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Beyond The Grave

Updated on March 8, 2013

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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Beyond the Grave: The History of America's Most Haunted Graveyards
Beyond the Grave: The History of America's Most Haunted Graveyards

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.

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.

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      yayas 6 years ago

      I've lived near the mausoleums in New Orleans an' even without seeing the ghosts, there's an air of spookiness. I cannot imagine what it must be like to those who have seen evidence of haunted cemeteries. Brrrrrrr!

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      JFB91 7 years ago

      Interesting! Lots of intriguing stories.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      One of our friends does an annual Halloween event at Hollywood Memorial Park. I'm not sure if the ghosts are real, but the place is rich with Hollywood history. Happy Halloween!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      How fascinating, I need to read these books now. Congrats on being one of the Top 40 finalists in the SquidBoo Contest. Well deserved! Cleopatra and I are wishing you luck for one of those trophies.

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      Amy Fricano 7 years ago from WNY

      OK, You got me. No more cemeteries at night for me! Congrats.

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      Pretty spooky stuff! I voted for you - good luck!

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Congrats on making the Top Forty. This is a great lens. Wonderfully spooky things are happening in America!

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      Very creepy stories. Congrats on making it to the top 40 and good luck! I have one in the top 40, too. Very exciting!

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      karen vance loudermilk 7 years ago from charleston wv

      I enjoyed this and am voting for you to sin the squidboo challenge

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      Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

      Oh I can appreciate this page. I grew up in an area that has a haunted cemetary. Great information here.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Neat reading suggestions. Thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have heard story from many people who said that they have experienced a few Haunted Graveyard and even some area near one! Plus I have even heard stories haunted Civil War Battlegrounds!! Where people have heard troops or voices in those areas, that's kinda freaky, yes?!?

      Anyway, thanks for your Squidoo Lens here!!

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      Great Job on this lens!! Leaving you with a SquidBOO Angel Blessing and to let you know I will be featuring your lens on: Spooky Angel Blessings Happy Halloween!!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Quite useful information. I've lensrolled it to Take a Florida Ghost Tour.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      There is a story of a cemetery in Kingston, Ontario. Or at least it was a cemetery. At some point the city of Kingston decided it shouldn't be. If you were rich you could movie your relatives, if not they stayed put. Anyway it was turned into a park. People in houses around this park tell all kinds of stories. A couple walking late one night, came across some fog and walked through it, when they came out the other end, they saw a cemetery, gravestones and all, no park. They went back through the fog and once again saw the park.

      A young man invited to his friend's house for the first had directions that explained the house was beside the park. The young man could only find a cemetery and thinking this is what they meant by a park made his way through the tombstone to his friends house. On leaving he mentioned the cemetery, and his friends said "What cemetery?" And so it goes.