Monday, March 22, 2010

How to Find Wonderful Ghost Stories

As I have gotten to know other bloggers out there and read their blogs,  I have realized that I do not know the most on the world of the paranormal.  There are many others out there that know more about theories of the paranormal and paranormal research and the world of paranormal study.  Ghost Hunting Theories and Haunt Jaunts are both excellent sites for thought provoking debates over the parnormal world.  I don't have their strengths in these areas, but I have discovered my own strength is in finding new and interesting ghost stories.   Here are some tips for finding undiscovered ghost stories and finding new information about classic ghost stories. 

1.  Sign up for a paranormal meeting on meetup.com.  You'll meet new people and if you sit and listen everyone has some kind of ghost story.  Many of the people at these meetings are there because they've had an encounter of a ghostly nature they would like to share.

2.  Go to haunted location and ask questions.   If you go to a haunted location and ask nicely in a quiet area, most people love to share their ghost stories.  You may even get more than you bargained for.  Many of my favorite stories have come from people who heard me asking questions and have pulled me aside to tell me a story they've never told anyone.  These stories can be the best stories.  While investigating the ghosts of Space Camp,  three employees told me unrelated stories that were little treasures.

3.  Be friendly and open.  People love to talk and, if you are willing to listen, there are always new stories waiting to be discovered.

4. Travel.   The further you go, the more stories you'll find. 

5. Read.   Amazon.com is filled with books on ghost stories.  Many of these books are self published and they are interesting and worth reading.

6.  Browse the internet.  The internet is filled with good stories, great bloggers, and interesting paranormal sites.

7.  Go on ghost walks and talk to the people who run the ghost walks.   One of the best interviews I had was with Jacque Reeves who runs the local Huntsville ghost walk.  She was happy to tell me many ghost stories.

10 comments:

Autumnforest said...

I agree that small chat with antique shop owners and folks in shops along older districts are really helpful in learning more. I've also found that membership to cemetery associations and historical societies can give you access to records and information, a chance to contribute to the community, and sometimes open up access to places you never would normally be allowed in. Part of ghost huntings is preservation and historical remembrance, so it's great when you can volunteer.

Jessica Penot said...

The historical societies are wonderful! The lady who does the ghost walk here also works for the historical society. The two things are so linked. It's a wonderful idea about the cemetery associations as well. Volunteering is always a good idea. It's always wonderful when you can give something back!

Snake Eyes said...

Another place to look into would be any old military barracks or former prisons such as camp Wainwright in Alberta Canada that was used during world war 2 to house Nazi POW's.

Jessica Penot said...

I hadn't heard about that one. I'll look that up. Thanks.

Above the Norm said...

I don't have lots of knowlege about paranormal subjects, just very intested in what they are all about. Reading blogs and talking with others have helped me to learn more. I did talk with an antique owner in Bisbee who had many interesting stories about the ghosts in her shop and home. Also, hanging out with a person like Debe Branning, who not only has lots of knowlege about the history of AZ and other states, but knows all the ghost stories that go with it.

Pam Morris said...

fascinating stuff! thanks so much for the tips!

Jessica Penot said...

Based on the advice I got from you all, I'm going to have to start going to more antique shops. Although that is dangerous territory for me, as a shopaholic.

Snake Eyes said...

Just "forget" your wallet at home and you'll be alright I forgot to mention in my first comment about the cemetary in Victoria BC that is supposidly haunted

Courtney Mroch said...

WOW! Jessica, thanks so much for including Haunt Jaunts among those who you think knows something. Flattery will get you everywhere!

I love all of your suggestions. Meetup.com is AWESOME! (For meeting all kinds of people in whatever kind of thing might interest you. I'm on it for a bunch of different things.)

And your lists just shows you are not giving yourself near enough credit: you have one of the hottest blogs out there, lady! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the haunted places you take me to, even if some are only virtually. ;)

Jessica Penot said...

Thank you Courney! I Always appreciate your kind words :)