My Spectral Edition project has lived more than one life. This project involves my collection of actual reports about ghosts from U.S. newspapers, all of them published between Civil War and World War I. Once I had located about 150 of these, I figured I needed a way to share them. That’s when I recorded select articles and they became a short feature on The Big Séance Podcast. Once my collection topped 300, I knew I had a book. I organized the scariest, the funniest, and the most intriguing into chapters on haunted houses, haunted roads, haunted people, and so forth. Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1917 became the very first book published by the Brom Bones Books imprint.
This Halloween, Spectral Edition will take on yet another life. Four of my actor friends and I will be doing dramatic readings of many of these reports. We have two shows lined up: one at our community theater, and one beside the fire in the backroom at the local wine bar. In the latter case, we’re combining spirits with spirits, so we’re calling ourselves the Toast and Ghost Theater.
I created five scripts, formatted for easy reading. And I figured, hey, why not post these scripts online? Maybe others can use them — if not for their own shows — then simply at a gathering of friends. Some of the articles are scary, some are silly, some are just plain odd. Many are family friendly, but two or three might be rated PG-13 for grisliness. Share these spooky stories responsibly! Altogether, there are over 60 reports to pick and choose from and to use however you wish. Download away!
If anyone takes me up on this, I’d love to hear about it below in the comments. If you’re more interested in quietly reading the full set of republished ghost reports, you’ll find details, sample ghost reports, and more by clicking here: Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1917. If you’d rather listen to my golden throat, I put ten of my old podcast features on the Shall I Read You a Story? page and on the Brom Bones Books YouTube channel.