Book: Haunted by History, Vol. 1 (Limited Edition Hardcover)


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For anyone interested in the ghost legends of Southern California’s prominent historic hotels and inns, Haunted by History, Vol. 1, uncovers little known facts about eight hotels and the truth behind many of the stories. Craig Owens offers a thoroughly-researched, revisionist history to counter many of the legends told for decades, as well as documenting a clear history of each hotel’s beginnings. He also interweaves his photographs crafted to capture Old World beauty, personality, and mystery behind each hotel’s legends and haunted rooms, hallways, and lobbies. This unique book blends solid research with fascinating photographs for history buffs, photographers, and ghost aficionados alike.



Alexandria Hotel – Los Angeles, California

Banning House Lodge – Two Harbors, Catalina Island, California

Glen Tavern Inn – Santa Paula, California

Hotel del Coronado – Coronado, California

Julian Gold Rush Hotel – Julian, California

Mission Inn and Spa – Riverside, California

Pierpont Inn – Ventura, California

Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast – Ventura, California


8.5″ x 10.5″

409 pages

Language: English.



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 research reveals that each hotel survived financial hardships and frequently changed owners, yet in many cases the reported sightings continued. There have been numerous sightings over the years of a young woman in Victorian-era clothing roaming the Hotel Del Coronado, believed by some to be the ghost of Kate Morgan, a hotel guest who killed herself in 1892. Owens suggests that the ghosts said to be in the Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles may be connected to a series of bizarre deaths that occurred there between 1913 and 1922. 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

“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, founder of APRA and producer of the web-series “Ephemera.”

“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….Craig also describes in detail any evidence or experiences collected during his investigations and shoot and 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

“Saw the author’s presentation at Dark Delicacies in Burbank last Saturday. Highly recommended. Bought the book as well – excellent!” — Cali Behr

“This book is so incredible on soooo many levels. 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 your 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. Very interesting read, visually stimulating and highly recommend this book!” — Amazon reviewer

“This book is so good. People, you need to buy it!!!” — Cecilia Jordan







Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 x 10.5 x 1 in


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