But perhaps you wonder why I started this blog with this subject. I've always loved history and stories and I've always been fascinated by the unknown, things that despite all of our scientific knowledge, remain unexplained. When I was young, I thought about life after death a lot. I spent many a Saturday afternoon at the library reading books on the subject. Other kids were entranced with Superman and other super heroes of the day or werewolves and vampires, anything that was scary enough to keep them awake at night listening to the house creaking, but I remained focused on non-scary ghosts and spirits.
I found that a lot of people claim to have witnessed a ghost or seen ghostly activity first-hand, but I had never seen anything myself despite my family having lived in some downright spooky places. There seemed to be so many differing opinions and no true bottom-line scientific explanation, but if it isn't true, how have all these different people in different time periods and at different locations experienced basically the same thing? I still had not decided whether I believed or didn't believe when in my early teen years, girls and sports became the focus of my thoughts and then adult life came along and the spirit world died off while I got married, raised a family and had a career.
The years whizzed by and I'm now retired from my 9 - 5 career. I've experienced and recovered from several of my own health incidents which led to looking the Grim Reaper in the eye and, like everyone else who is lucky enough to live long enough to qualify for senior discounts, I've experienced profound sadness with the deaths of friends, family and personal heroes. My interest in life after death and things unexplained have returned. Do I now believe in ghosts? Well, a world with them in it is certainly more interesting, so sure, why not?
For years I've saved the "ghost" and "strange" stories and tales I've found or heard. I have several file cabinet drawers full of them. Most of these stories are based on oral legend, rumor, hearsay and foggy memory. I'm sure some, if not most, contain a certain amount of embellishment which has been added over the years of telling and retelling and I make no claim for the authenticity of any of them. All I'm claiming is they were interesting to me and hopefully, will be to you.
With a little time on my hands now, a camera and a good pickup truck, I've decided to travel to the places of those stories and do what I can to re-tell and pass them down. I have no scientific insight into the spirit world,but I do know there are few absolute truths in life and our time to find them is fleeting. I think we humans need to keep seeking those truths. The fun is in the journey itself. Sometimes we find what we wanted to find; sometimes we find what we didn't even know we were looking for. It's all good.
Until we meet somewhere along the road, good fright and pleasant screams.
DISCLAIMER - This is a personal blog, created and written by an individual person who enjoys hearing and telling stories. It is not and should not be considered a "national news organization" with resources to fact check every statement. Many stories on this site are of the "ghost story" and/or paranormal variety and, like fictional scary stories told around a campfire late at night, should be considered for entertainment purposes only. All stories posted here are subject to literary license for readability and continuity and should be considered for entertainment purposes only. No guarantee of factual accuracy exists for this blog.