I've been a little slow in blog posting this week because I have been working on my next History Press Book, Haunted South Alabama. The journey I take in writing a collection of ghost stories is always interesting. I begin with an outline I submit with my book proposal package, but as I bury myself in research, I often discover ghost stories are not what I expect them to be. For example, all the internet sites and stories I'd heard about the haunting of Space Camp said there was some kind of explosion there that lead to a haunting. After I went to Space Camp and did my research for Haunted North Alabama, I learned this couldn't have been further from the truth.
With Haunted South Alabama, I thought I would be focusing on the ghost stories in old forts along the beaches and in Montgomery. What I've discovered is that there are enough ghost stories in Selma alone to fill a book. I didn't know much about the history of Selma, Alabama. It was one of those rural Southern towns I could have passed by entirely without noticing, but now that I've heard its history and learned more about it, it is filled with enough ghost lore to keep me there for weeks. I've found the ghosts of Bloody Sunday and a wonderful headless lady ghost. I've found an old mill with dark spirits and the lady who told me these stories is willing to tell me more. I'm thrilled. Hopefully, I will be traveling to Selma to collect more stories and I'll be even more busy over the next month or so. I really can't wait to keep writing, but sadly my book adventures do keep me from the blog. Hopefully, I'll have something else to post here soon too.