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Haunted Florida Books

Just in time for Halloween, Authentic Florida’s book reviewer, Joyce Sparrow shares three haunted Florida books: Florida’s Haunted Hospitality, Spooky Florida Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore and Historic Haunts Florida.

In Florida’s Haunted Hospitality Michelle Davidson documents the two years she traveled to select Florida inns and hotels tying in the state’s history to its haunted places. St. Augustine is probably Florida’s most popular spot for paranormal activity and it is supported by a robust tourist trade. Much of Davidson’s book outlines the details of the various ghost tours. There is detail about temperature changes and orb sighting to document the paranormal activity. Geographic areas covered in the northwest region including Apalachicola and Cedar Key, northeast Florida from St. Augustine to Amelia Island, central Florida in and around Mount Dora, Deland and Cassadaga, and the southeast region from Clewiston to Miami.

Spooky Florida Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore retold by S.E. Schlosser. Spooky Florida retells some of Florida’s best know ghost stories from Islamorada’s haunted antique car to St. Petersburg’s Skyway Bridge ghost. The tone of the book is folksy, old-time Florida. The brief entries are quick reads.

Jamie Roush’s Historic Haunts Florida includes a few places not included in the previous two books. The Hemingway House in Key West is known for its ghostly felines. John’s Pass in Madeira Beach is home to pirate John Levique who continues to look for his treasure. You’ll learn about ghost activity on the fourth and fifth floors of the Vinoy Hotel in St. Petersburg. Finally, there are the spirits who haunt Launch Pad 34 at the Kennedy Space Center where a cabin fire killed three astronauts during a launch pad test.

Joyce Sparrow writes “Florida Reads” the book review column for the Florida Library Association’s publication, Florida Libraries. She also publishes book reviews in Library Journal. Contact Joyce at ReadFlorida@gmail.com.

In accordance with FTC guidelines regarding endorsements and testimonials, the books reviewed on Authentic Florida are provided at no cost by the guest contributor and this website does not receive compensation for the reviews. 

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