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Haunted Encounters - Real Life Stories of Supernatural Experiences by Ginnie Bivona & Michael Whittington   April 2003

As collected non-fiction anthologies go, this series is definitely one of the better ones out there as you have stories related by people from all walks of life. At the end of each story is a brief bio and picture of the person relating the tale, which lends a brilliant touch of humanity and credibility to the account. I can also appreciate the understated cover art, as many lower quality ghost books out there try to hook you with blood dripping down the spine in order to compensate for a lack of substance. I recently spoke with Mr. Whittington and he tends to regard this series as being a type of "Chicken Soup for the Soul" ghost tale anthology - an apt description.

Published by Atriad Press based here in Dallas and located on the web at http://www.hauntedencounters.com   The book publishing company is at    http://www.atriadpress.com/ .   Available in most area bookstores.

ISBN 0974039403  257 pages  $14.95

 

Haunted Heartland "True Ghost Stories from the American Midwest" by Beth Scott & Michael Norman     Published in 1985

This is an excellent anthology as many of the stories are original, unusual and well researched from what I can tell. Surprisingly good.

ISBN 0880296143   480 pages

 

Phantom Army of the Civil War and other Southern Ghost Stories  by Frank Spaeth from FATE magazine

A decent book which is basically what it purports to be. This is more an anthology of eyewitness accounts, as the stories are written by different people from various time periods (1960's - 1990's) and states.

ISBN 0785812873   238 pages

 

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Barbossa: For too long I've been parched of thirst and unable to quench it. Too long I've been starving to death and haven't died.

I feel nothing. Not the wind on my face nor the spray of the sea. Nor the warmth of a woman's flesh.


[steps into moonlight becoming a skeleton]


Barbossa: You best start believing in ghost stories Miss Turner. You're in one.

- from  "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"