Haunted by History
Have you ever stayed over night in a historic building because you heard that it was haunted? Have you ever bought a book, read an article, or seen a television show that discusses a real-life ghostly experiences? Each year, haunted properties all over the world receive media coverage about their ghosts, but how accurate is this information? Would it surprise you to learn that the answer is not very?
Haunted by History, Vol. 1, written by historical researcher and fine art photographer Craig Owens, examines eight haunted hotels in Southern California and attempts to separate real histories from paranormal stories. While the ghost legends are treated with a healthy dose of skepticism, Craig keeps the subject matter interesting by staging elaborate vintage photo shoots in the most haunted rooms of the properties. Sometimes these shoots trigger paranormal activity…sometimes not. However, each photo shoot is an adventure all its own.
Haunted by History takes a revisionist approach to ghost legends and ghost hunting. Instead of repeating the same old ghost stories, Craig fact checks them by tracing the stories back to their earliest sources. If the original source is unreliable, he gives factual evidence to support his findings.
Haunted by History does not rely on psychic readings, nor gadgets like spirit boxes, Ouija boards, dowsing rods, word generating devices, etc. Instead, the author draws his conclusions from historical research, historians, credible paranormal eyewitnesses, critical thinking skills, EVP field tests, and personal experiences.
Haunted by History appeals to the time traveler in all of us. Those who love old buildings but don’t necessarily believe in ghosts will learn about the detailed (and occasionally surprising) history of each property. For ghost enthusiasts, the book gives an honest appraisal of many "true ghost stories."
Haunted by History also takes a fun approach to ghost hunting by staging elaborate photo shoots with models of all ages and backgrounds. Themes vary from location to location. Some photo shoots are based on historical events, whereas others play to an offbeat theme.
Hotels covered in the book are:
- The Hotel del Coronado (Coronado)
- The Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast (Ventura)
- The Julian Gold Rush Hotel (Julian)
- The Mission Inn (Riverside)
- The Alexandria Hotel (Los Angeles)
- The Wyndham Garden Pierpont Inn (Ventura)
- The Banning House Lodge (Catalina Island)
- The Glen Tavern (Santa Paula)
Stay tuned for further news about the book, which is due to be released in the Spring 2017!