Gable Cove – Ghost Facts or Fiction
Our fictional bayside town Gable Cove is rife with spirit presence and characters with varying degrees of psychic abilities or even just strong, unshakable belief in the afterlife. And like every other community there are believers and non-believers on each side of the question—do ghosts exist?
Harry Houdini was a strong debunker of spiritualists and psychic mediums. He and his wife Bess devised a secret code word that he would reveal to her if he was able to return from the afterlife. Bess held an annual séance for ten years after his death. Harry Houdini never reappeared.
On the other side of the question, many Hollywood celebrities admit to their belief in otherworldly experiences such as Lady Gaga, Keanu Reeves, Kate Hudson, and even former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Galveston Island 1900 storm, which came at a cost of an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 dead, remains the worst natural disaster in U.S. history for loss of life. For 2010-2011, Haunted America Tours ranks Galveston as the second most haunted city in the country after New Orleans. In 2012, USA Today ranked Galveston third after Baltimore and New Orleans. Among the believed ghost sighting are of children playing in the yard where 10 victims of the devastating 1900 storm were buried, The Lovelorn Lady, who reportedly hanged herself in a historic hotel, and many of the historic homes that survived the 1900 Storm, report ghostly activity which occurs to this day.
In Gable Cove – Haunted Series Book One, Caleb ‘Ghost’ Hunter believes he must turn away from love to prevent any ‘unfinished business’ from trapping him or his loved ones in the spirit world, unable to move on. Psychic Serenity Davis challenges his belief.
In Gable Cove – Gladiolus Garden House Series Book One, Abbie Black doesn’t believe in ghosts, but appears to have one in the third floor flat she shares with her stepdaughter, Lily.
Below is a list that show a precedence for small(ish) town hauntings. Enjoy our spooky list! Our Gable Cove series debuts in June, with Sheylynn Jones’s Ghost Hunter and my Side by Side.
Small Town Hauntings
Athens, Ohio: “Athens, Ohio is a small town that is home to the Ohio University as well as some downright strange ghost stories. This small, otherwise peaceful community has inspired stories of hauntings that include everything from a headless train conductor to pagan cults and the violent murders of livestock.” The Athens Lunatic Asylum is purported to be very haunted: “There’s nothing creepier than a good old-fashioned insane asylum, and Athens has one of the most famous in the form of the Athens Lunatic Asylum, which operated from 1874 until 1993. The hospital held many violent patients, and is notorious for being the site of hundreds of lobotomies. Since closing, the hospital has been the at the center of numerous ghost stories, most of which are kept alive by the students at the university, which now owns the asylum grounds.” SOURCE
Gettysburg, PA: “In July of 1863, the small college town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the site of the biggest military clash of the Civil War, which to this day remains the bloodiest event to ever occur on American soil. Over 150,000 total soldiers converged on the scene, and when the battle was over as many as 50,000 were killed, wounded, or missing. The shadow of the battle still stands over the town today, and many claim the ghosts of dead soldiers haunt the battlefields. What’s unique about Gettysburg is the sheer amount and frequency of its ghost sightings. Some places in the town, like the home of Jenny Wade, a woman who was killed by a stray bullet from the battle, supposedly experience paranormal activity on a daily basis. Elsewhere, there have even been reports of lone visitors to the battlefield park stumbling across what they assume to be a battle reenactment, only to later learn that none took place that day.” The Devil’s Den: “The Devil’s Den is a rocky outcropping of boulders and shrubs that was the site of one of the clashes of the second day of the battle. The spot is famous for being the location of a small skirmish that took place when a Union artillery unit returned fire on a Confederate sharpshooter who was taking shots at them from behind the rocks. They later found a body, and photographer Alexander Gardner took a photo of it that has since become one of the most iconic images of the battle. But recent evidence suggests that the body in the photo was not the man responsible, and some even claim that Gardner dragged the corpse of another man to the spot in order to stage the picture. Supposedly, this man’s ghost now haunts the Devil’s Den, and to this day visitors to the park often have a great deal of trouble trying to take photos anywhere near the site. Pictures often come out blurry and unusable, and cameras have a strange way of suddenly dying whenever they are turned on in the area.” SOURCE
Salem, Massachusetts: “In 1692, Salem, Mass. became the sight of a series of infamous trials after three local women were accused of using witchcraft to terrorize a trio of young girls. The trials soon escalated into mass hysteria, with townspeople vehemently accusing neighbors and acquaintances, almost all of them unmarried women, of being witches. Over 150 people were arrested and charged, and as may as 19 were eventually executed by hanging. Today, the town of Salem encourages its reputation as “Witch City, USA” and has one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in the country. Alongside the tourist shops and museums, though, stand several infamous ghost stories related to the witch trials. One in particular concerns Gallows Hill, the site of several hangings, which is said to be haunted by the spirits of the 19 people lynched for being witches.” The Joshua Ward House: “Known as one of the most haunted houses in America, Joshua Ward House is built on the foundation of the home of George Corwin, the man who served as Sheriff during the Salem witch trials. Corwin is infamous for his role in the death of Giles Corey, a local man who was charged with witchcraft. When Corey refused to enter a plea in court, Corwin used an old English legal precedent and placed him under a board piled with rocks in order to coerce him into talking. Corey never relented, and was eventually crushed to death under the massive weight. To this day, many claim that Corey and Corwin, who is rumored to be buried beneath the foundation of his old home, haunt the Joshua Ward House.” SOURCE
To read the full Top Tenz Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in the U.S. click HERE. It’s a great list, great reading! You really should read it. 🙂
Do you believe?
Several years ago, I visited Washington D.C. when my husband was on a work detail there. While he worked, I played tourist. Heh. I happened to visit Ford’s Theater at just the right season, they let us go up to see the Presidential box where President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. There was quite a line, and I struck up a conversation with the lady in front of me in line. We agreed we both felt a bit morbid standing there in line to take a look at where a man was fatally shot. The closer I got to the Presidential box, the worse I felt. The hair on the back of my neck stood on end and I had the chills. I didn’t see anything spooky, but I sure could feel President Lincoln’s presence. Later, I walked over to the Peterson House, where he was taken and where he died. I felt the same unsettled feeling, but to a lesser degree. I don’t know if I managed to spook myself or not, but I’ve also been to Gettysburg, which as noted above is very haunted, and didn’t get that same feeling, so who knows? But yes, if you were to ask me if I believe in ghosts/hauntings, the answer is definitely YES.
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