Leslie Rule,
Ghosts Among Us: True Stories of Spirit Encounters
(McMeel, 2004)

As a first-time Leslie Rule reader, I was very impressed with the writing style of Ghosts Among Us: True Stories of Spirit Encounters. The book tells the stories without too many unnecessary words, but it also contains a thread of quality writing you would find in a first-rate novel. The marriage of the two makes for a great read.

Black-and-white photos always help a book of this nature, and I found this to be especially true with this book -- particularly because the author herself took many of the photographs. This adds to the reality of the reporting. I also appreciate the forthrightness of the author's claim to be a true believer. Many of these types of books often obscure the authors belief so one is never sure if they are a skeptic or believer. Rule lays it on the line, and I appreciate that.

My favorite chapters are on "Ghostly Letters" and "Haunted Hotels." I am a fan of haunted hotels and always greatly enjoy reading more about them. In addition, Rule was kind enough to provide the address and telephone numbers for each. Now where did I put that Visa card?

The story that has stuck with me the longest was the one about the haunted clown doll. It is a very unusual story along with an actual photograph of the little creep.

All in all, this is a fantastic little book on ghosts.

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book review by
Michael L. Gooch

31 July 2010

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