Ghost in the Mirror: Real Cases of Spirit Encounters

Ghost in the Mirror: Real Cases of Spirit Encounters

by Leslie Rule


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Whether they are bumping about our attics, hitchhiking on a moonlight road, or fraternizing with our reflections, ghosts tantalize us with their secrets." —Leslie Rule

Meet Leslie Rule-America's real-life ghost hunter with a penchant for sharing authentic, spine-tingling stories of the paranormal.

The Gallup Organization reports that more than 32 percent of Americans have seen a ghost. More than half the population believes in the spiritual, cosmic, or supernatural. To Leslie Rule, such revelations come as no surprise. Rule has spent more than a decade researching specters and spirits and has chronicled her ghostly tales in three previous titles, Coast to Coast Ghosts, Ghosts Among Us, and When the Ghost Screams.

Inside Ghost in the Mirror, Rule documents more than dozens of stories of paranormal apparitions that reveal themselves on the other side of the looking glass. Rule's painstaking archival research presents factual clues to each haunting, along with her own dramatic black-and-white photographs that capture the eerie unrest of the scenes she explores. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780740773853
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Edition description: Original
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 591,226
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Leslie Rule is a professional photographer and the author of seven books with paranormal themes. She has also written dozens of articles for national magazines, including Reader's Digest. The daughter of best-selling true-crime author Ann Rule, Leslie grew up in a haunted house where her lifelong fascination with the paranormal began. She lives in the Seattle, Washington, area.


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Ghost in the Mirror: Real Cases of Spirit Encounters 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Mikey1MJ More than 1 year ago
Having previously read books by Leslie Rule I recently bought her new book, "Ghost In The Mirror." Giving detailed accounts of hauntings throughout the U.S., Leslie kept me interested and engaged in each chapter. Whether you are just starting to read books on the paranormal or are a long time reader and researcher, Leslie delivered chilling accounts of apparitions, voices, footsteps, and provided detailed historical records in each chapter. Along with each story she provides a phone number, address, and in some cases an E-mail address for various restaurants, hotels, and Inns. Enjoy and keep reading! Mike
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
*I received this book as part of the LibraryThing Early Reader Program.

If you love real life ghost stories and tales of haunted houses, hospitals and highways this is an excellent book for you. A compendium of tales of apparitions and mysterious happenings the book is cut into small, easy to digest pieces and often includes contact information for the restaurants, hotels and stores that claim to have ghostly residents.

Rule does offer some research into the possible identities of the ghosts, as well as token information on area ghost hunters and enough contact information to plan a ghost theme vacation.

She doesn't offer a skeptic's point of view or attempt to make the otherworldly scientific (aside from mentioning EVPs and batteries draining on investigations). She does include many interesting pictures that while not supernatural are mood setting.

