Haunted Homeland: A Definitive Collection of North American Ghost Stories

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 448 pages
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Trapped miners from cave-ins long ago still calling for help.
Ghostly women lurking in the shadows of city streets.
Spectral holy men and outlaws from America's Spanish past making appearances in our modern age.

They are all citizens of Haunted America, and this is

HAUNTED HOMELAND.

From a haunted castle in the wilds of Alaska to phantom clergymen in the Southwest and mysterious bouncing lights on the East Coast, this latest volume covers the places, the people, and the things that belong to the earthbound realm of the fantastic. Michael Norman has gathered together spectral events of all kinds--apparitions of the famous like Mary Surratt, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Mad Anthony Wayne; haunted crime scenes in Chicago and along the Indiana byways; as well as banshees, poltergeists, and even a ghost named George who has become an accepted resident in a house in North Carolina.

Some of these tales date back to America's early days, such as the screaming woman of Marblehead, Massachusetts, while others rise from more contemporary sources, like noted mystery writer Mary Robert Rhinehart's encounter with ghost at a house on Long Island.

A ghostly Supreme Court Justice, a specter known as The Texan, an abandoned Canadian bride reminiscent of Dickens's Miss Haversham, and many others make an appearance in this latest chronicle of the Haunted American landscape.

 

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Contents

THE LADY IN BLUE Alaska
3
OLD DEC Kansas
6
TERRIBLE TILLY Oregon
16
ALONG THE SPECTRAL TRAIL California
19
WATCH OUT BELOW Colorado
34
SOULS IN TORMENT Illinois
42
THE BECKONERS Indiana
62
BLEAK ROADS Massachusetts
126
THE WEEPING WOMAN New Mexico
288
DISTURBING DEEDS NewYork
296
THE HOUSE ON HANGING HILL North Carolina
323
GRAVE SECRETS Oklahoma
339
GHOSTS ALONG THE PECOS Texas
355
THE UNINVITED Washington
372
THE WILD ROSE OF GREENBRIER West Virginia
384
KINDRED SPIRITS Wisconsin
401

BETTER LEFT UNSAID Michigan
160
HAUNTS OF
179
Boise State University Boise Idaho
229
Idaho State University Pocatello Idaho
235
North Central College Naperville Illinois
244
FIND MY BONES Mississippi Gulfport
258
WANDERERS
429
RARELY SEEN
443
THE UNPLEASANT DEAD
452
Selected Bibliography
483
Index of Place Names
495
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Michael Norman has taught at the University of Wisconsin in River Falls for more than twenty-five years. He collaborated with Beth Scott on the five previous books in the Haunted America series.

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