Ghost Books (*14 years and over)

This is another mega post of several books which are all similar, so I’ve decided to do them all together, for the same reasons as before; doing each of them individually would be boring as I’d be repeating myself.

This post is about books of real life ghost stories and hauntings, mostly from the UK. They are great to read whether you believe in ghosts or not, because they give a good insight into social history, beliefs, and folk law/myths. I have quite a few books of ghost stories, but I’m just going to tell you about 4 of them as the others concentrate just on specific areas of the UK.

And yes, I do believe in ghosts. But before you laugh, I agree that many ghost stories should be taken with a pinch of salt, because blind faith in something without the ability to question it does nothing to advance the human race and better understand things we are still to learn.

If you’re from the UK, and you want to know of any ghost stories in your area, a publisher called Amberley has a Paranormal series of books full of ghost stories from different areas of the country. You can find their website at www.amberleybooks.com

Age Range: I suggest from about 14 up for all these books, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first. This is because even though you have all read books like Harry Potter with ghosts in them, the ghost stories in these books are considered very real by the people who have written them, making them books which some parents might not want their children to read. Just remember that it is up to you to decide for yourself if you believe them or not.

 

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Title: The Element Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Hauntings.

Author: Theresa Cheung.

Year of Publication: 2006 (UK).

Publisher: Harper Element.

Website: www.theresacheung.co.uk

Format: Available in paperback, and as an ebook.

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £12.99 (UK).

*If you’re only going to get one of these books, get this one. It is the best one, as it contains lots of background information as well as actual ghost stories.

 

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Title: Paranormal Forest of Dean: True Ghost Stories.

Author: Ross Andrews.

Year of Publication: 2010 (UK).

Publisher: Amberley (UK)

Format: Available in paperback, and as an ebook.

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £12.99 (UK).

*JK Rowling grew up in the Forest of Dean, so who knows, maybe she grew up having heard some of these stories and used them for inspiration for some of the Hogwarts ghost.

For all of you Doctor Who fans out there, I will briefly tell you about one of the stories in this book. Three Doctor Who episodes have been filmed here (“The Christmas Invasion”, “The Satan Pit”, and “Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone”), and on one occasion when the crew was trying to find a shorter way to lay all of their wires and cables to the part of the caves the wanted to film in a miner (the caves used to be mines) came up to them and pointed out the best way. Later on when they tried to find him again to say thanks, it turned out that they had been alone down there all along. This wasn’t the only time something like this has happened; there are several reports of a phantom miner helping people find their way when they have become lost.

 

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Title: Haunted Holidays.

Author: Anne Bradford and David Taylor.

Year of Publication: 2002 (UK).

Publisher: Hunt End Books (UK)

Format: Available in paperback only.

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £5.95 (UK).

*Great if you want to stay somewhere haunted, as it tells you hotels etc. which are supposed to be haunted.

 

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Title: Encyclopedia of Ghosts.

Author: Daniel Cohen.

Year of Publication: 1999 (UK).

Publisher: Brockhampton Press (UK)

Format: Available in paperback only.

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £9.99 (UK).

*This was the first book of ghost stories I got from my parents when I was about 14 or 15, and there was one story in particular about a ghost is chains that scared the hell out of me.

 

“When I look out at the people and they look at me and they’re smiling, then I know that I’m loved. That is the time when I have no worries, no problems.” Etta James.

Thestral.

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