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Cry of the Banshee
History & Hauntings of West Virginia and the Ohio Valley.
Born of the popular Haunted Parkersburg Tours, these unique stories of the unknown not only delve into the history and hauntings of West Virginia but also reveal how to recognize ghosts, how to know if your house is haunted and even the 13 most likely places to find phantoms. Includes tales of haunted houses, spirit infested cemeteries, Civil War ghosts, ghostly railroads, eerie tunnels, and much more. Some of her stories feature 20th century ghosts, such as the spirits haunting a Parkersburg radio station or the city's historic Blennerhassett Hotel. Many of these Sheppard has witnessed firsthand. She has experienced innumerable hauntings in and around Riverview Cemetery, Parkersburg's version of the twilight zone. And of course, always a motherlode of tragedy and violence, Moundsville Prison has supplied plenty of tales of its tortured inhabitants.
Cry of the Banshee, a comprehensive guide to the hauntings and tales of the paranormal in West Virginia and along the Ohio River.
A phantom from the shores of Scotland and Ireland is the banshee, a cursed omen of bad news and death that plagued early settlers. Read on to meet a more famous West Virginia portent of doom, the Mothman. And here for the first time is the truth behind the West Virginia encounters with the infamous Men in Black and the terrifying Ingrid Cold, never before in print!
Sheppard is fascinating as she spins her yarns about tragic Civil War ghosts, grieving women in white, and haunted railroads and tunnels. Plan your next trip into this twilight zone: visit tragic Margaret Blennerhassett, haunting her island home; or the rock-n-roll bartender who haunts The Empty Glass in Charleston.
For any history or ghost buff, Cry of the Banshee is a guaranteed interesting read. Some readers will want to travel the state to experience some of these ghosts for themselves; others may want to visit Parkersburg for one of Sheppard's ghost tours, complete with the inexplicable legion of black cats that always show up. Of course, there's always the chance that if you read the book late at night, alone, you may never want to come within 100 miles of Parkersburg or Sheppard. But you can always sleep with the lights on...
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