On the Book Shelf

December 15, 2013 on 3:50 pm | In Article | 2 Comments

7124437We all love a good ghost story and I usually reach for the non-fiction or true tales of haunting.  The Sweetwater County Library shelves are filled with such legends.  We try to fill all areas of the paranormal with books, videos, and other media.


Ghosts of Wyoming by Alyson Hagy

In Ghosts of Wyoming, Alyson Hagy explores the hardscrabble lives and terrain of America’s least-populous state.  Beyond the tourist destinations of Jackson Hole and Yellowstone lies a less familiar and wilder frontier defined by the tension wrought by abundance and scarcity.

A young runaway with a big secret slips across the state border and steals a collie pup from the Meeker County fairgrounds.  A chorus of trainmen detail a day spent laying rail across the Wyoming Territory, while contemporary voices describe life in the oil and gas fields near Gillette.  A traveling preacher is caught up in a deadly skirmish between cattle rustlers and ranchers on his way from Rawlins to the Indian reservation on the Popo Agie River. Locals and activists clash when a tourist makes an archaeological discovery near Hoodoo Mountain.

Alyson Hagy was raised on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  She is the author of three previous collections of short fiction and two novels, Keeneland and Snow, Ashes.  She lives and teaches in Laramie, Wyoming.

469732Coast to Coast: True Stories of Hauntings Across America by Leslie Rule

Who can resist a good ghost story…the kind that gives you goose bumps, makes your hair stand on end, and leaves you terrified of the dark?  Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings Across America is filled with black-and-white photographs and real-life spine-tinglers that take you on a nationwide journey to places where the dead refuse to rest, from Seattle to San Diego and from New Orleans to Key West.  By Interviewing credible witnesses, historians, and renowned parapsychologists, as well as researching forgotten library archives, author Leslie Rule has validated sighting after sighting.  This is a book that you won’t soon forget. ..no mater how hard you might try.

Leslie Rule, a professional photographer, is the author of Whispers from the Grave and Kill Me Again.  She is the daughter of best-selling true-crime author Ann Rule.  Her lifelong fascination with the paranormal began in a haunted house built on an Indian burial ground overlooking Puget Sound where she grew up.  She currently lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington.



1254738Ghostly Encounters: True Stories of America’s Haunted Inns and Hotels by Frances Kermeen

There’s nothing like an old-fashioned bed-and-breakfast or inn for beautiful antique décor, delicious hearty meals, the luxury of times past.  But the guest houses featured in this unique guide offer much more?  Phantom servants watching from the upper floors, eerie footsteps echoing in hallways, and ghostly voices calling from the other side.  Now Frances Kermeen, the former owner of “the most haunted house in America,” takes you on a one-of-a-kind tour of America’s most bewitched places to stay.   Feel the chills as you visit:

  • Rooms where women should not stay the night alone-unless they want a romantic encounter with a spectral lover
  • The beautiful Key West inn that’s terrorized by a doll with a ghastly chuckle
  • A certain hall in a coastal California hotel where a female apparition calls enticingly to male guests through a door at night
  • The Utah hotel where poltergeists torment the maids and frighten young schoolchildren.

For these and many others please stop by the Sweetwater County Library or your local library.


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