself thrusted into a spiritual war. Will he be able to put his love for his deceased fiance’, his progressing lack of faith in God, and his personal conflicts aside to assist Detective Jennifer Brown in finding the answers to who is committing the murders in Ohio? Will his new found friends, a paranormal team with the assistance by Father Neal, help him find God again?

Such an INCREDIBLE book and very well written. I was captivated by the story line. I was in love with the characters, especially Aiden. I felt his internal fight grow each day with his losing God and belief of him. I have been there. I related so much to how it was vividly described by Jonathan Ryan.

I cannot wait for book two and I hope that am on that list to receive an ARC copy.

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Book Case #44 – Paranormal Intruder

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Actual EVPs from the case, as well as the author discussing her book:

Book and Author Details:
Author Caroline’s Website
Author/Book Facebook Page
Paranormal Intruder on Good Reads
Paranormal Intruder on Amazon

Description from Author:

An innocent family finds itself completely helpless against the sudden onset of paranormal activity in their quiet rural home. A knife embedded in a kitchen cupboard, crockery smashed by invisible hands, and blood-chilling growls emit from thin air. Caroline and her husband Neil search for answers as they try to protect their family from the unseen entity that seems determined to rip them apart.
The biggest question looms over them like a dark cloud … who is going to help us? There are emergency services for many things, but not of this nature. It might be easier to believe temporary insanity, if not for the vast amount of witnesses. Police, fire services, mediums, priests and investigators all become embroiled in the mystery. The family struggles to cope, and Caroline grows concerned for her husband’s failing health as he withdraws from the world. However, the entity has only just begun.
Paranormal Intruder is the true story of one family’s brave fight against an invisible entity. Described as one of the best-documented cases of paranormal activity, this page turning book will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.

My Review:

This is one of the most thrilling, best documented paranormal cases I have been privy to read about. It is frightening and engaging. Caroline reached out to me to review your book, and I can say that I am incredibly happy she did so. 

I read every “true” paranormal story with an investigator’s eye. Having been a paranormal investigator for many years, and working a case so incredibly similar to this one, I could not turn away until I finished the book. 

Caroline, a respected police woman in the UK, found herself in the middle of a demonic force that tore her family apart. Caroline’s recount of the events was so intriguing, but so very spooky, I found myself praying after I finished the book. If the family could be so easily susceptible after her husband, Neil, dabbled with an Ouija board as a child and began watching paranormal programming as an adult, I know that I did not want to leave myself vulnerable either.

One of the strongest things I found in the book was the end chapters with actual accounts by family and friends who bore witness to the events first hand. I believe that this can only lend more credibility to the book. Caroline had witnesses from both the police force and fire department. Fellow police officers witnessed the chaos that consumed the author’s home.

Since the book takes place in the UK, I was a bit frustrated with the “church” that kept denying assistance to the family. But that’s a more personal stance than anything else. I have no faith in the Catholic church. Time and time again I have found that they’re only there to assist if it benefits them in the long run.

The only major irritation I have with the book is that it just ends. There is no real follow up. Are they still plagued by the demonic spirit, even though they relocated? Are others living in their house and are they experiencing it now? Or was it solely Neil and Lee?

Also… TOTALLY frustrated with the DO8!!
Even more frustrated with the diamond shape in the yard.

What the hell. Every through investigator knows to research EVERYTHING. I kind of feel that the author touched on this topic, and it may have been a huge key in what was going on. But that was that. She mentioned it in the book, but no follow through.

Skeptic’s Eye
I definitely feel that Lee was some how involved in the events. It was just too uncanny how things continued to worsen every time he was around. Top it off with the fact he did not want Neil over at his house…. leads the investigator in me to question his personal motives more so.

I am thoroughly surprised that the amount of psychics, church members, friends and family never suggested that they stop dabbling in communicating with the entity. When you open communication, you create a bridge to be attacked. Recording, photographing, and table tapping are all sure fire ways to enable the rise in events. 

I firmly believe that Neil was possessed, even if at a mild extent. The book never once touched on that topic. Quite a few of the books I have read surrounding demonic possessions, deliverance and exorcisms would only suggest that this was the case with Neil. I believe that the closeness of his friends and family are the only reasons he did not succumb to the entity. Neil never was ever fully without support. He was gaunt, his physical appearance changed, he was depressed, defeated, and about totally given in.
Signs of possessions: Depression, alienation, “sinking into oneself”, acceptance, oppression, and eventually possession.

Overall, fantastic book!

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Book Case #35 – Haunted Asylums, Prisons and Sanatoriums

Book and Author Details:
Haunted Asylums on Facebook
Haunted Asylums on Good Reads
Haunted Asylums on Publisher Llewllyn’s Website
Haunted Asylums on Amazon
Jamie Davis’ Blog/Website

My Review:

[insert tantrum in 3… 2… 1…]
I WANNA INVESTIGATE AGAIN!!! WAaaH!

One of the best, creepiest compilations of haunted locations. This book features both known and unknown haunted locations around the nation. I have read an extensive amount of these anthologies written by independent authors. Most of the times they’re well thought out and well put together, but the grammar and writing are lacking. Not with this book. Author, Jamie Davis does a fantastic job proving her writing skills and abilities. I found myself researching some of the locations mentioned in the book. As a paranormal investigator, avid reader, wannabe writer… I loved this book!!

If I ever win the lotto and decide to take a couple years off of work, this book, Kala Ambrose’s and Jefferson Davis‘ books will be my holy grail, road mappin’ investigation itinerary books. 

Description from Author:

The Shadow Man haunts penitentiary cell blocks.
A chilling wind runs through the Death Tunnel.
The Red Eyes Apparition lurks in abandoned hallways.

Explore frightening ghost stories and true paranormal encounters at ten well-known, haunted institutions across the United States. This unique collection of investigations is filled with terrifying photos, spooky highlights from on-site tours, and historical information about each location.

Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums explores the country’s scariest institutions, including the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, West Virginia Penitentiary, and St. Albans Sanatorium. Discover creepy conversations between the authors and restless spirits, interviews with facility staff and knowledgeable ghost hunters, and helpful tips gathered from each investigation. You’ll also enjoy an introduction to basic ghost hunting equipment and detailed information about organizing your own visits to these haunted establishments.

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