Ghost Hunting, Hauntings, and other Real Ghost Links
As opposed to the 'haunted house' listings that appear around halloween advertising their scary adventures. I've had some strange encounters before in a few places I have worked, the first being the grocery store I worked at in a small town in rural Illinois, and the second, and more obvious one, is when I worked my first CNA job at a Nursing home in a different rural Central IL town. I'm still pretty skeptical to a lot of stuff, but I know what happened to me was real. I'm not scared of ghosties, though. Ghosts are really nothing to be frightened of. I've seen plenty of those "out of the corner of the eye" shadowy kind of 'people', but it was never about anything 'scary'. Anyhoo, check out some of these sights, and draw your own conclusions.
Check out the Troy Taylor links!
- Troy Taylor's Haunted Decatur, IL! Troy Taylor is a pretty cool guy, he replied to my e-mail when I wrote him telling him about my ghostly accounts when I worked at the nursing home. He just wrote back (not a form letter, I was really impressed!) saying he enjoyed my "eerie" stories, and that he himself had encountered many hospitals and nursing homes that were indeed haunted, but unfortunately, because of patient confidentiality, and the fact these institutions do not want that kind of publicity, he has to be very vague when writing about them. Mr. Taylor has written many books about the haunted midwest, and on his site he has photos of his various investigations. If you're in the area, he also has tours and overnight excursions of haunted places. He seems like a really down to earth guy. He and his wife Amy run the Whitechapel Press, located in Decatur, IL. Check the listings on his main page (next link)..
- Troy Taylor's prairieghosts.com Personal Note: I recently got the chance to go on Troy Taylor's "Haunted Decatur" extended four-hour tour. I must say it was very professionally done, very informative, and very interesting. Not to mention, I believe that the Lincoln Theater, currently closed to the general public, is indeed haunted. I experienced seeing those 'shadow people' out of the corner of my eye there. Cameras are allowed on the tours, and generally run from April to October, check his site for details. So cheers to Troy and his crew, I will definately try to go on another tour again, and this time I will bring a camera!
- Troy Taylor's Haunted Indiana
- Troy Taylor: About the Author listing of his books, and general info.
- Interview with Troy Taylor
- The American Ghost Society Of which Mr. Taylor is president of.
- The Haunted Museum and other stuff. Another Troy Taylor link...
- Whitechapel Productions Press Order the books, if you are so inclined.
- Haunted Indiana.com Has a few of those halloween haunted house listings, but it also has some decent links and information for the ghost-hunter-types.
- The Shadowlands.net Interesting site! Full of local lore from across the USA, and they invite submissions!
- Horrorfind.com is a search engine, it's got a few good things on there, but most of it is of the halloween variety.
- MY PERSONAL TALES of the two haunted places I have worked. No actual investigations have been done at these two places. Also, eerie stuff involving my family. (All links now working.)