Historical Ghostlore

Spectral Edition - BBB site front pageSpectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1917 features real newspaper articles about haunted houses and graveyards, haunted roads and rivers, even haunted people. Between the U.S. Civil War and the nation’s entry into World War I, journalists treated such hauntings with the same seriousness as any newsworthy event. Spectral Edition offers full transcriptions of 150 ghost reports — the scariest, strangest, and funniest discovered by Tim Prasil. Click here for sample articles and further details.

Thumbnail websiteThe Victorian Ghost Hunter’s Casebook features fourteen paranormal investigations as chronicled by writers of the Victorian era (1837-1901). Among the investigators are Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle. Read about a room that drains people of their energy, a house visited by gnome-like spirits, an Irish poltergeist, a case handled by the Society for Psychical Research, and more. Along with enlightening details on each case, Tim Prasil provides a well-researched Introduction about how the Victorians revitalized serious interest in ghosts and about the history of ghost hunting that came before Victoria’s reign. Click here for further information.

CND buttonParanormal investigators of the Victorian era (1837-1901) certainly refined and advanced ghost hunting. But they didn’t invent it. Night-long stakeouts, investigation teams, struggles with skeptics — even the term “ghost hunter” — all appeared before the Victorians. In Certain Nocturnal Disturbances, Tim Prasil narrates famous and forgotten cases from the deep roots of ghost hunting. He shares insights into spectral manifestations of centuries ago while making surprising connections to paranormal investigation today. Click here for more information.

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