Craig Owens

Craig Owens first fell in love with history and the paranormal in 1972. At that time, he was as a seven-year-old boy playing on the grounds of a Southern plantation known as Waverley, located outside of West Point, Mississippi. While Waverley’s owners admitted to seeing and hearing the ghost of a young female child, Craig never encountered her. Yet the atmosphere and history of Waverley stayed with him long after his family moved to Texas. In 1994, Craig moved to Los Angeles and began to work freelance in the film and television industry. His production credits include Wag the Dog (1997), Phone Booth (2000), and The Gilmore Girls (2000-2001). In 2002, Craig left film production to work for the Century City Chamber of Commerce and later the International Cinematographers Guild, I.A.T.S.E. Local 600. While working for the chamber of commerce, he contributed articles for the Century City View and wrote the History of Century City. In 2009, Craig began staging vintage style photo shoots at haunted hotels as an idea for an Old Hollywood themed project. While on location, he saw what appeared to be a “ghost.” This left him wondering if his photo shoots were somehow triggering paranormal activity. The following year, he started his Facebook blog, Bizarre Los Angeles, a page dedicated to Los Angeles’ forgotten history. He also continued to hold vintage photos shoots at haunted locations. Little did he know that his love for haunted hotels would bring media attention. In 2013, he appeared on My Ghost Story: Caught on Film after he unintentionally photographed an apparition at the Palomar Inn in Old Town Temecula. The following year, the online magazine, The Verge, published an article on his paranormal experiences at the Aztec Hotel. Since that time, he’s been quoted in James Bartlett’s book, Gourmet Ghosts 2, and Colin Dickey’s book: Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places. More recently, he has appeared on Nerdist’s popular Bizarre States and A&E’s Psychic Kids. Craig Owens has now gained notoriety for his photography and his passion for historical research. While he firmly believes that ghosts exist, he is reluctant to accept all paranormal theories, superstitions, and ghost hunting techniques. He instead approaches the subject with a good deal of skepticism, critical thinking, common sense, and a sense of humor.

Haunted by History: Hotel Del Coronado

Haunted by History: Hotel Del Coronado

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Have you ever taken a ghost tour of the Hotel del Coronado? Or purchased one of the hotel's paranormal books from one of its stores? If so, you probably didn't get the whole story.

Haunted by History brings you the real story behind the ghost stories.

 

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Haunted by History Vol. 1: Separating the Facts and Legends of Eight Historic Hotels and Inns in Southern California

Haunted by History Vol. 1: Separating the Facts and Legends of Eight Historic Hotels and Inns in Southern California

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"Photographer Owens distinguishes fact from fiction in this stimulating, heavily illustrated account of the supposed hauntings of eight historic Southern California hotels. Pulling together historical photographs and original documents as well as firsthand accounts, the author attempts to verify the ghost stories associated with each inn, dissecting their origins (often in the late 19th and early 20th centuries) and recreating the ghostly encounters in glamorously staged vignette photos." -- Publishers Weekly Star Review

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