…and still insists she sees the ghosts.
Episodes about paranormal topics
True ghost stories as told by Carla, round one:
Books recommended in/for this episode (all added to the podcast bookshelf on Goodreads):
book which I used to verify my experiences with hearing family members go through their routines yet not be home:
true ghost stories:
Ghosts by Hans Holzer — This is a no-joke read, both for time investment and the author’s investment. Holzer was a serious investigator, and can be called the first “ghost hunter”, if one goes for that term. He can be considered the next person after William James to go seek the hauntings themselves in order to learn. I own the paperback, and it is so substantial I cannot lift it on a high-Ehlers-Danlos pain day. I fear I might dislocate a wrist. No kidding, this book might be a go-to weapon in case of a surprise prowler. I have no doubt I could knock out a grown man if I took him by surprise with this book.
and The People in the Attic by Doretta Johnson with Jim Henderson. It’s out of print, but that is to your benefit–gently-used copies start on Amazon at under a dollar. It’s well worth the read.
Of course. the impeccable The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson. I am blessed to have befriended several horror writers, and have discussed the perfection of the opening and ending paragraphs of this novel with a few of them. We all heartily agree that these might be the most perfect beginning and endings to an American novel ever, right up there with The Great Gatsby and Lolita. That’s dem fine company, to paraphrase a certain evil wizard-wannabe uncle you might have met along your reading journeys. I recommend the audio version, narrated by the sublime Bernadette Dunne; she truly understands Jackson’s work on a deep level. She also wonderfully narrates Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle, another novel about another demented domicile, haunted in quite a different manner from Hill House…and in some ways, the same.
Demented domicile is my pet term for a house that is wrong. It might be haunted, it might be cursed, or built on cursed land. It might even be sentient. The reason may never be known. But no good comes to those who live there. It’s my favorite subgenre of horror.
The House Next Door, by Anne Rivers Siddons
The House That Jack Built, by Graham Masterton
read in episode:
music in this episode:
“Humming Ghosts” and “She Comes Through the Fog” by Haunted Me
See you next week for more personal ghost stories, and more reading recommendations. There’s no shame in sleeping with the lights on.
First episode in series: Episode 3: True Boo, Part 1: Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Legged Beasties
Waverly Hills Sanatorium:
4400 Paralee Dr. Louisville, Ky 40272
- how to be a volunteer
- how to make investigation reservations as well as reservations for historic tours
- about the santatorium
USS North Carolina Battleship
Wikipedia entry with excellent information about hull number BB-55
Recommended books (also added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf):
Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places, by Brad Steiger
Strange Guests, by Brad Steiger (specifically about poltergeist activity and psychokinetic energy)
Leslie Rule’s (Ann Rule‘s daughter) collection of true ghost stories:
- Ghost in the Mirror: True Stories of Spirit Encounters
- When the Ghost Screams: True Stories of Victims Who Haunt — true crime plus the paranormal: does violence begat hauntings?
- Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Ghost Stories Across America
- Ghosts Among Us
Charles Fort: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural, by Jim Steinmeyer
The Empty House and Other Stories, by Algernon Blackwood
video evidence from Waverly Hills, taken by my friend, Crystal:
The Green Children of Woolpit:
Books about the green children, and fae folk tradition: both folklore research and paranormal research
Main sources for this episode
- Unexplained,!: 347 Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurrences, and Puzzling Phenomena by Jerome Clark
- Mysteries of the Unexplained edited by Carroll C. Calkins
“The Green Children of Woolpit”, Fortean Times 57 (Spring 1991)
Reads also highly recommended
- The Vanishing People by Katherine Mary Briggs
- The Fairies in Tradition and Literature by Katherine Mary Briggs
- An Encyclopedia of Fairies, Hobgoblins, Brownies. Bogies, and Other Supernatural Creatures by Katherine Mary Briggs
- The Fairy Mythology Illustrative of the Romance and Superstition of Various Countries by Thomas Keightley (1828)–578 pages, free for Kindle
Related podcast episode: Episode 15: Old School Brownies
All books have been added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf.