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Ghosts of Central Jersey

 Historic Haunts of the Somerset Hills

By Gordon Thomas Ward

“The house of my childhood in Bernardsville, New Jersey, developed a reputation for being haunted. There was an apparition of a man in a light shirt and dark pants that was seen twice in the dining room, and there was another apparition of a woman that appeared in a bedroom doorway. When you live in an older home, you get used to its “normal” sounds, so my family and I became rather adept at picking out the “unusual” sounds. We experienced the sounds of loud crashes and bangs that occurred without anything being found out of place to explain them. In the evenings, there was often the sound of someone ascending the stairs. Footsteps were heard on the second floor when no one was up there, and other footsteps were heard on the porch late at night, followed by the rattling of the front door handle…” (Excerpt from Ghosts of Central Jersey)

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What ghosts roam within the historic sites and buildings of Central New Jersey? How accurate are the traditional stories? From the shadowed woods of the Somerset Hills to the dappled banks of the Delaware River, Ghosts of Central Jersey: Historic Haunts of the Somerset Hills delivers a rich mix of factual history and the sound investigation of ghostly phenomena. The combination of an open-minded enthusiasm and a level-headed approach underscores this collection of reports that will inform, entertain, and lead the reader to places where the past is considered to be very much alive and entwined with the present.

Black River Journal contributor Gordon Thomas Ward’s Ghosts of Central Jersey, now in its fifth printing, is an in-depth look at our local haunts that includes Ward’s early encounters at his haunted home in Bernardsville and his later encounters as a paranormal investigator.

Autographed and inscribed copies of Ghosts of Central Jersey are available directly from the author at gordonthomasward.com or can be found at Clinton Book Shop, 12 East Main Street, Clinton, www.clintonbookshop.com and The Bookworm, 99 Claremont Road, Bernardsville, www.bookwormbernardsville.com


The Big Book of New Jersey Ghost Stories

By Patricia A. Martinelli and Charles Stansfield Jr

"New Jersey has had its share of supernatural sightings. Witches have been known to roam the night, performing century-old rituals to unlock magical secrets. And for generations, myths and legends have been handed down involving ghosts and monsters that 'live' everywhere from urban high-rise hotels to the wilds of the Pine Barrens. These creatures have both frightened and entertained in bedtime stories, books, and movies. This book will attempt to bring many of these tales together for a unique tour through the Garden State. Whether or not you are a believer enter here, and maybe, just maybe you will find out once and for all...What scares you?" (From the introduction of The Big Book of New Jersey Ghost Stories)

Veteran paranormal authors, Patricia A. Martinelli (Haunted New Jersey, New Jersey Ghost Towns…) and Charles A. Stansfield Jr.(Haunted New Jersey, Haunted Jersey Shore…) have teamed up to bring readers “184 of the best, most spine-tingling accounts of ghosts from the Garden State” in, The Big Book of New Jersey Ghost Stories.” Covering North Jersey, Central Jersey, South Jersey, and the Shore Region, stories include The pale phantom of Devil's Tower in Alpine, Colonial ghosts of Greenwich, The beachcombing Woman in White, Indian Will's wandering spirit in Eatontown, Woodstown's haunted Seven Stars Tavern, and The helpful hospital ghost in Elizabeth.

The Big Book of New Jersey Ghost Stories can be ordered locally for quick delivery at Califon Book Shop, 77 Main Street, Califon, 908.832.6686, califonbookshop.com.