Cape Encounters: Contemporary Cape Cod Ghost Stories

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In their own words, forty Cape Codders describe ghosts who descend staircases that no longer exist, kiss sleeping women, flip theater seats, fold laundry, and join musicians onstage. Among those ...

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Overview

In this attractive 216 pg. trade paperback (the cover is by nationally-renowned jacket artist Wendell Minor), the authors have given voice to the many divergent--and equally passionate--points of view that surround ghosts and in the process created an intimate portrait of Cape Cod.

In their own words, forty Cape Codders describe ghosts who descend staircases that no longer exist, kiss sleeping women, flip theater seats, fold laundry, and join musicians onstage. Among those sharing their stories are the former National Environment Coordinator, a scientist from the United States Geological Survey, a retired West Point professor and a Wampanoag Native-American educator.

While seeking out only the mysterious, Gordon and Joseph instead met thoughtful individuals who related their stories with humor and insight. Their descriptions of often life-changing experiences are refreshingly frank and honest. Readers will respond to the joy, affection, humor, uncertainty, ambivalence, and other sincere emotions expressed in these accounts.

Those who have experienced America's most beloved summer travel destination will find this collection much like the Cape itself--beguiling, indelible and timeless.

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Editorial Reviews

Lawrence Brown
A marvelous collection of stories, some spooky, all interesting, and some unexpectedly touching.
columnist, Cape Cod Times
Taunton Sunday Gazette
stories told with a blend of smiles and shivers by the residents who lived them... Savor each story .
New London Day
Sure, ghost stories are a dime a dozen, but there's an extra bonus in this book for those who hold Cape Cod dear. The warmth, charm and history of the region adds to the intrigue. After more than a decade of research and interviews, the co-authors have put together these tales of the supernatural. Eyewitnesses relate stories of slamming doors, mysterious scents, and pipe organs playing in the night. If you're a skeptic, be warned: you might be converted.
South Coast Tribune
An easy, entertaining read that will provide you with plenty of tales to pass on to friends, kids or grandkids.
The Valley Breeze
Pick up the book you should. Cape Encounters is not preachy, nor does it try to persuade the reader one way or the other on the existence of spirits. It just offers the stories, plain and simple, no strings attached, bringing the reader into the living rooms of several cape residents who have stories to share.
East Bay Newspapers

"Cape Encounters" will never be made into a movie, it’s nothing like those silly reality shows where someone tries to scare you to death, and the stories probably won’t give you nightmares. But, you might get a hankering to cruise out to Cape Cod and find an old B & B for the weekend-one with hardwood floors, beamed ceilings (and maybe some footsteps following you up the stairs after dinner).

That’s because the stories in "Cape Encounters: Contemporary Cape Cod Ghost Stories" set a mood and strongly evoke a sense of time and place. The "encounters" are simply related by very practical New Englanders who experienced the visitations.

Most of us heard our first ghost stories sitting around a campfire or in a tent with a flashlight. They were designed to elicit a shriek or at least make everyone jump at the end. Unlike those stories, "Cape Encounters" are set apart by the authors themselves, who have as much interest in the storytellers as the stories themselves.

Each story is prefaced with a detailed description of the storyteller and his or her home, which visually sets the scene. And those who have visitations range from scientists and a police officer to a Wampanoag Indian education director and interior designer. Most are longtime Cape residents and many of their families have lived there for generations. Having had plenty of time to think about the encounters, most have ideas about who their visitors are and why they linger here.

The only anonymous storyteller-a scientist at Woods Hole-found his experience enlarged his view of the world. "I came to be able to see things in a different way-believing that what we experience as the normal, material world is only a partial view of some larger reality," he said. "Now, the notion that material reality is the only reality seems dull."

What makes the stories compelling is the casual attitude towards the encounters-as if it’s not so unusual.

Lawrence Brown
A marvelous collection of stories, some spooky, all interesting, and some unexpectedly touching.
Tony Lewis
What distinguishes this collection from virtually all other compendiums of bizarre encounters is the intelligence and sensitivity the two writers bring to their quest for ghost stories. What they were after in their interviews is personal history, the kind that Studs Terkel and Ken Burns have made so compelling.
Lee Prosser
A well-crafted book, this should be in your home library for ghost-reference material.
Mopsy Kennedy
The many people in this book who claim to have seen, heard, even been kissed by intruders from the gauzy past in their Cape Cod houses seem remarkably sane. If anything, they have an almost Puritan practicality that would suggest they'd never believe in such things as ghosts. The stair-tromping, door-unlocking, window-opening visitors described in these exciting, uncanny stories are mostly sympathetic, as are the visitees.
Maggie Kulbokas
The reader comes away with the sense that spirits are everywhere--old houses, new houses, cemeteries, restaurants, inns and offices. Don't be surprised if you find out you have eaten in a haunted Wellfleet tavern or strolled past a haunted sea captain's house in Yarmouth Port or Barnstable. And Brewster residents, there is a surprise for you in there too! Stoke the fire, make yourself a cup of tea and settle in for an entertaining read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974898360
  • Publisher: Cockle Cove Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2004
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Gordon first experienced the magic of the Cape as a child vacationing two weeks each summer in Chatham. His admiration for the Cape's soulful homes inspired him to spend the last decade researching the Cape's ghost stories. He authored the national bestsellers "Field of Screams: Haunted Tales from the Baseball Diamond, the Locker Room, and Beyond" and "Haunted Baseball: Ghosts, Curses, Legends & Eerie Events."

Gary Joseph, a lifelong Cape resident, has long been interested in accounts of ghost encounters. As a child, he enjoyed listening to adults tell these stories and observing the way people told them--their expressions, their mannerisms, and how they captivated an audience. He also writes about film, natural history, and the outdoors.
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  • Posted July 10, 2010

    This book is supposed to be about things that go bump in the night but there aren't very many proven spirits bumping around.

    I felt like reading this book because I live at the Cape in an area that the Wampanoag Indian Tribe dwelt and I thought it would be really enlightening. I thought for sure this area would be alive with spirits. Actually my area was covered very briefly in the book and most of the tales reviewed were anecdotal about very benign incidents and feelings that people had when they thought they encountered something out of the ordinary. Most people were not frightened and they looked upon the possible visitors as friendly. They found it hard to describe their experiences in real terms and rather discussed the feelings they had about the possible spirits they encountered.
    If you want to read a book which is stress free and easy to read as it is written in an almost conversational style, this is for you. It will take you one day, maximum.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    Good bedtime book...

    This is my favorite type of ghost tales where the authors go around and meet people who have had encounters in their own homes and they sit and share their experiences. It's not too spooky or over the top experiences. Each chapter is about a different house in the Cape Cod, Massachusetts area. Some are bed and breakfasts that you could actually visit or stay at. It's nice to be able to read one or two and chapters and hit the sack!

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