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Book Review: Ghost Hunting- The Gettysburg Files

Updated: Feb 7




Ghost Hunting- The Gettysburg Files was written by Johlene "Spooky" Riley and published by Arbor House at Gettysburg in 2014. You can purchase it on Amazon and you can visit the author on Amazon and on social media.


GWe're asked to trust that what she writes in her journals is a true representation of her investigations. I would tend to believe her.

Ghost Hunting- The Gettysburg Files takes you to a place that is steeped with rich, interesting and somber stories of a time that our country endured great bloodshed. If only the spirits of the multitude of the dead could talk, what would they say? Johlene "Spooky" Riley attempts to answer that question by bringing these battered and broken souls back to life by sharing her private ghost hunting journals with us. There are eleven locations/chapters that she visits in this book and each one of them offers up ghostly stories that will keep you turning the pages until the very last page. In the Ghost Tour Headquarters for example, there is a little girl ghost who answers a request to play with her. She responds by tossing a ty-shirt to the floor. In the Civil War House: A Haunted Past it tells of how there are apartments in that particular building now, but it reminds the reader: "If an apartment sits empty in Gettysburg for any length of time there is usually a reason for it." Some of those reasons will have your hair standing on end. Johlene has had some very "spooky" and amazing experiences and even though she is an experienced investigator she has been scared on a few occasions. Gettysburg is certainly a place where a seasoned ghost hunter would want to travel to. Johlene Riley takes it a step further; she has lived there. As a seasoned paranormal investigator, myself, I am always quick to say that I am always skeptical of stories about ghosts, but I am equally opened to the possibility of their being spirits that still wander the earth among us. The author asks us to trust that what she writes in her journals is a true representation of her investigations and I would tend to believe her. Her credibility is also enhanced when there are many others who have ventured into Gettysburg and have offered up similar stories of haunted battlefields and buildings. The Gettysburg Files also includes pictures that help to clarify and to add authenticity to the ghostly tales that the author tells. If you are ever interested in going to Gettysburg just for the historic content of the place, please consider stopping into Gettysburg Ghost Tours and explore the possibilities that could be offered there. It might just open your eyes to another level of experience. I loved Ghost Hunting- The Gettysburg Files.


I give Ghost Hunting- The Gettysburg Files 4 out of 5 star


Johlene "Spooky" Riley is a scheduled guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show #145 on December 11, 2023.

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