- Haunted Encounters: Departed Family and Friends by Dorothy McChonachie
- Haunted Encounters: Real-Life Stories of Supernatural Experiences by Dorothy McConachie (ed.)
- Haunted Encounters: Personal Stories of Departed Pets by Mitchel Whitington
- Haunted Encounters: Ghost Stories from Around the World by Ginnie Siena Bivona (ed.)
There are ghost stories in my family. After my mother’s Aunt Bessie died, my mother got a phone message from the receptionist. My grandmother had called. My mother asked the receptionist if she were sure. The receptionist said yes, the person asked for her and said it was her mother. The message was “everything is fine.” My grandmother had been dead over 30 years.
My mother, not usually one to be interested in the supernatural, relayed this story to me very matter-of-factly. Her mother had called to tell her Aunt Bessie was there in the afterlife and fine. Another 20 years later, my daughter asks how I am so sure that she will be ok when she dies, and I tell her the same story in the same matter-of-fact way.
The stories in these four books are like that. While a few have too pat a tale to feel “true,” most of them are the types of ghost stories people experience: short unexplained happenings that seem to be a ghost. Sometimes lights, sometimes shadows. While a skeptic could debunk many, if not all, of them just on the facts given, they make for good reading and the occasional shiver.
Each book is a collection of stories by different writers. Each writer has a bio and a picture at the end. Many of them have websites through which the reader can access more of the writer’s work. This touch puts the collection above many others in the genre. Not only does it provide an introduction to writing otherwise unknown, it brings the writers to life, adding to the believability of the tales.
The stories are short, only a half dozen pages or so. I took to carrying a book with me, and getting a story or two in while I waited. During a hearing, I lent the book to the court reporter, who also enjoyed a couple of stories. I thought they would be good for kids, but due to the diverse writing styles, some of them are at a higher reading level than others. You need a kid who can pick through for the stories at their level.
My favorite story is the tale of a woman whose older sister visits her when she is going through a triyng time, and gives her the strength to solve her trouble. I could speculate that it was only a dream, but I doubt I could convince the woman who felt her sister. It does not matter if it was. Ghost or dream, it was a profound moment and the story conveys the emotion and its effect. The tale gives hope.
These are haunted encounters, nothing more. If you’re looking for proof of the afterlife, you are unlikely to find it here. If you are looking to be scared, you’ll also end up wanting more. If you like a good story, though, they lie in these pages.Powered by Sidelines