If you don't like tales of hauntings then you won't find anything new here. But ghost fans can be insatiable and this is a fine starting place or addition to a fan's library.
aj30JA More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this book, especially if you are into knowing about spirits and ghosts. I would highly advise to read it if you are from WA state. however the author does write about spirits and ghosts in other states also. I have always been curious about ghosts, spirits, and the other side. This book really opened up my eyes and gave me lots of knowledge in this field. I read this book in less than 24 hrs. I bought to more of her books and read those within 10 days. I am a registered nurse and a co worker told me about the author Leslie Rule since I have read all of her mother's books (Ann Rule) Now we are passing the books around our consulting nurse department at work and all the nurse's here cannot wait to get their hands' on the books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just couldn't put it down! This a must read if you enjoy ghost stories. I can't wait to read more stories from Leslie Rule.
Yamamura on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This books covered real life encounters with the paranormal mainly in the USA. I found the encounters interesting and enjoyable. Unfortunately they were hardly the star of the show. Too often then not the encounters that are mentioned has no historical research to back them up. Instead you get the author's theory on what is going on. A good example of this is in Chapter 1, Restless Nights. A young boy sees a ghost of a woman without pupils in her eyes carrying a basket. Leslie the postulates that ghost could be a blind woman from a school teaching basket weaving for the blind. The only evidence she shows for this is a school in Batavia New York 400 plus miles from the haunting site. She shows no evidence of such a school within closer distance of the haunting or a woman from that school living nearby. So all we are left with is guess and no hard evidence. This repeats itself throughout the book. A couple more examples would be that of a ghost girl being a possible victim of an epidemic to ghosts in a closed tobacco company having a possible origin in disease. Once again this is just the author theorizing and no connection with actual facts. That is not saying these places are not haunted just that the reason is unclear.The other thing I had a problem with is focusing on the investigators. This is a book about ghosts not those who hunt them. While a book about these people could be warranted and quite interesting, bringing them up here only distracts from the subject matter. This also leads into her putting forth modern ghost theories and techniques. Once again this steers away from the subject matter and into the realm of current belief.To me a ghost story is about the human drama of those who have gone on and the drama of those who are alive who witness the past via the hauntings. When this book focuses on that it shine but as I have said too often it ignores for the author's own theories and stories of the investigators.
Kenkwa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Someone who lived with a ghost for 13 yrs, it was fun to read this book. I never ever pick up these true ghost/paranormal books to read for pleasure, because it never really fits into the genre I typically enjoy reading. This book was very enjoyable, short and sweet chapters involving haunts in various places around the US. I actually enjoyed the photography!If you enjoy a good ghost story without all the gore, BOOS, and rattling of chains, then pick up this book to read.Also! Thanks to Early Reviewers program for sending this book my way!!!
jayble on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have tried reading numerous books on hauntings and ghosts, but never enjoyed any as much as I enjoyed Leslie Rule's "Ghost in the Mirror: Real Cases of SPirit Encounters". Unlike many of the other books I have read on the subject, "Ghost" is written in a conversational style. As you read, you feel like you might be watching a television program, or chatting with your friends about ghost stories. In comparison, many other books are extremely dry, overly researched, and just flat out boring.This book was anything but boring.Starting with the foreward, which I almost never read, the book had my attention. The forward is written by Ann Rule, Leslie's mother, and was very intriguing. The introduction by Leslie is also intriguing and makes you excited to read the book. The chapters were organized first by telling a ghost story involving mirrors, and then seamlessly blended in other ghost stories throughout the chapters.This is a perfect book to read if you only a have a little bit of time here and there (or for bathroom reading) as most of the ghost stories are only a page or two. Leslie Rule does research to enhance the ghost stories, but this never feels like a burden to read - it always feel like you are just getting more interesting backstory into the ghosts that she is talking about.I went into reading this book thinking it would be dry, boring, and about like all of the other books I have read on hauntings. Instead, I found it to be very readable, interesting, and scary. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good scare, likes ghosts stories, or just wants to get in the mood for Halloween. I couldn't be happier that I found such a great book of ghost stories and I plan to seek out Leslie Rule's other ghost books as this one was so much fun.
dearheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of stories involving interactive spirit encounters or residual ghost sightings by everyday people, pulled together by a writer and researcher who already published 3 prior books on collections of ghostly stories.The stories are short and plentiful, giving us the facts on who saw what, the history of the haunted site, and even talk a little about the research to discover who or why the ghost or residual might be there. You¿re even told when research couldn¿t uncover the facts and make it clear when either the `who or what¿ is actually speculated on. Many of the stories involve benign residuals or ghosts, although there are some who are definitely not of the friendly sort. But you won¿t find a book loaded with horror stories or ghosts that rattle chains.As someone who has my own paranormal experiences, I found the book to be a light, easy read and appreciated that the author didn¿t appear to embellish the stories with rumors. The story regarding a Greyhound Bus driver is a `must read.¿
