I know Halloween is over, but lately I’ve been really into ghost stories (and yes, I know that the title pictured above is by no means a recent release). I read Ghosts Among Us: True Stories of Spirit Encounters by Leslie Rule last year, and it’s the kind of book that pops into your head every now and then, because the stories are that good.
Ghosts Among Us is a compilation of several dozen actual ghost stories from across the country, and though the writing wasn’t anything to brag about, the stories themselves were fascinating enough that I will probably hold onto this book for a long time (whereas normally I’m not likely to read a book more than once, and will therefore donate books after I’ve finished reading them).
One story in particular that got the attention of the skeptic in me described a person’s encounter with a spirit in a hospital emergency room, during which the person engaged with a young girl who described what landed her in the ER, only to later find out that the girl’s time of death was actually recorded before this person was even brought in.
Obviously there will always be people who will simply never believe in ghosts/ spirits, and I myself have always had a hard time forming an opinion on the subject, but this book will definitely make you think.
This is the synopsis:
Do you believe in ghosts? Whether you are a believer or a skeptic, the stories of the supernatural in Ghosts Among Us: True Stories of Spirit Encounters will keep you riveted.
Macabre and fascinating, Ghosts Among Us offers true-life, haunting accounts of eerie visitations and paranormal experiences along with artistically shot black-and-white photographs of haunted sites. The personal, firsthand reports and chilling, full-length stories are bolstered by sidebars of actual accounts of “Ghosts in the News.” Each chapter explores mysterious events-events that the reader will find hard to pass off as mere coincidence.
I had to give this book a 3-star rating on Goodreads, because I couldn’t justify the author’s unimpressive writing (sorry, Leslie Rule!), but the stories themselves make the book worthwhile, and for that reason, I purchased this author’s other book, Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings Across America (which actually came out first, but I hadn’t heard of it prior to reading Ghosts Among Us).
Stay tuned for that review!