Interesting books that document “true” ghost s…


Over my lifetime I’ve managed to put together a nice
collection of books concerning subjects such as the occult, the supernatural,
mythology, folk-tales, and talks of strange truth. Although it is impossible to
know whether or not these stories are really true, my fascination with these
cases have never stopped. Here are a few books from my collection that I
recommend to anyone who likes a good ghost story, especially if you want to
believe such things are truth.

Ghosts of the Battleship North Carolina by Danny

This book has an interesting story on my end. When visiting
North Carolina, the battleship which shared the state’s namesake was a tourist
destination my family couldn’t pass up. Located now in Wilmington, North
Carolina, USS North Carolina is now a floating museum that details the lives of
the sailors who once served on it as well as the important work it carried out
during World War 2 in the Pacific. The man who wrote this book, Danny
Bradshaw, is a security guard who lives on the boat. He patrols the ship at
night to ensure the safety of not only the museum artifacts on the ship, but
also to prevent accidents any trespassers might encounter in the narrow halls
and bunks. After working and living on the ship for over 20 years, Mr. Bradshaw
wrote this book detailing just a few of the strange and ghostly encounters he
had. After visiting the ship personally, I was able to meet him at a book
signing that same day. I bought a signed copy of the book, and we sat there for
nearly thirty minutes as he detailed even more stories he hadn’t included. Of
course, this was back in 2005, and I can’t really remember the conversation
well, but I remember that he seemed genuine in his recollection of the
incidents. With a thick southern drawl he recounted things that would have
scared the daylights out of me. This book holds an interesting look at how the
violence of the past can scar not only people, but places and things as well.

Hauntings and Horrors: The Ultimate Guide to
Spooky America by Daniel and Susan Cohen

Serving as more of a paranormal road trip guidebook, this
book is divided into sections; the northeast, the south, the Midwest, etc. In
each section a spooky subject is listed, such as the USS Constellation, it’s
real life location, information on why it’s a spooky place, and information on
how to visit and who to contact about going there and investigating for
yourself. Ghost lights, ghost ships, aliens, and even cryptids are talked about
in this book making for a perfect melting pot of weird with spooky stops in
every state. This book was a favorite of mine growing up because it made me
realize that there is weird all around us. You just have to know where to look.

Haunted Gary by Ursula Bielski

This is another book that is close to me personally. As
someone who grew up in what is known locally as “The Region” the places and
incidents mentioned in this book are not only familiar; they are right in my
backyard. The Region, which is made up by Northwest Indiana is what happens
when Chicago culture and attitude mix with the endless boring fields just over
the state line. Gary, Indiana is an important city in the area’s history; home
to the steel mills that fed Chicago, bringing the economic boom to that area of
Indiana, and serving as an important example of what happens when the economy
starts to die as it’s main industry “cools”. An interesting look at Gary in the
past as well as modern day, these stories capture snippets of the city like
photographs, while giving you a little chill down your spine.

True Police Stories of the Strange and
Unexplained by Detective Sergeant Ingrid P. Dean

I don’t know about anyone else, but stories like theses
always spook me more when they are told by two specific kinds of people: police
officers and doctors. These are people who see everything; the best and worst
humanity has to offer in nearly ever situation imaginable. Love them or hate
them, there’s no denying that they have been in more than a few situations that
sound like near insanity to others. So, when these people, worldly and
scientific in their experiences, experience the supernatural and other things
they can’t explain, there’s a part of me that’s inclined to believe them. Not
matter what the possible explanations may be these people often risk ridicule
as well as their careers talking about these experiences. Being investigative
by nature of their work, when even they can’t come up with an explanation it
always leaves me with more than a few chills. This book is entirely made up of
stories from police officers, detailing everything from ghosts to UFOs.

Strange Events Beyond Human Understanding by S.
Robert Tralins

My last recommendation, at least for this post, may the
latest addition to my collection, but it is also the oldest. Published in 1966,
the stories collected and documented by Mr. Tralins have been in my life since
I was 7 years old. I didn’t know it then, but the stories he compiled have
played a lasting and life-long role in how I see the world. This book, like
many others that he wrote, details stories of strange truth. Everything from
deja-vu, twists of fate, ghosts, and psychic abilities. Some of the stories in
this book, and some from his other books, have been used as the basis for some
of the “Fact” stories in the TV series Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction. I’ll
never know what’s really true, what’s exaggerated truth, or what is an outright
lie, but the small slivers of what could be true are all I’ve really needed to
enjoy this one.