The Big Book of Ohio Ghost Stories

The Big Book of Ohio Ghost Stories

by James A. Willis

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Overview

Hauntings lurk and spirits linger in the heart of America
Reader, beware! Turn these pages and enter the world of the paranormal, where ghosts and ghouls alike creep just out of sight. Author James A. Willis shines a light in the dark corners of Ohio and scares those spirits out of hiding in this thrilling collection. From ghostly soldiers that still haunt Fort Meigs to the eerie Franklin Castle, there’s no shortage of bone-chilling tales to keep you up at night. There’s even a carved tombstone of an infant at Cedar Hill cemetery, whose ghostly eyes keep watch over those wander too close. Around the campfire or tucked away on a dark and stormy night, this big book of ghost stories is a hauntingly good read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811711814
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Series: Big Book of Ghost Stories Series
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 740,582
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

James A. Willis lives in Columbus, Ohio, and is coauthor of Weird Ohio and author of Haunted Indiana. He is the founder of The Ghosts of Ohio, a nationally recognized paranormal research organization.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Northwest Ohio

Trouble at Weidler's Passing 5

The Theater Ghosts of Bowling Green State University 6

Euler Road's Crybaby Lane 8

Holcomb Road's Ghostly School Bus 9

Murder at the Old Potter House 11

The Legendary Elmore Rider 12

Hanging with the Bishop at Brownella Cottage 16

Beware the Hatchet Man! 19

The Confederate Ghosts of Johnson's Island Cemetery 24

The Ghosts of Kelley's Island 26

Lima's Crybaby Bridge 29

Still Fighting the Battle of Fallen Timbers 30

Don't Come A-Knockin' on Abbott's Tomb 32

Simon Girty: Ohio's Most Misunderstood Ghost 34

Defending the Troops at Fort Meigs 37

The Bloody Bridge 41

The Fatal Car Crash on Gibbs Bridge 43

Northeast Ohio

The Ghosts of the Akron Civic Theatre 47

Getting a Ghostly Push through the Haunted Tunnel 50

The Ashtabula Train Disaster 51

Welcome to Hell Town 57

Bring an Extra Set of Keys to This Crybaby Bridge 62

The Witch's Ball of Myrtle Hill Cemetery 63

The Sad Tale of Black Mary Ann 66

Guns Drawn at the Drury Mansion 68

Chief Joc-O-Sot Is Not Very Happy 71

Franklin Castle: Ohio's Most Haunted House 74

Strange Doings at Squire's Castle 84

Where Did Silas Tinker Hide His Gold? 88

Rogues' Hollow: The Roughest Place on Earth 89

Esther Hale: The Bride of the Bridge 93

Gunning for Pretty Boy Floyd 94

Who Was Mary Jane and Why Does She Haunt Mount Olive Cemetery? 99

Are Some Inmates Still Doing Time at the Ohio State Reformatory? 103

Never Let Ceely Rose Serve You Breakfast 108

The Reclusive Ghost of Phoebe Wise 112

A Night with the Ghosts of Punderson Manor Lodge 117

Snakes Alive! It's Chester Bedell's Grave! 121

Suzanne's Still Watching Over the Rider's Inn 124

What's Hanging up There on Dean's Hollow Bridge? 126

The Legend of Gore Orphanage 128

The Dark Angel of Maple Grove Cemetery 133

Central Ohio

Beware the Woolybooger! 139

The Many Ghost Stories of Kenyon College 141

All That and a Ghost Cat Too 145

Round and Round at the Stonewall Cemetery 148

The Legend of the Blue Flame Ghost 149

Spinning Tiles of the Merchant Ball 151

Ghostly Eyes That Follow You 154

Columbus

The Lady in Gray 159

Not on Captain D's Watch 161

Last Call for Colonel Pritchard 162

The Ghosts of Fort Hayes 164

Entering the Gates of Hell 166

All in the Family at the Kelton House 168

Legend Tripping at Mooney's Mansion 170

The Ohio State University: Where Buckeye (Ghost) Legends Are Born 172

The Lady in Blue at the Old Governor's Mansion 174

Losing Your Head on Watkins Road Bridge 176

Southwest Ohio

Steer Clear of Dead Man's Curve after Dark 181

Hell's Church 184

Creeping Around in Satan's Hollow 185

The Boy on the Bike 187

Never Double-Cross George Remus 189

Fun and Fright at Kings Island Theme Park 193

Searching for Amy on Lick Road 196

Something's Cooking at the Patterson Homestead 199

Albert and Bessie, the Doomed Lovers 201

The Ghosts of Woodland Cemetery 204

The Witches' Tower 206

Out for a Jog on New London Road 208

The Hitchhiking Ghost of Princeton Road 209

The Castle That Harry Built 210

Signaling the Phantom Motorcyclist 214

Southeast Ohio

Simms Cemetery and the Athens Pentagram 219

Ghostly Jam Sessions on Mount Nebo 221

The Stain 224

Strouds Run State Park 228

The Weeping Angel of West State Street Cemetery 230

Elizabeth's Grave 231

Egypt Valley Wildlife Area 233

The Haunted Tunnel 237

Woodland Cemetery: The City of the Dead 238

The Haunted Moonville Tunnel 242

Hope Furnace 246

No Way Out for Morgan's Raiders 248

The Bloody Horseshoe Grave 251

Down in Dead Man's Hollow 252

Bibliography 255

About the Author 261

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