01/2/18

10 New Paranormal Books to Keep You Up at Night

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Looking for a chilling new read? Here are 10 paranormal-themed books that have recently hit shelves or are coming soon. Give them a try…if you dare.

Eerie Florida: Chilling Tales from the Panhandle to the Keys
September 4, 2017

Most know Florida as the land of endless sunny beaches, but the state is home to numerous eerie legends and mysterious creatures. Join Mark Muncy and Kari Schultz as they uncover the history behind the state’s creepiest stories and unusual locations.

A Haunted History of Louisiana Plantations
September 25, 2017

Louisiana plantations evoke images of grandeur and elegance. Beyond the facade of stately homes are stories of hope and subjugation, tragedy and suffering, shame and perseverance and war and conquest. Authors Cheryl H. White and W. Ryan Smith reveal the dark history, folklore, and lasting human cost of Louisiana plantation life.

Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives 
October 1, 2017

This book reveals for the first time 50 terrifying, and in some cases, comical cases dating from 1837 to 1901, unearthed from archive newspapers. They include chilling prophecies from beyond the grave, poltergeists who terrorize the God-fearing communities, spectral locomotives which hurtle around the industrial landscape, and more than a few ingenious hoaxes along the way.

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01/1/18

Reader Submission: Last Call

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“I still remember this like it was yesterday. My father passed away in 2000. I was devastated, of course, although we had not been close at all. We’d been trying to mend our relationship the year or so before his death. I cried all day when I learned he had died. He’d lived alone and overdosed on prescription medication. His neighbors found him three days later.

The news of his death ripped me apart on the inside. I kept asking myself, ‘Why didn’t I try harder to mend our relationship?’, ‘Was I not a good enough daughter?’, ‘Why did he abandon me emotionally?’. The day after I learned he’d passed, I struggled to pull myself together. My husband had to go to work that day, and my two children needed me to be there for them. When he died, my children were three and five. So still very much anguished, I crawled into the reclining chair with my five-year-old daughter Sarah while my son Ethan played nearby.

I was holding her close and telling my children how much I loved them when the phone rang. I was in no state of mind to take a call, so I asked Sarah to answer, which she happily did. Upon picking up the receiver (no cell phone in those days), she immediately looked puzzled and looked over at me. I asked her who was on the phone as I was in no mood for sales calls. She said that the man on the other end of the phone was named Joe. That was my fathers name!

I didn’t make the connection at the time that it was him calling, so I just ordered her to hang up. After a few seconds, I realized what had happened. First, let’s be clear, I knew no other Joe who would be calling me. And second, if someone named Joe had been calling for a real reason, wouldn’t he have called back after being hung up on? I have had many other experiences in my life with the paranormal, however, this one hit home.”

Have you ever received a ghostly phone call? Share your story here!

12/17/17

Reader Submission: The Haunted Dresser

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“My daughter is a student at Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU). She has her own room along with three other girls who also have their own room. They all share one bathroom. This is a story she told me.

Several times, one of the girls thought she had locked herself out of her room because she couldn’t get inside. Each time, they discovered that her dresser had moved slightly in front of the door, blocking the entrance. They had to push on the door enough for the girl to get inside and move the dresser. That student has since left OWU.

After the student left, my daughter and the other roommate thought they could use the vacant room as a guest room, but the RA wouldn’t allow it. According to my daughter, the RA tried to get into the room with his key but couldn’t. They called a locksmith who came and tried to open the door. Once again, the dresser was against the door on the other side, blocking the entrance.

At first, I thought it was a prank. I figured someone had climbed through the window and moved the dresser in front of the door. The only problem with that theory is that this dorm room is on the third floor. Who, or what, moved that dresser remains a mystery.”

Click here to read another tale of a dresser gone wild. Have a creepy story to share? Get in touch

12/10/17

Ghost Photo: Chloe the Killer Slave

Taken at the famous Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana, the photo above allegedly shows the ghost of a killer slave named Chloe. But is it real?

According to popular legend, a slave named Chloe baked an oleander-laced cake and poisoned three members of the prominent Woodruff family: Sarah, the lady of the plantation, and her two daughters, Mary and Cornelia. However, there’s just one problem. There’s no evidence a slave named Chloe ever existed, and the three victims didn’t die of poisoning. One daughter survived well into adulthood, while her sister and mother succumbed to yellow fever.

Like many famously haunted locations, the ghost origin story at the Myrtles Plantation is completely fasle. As for the photo, to me it appears someone took a historical image of a slave and placed into the background of this image.

What do you think?