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“[Trucker Ghost Stories is] a terrific collection of stories told by truckers, or about ghostly encounters on the road…. Two of those stories were particularly moving. "My Guardian Angel is a Truck Driver" is an unusual story of a Hillsborough County, Florida deputy sheriff who encounters the same truck driver twice in her life. And, Gary M. Vaughn's story, "Babe," actually made me tear up, the story of a truck that passed from one trucker to another, with interesting results…. Trucker Ghost Stories brings a slightly different viewpoint to ghost stories, an interesting take on the subject. There are enough fascinating stories to make this anthology a worthwhile addition to any ghost story collection.” ―Lesa's Book Critiques

“Britain and Europe have their road ghosts (as the work of Paul Devereux and others attests), but the USA is the country of the internal combustion engine; while its highways may be considerably newer than our ancient lands and trackways, its road-lore is arguably more extensive. And nowhere is this more evident than in the semi-mythic figure of the truck driver, hero of a thousand country songs and spinner of as many tales of life on the road – including its spooky side, as shown in the traditions of ghostly vehicles and phantom hitchhikers. Annie Wilder, who has previously written on haunted houses, has collected together a wide range of firsthand Trucker Ghost Stories, very much in the manner of one of our own It Happened to Me! collections. In fact, the material extends beyond ghost stories to encompass pursuit by weird lights, URO encounters, demon attacks, skinwalkers and even the chupacabras. Wilder's own wonderfully weird story of following a Michelin Man entity on Interstate-94 earns her some extra brownie points with us as she refers to "the UK's hipster paranormal magazine Fortean Times"! Some stories stretch credulity, some have endings that are a little too pat to ring true, but there are some real gems of weirdness here and the whole thing is perfect for late-night reading…but perhaps not as you huddle in your cab at a lonely truck-stop!” ―Fortean Times, October 2012

About the Author

ANNIE WILDER wrote House of Spirits and Whispers about her experience living in a haunted house and working with paranormal investigators. She has appeared on the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story and has been a featured guest at paranormal conferences and hosted haunted tea parties and tours.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765330350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765330352
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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By Thomas P. Riddell on September 11, 2012
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Everyone loves a ghost story. It makes for interesting chatter around a campfire at night or a spooky tale can really take hold during the course of a late evening thunderstorm. Mostly, we become very interested in the telling of a few really spooky encounters. They'll usually give us a giggle and a fun little fright but then we move on in our lives and we don't even give them much thought anymore- unless you are the person who encountered the anomaly that led to the story. To you, the experience was very real and in some cases, very disturbing or frightening. This book is about those people and the weird and ghostly experiences that they had on the road. You can dismiss them as a product of an over active imagination or you can keep an open mind to the possibilities that there are things that happen to us in this life that can't be explained- and that these people should at least be listened to with respect and a certain amount of consideration should be given to their stories.

There are a few stories in this book that are shared by several different people- stretched out in states and countries miles apart- that tell of "strange lights" that were encountered during their travels. "Chased by a Light" was one of those stories that happened in Hobart, Tasmania when a "red light" followed a vehicle during a long drive one night. It seemed to have an intelligence as it moved alongside the vehicle and even jumped fence posts as it went along in its pursuit of staying next to the traveling vehicle. "Weird Light In Toronto" was another story that told of a "hovering" white light that two people encountered while out in their car one night.
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Heard of this book through the Paranormal Podcast on itunes. Looked it up here on Amazon and bought it. Got it today and I already love it! The foreword definitely sets the tone of the book. I have always thought the scariest times or setting for stories were in the middle of the night on an old isolated road or a truck stop late at night- this book is all about all of these things!
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I have always enjoyed reading first person accounts of scary, creepy, supernatural experiences. This book is no exception. There's a therapeutic aspect of sharing your story. It makes you realize you aren't crazy and you're not the only one who has experienced something along those lines.

Annie Wilder gives a voice to all the authors included in the book. Through the stories, we find commonality.

In Part 1, Just Plain Weird, my favorite is Skinwalker in Arizona. I've heard of Skinwalkers, but this tale gave such a vivid description. The story is from a Navajo reservation and it's creepy to say the least.

I also liked Hat Man on the Montreal Bridge. I got willies reading it, so freaky.

In Part 2, Messages and Assistance from the Spirit World - I am a firm believer in assistance from above or from loved ones who have passed on. It's a very comforting thought. The Man in the Rain was my favorite from this section. At the perfect time, the author is offered help.

Part 3 Haunted Highways: Legends of the Road my favorites are both of the Highway 666 stories.

Part 4 Time Slips. My favorite is Ghost Ship in the Fog. The title speaks for itself. I also liked The Wall which was about seeing and speaking with a military man long dead.

Overall, it's a great, fun read. I find it easier to read than novels because you don't have to become invested in the characters.
If you're looking for a book for your boyfriend or husband, this fits the bill. Or if you don't mind having the crap scared out of you, this book is for you!

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nice easy to read, stories about truckers and what they see while at work. very interesting all true. i recomend this book.
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Annie Wilder's Trucker Ghost Stories is a most interesting read. Consider the kind of things to be encountered in it;
up in the Rockies overlooking Steamboat Springs, Colorado, a husband & wife trucking team has pulled their Kenworth sleeper over for the night, waiting till daylight before descending the mountain and rolling on in to their destination with a trailer full of furniture. It is a fine night for sleeping until "something" begins shaking and rocking their truck cab. Doing a "What-the-heck?" rollout, the husband tries to see what is behind this and ends up shining his flashlight on something big and hairy and upright on two legs and running off into the trees looking for all the world like the storied Bigfoot; a deputy sheriff encounters a pickup rigged on a railroad track with its tires purposely flattened and the truck itself turned to face DOWN the tracks and not crossing them. Inside the truck are explosives. The truck is rigged to be a terrorist bomb when hit by a soon-scheduled train. Trying frantically to get the truck off the tracks---with the clock ticking relentlessly---help suddenly arrives for the deputy from a big-rig trucker. The day is saved but the trucker turns up somehow mysteriously gone quickly afterwards. But who was he? Where did he go? The deputy discovers a secret about this trucker that reaches long back into her own past and to the past of her mother. This, she finds, is the SECOND time she has owed her skin to this man----who may not be a LIVING man at all. And there is the trucker who starts down a very familiar road on a very routine OTR trip, only to find his route becoming more and more UN-familiar by the mile, and the journey itself becoming---increasingly--- like a surreal trip through The Twilight Zone.
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