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Ghostly Encounters: True Stories of America’s Haunted Inns and Hotels
By Frances Kermeen
 
            Ever wanted to see a ghost, but just don’t know where to go? Frances Kermeen’s helpful book Ghostly Encounters: True Stories of America’s Haunted Inns and Hotels is the perfect resource for the amateur ghost hunter who wishes to seek spirits in comfort and style. 
 
Kermeen is uniquely suited to compile a list of haunted hotels and inns. As a former owner of the Myrtles Plantation, reputed to be one of the most-haunted buildings in America, she has a lot of experience with creepy footsteps and ghostly rapping. Over a period of two years she gathered eyewitness accounts from hotel owners, employees and guests across the United States, and faithfully reported them in short, clear articles. Unlike many books on haunted houses, Kermeen takes care to provide the hotels’ location, amenities, contact information, and other local areas of interest.   It is a travel guide, but she also brings personality and history to each spirit, naming them when the identity is known and sharing best guesses when it is not. Sometimes scary, sometimes sad, Ghostly Encounters just may inspire you to spend the night in a haunted hotel, hoping to see a ghost. (Or, if you are a gleeful coward like me, you can armchair travel from the safety of your couch and keep the ghosts at a safe distance.)

Added 8/14/08:  Apparently this book has a lot of controversy re: accuracy.  Check out the reviews on the Amazon page for more details.

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ext_101971
Jul. 20th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
haunted hotels
I've read a lot about the Colonial Inn in our town being haunted; I wonder if it's listed in this guide. It sounds like an interesting book, and I might like to read about these places, but I think I'm too wimpy to intentionally stay in a place that is said to be haunted!
fashion_piranha
Jul. 20th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
Re: haunted hotels
There's a Colony Hotel but not Colonial :( I'm definitely too wimpy to ever visit these places, but I love reading about them!
deathjoy
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only person in the world who doesn't believe in ghosts. Everyone I know seems to.
fashion_piranha
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
I guess it depends what you think a ghost is. Do I think dead people linger on earth? No. I think you go up or down and that's that. But I think that if someone lives in a place for a long time, or there's a sudden trauma resulting in a lot of emotion and energy, a "place memory" of that person can be imprinted on the place. So for an example, a common phenomena is footsteps walking up steps or down a hall. I think that if someone walked back and forth, over and over, for years and years it is possible for the stairs to absorb that energy and sometimes replay the memory.

Hmmm. Trying to explain this is making me sound like a very crazy, weird person. But no, I don't believe in ghosts in the dead-people-walking sense.
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ext_99755
Jul. 20th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Hi!
OOh I like your journal/blog! Very cool!
ext_106285
Jul. 21st, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
I couldn't help but think of 1408 when reading this. Hopefully Kermeen hasn't had any bad experiences like that!

I like watching Sc-Fi Channel's "Ghost Hunters", and they had an episode where they investigated the Myrtles Plantation. They captured several apparitions and even a lamp being moved by invisible hands. That would be top of my list of places to go. :-D
fashion_piranha
Jul. 21st, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Did they have the floating lamp on film? That would be so cool!

Whenever I hear about the Myrtles, I picture The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. For some reason, in my head they're the same place.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 21st, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
There is absolutely no way I would stay in a haunted hotel on purpose. Not happening. The book would be wonderful to read though from a safe spot ensconced on the couch with a blanket (and all of the doors locked.)
(Anonymous)
Jul. 30th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
I forgot to say it was me.
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth
linafeo
Aug. 3rd, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
I love mysteries and ghost stories. This might interest me.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 6th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
from bunny
I love ghost stories! Sounds like a fun read for me :)

bunnybx at gmail . com
abookwormsjourney.blogspot.com
Aug. 6th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
We stayed at a "Haunted Hotel" in Jefferson,Texas once. I liked the old hotel, but were werent haunted at all! This should be a fun book.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
eek!
Sounds scary... I bet my boyfriend (slasher flick aficionado extrordinaire) would dig this one. I'll definitely be checking it out for him.

Amberlianne
ext_116100
Aug. 8th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
I've seen shows about the Myrtles Plantation. I don't know if I'd be brave enough to stay there, though! This sounds like a great book for Halloween reading. (Summer's not even over and I'm already compiling lists of creepy reads.)
lab08
Aug. 11th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, I have a feeling this would scare me more than anything else...but it does sound like an intriguing book and that's awesome she included so much information about the places and ghosts. I think this book would be perfect for my sister. She's very interested in these type of things!

Lauren
www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com
(Anonymous)
Aug. 11th, 2008 08:01 am (UTC)
Haunted Hotels
I have been to some haunted hotels in New Orleans and they were fascinating. I'd love to read this book!
Kristine Michelle
Pudyqat AT aol.com
dazyndara
Aug. 14th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC)
Oh, does it include the Winchester Mystery House? I've never been to the States, but I've heard some spooky tales surrounding that place!
fashion_piranha
Aug. 14th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
I work a couple blocks away from the Mystery House. It's included :) Naturally when I went to visit absolutely nothing happened, but I'm sure if I went back at night and was able to wander in all the blocked-off rooms it'd be different. (I seriously thought about getting there a job one summer just so I could explore the house.)
lepid0ptera
Aug. 14th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Um. You do realize that ghosts aren't real, right?
bookswede
Aug. 14th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with the last commenter -- it was something I believed in for a large number of years, until I started reading many, many, many papers of the subject, and it's basically not happening.

It's a shame, cause I'd like it be true, but I the evidence (strong, overwhelming evidence) points the other way.

I'd like the book, though -- there's probably some good fiction ideas in there :)

~Chris (Neil Gaiman contest-er)
swedeheadchris@googlemail.com
fashion_piranha
Aug. 14th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
I posted this in response to someone else's comments, but I'll say it again, because there's nothing like convincing other people you're ten shades of crazy:

I guess it depends what you think a ghost is. Do I think dead people linger on earth? No. I think you go up or down and that's that. But I think that if someone lives in a place for a long time, or there's a sudden trauma resulting in a lot of emotion and energy, a "place memory" of that person can be imprinted on the place. So for an example, a common phenomena is footsteps walking up steps or down a hall. I think that if someone walked back and forth, over and over, for years and years it is possible for the stairs to absorb that energy and sometimes replay the memory.

Hmmm. Trying to explain this is making me sound like a very crazy, weird person. But no, I don't believe in ghosts in the dead-people-walking sense.


Yup. I'm weird and nutters.
bookswede
Aug. 14th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Then, despite our differing opinions on the ghost part, we're pretty similar!
foolonthehill
Aug. 16th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
I see this one all the time at the bookstore but never actually pick it up! Ghost stories don't need to be true to be fun ;D I AM going to have to get this one knowing that at least someone out there liked it ;D
inbedwithbooks.blogspot.com
Aug. 18th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Now I'm headed over to the Amazon page, wondering about accuracy when talking about unproven and unexplained phenomenon. I still might rec this to my ex-roomie who likes ghost shows.
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