American Ghost Stories: True Tales from All 50 States

by Michael A Kozlowski
American Ghost Stories

… the book contains one ghost story per state … Kozlowski tries to cover a broad range of tropes, time periods, and types of hauntings. He shares the context and his personal experiences related to each story, and includes photos for each tale. Kozlowski's writing is engagingly folksy …

Booklist Online

When it comes to books on ghosts and the paranormal, they really can be hit or miss. Whether fiction or non-fiction, the author has to be a good storyteller for the book to work. Author Michael A. Kozlowski is one of those good, no, make that great, storytellers. … This spellbinding collection of ghost stories, haunted places, and first person encounters is guaranteed to add a lot to your Halloween season. … This book is hard to put to down …

David’s Basement of the Bizarre

… Pick a state, any state and see what really happened in each locale. Read about witches and curses – in Virginia! Visit an Ohio farm where a poisoned man is not the only haunting spirit. Read about Black Agnes, Betsy Ross, Loretta Lynn, and other chilling encounters from around America.


In American Ghost Stories, author Michael Kozlowski will take you on a journey through every state, claiming true tales of hauntings. Haunted highways, homes, and hotels are believed to exist all over this country, and Kozlowski has taken the time and effort to research a story from each state. … For all those paranormal fans out, pick up this book and start planning your next road trip.

San Francisco Book Review

… fabulous book! … I highly suggest buying this book and placing it into your collection. If you are planning to do some traveling and visiting other states, this is the book that will tell you about haunted places in ALL 50 states! For paranormal enthusiasts and new ghosthunters, this book "American Ghost Stories" needs to be placed in your private library! A great resource!

Take an eerie road trip!

A chilling collection of true ghost stories spanning every state in the United States with a full range of ghostly manifestations and haunted locations!

From séances to shiny graveyards, take a ghostly journey across the United States. Visit the highways and byways of the supernatural across the country and in each state in the union. American Ghosts Stories: True Tales from All 50 States tours possessed houses, unearthly burial sites, forbidding farms, sinister forests, school bathrooms, and all manner of places haunted by spectral visitors, including …

  • Sullivan, Maine, and Nelly Butler, America’s “first ghost.”
  • Wilder, Kentucky, and Bobby Mackey’s Music World, which was originally built as a slaughterhouse and then served at various times as a honky-tonk, bingo hall, biker bar, and cocktail lounge before becoming a direct portal to Hell.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and The Pfister Hotel, where every U.S. president since William McKinley stayed—as did Elvis Presley—and its weird noises, flickering lights, malfunctioning electronics, and moving objects.
  • Exeter, Rhode Island, and Mercy Lena Brown, the vampire ghost that was caught on a YouTube video.
  • San Jose, California, and the maze-like Winchester House, which was allegedly designed to confuse ghosts that haunted the original owner … and have continued to haunt people every since.
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the Skirvin Hotel, the historic Art Deco hotel, former speakeasy, and location of several gunfights that is haunted full time by Effie, a Prohibition-era chambermaid.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the numerous sightings at the Betsy Ross House. 
  • Huntsville, Alabama, and the Maple Hill Cemetery, the internment site for governors, U.S. senators, representatives, and soldiers that is the site of … a playground!
  • Tularosa Basin, New Mexico, and Pavla Blanca, the woman in white roaming the dunes of the White Sand National Monument.
  • And many more paranormal experiences, poltergeists, residual hauntings, curses, witches, prisons, bridges, mental institutions of an America plagued with spirits, phantoms and ghosts!

More than merely a collection of 50 true ghost stories, American Ghost Stories puts you in the middle of the eerie action with captivating stories that would be at home at any midnight campfire. The only difference is that these stories aren't urban legends or fantasies meant to scare you. These stories live right next door to every one of us. We suggest you don’t read them when you are home alone and the lights begin to flicker!

About Michael A Kozlowski

Michael A Kozlowski Michael A. Kozlowski has written a range of books, including a short horror and suspense story collection, Some Days Suck, Some Days Suck Worse; the psychological suspense novella Above the Clouds; the second novel in his John Angel series, Fallen Angel: A Post-Apocalypse Horror Novel; and a travel memoir about his family’s adventure moving to and living in Australia. Mike lives in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, with three spoiled dogs. He is an active member in the local art and music community and tries to be as cool as his friends. Mike is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association.

Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan, United States

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