What's black, white and read all over?
In the next week, a culmination of many things I love will take place.
In other words, my love for newspapers, writing and ghost hunting will be tied up in a bow, and accessible from Amazon and eventually, here locally and around the state.
I’m talking about a book I’ve been working on since last year with Kevin Slimp, owner of the Newspaper Academy and Marketsquare Publishing in Tennessee, titled Haunted Places and Ghost Sightings Across Texas.
When Kevin approached me about doing this book, the fact that most of the stories are from the pages of Texas newspapers sold me first.
I have a passion for newspapers - particularly community newspapers - and journalists as well as the integrity of our profession have taken massive hits recently. Since newspapers are near and dear to my heart as well as my lifetime livelihood, I feel entitled and maybe even obligated to highight what we offer.
Which is a lot.
It is important for me to underscore the importance of what community newspapers bring to our table on a weekly basis. In addition to the city council and school board meetings that most wouldn’t have a clue about without a community newspaper; or the detailed sports stories and photos from some of the best photographers in the state, as well as access and information as to what you can buy in our communities - in addition to all that, sometimes you get a great little story about a place in your community that might be haunted.
Who knew so many community newspapers covered ghost stories in their towns? I didn’t, but I do now.
My love of newspapers, combined with my genuine love of ghost hunting, well, it was just a home run.
The book is mostly comprised of stories that have run in Texas newspapers from Decatur, to Jasper, to McGregor and Canadian and in between; with more submissions from a Texas paranormal expert.
After editing and proofing the book the past couple of months, I feel confident in saying even if you aren’t a fan of the supernatural, the historical value of the book is pure gold.
I don’t want to give anything away, but I smell a trip to Tyler, Texas in my future as well as Decatur, Burkeville, Canadian and several others.
I want to give a special, heartfelt thank you to Deanna and Alton Yeakley for their interview for a story in the Iowa Park Leader that occupies chapter 10 of the book; and my besties who were with me during the event of the story I wrote on the Jefferson Hotel in chapter 19.
Next week, the Leader will have a comprehensive story with actual dates and hard information about ordering the book, because that’s the kind of thing we do here.
And, of course, I hope you buy it, along with a subcription to your local newspaper.