Find out why readers are calling this one of the best nonfiction paranormal book ever written.

Haunted by History:

  • Lists over 30 deaths at the Hotel del Coronado from 1890 to 1980.
  • Unveils the correct date that the Julian Gold Rush Hotel was built.
  • Documents the history of the Mission Inn’s hauntings.
  • Provides an in-depth, factual history of Los Angeles’ misunderstood Hotel Alexandria.
  • Reveals the true story of a woman who fits the description of Catalina Island’s ghostly Woman in White that is said to haunt Two Harbors.
  • Discusses the little known silent movie history of Catalina Island’s Banning House Lodge.
  • Dispels many urban legends associated with the Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula, CA.

And much more…

Haunted by History Vol. 1: Separating the Facts and Legends of Eight Historic Hotels and Inns in Southern California is an indispensable, must-own book for paranormal fans, investigators, Old Hollywood buffs, historians, preservationists, and travelers.  The information contained within its 400 pages will surprise! After all, there has never been a paranormal book that has raised the bar like this one…

Because Haunted by History is a collector’s book with limited copies, it is only available in a small number of stores and gift shops. Order your copy soon while first editions last.

Book Designer: Sherry Wachter


Taken inside a haunted room at the Pierpont Inn in Ventura, CA. Photo by Craig Owens.


Here’s What People Are Saying About Haunted by History Vol. 1:

