True Ghost Stories and Hauntings

Non-Fiction - Spiritual/Supernatural
219 Pages
Reviewed on 10/02/2022
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Reviewed by Anelynde Smit for Readers' Favorite

True Ghost Stories and Hauntings by Barb Shadow is an otherworldly experience. Being the co-founder of the Sullivan Paranormal Society, she has a vast well of knowledge of the subject. This book has hundreds of accounts from eyewitnesses and their brush with the paranormal. We learn about the types of hauntings and suddenly you become very aware of your surroundings. From full body figures to a light touch or a disembodied voice, these stories will have you reaching for the covers. In this book, the paranormal and hauntings are approached from a logical point of view and always followed up by a personal story from Shadow herself. Some of these stories are comforting like when loved ones come back to say goodbye, but then other stories are more sinister in nature. This book takes the little of what we know about the paranormal and puts it out there for the world to see.

True Ghost Stories and Hauntings by Barb Shadow was a very exciting read. I loved how the book didn’t just consist of her experiences but so many other everyday people too. It was insightful and intriguing to read about all these different types of hauntings. To think that even animals can haunt a place sounds farfetched but sure enough, it is possible. That is what makes this book special. Nobody is made out to be crazy, and even the reader will begin to question their own experiences with the potentially paranormal. This book will leave you sleeping with the lights on, not just because some of the stories are actually scary but because it could happen to you. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves things that go bump in the night.

Sarah Stuart

True Ghost Stories and Hauntings is divided into six parts and each of them contains tales from one short paragraph to many more. Barb Shadow claims to have had various contacts with “the other side” - first in a conversation with her grandfather after he passed. Whether or not you believe in the paranormal when you start reading, you may well do so by the end. There is a wide variety of stories, and many would slot into a horror anthology! Even more intriguingly, stories are signed with the names of the people who experienced the recounted paranormal events. Many have even added where they live. The further into True Ghost Stories and Hauntings you read, the more convinced you become of a spooky reality.

I chose to read Barb Shadow’s collection of tales while clinging firmly to my lifelong belief that “true” was one thing the stories couldn’t be. I ended up taking Barb’s advice to sleep with the light on! All readers will find their own favorites, especially if they happen to live in one of the named states – Indiana, Kentucky, and Alaska amongst them. I have two I returned to over and over. “In the Rocking Chair” is shocking because the vision and the language are a startling contrast. The appeal of the second is the Welsh setting of “The Investigation at Craig Y Nos and the mysterious…" Enough! It must remain a mystery until you find it in your own copy of Barb Shadow’s five-star True Ghost Stories and Hauntings.

Pikasho Deka

Ever since she heard the voice of her deceased grandfather as a young girl, Barb Shadow developed a fascination with the unexplained. A co-founder of the Sullivan Paranormal Society in Upstate New York, she puts together a collection of tales sent by people recounting their experiences with the paranormal in True Ghost Stories and Hauntings. Decades ago, a young girl living in a chateau in Orleans, France, used to be visited by a spirit of a woman looking for her missing ring. While on the tour of a Tooele hospital in Utah, a man comes across the shadow of a resident little girl ghost. A nurse manager at a convent in Lemont sees a nun with no face on the infirmary floor. A night security guard at a building in Midland, Texas witnesses something that leads him to quit his job.

Everyone has probably encountered something in their lives that they couldn't explain via the mainstream view of the world. True Ghost Stories and Hauntings is a captivating collection of real-life stories of people finding themselves in extraordinary situations, dealing with inexplicable entities that their logical brains simply couldn't fathom. A professional Paranormal Investigator, author Barb Shadow also shares her own personal anecdotes involving the paranormal. These stories showcase regular people's encounters with ghosts, shadows, apparitions, cryptic messages from beyond, and much more. Every experience is unique, and it makes the tales all the more compelling to read. People with an interest in the paranormal will find True Ghost Stories and Hauntings an absolutely enthralling read.