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5 great guide to the ghosts of 4 very haunted cities

Updated on July 16, 2014

I love ghosts!

I love ghosts and ghost stories! I am a paranormal investigator and I wrote one of the books on this list. I am including it because I wouldn't have written it and History Press wouldn't have published it if it weren't both informative and entertaining. And I believe that you will find all the books here to be both of those things.

Ghost stories, whether you are a true believer or not, are a great way to learn about the history and culture of a city and these books cover 4 fantastically haunted cities: New Orleans, Charleston, Savannah and my hometown of Marietta, GA!

It's not that the South is more haunted than the North, necessarily, but maybe we embrace our paranormal history a bit more! At any rate, I would love to see your lists of books about Northern ghosts as well.

I took the photo here at the Unitarian Universalist Church Cemetery in Charleston.SC.

Haunted New Orleans

This is one of two books on this list by my favorite writer these days about the paranormal, James Caskey. I like Caskey's books because he is meticulous in his research and still manages to be interesting and fun to read.

The Haunted History of New Orleans: Ghosts of the French Quarter
The Haunted History of New Orleans: Ghosts of the French Quarter

In which James gets more than he expected among the ghosts of New Orleans. It's not easy to surprise a native of Savannah with the paranormal but New Orleans is the city to do it!\


Charleston Ghosts

Charleston is one of my two favorite cities. Savannah is the other. I love history and both cities have a lot. They also have a lot of ghosts.

Here are two books about Charleston's paranormal history. The first is the classic on the subject, written by a distant relative of mine. The other is a newer guide.

Charleston Ghosts
Charleston Ghosts

This is the classic. It is generally considered to be the best collection of Charleston ghost tales ever written.

1: Haunted Charleston (Haunted America)
1: Haunted Charleston (Haunted America)

I like books that are written by people who actually live in and love the cities they are writing about. That is the case with this book.


Savannah Ghosts

This is another one by James Caskey. He is a Savannah native and a tour guide and owner of Candlelight Tours.

Haunted Savannah: America's Most Spectral City
Haunted Savannah: America's Most Spectral City

Caskey is a dedicated researcher and it is fascinating to hear the tales and the sometimes even more surprising truth behind the legends.


Haunted Marietta

Marietta is not as well known as Savannah, Charleston, and New Orleans, but it is as haunted. In fact, after I finished this book, I told my husband I could not look anywhere in town without thinking of a ghost story about it. That's not much of an exaggeration.

Marietta is a small town in metro Atlanta which was a center of Civil War activity and which still contains a great deal of history and spirits.

Haunted Marietta (Haunted America)
Haunted Marietta (Haunted America)

Tales ranging from Civil War ghosts to one very personal story.


Believe it or not

Remember, whether you believe in ghosts or not, the ghost stories of an area tell you a lot about their history and their culture. So pick up one of these books today and get ready to be thrilled and chilled as well as informed and entertained!

What do you think? Do you like to read ghost stories?

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