Just in time for Halloween. The Vermont Ghost Experience!
It’s been three years since a book by Joseph A. Citro showed up in the bookstores just prior to Halloween. Too long.
Vermont has changed a lot and continues to do so
There is no doubt that a lot of newcomers to the Green Mountains are anxious to “revise” Vermont history and folklore to better suit their own vision of the state. Many attempt to down play the entire “weird and haunting” aspects of Vermont, simply because they’re not happy with the image it portrays.
Perhaps this makes it just about the perfect time for a book called “The Vermont Ghost Experience“.
The book is available in a softcover version with some wonderful illustrations by Robert Waldo Brunelle JR. At a price of just $15.00, The Vermont Ghost Experience is definitely a treat, rather than a trick. The illustrations really help to bring some of the stories to life (excuse the pun).
Get your copy of The Vermont Ghost Experience at your local Vermont bookstore. You can also order the book online. Simply click here to order your copy.
Once you open the cover, you will notice that the book was “conjured” by the dynamic duo of Joseph Citro and Robert Brunelle JR, rather than “written”. Here are some of the tantalizing stories you’ll encounter within the book:
“The Introduction: What Are These?” contains some “candy corn gems” that will get you off to an intriguing start. You just know that the main courses are going to be even more tantalizing. But don’t skip around, as tempting as it might be. The stories are arranged to lead up to an important point. But above all, this is a book to savor and enjoy. Start at the beginning and take the full, ghostly journey to the end
Once inside the book, you will start with “The Richford Horror“, about an old house in a northern Vermont town. Far from being the tranquil, Vermont dream home that a family moving in would expect! Just the type of story you would want to read on a dark, rainy night when you’re home alone.
“The Cotton Mill Ghost” story is up next and takes place in Burlington, VT. It is the sad story of a woman who was struck by a train and killed on her way back to work. After her untimely demise, the ill-fated woman came back to haunt the cotton mill. The story became so popular that it was told in many different versions. It even became the subject of a Christmas story!
A personal favorite, is “The Dutton House“, which is a very old house now located at the Shelburne Museum.
The Dutton House was moved to the Museum grounds years ago and the ghost (or ghosts) came along with it. Some of the Museum employees refuse to enter the house after paranormal events they encountered. Find out more in this fascinating story.
“The Griswold Murder House” took me totally by surprise, as I had never heard about it before.
Part Two of the book starts with an introduction based on the author’s own unexplained experiences with the supernatural.
“The Jews of Middletown” features a con man with a “magic divining rod” trying to fleece an entire town, conspiring with an overly zealous priest who is preparing for the world coming to an end. All of this in a small Vermont community.
“An Awful Story” is indeed, just that! In the Northeast Kingdom town of Irasburg, a family spots sinister, giant, birdlike creatures with no feathers. The story tells about similar creatures that were also spotted in the Richford and Berkshire, VT areas.
The book winds down, much the same as it started, with a few small stories including one about the Ransom Bay Inn at the Lake Champlain Islands. The last lines in the book end with “I’ll fill another book with Vermont Ghost Experiences. And all the mysteries will prove too vexing to solve in a single lifetime”.
We certainly hope so! The Vermont Ghost Experience is another long awaited book by Joseph A. Citro and like all the ones preceding it, we’re always looking forward to MORE!
Get your copy of The Vermont Ghost Experience at your local Vermont bookstore (if available). You can also order the book online. Simply click here to order your copy.