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Motivated by her father's fondness for tracing family genealogy, Barb Shadow followed him to the strangest of places, cataloging every tombstone and the unique story that came with it. As time progressed she grew into her own as a hunter of the paranormal with some skill worthy of attention. This was how the Sullivan Paranormal Society came into existence. Her love for the unusual and the unexplained did not stop there as she took her hobby beyond the limitations that come with just studying such an unusual subject and began keeping records of her experiences. Barb has compiled the product of all those years chasing down apparitions, both in her home as well as on other people's property, in her book which is fittingly titled True Ghost Stories And Hauntings.
Barb Shadow draws us into her world where the spooky and the surreal are the order of the day with the second volume of True Ghost Stories And Hauntings. She arranges the accounts in an orderly fashion beginning with incidents that she witnessed and gradually moving on to other people's accounts of spooky occurrences that happened to them. Shadow presents each story as authentic as she goes so far as to add names and addresses to each episode, albeit maintaining a certain degree of anonymity for each contributor for obvious reasons. I am pretty certain very few individuals take kindly to finding out they have been unknowingly frequenting a haunted house. Be it sharing your sleeping hours with an apparition whose interest in late-night television is beyond normal, or disembodied hands with a penchant for getting a little too personal, the one thing that stands out is the morbidly disturbing tone of these accounts. Shadow does try to prepare the reader by using friendly advice on the perfect conditions for reading this book, which I, unfortunately, did not heed. I leave the reader to draw their own conclusions on a one-of-a-kind collection that will leave a lasting impression of the afterlife on them.