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It Started with a Kiss Echoes: Book Three - Gallicus! Would You Believe Him? Includes tales of haunted houses, spirit infested cemeteries, Civil War ghosts, ghostly railroads, eerie tunnels, and much more. Some of her stories feature 20 th 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.

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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 miles of Parkersburg or Sheppard.

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But you can always sleep with the lights on Delivering the shivers Top-rated ghost tour scares up some haunted history. They come to hear ghost stories told by psychic Susan Sheppard, who dresses the part in black with a deep purple cloak, black hair streaming over her shoulders, as she walks them through Parkersburg's most-haunted places. Her tour is part historical, part spectral, but it is the ghosts who bring the crowds.

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Sheppard is the author of several books. At the tour's beginning, she acknowledges that everyone on the tour is not a believer, but that she does see the spirits and hear their tales.

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She urges nonbelievers to be respectful and listen to the stories. The Blennerhassett Hotel is an appropriate starting place for the tour. Built in by oil baron William Chancellor, the Queen Anne-style hotel was a showplace from the day it was built. That someone is Megan MacGregor, who lives in the cottage next door and whose mother has made a bad bargain with the Banshee.

In the efforts to save Megan from the Banshee, Will uses his wits and new found sources of courage and ingenuity to solve the mystery.

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Falcone has worked as a teacher, a private investigator and a screenwriter. She engages the same winning formula used in her recent novel, Walking with the Dead , reviewed previously in CM , to entrance her readers. Falcone brings folklore to life in a contemporary context while exploring the Irish mythology surrounding Banshees. With a blend of chills, humour and suspense, short chapters and clever word play, this fast paced thriller will keep readers turning pages until the end.

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A 'friendly Banshee' is one who in life, had strong ties to her family, and in death, felt the need to watch over them, and keep close to them. A great deal of surviving Banshee lore comes from outside of Ireland, however. The third and final time happened in August of this year, I now live in Scotland and was getting ready for my work around 8am when I heard crying, I turned off the radio and there it was, someone was sobbing and crying outside the window I live in an attic flat and I knew in my heart much to my dread that someone was dead in Ireland, approximately 2hours later my sister who was with me on the previous two occasions and with who I am very close rang to say her father-in-law had died. If ever you venture to the Emerald Isle, and you happen to be out and about at night, take a listen. I swear I'm not making it up.

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