Impy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Odds are good that you probably already know whether you'll want to read this book or not. If you like your ghost stories outlandish and wild, this is probably not the book for you. If you'd rather find a ghost hidden in a restaraunt somewhere off the beaten path, well... this is much closer to that. Which works both for and against the book. I like my ghost books to feature a variety of locations [not just buildings, but cities/states/countries if the book allows for it] and for all the good in Ghost in the Mirror, it takes place mostly in Washington State. To the point that you begin to wonder if you're going to hear about every last ghost in the entire state, from the well known to the ones haunting some gas station's bathroom. Luckily, most of the stories are told in such a way that you find yourself easily engrossed in the story, and then the following one, and so on until you've burned through an entire chapter.I should warn you that if you're looking for a book that deals exclusively with ghosts actually seen in mirrors, you'll be disappointed. Most chapters have a fairly 'big' story involving such things, but then wander off for other various stories.
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book as part of the early reviewer program through LT. It is a collection of eye witness accounts of ghost encounters and hauntings. Although I was very intrigued by the information presented, I felt like the individual tales were much too brief and rarely very engaging. Of the dozens of encounters, only a handful left me with goose bumps or chills.
emcnellis16 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of ghost stories. I don't like to admit it, but I actually watch A Haunting - it's a guilty pleasure. Needless to say, I was very excited to receive this book. Rule does an admirable job with several stories in this book. They are well researched, well written, and not a little creepy. The majority of the tales, however, read like newspaper copy. Most are less than a page, and relate minimal information. Rule does include addresses of locations where the stories take place -- just in case the reader may want to do their own investigating.Overall, I enjoyed Ghosts in the Mirror. Many of the stories were new to me, and encouraged some internet searches. My reason for the lower rating -- I would have preferred fewer, but more in-depth, stories.
pubby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found the Ghost in the Mirror to be an excellent read. I have a fairly good paranormal selection but this is the first book I have read from this author. I will be looking for her other titles. The stories ranged from interesting to downright spooky. The author has included the addresses of the public places such as hotels and restaurants. I found this really made the stories spookier. The address seemed to make the story more tangible and also kind of tugs at you to go and see for yourself if you dare. Spooky enough that this is probably going to be a living room book rather than a night table selection for most people.
Tommie1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you like real life (supposedly) interaction with ghosts then this book might be pleasurable reading. To me it was repetative.
oelusiveone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I especially liked the inclusion of websites, addresses & phone numbers. However, I would have liked more detail. Sometimes it just feels like a list. I appreciated the objectivity & the lack of sensationalism.
Huge_Horror_Fan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although, I have always had a dark fascination about the occult and hauntings, this was my first time picking up a book about ghosts experiences in particular. For some reason, as far as this topic goes, I always tended to rely on documentaries or whenever possible, to travel to the location myself.I found most cases were written too briefly and did little to ignite engagement and pull me along. I felt many of the stories were lacking in substance or explanation, but were just a regurgitation of witness accounts. Maybe that was the intent of the author, but I sure wish there was more of a proactive intention in trying to resolve or give an explanation to why the hauntings were occurring. Some speculations and in-depth investigation that was taken on each case would have been welcomed and would have made the stories more memorable.Instead, about half way through the book, I found the stories a bit redundant. Sure, there were different people and locations, but the execution of the storytelling was nearly identical. The pictures helped a bit in getting a feel for the location of the haunting. I thought it was a decent book if you are traveling the country and want to make a few stops along the way. It could serve as a great guide on where to go and perhaps be lucky enough to experience a paranormal event. Reading the book from back to back as a novel though, can get monotonous and lead to an early night of sleep.
randirousseau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a collector of books of true ghost stories, I've read a wide range of writing styles, historical details, and depth of investigation. Some read like a travel brochure (little depth), some like a textbook (a little too much depth, and very dry).I have all 4 of Ms. Rule's books, and there's a reason for that: she balances a nice mix of classic storytelling, appropriate research, and enough depth to be interesting and compelling without getting into individual biographies or exhaustive histories of location. She does her research and includes personal pictures to keep the text light, but interesting and authoritative. Very nicely compiled and written!
Alera on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I admit it, ghosts and the paranormal is a secret passion of mine. The thought that something of those we love gets left behind, the idea that history lives on daily in the form of those who lived it still going through the motions, it just fills me with this odd mix of joy, fear, and utter fascination. And I love to read and view works that take a true look into it. The stories that really got to me...were the ones with more defined histories, with a clear setting and back drop. The ones with the newspaper articles or one location with multiple hauntings. The history of the association is I think one of the best parts when reading about and writing about ghosts and other paranormal like activities.
NickKnight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. The stories (though brief) were interesting. I do have to say though that sometimes it felt more like a travel brochure than a book about ghost stories and it seemed to me that there weren't very many that actually had to do with mirrors. but I liked it enough to go and track down her other books. I would definitely recommed this book to anybody that likes ghost stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i saw the cover i new it would be great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be boring and monotonous. I like the author, however, in spite of this "flop". There are too many instances of "This man knew a man who heard of a man who was said to be haunting this place" Beyond the first and second-person vernacular, it becomes unbelievable.
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I have this on my nook and a real book too
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