“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….Owens’s gorgeous photo stagings recreate the romantic and heady days of each lodging while adding dashes of visual humor, subtle sensuality, and haunting atmosphere. Lavishly illustrated and handsomely produced, the book’s entertaining and informative narrative dwells on the documented facts while dispelling most of the colorful myths. Photos.” Publishers Weekly (Star Review)
“Haunted by History: Separating The Facts and Legends of Eight Historic Hotels, Vol. 1, Craig Owens, Sad Hill – This author balances the serious with the playful as he surveys paranormal activity in eight historic hotels and inns in Southern California. The author first allows the reader to get to know each hotel, remarking on the hotel’s beginning, famous people who stayed there, people who died there, and ghost legends connected to the hotel. He juxtaposes these historical facts with playful, yet dramatic black and white photographs of models in period costumes posing in locations thought to be the most haunted. He and his crew employ a watchful eye and an EVP machine, a machine thought to pick up spirit voices, to see if perhaps these period shoots provoke paranormal activity. Mixed in with these photographs, the author provides a balanced, believable report of paranormal activity, if any, he and his crew uncovered during these sessions. This is both an informative yet entertaining read.” — Eric Hoffer Book Award
“The story-enhancing snapshots include portraits of important players, as well as early pictures depicting construction, but look also for stylish modern-day re-creations that pay homage to the locations’ glamorous but goosepimply yarns.” — NBC Los Angeles
“You don’t want to miss this one. It is an excellent account of history and all that entails for the Glen Tavern Inn/Santa Paula and all the other historical inns and hotels in Southern California.” — Glen Tavern Inn
“I am someone who surrounds myself with history. From collecting, researching, filming to writing, I take historical research very seriously. Especially when it comes to the claims of ghosts. My friend Craig Owens (Bizarre Los Angeles) has put together one of the most beautiful works on the subject I have ever seen. I highly recommend picking up a copy of his book Haunted By History. It should be in the library of every paranormal/history buff.” — Brandon Alvis, A&E’s Ghost Hunters
“This is one of the most fascinating books I own. Researched to within an inch of its life – the goosebumps will rise because the stories are true. The new photos in old places are created with inspiration and outstanding talent. Be warned – you might sleep with the lights on for weeks! Enjoy!” — James Radford, author of Adventures on the Queen Mary
“Not simply satisfied with the pre-existing (often over-embellished or outright made-up) stories about these haunted places, Craig deep-dives into their respective histories seeking to verify, correct, or outright ghostbust some of the established stories while also uncovering a few of his own. But that’s only half of what makes this book so novel (pun intended)! Actually staging and photographing historical scenes in the hotels themselves brings the stories to life in a way that few (if any to my knowledge) have.” — John Cason, co-host of Ghosting Around Podcast
“A must have coffee table centerpiece for lovers of history and all things haunted! This is not your average ‘haunted’ history book. This is one of the most well researched, in depth books on eight of Southern California’s famous and historic hotels and inns. Yes, at the end of each chapter he has a follow up chapter on documented hauntings of each location, but how the author encapsulates both the facts surrounding the history first, and then follows up with the stories or urban legends of each place next, is simply magnificent.” — J’aime Rubio, author of If These Walls Could Talk: More Preston Castle History
“Perhaps one should not read the book alone at night, but the subject matter and illustrations are certainly entertaining.” — San Fernando Valley Historical Society
“A rich, beautifully illustrated book that separates the fact from the fiction about Southern California’s haunted hotels. Filled with photos, this massive volume is amazing and Craig Owens has created something really special with it.” — Troy Taylor, paranormal author, publisher, and lecturer
“This is an incredible volume of paranormal and art! What you essentially have here is a combination of a photo art book and true paranormal history stories. Craig has gone through extensive deep dive research into the haunted history of each of his locations. Then, he hosts an array of gorgeously rendered original photos from his own creative photo shoots taken at the exact location….It all makes for very addictive reading…This is a big huge volume of tremendous effort and great work. I will treasure my copy for years to go and it will hold a permanent place on my coffee table.” — Mark A. Marquez
“A wondrous combination of historical gatherings and artistic recreations…a must for all lovers of vintage and history and hauntings.” — Paper Moon Vintage 
“Unlike anything out there.” — Dale Garcia, Old Town Temecula Candlelight Walking Tours
“Drop Dead Gorgeous Photography.” — Half Hour Intern Podcast
“The author really takes you back in time by revisiting each locations intriguing history, sharing historic photos and combining his photo shoots re-creating scenes that correlate with many of the stories shared in each chapter. An added plus are the extensive footnotes that are provided for reference. A truly amazing book.” — Paul Griffith, Ghost Study Los Angeles
“If you like the paranormal, photography, amazing places or love all things historic, I highly recommend this book!! The author Craig Owens has vastly researched each place and prides himself on only facts so you know the haunted historic details are 100% true. Also if you love photography you will appreciate the detail that went into the shoots he did at all of these haunted locations. Very beautiful! Everything from the clothes, makeup, models and accents makes you believe you’re looking at a historic photograph from and old time period. I’m in awe at the detail that went into each photograph. While falling in love with each picture you will be captivated by each story of each location. This book made me want to go to every single place.” — Amazon reviewer



Haunted by History, Vol. 1 “Sneak Peak”





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Weight 3.6 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 10.5 in

3 reviews for Haunted by History, Vol. 1 (First Edition Soft Cover) – Brand New!!!

  1. PAUL GRIFFITH (verified owner)

    I’m not one to read big books but I have to say, this is the first book of this size that I have ever read in two days. Record time for me! With that being said, this is one of the best put together books I have ever read that continued to suck me in chapter after chapter. Very well written with amazing photography that will have you feeling like you stepped back into time. I purchased both soft and hard cover editions!

  2. Christopher F27 (verified owner)

    I bought the book because I wanted to learn more about one particular property, the Alexandria Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. I visited there once to rent out event space and I was personally taken by the building and the many large open spaces for events. I truly appreciated the personal stories of a few people that had died in the hotel several decades ago, I felt it was told respectfully so they aren’t completely forgotten. My favorite funny story has to be the bellboy/elevator operator and a cork leg! I wasn’t expecting it it was such a great laugh.

  3. Lauren French (verified owner)

    I value this book and had to have this, because I really appreciate history and the past and how the stories are told in the photography and it makes it creative and a fun experience. I enjoy reading about hauntings and the paranormal. I recommend this book!

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