From the Author
Hi! Thank you for considering my book, A Haunted History of Columbus, Ohio.
I tried to write the kind of ghost story book that I like to read. The stories are told in detail. It drives me nuts when I read stories that are condensed down to just one or two sentences, such as "Joe the janitor worked late one night and saw a woman in white standing in the hall." Where's the fun in that? They are also stories that for the most part have never been told publicly before. I think that readers should get their money's worth instead of rehashes of the same old stories they've heard before.
I was a little surprised to find out that some people think that the stories are too good to be true. Indeed, some of them are pretty wild. You know that old adage about truth being stranger than fiction? It's right! The stories all come from reliable sources. I have too much professional pride to even begin to consider including any story that I wasn't absolutely sure was on the up and up.
The content is about half ghost stories and half the history behind them. If you're not a history buff, don't worry. This isn't history like they taught in school when I was a kid. I've got true crime, natural disasters, and the quirky little stories that got me hooked on history to begin with. If you do like history, you may be as blown away as I had been by some of the things I had found out about. It's amazing what secrets have been long buried in this city.
As for the scariness level, there were some stories that unnerved me, but for the most part, they are more eerie than terrifying. Also, since I am not the most serious person on earth, a few of them are a little on the humorous side. What can I say? I know funny ghosts.
From the Back Cover
From the playful spirits of the Kelton House Museum & Garden to the wavy-armed apparition that prowls the fourth floor of Ohio State's main library, Columbus is teeming with ghosts. Meet the deceased yet meddlesome stage manager at the Ohio Theatre and the tuxedo-clad ghost awaiting his ride on Franklin Avenue. Learn the horrifying secrets behind the jail cells in one Columbus home and the truth about a centuries-old haunting near Dublin. Columbus Landmarks Foundation ghost tour guide Nellie Kampmann takes you on a journey to meet mischievous souls and malevolent entities that aren't quite ready to leave the city.