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Beyond The Grave
Cemetery Ghost Stories
It is widely believed that hauntings occur and ghosts linger in places where a traumatic event has taken place or unfiinshed business exists. History is filled with stories of some horrible event taking place leaving a lingering spirit behind or houses that have become haunted after a murder.
Cemeteries, as a final resting place for the deceased, are therefore not usually thought of as the best places to find ghosts. Ghost enthusiasts claim that ghosts can indeed be found at cemeteries as these are ghosts of a different sort. Cemetery ghosts seem to be connected to the cemetery in some way that excludes events that occurred during their lifetime.
If you do a search on haunted graves or cemeteries, hundreds of results can be found as well as many excellent books. This page highlights a couple of those books for some excellent night time reading, especially around Halloween time.
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Beyond The Grave
Haunted Cemeteries In America
Troy Taylor's book, Beyond the Grave goes into many historical details about various cemeteries throughout the United States. The book also illustrates some interesting coincidences and similarities among graveyards that are haunted.
Graveyard spirits seem to be connected to the burial ground because of events that occurred after their deaths, rather than before or the ghosts seem to be searching for eternal rest but cannot find it at the location where their bodies lie. Many cemeteries become haunted after the desecration of the dead and grave robbery takes place.
Some of the most haunted cemeteries highlighted in the book include:
* El Campo Santo Cemetery - San Diego, California
* Bachelor's Grove Cemetery - Near Chicago (photo: The white lady of Bachelor Grove)
* The Lost Village of Bara-Hack
* Western Burial Ground - Baltimore
* Christ Church Cemetery - St. Simon's Island, Georgia
* St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 - New Orleans
* Silver Cliff Cemetery - Colorado
* Greenwood Cemetery - Decatur, Illinois
* Stepp Cemetery - Indiana
photo and more information on this excellent book can be found here
Secluded Bachelors Grove cemetery is believed to be the most haunted place in America and has had more than 160 cases of documented paranormal occurrences
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A must read for those interested in hauntings and ghosts. No region of America seems to be spared when it comes to haunted graveyards and Troy Taylor's book, Beyond the Grave, collects captivating cemetery ghost stories and lots of history from all over the country.
Creepy Crypts, Spine Tingling Spirits and Midnight Mayhem
Author Tom Ogden, a celebrated magician, has a series of 'haunted' books including - Haunted Hotels: Eerie Inns, Ghoulish Guests, and Creepy Caretakers, Haunted Highways: Spooky Stories, Strange Happenings, and Supernatural Sightings, Haunted Hollywood: Tinseltown Terrors, Filmdom Phantoms, and Movieland Mayhem and his latest, Haunted Cemeteries: Creepy Crypts, Spine Tingling Spirits and Midnight Mayhem.
Haunted Cemeteries is a well written spine tingling adventure which exhumes more than two dozen stories of some of the most actively haunted graveyards from around the world, including the sordid account of a Florida grave robber, accusations of witchcraft and voodoo, and reports of a vampire or two.
Hollywood Memorial Park cemetery is said to be haunted by Fatty Arbuckle, Valentino and other movie stars, some of whom have been seen disappearing into the adjacent Paramount lot.
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Stories, Stones And Supertitions In New England
New England's cities, towns and cemeteries have stories to tell. Explore some of the most fascinating haunted cemeteries and burial grounds of New England - from the woods of Connecticut, the farm fields of Western Massachusetts, the mountains of New Hampshire and the shores of Maine - with Roxie J. Zwicker's book Haunted Cemeteries of New England: Stories, Stones, & Superstitions. This book is an excellent historical account that unearths some unusual superstitions, epitaphs and burial customs of old New England. It also explores symbolism and stories behind some of New England's oldest gravestones.
Roxie J. Zwicker has also written Haunted Portsmouth, Haunted Pubs of New England, and Haunted Portland. For more information on Roxie's books and her speaking engagements as well as an array of unique and gorgeous photography like the photo seen here, click here.
The Western Burial Ground in Baltimore where Edgar Allen Poe rests is said to have ghosts and full body apparitions, some even say they have seen the poet himself.
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At one of the most haunted cemeteries, the Lafayette cemetery in New Orleans, ghosts have been seen flitting in and around the above-ground graves.