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50 Real American Ghost Stories [Kindle Edition]

MJ Wayland
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Book Description

Bestselling author and ghost historian MJ Wayland explores America's haunted heritage. As well as visiting some of the most famous ghost cases of the time, the author also uncovers ghost stories that have never seen print in over a hundred and fifty years!


From the downright chilling, to scary and the weird, this collection of REAL ghost stories is ideal for a Halloween thrill or an insight into a unique haunted history.


The real life ghost cases include:

Faces in the Windows

The Haunted Bedstead

The Ghost Clock of Boston

Poor Bessie Brown

The Jonah

Three Stories of Hauntings

Good News for Ghosts

Des Moines's Plague of Ghosts

Shooting a Ghost

A Live Spook

The Return of Dr. Jewel

Forbes Manor

Ghosts in the Capitol

Jonelle Lambkin Rings the Bell

Mrs. Warfield’s Haunted House

Mumler's Spirit Photography

Scared to Death by a Ghost

The Bones of Timothy Felt

A Ghost Hunt of Louisville

The Ghost of Henry Smith

Giant Ghost of Benton

A Real life Daphne and Velma – Sixty Years Before!

The Haunted Chamber

Investigation of a haunted church

The Haunting of Clara Robertson

Hoffman Family Poltergeist

Indiana Ghost Frenzy

The Tipton Ghost

An Indianapolis Haunted House

Piano-Maker’s Ghost

The Restless Spirit of Flatbush

Return of the Union Officer

In Search of a Spectral Calf

Unseen Terror of Dubuque

The White Mountain Ghost of Lizzie Bourne

A Séance Too Far

Benjamin Stiver’s Ghost Attack!

The Big Joke

Death by Ghost

A Civil War Ghost Story

AND MORE!


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About the Author

MJ Wayland is a writer, researcher and historian specialising in ghosts, supernatural belief and fringe history. His research has appeared in dozens of publications and he has consulted and appeared in over one hundred television programmes and documentaries. During the last ten years he has lectured internationally as well as appearing at The Sunday Times Literature Festival (along side Professor Bruce Hood) and various festivals and universities across the UK. MJ Wayland’s interest in the paranormal, especially ghosts, began at an early age after experiencing a number of unusual incidents that his peers could not explain. In his early teens he joined various research societies and began to study the multiple facets to the paranormal with a scientific and historical viewpoint. His research has taken him from dark haunted castles of Britain to the haunted graveyards of New Orleans, investigating his primary love of ghosts to sightings of black panthers. Since the mid-1990s, MJ Wayland has provided consultancy for TV, film and theatre as well as appearing in local, national, international newspapers, radio and TV. He is the author of eight best-selling books, “50 Real Ghost Stories” holding the Amazon top 10 bestselling Paranormal book for the second consecutive Halloween in 2013. More recently he provided consultancy for the forthcoming Hammer film “The Quiet Ones” due April 2014.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1170 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hob Hills Books (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FRYG0WG
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,203 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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MJ Wayland is a writer, researcher and historian specialising in ghosts, supernatural belief and fringe history. His research has appeared in dozens of publications and he has consulted and appeared in over one hundred television programmes and documentaries. During the last ten years he has lectured internationally as well as appearing at The Sunday Times Literature Festival (along side Professor Bruce Hood) and various festivals and universities across the UK.

MJ Wayland's interest in the paranormal, especially ghosts, began at an early age after experiencing a number of unusual incidents that his peers could not explain. In his early teens he joined various research societies and began to study the multiple facets to the paranormal with a scientific and historical viewpoint. His research has taken him from dark haunted castles of Britain to the haunted graveyards of New Orleans, investigating his primary love of ghosts to sightings of black panthers.

Since the mid-1990s, MJ Wayland has provided consultancy for TV, film and theatre as well as appearing in local, national, international newspapers, radio and TV. He is the author of eight best-selling books, "50 Real Ghost Stories" holding the Amazon top 10 best-selling Paranormal book for the second consecutive Halloween in 2013.

More recently he provided consultancy for the Hammer film "The Quiet Ones" and an undisclosed Universal Pictures movie due in 2015.

His website can be found at www.mjwayland.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, highly enjoyable! 17 Nov. 2013
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I really enjoyed this simple short book. The cases, culled from 19th century newspaper accounts from the USA have been selected carefully by the author for their interest, and everyone is fascinating. Of course this was a period when spoof journalism and lying contests are said to have led to much questionable material appearing in newspapers, but not being a social historian of the US I can't say how true that is. What I can say is that as someone well versed in apparitional cases of the period in the UK, I only wish the Census of Hallucinations material was half as entertaining as these absolute gems from across the pond.

Whether you are an expert on psychical research, or just enjoy a fine yarn, this has some absolute crackers in it. So many books of regional spook stories become a bit samey, because let's face it most ghost stories are at the end of the day very similar. These aren't, and the skill here is not just in the exhaustive research that must have gone in to the book, but in the perfect selection of stories to scare, enthral and entertain. Some of these are just plain weird -- and all the better for it!

If you like a spooky tale, buy this book. A bit short, but more fun than most ghost books I've read (or written) since i was a teen. Sheer indulgent fun, and may thrown up some interesting ideas for future research too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts 19 July 2014
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I have enjoyed this book because it tells you the story without smothering the story with irrelevant info just so it fills more chapter's.
The story s are concise and individual and each has its own grade I would recommend this book it does keep you interested and wanting to know more on what the book has to offer.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I know that scary is such a common word for horror stories but these really are SCARY! 14 Oct. 2013
By Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is awfully hard to put down. Who does not like good ghost stories? Love the fact that these stories are real too! Makes for an enjoyable read and makes for some great spooky Halloween stories!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 12 Dec. 2013
By ME - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
OMG! This book was scary, and different. I’ve read so many ghost stories, and I love how this book was original with content. I was also surprised to read so many hauntings that I haven’t heard or read about before. I am itching for more ghost stories now!
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3.0 out of 5 stars short stories.... 8 Mar. 2014
By Leo Tolstoy "B" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
For starters I want to point out that I am a huge fan of well written, suspenseful tales of ghostly hauntings but these stories were not captivating for me at all. If you like short stories that leave you wondering and you like to read about 'ghostly' legends and folk tales this might be your cup of tea, but the only 'truth' is that most of these tales are no more than people's suspicions proven in the end to be a hoax or a fraud for which the perpetrators were unmasked, some even successfully prosecuted. I wouldn't recommend unless you are fan of short stories about what people thought might be 'ghostly' because they didn't use their reasoning abilities or investigate. A "chewing gum for the eyes" read that I personally found laborious.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost stories books 29 Dec. 2013
By Madelyn Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for a grandson for Christmas. He was very pleased with this book. He likes reading about ghost stories. If he is happy with it than I am happy with it, because he is very picky about what he reads.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stories 11 Feb. 2014
By bear4496 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am currently reading this book and find the stories interesting! They are very short but some are really good and make you wonder! I am a buff of ghost stories and I've enjoyed all these so far! If you like short stories and lots of them this will work for you!
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