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Queer Hauntings: True Tales of Gay & Lesbian Ghosts [Paperback]

Ken Summers
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1 Sep 2009
Queer Paranormal: True Tales of Gay and Lesbian Ghosts & Hauntings is an exclusive collection of eerie locales worldwide with a queer bent. This guidebook combines historical fact and unearthly encounters from across the United States, as well as around the globe. Behind the shadows and doors of societal homophobia hide find pink phantoms and lavender apparitions in cities and towns spread across the globe. From haunted bars in New Orleans to an old theater in London, this guide encompasses the other side of the supernatural. The stories range from the serious, from brutal murders in rural Georgia, to the light-hearted, including the male spirit who enjoys unzipping men's trousers at a British pub. Ghosts of legendary celebrities intermingle with ordinary individuals. Along with these queer spirits are many businesses, either gay-owned or catering to a gay/lesbian clientele, experiencing hauntings. Countless bed and breakfasts have otherworldly guests staying the night. Clubs and bars hide more than shy young lovers in their darkened corners. The dead ignore rainbow flags and techno beats. Their desire to be seen and heard outweighs their fear of the differences in their surroundings.

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Lethe Press (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590212398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590212394
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 21.3 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,666,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Summers began avidly reading paranormal books at 10 years of age. Though he researched his first local ghost story at 13 his first official investigation was conducted alone at midnight on 31 October 1995. Over the next few years, he traveled to well-known haunted locations around Ohio to explore the unknown. Oral history led his travels back home where he researched and investigated dozens of locations within Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Summers founded his own paranormal website "The Moonspenders" in 1999.

After living for a brief time in Shreveport, Louisiana he returned to northeast Ohio to write 'Haunted Cuyahoga: Spirits of the Valley'. He has since conducted lectures on hauntings, been featured in print media and on local television, assisted in historical research projects, and worked in conjunction with many other paranormal investigators. In his spare time Summers dabbles in photography, explores interesting places, and seeks out interesting ghost stories. He currently resides in San Diego, California.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Queer Hauntings 22 Oct 2012
By Molly B
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I recommend this book if you would like to use it as a tour guide or wanting to look at haunted houses in different places around the world.

The stories were interesting and it was a fun quick read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something New and Unique! 16 Sep 2009
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I've been a "fan" of Ken's for quite awhile, having discovered his blog by accident. I've thoroughly enjoyed his work there and was thrilled to learn he was penning a new book on GLBT ghosts!

Somehow in the field of paranormal research people tend to forget about sexuality. Whether it is because of the incipient religiosity of many investigators who are uncomfortable with the subject or simple ignorance of how much our sexuality affects our lives and even our deaths, it's refreshing to see the topic covered in Ken's book.

This book is a wonderful collection of ghost stories and folklore that connect to the GLBT community is various ways. However, unlike many strict folklorists, Ken goes out of his way to bring us stories that can be verified as historically accurate. This takes his work from the realm of regurgitating urban (or suburban) legends to being an interesting exploration of where history and folklore intertwine.

The book is a great read and Ken's personality and attention to detail shine through. I'm pleased to have this work in hand finally and pleased to recommend it heartily to all who are interested in the paranormal and in particular this oft neglected corner of the paranormal world.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gays & Lesbians DO Go "Bump" In The Night 29 Sep 2009
By Steven Stoltz - Published on Amazon.com
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Ken Summers brings to the world his sophomore effort in "Queer Hauntings: True Tales Of Gay & Lesbian Ghosts", and with this 195 pages, one finds tales beyond common myths and stereotypes - taking the reader into another realm where few have traveled.

The tales of Gay & Lesbian hauntings as well as Gay/Lesbian Businesses' paranormal activity is explored in detailed stories of the likes of Lizzie Borden of Massachusetts, New Jersey's Original Gay Bar in Minehill, NJ, The spirit of Long beach, California and more! This collection of angered, lost or mischievous ghosts covers tales of all regions in the United States, as well as other countries including Canada, Slovakia, Africa, and the Phillippines.

Though paranormal investigation is nothing new, the search for gay & lesbian souls has been neglected and thrown into the mainstream label of ghost hunting until now. Ken Summers has given these spirits a voice and brought the tales of those whom haunt us around the globe.

Every story is a flashback through the eyes of the ghost, giving the reader insight to the aspects of their lives, both in our reality, and in the reality we call the "afterlife". As you read each fascinating tale, you find yourself experiencing the event and truly understand more about these humans who refuse to be forgotten.

I can guarantee that once you pick up this book and begin reading - from The Borden House to Slovakia's Bloodiest Countess.. You will find that there's much more to life after death than heaven and hell. And Ken Summers will deliver to you a new understanding and admiration for the unexplainable things in life known as Queer Hauntings.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy to read 7 Jan 2011
By Wayne M. Malin - Published on Amazon.com
Book that looks at ghostly places that have a gay person (or persons) haunting it. It goes all over the US and other countries and offers short quick little descriptions of the history of the place and the hauntings of it. It's VERY quick and easy to read...but a little unsatisfying. Frankly I didn't find any of the stories particularly spooky or scary. They were interesting but none even gave me a little shudder. Also (in a few cases) the author is GUESSING that some of the people who lived in the place MIGHT have been gay. I though he was pushing it a little when he suggested Lizzie Borden had a lesbian lover. Also one in California (A Grand Illusion Who Haunts the "Houdini Mansion") gives zero evidence that ANYBODY involved was gay! The author is just guessing. Still I'm glad we have a book like this. For gay readers like me it is fun to read about lesbian and gay ghosts and some of the stories are shocking (but not scary). If you're in for a quick easy read about gay ghosts this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly, absolutely fascinating reading 20 Nov 2010
By Erin Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Utterly, absolutely fascinating reading; a must-have for paranormal enthusiasts and lovers of ghostly lore, regardless of sexual orientation.

Although they are collected from far-flung places including England, Ireland, Wales, and the African island of Zanzibar (which boasts a terrifying, vampire-like incubus who victimizes sleeping men), the majority of these tales are from the United States. Some of the ghosts in question are famous: Liberace, Valentino, James Whale, Harvey Milk, Lizzie Borden. (Who even knew that Lizzie Borden was a lesbian?) Others were ordinary people who only wanted to go about their lives before something tragic happened, like the victims of the 1973 Upstairs Lounge fire in the New Orleans French Quarter.

The lives of the people who populate this volume are as like to send chills (chills of sympathy and horror over the tragedies, the lives lost, the interrupted and misunderstood loves) down your spine as the hauntings themselves. Ken Summers is an engaging storyteller, though some of the tales are rather more abrupt than I would have liked.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queer Eye for the Dead Guy 3 Oct 2010
By Chris Woodyard - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a terrific book! The author did an excellent job of research and I thought it had just the right combination of factual history, juicy gossip and scandal. I read it in one sitting and I would have been happy for it to be twice as long. Perhaps a sequel? The reader will find stories of the dead and famous, sad ghosts, playful spirits, and the phantoms of tragic episodes in gay history. There's a great bibliography too and readers will appreciate the addresses for places they can actually visit. I especially liked the stories about Preston, the ghost in the wedding dress, the plaintive ghost of Clifton Webb who said (through a medium) that he lingered because "I'm afraid I will be forgotten", and the Ladies of Llangollen. The tale of Villa Montezuma and the "psychic pianist" Jesse Shepard was fascinating! I thought I knew all the major players in Spiritualism, but he was new to me. The author is to be congratulated for outing a number of unique ghost stories.
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