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Subject: Ghost stories
Date Posted: 4/21/2008 4:08 PM ET
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Help!  I am new to paranormal, having only read Second Glance by Jodi Picoult.  I was intriguied by the whole ghost hunting story, but I'm not interested in typical ghost stories.   Where is a good place to start with fictional ghost stories/ghost hunting?

Thanks

Leigh

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 5:21 AM ET
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Hi, Leigh!

I started a post, but my browser ate it, so I'll start again. Keep in mind, I've never read anything by Jodi Picoult, so I have no idea if any of these will be what you want. They tend to be more mysteries/romantic suspense.

Charlaine Harris has a series about a woman named Harper Connelly who finds the dead. The series starts with Grave Sight. The first book was interesting, but I haven't gotten to the second one yet. Seems like I read a short story ine some anthology that had the same characters, but I can't recall which one. (Harper Connolly series)

Victoria Laurie has a series about a medium named M.J. Holliday who specializes in ridding homes of ghosts and demons. The first book is What's a Ghoul to Do? I haven't read this series yet, but I love her Psychic Eye books. (Ghost Buster series)

There's a series by Kat Richardson that starts with the book, Greywalker. It's about a Private Eye named Harper Blaine who dies for two minutes and comes back with the ability to see ghosts... among other things. The first book was really good. (Greywalker series)

Also, Dean Koontz has his Odd Thomas series, about a cook in a small desert town who sees ghosts. It's different, but really good. (Odd Thomas series)

If you like some spooky/gothic overtones with your ghost stories, you might try Barbara Michaels. Most of her books are available here. I remember Ammie, Come Home and The Patriot's Dream both being ghost stories of sorts. I know there were more. All of her books are good and worth reading, though they may be somewhat dated-- she wrote most of them in the late 70's-early 80's.

Happy reading (and ghost hunting)!

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 1:13 AM ET
Member Since: 5/19/2008
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A good writer in the genre is James Herbert. The novels The Ghosts of Sleath and Haunted  involve the same character, a ghost hunter.


Date Posted: 5/21/2008 1:24 AM ET
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I also think Barbara Michaels has wrote some interesting stuff (House of Many Shadows, comes to mind)

And a book you might find interesting is Stefi by Jenny Paschall, it kinda has a ghostly twist.

http://www.amazon.com/Stefi-Jenny-Paschall/dp/1931741808