Dawn Colclasure's Blog

Author and poet Dawn Colclasure

Friday, March 27, 2009

Welcome to Ghost Town, USA!

You hear all about "ghost towns." You know them: Deserted cities with nary a soul in sight. But there are different kinds of "ghost towns" out there that aren't so deserted. Real cities, real towns -- and real ghosts.

While doing research for the haunted houses book, I came across a site about a real "ghost town" where several residents shared stories of ghostly sightings and hauntings. I was surprised by the idea that a whole city could be haunted, often with several ghosts. (It's rumored that the Bell Witch haunts the whole town of Adams, Tennessee to this very day.) Curious, I dug deeper, and soon learned there were actually several cities in various parts of the country that earned the title of being a "ghost town," simply because the whole city was haunted!

I continued my research into this. More stories surfaced. But what I was looking for was something a little more concrete than just urban legends and rumors. I wanted something with solid evidence that hauntings are indeed taking place in these cities.

And after some thought, I got an idea on just how to go about in getting that evidence. And if ANYONE would have good, hard evidence of a haunting, it would be the paranormal investigators who look into them.

The professional paranormal investigators who investigate a haunted location aren't going to fake feeling dizzy or plant something to prove a haunting. These people take what they do very seriously and are willing to go the extra mile to get to the bottom of whether or not there is indeed paranormal activity taking place. They won't fudge their reports or buy into any hype. They'll give honest and thorough information about what they find at an investigation. And the tools they use to gather this evidence -- EVP, digital photos, motion detectors and heat sensors, etc. -- are all recognized as legitimate equipment for the purposes of research and investigation.

For this reason, I knew that if I wanted to get stories straight from the horse's mouth about these haunted cities, and the ghosts haunting them, the investigators are the people to turn to. I have been interviewing many investigators who have gathered evidence (including photos) that locations in haunted cities are indeed haunted and contain ongoing paranormal activity. I have come across many of their reports and gathered information about their cases, as well as researching many claims, all in an attempt to prove that these real ghost towns are actual "ghost" towns inhabited by spectral residents.

My current WIP will show readers the many cases of hauntings in real haunted cities and offer personal eyewitness accounts of these hauntings from investigators who have seen the real thing with their own eyes. Through research, reports and interviews with no-nonsense, straight-talking investigators, this new book will serve as the last word on whether or not a town is haunted, and the truth behind the ghosts haunting them!

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  • At 7:51 PM , Blogger colbymarshall said...

    Have you ever read Second Glance by Jodi Picoult? It's fictional, but the MC in the story is one of these said paranormal investigators. Cool read if you're interested.

  • At 11:10 PM , Blogger Dawn Wilson said...

    I actually just read a review of it and now I want to run out and find a copy! Thanks for the reco. :)


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