True Ghost Stories and Hauntings

Volume 2

Non-Fiction - Anthology
214 Pages
Reviewed on 10/21/2023
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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite

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.

Mimie Odigwe

True Ghost Stories and Hauntings Volume 2 by Barb Shadow is a collection of paranormal stories that delves even deeper into the realm of the unexplained, with over 150 spine-chilling accounts ranging from heartwarming apparitions where a family member says farewell to sinister encounters involving summoning and malicious ghosts. Divided into five sections, these stories draw readers into the sensory experience of the supernatural, with some spanning entire pages as others deliver a haunting impact in just a few brief paragraphs. With the diverse range of paranormal submissions from various individuals, alongside the author's encounters, this book will keep readers on the edge of their seats, eagerly exploring the mysterious and eerie dimensions that often remain beyond the grasp of rational understanding.

True Ghost Stories and Hauntings Volume 2 serves as a compelling sequel, reaffirming the existence of the unexplainable through a collection of genuine and spine-chilling encounters. This book particularly stands out for its ability to provide validation for the strange and uncommon experiences that readers may have encountered. By embracing these encounters and acknowledging their presence, the book fosters a heightened awareness of the mysterious dimensions interwoven within our surroundings. Its narrative style effectively resonates with those who have experienced the inexplicable, creating a sense of connection and understanding. Barb Shadow offers concise tales that linger in the imagination, allowing readers to easily immerse themselves in the narrative. I suggest this book to anyone drawn to the eerie and who is curious about the supernatural as it promises a very captivating and thought-provoking read.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

In the second volume of True Ghost Stories and Hauntings by Barb Shadow, the author relates some of her experiences during the ten years she has owned and operated the Sullivan Paranormal Society. The author includes other stories from individuals all over the country who have had first- and second-hand ghostly experiences. At the beginning of each chapter, Shadow conveys her personal experiences in the field and at her home. Following some of her personal experiences, Shadow includes tales of hauntings, shadowy figures, and visions that seem almost corporeal from people all over the country.

If you are looking for a seriously spooky read, Barb Shadow has you covered! I kept waiting for the creepiness to dial down a notch, but every story revealed a different eerie event. The tales range from psychic experiences to haunted houses and include ghosts, blue orbs, shadow people, and possibly demonic entities. I read most of the book during the day, as the contents were too real or disturbing to fully process at night. The author has had decades of notable experiences and created a company to help research paranormal instances, making the book more credible and downright comforting or terrifying—depending on your view of life beyond death. Shadow titles each story, but readers won’t be able to determine when the contents of a certain one will reach out to them, causing the hair on their arms to rise or making them look around the room to assure themselves they are alone. True Ghost Stories and Hauntings is a fantastic selection for readers who enjoy spine-tingling stories related to paranormal occurrences.