Eerie Edmonton

Eerie Edmonton

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More than forty stories about hauntings and paranormal activity in Edmonton, told from a combination of personal accounts, documented history, and the authors' own investigations.
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781459744493
Branch Call Number: 133.10971 PAR
Characteristics: 229 pages :,illustrations
Additional Contributors: Anderson, Rona 1958-


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Jan 27, 2020

When I saw the title of this book, I couldn’t resist as Edmonton is a city I know very well. But while I expected to be familiar with many of the locations, it never crossed my mind one of the stories would have a personal connection.

Sooo…do you believe in ghosts or are you a skeptic? It doesn’t matter where you fall on the spectrum as the contributors represent both sides. They may not always agree but it’s clear they respect & accept each others’ views. The stories are related by Rona Anderson who is a paranormal investigator & psychic medium. Then author Rhonda Parrish digs in, examining the evidence by combing through archives & anecdotal accounts. The book has an interesting format with each story broken down by location, its history & what happened there.

I’m not sure what I believe but I really enjoyed reading the history of these locations & some of the stories will definitely stay with me. The grieving nurse who haunts the corridors of a university building that was an infirmary during the influenza outbreak in 1918. A WWl soldier who visits the former home of an Alberta premier to court a young maid. Edmonton’s “Bluebeard”, a man who confessed to killing 9 of his 18 wives (WTH!!). And did you know there are more ghost cats than dogs?

Another thing I learned was spirits seem to be drawn to hospitals & schools. The old Charles Camsell Hospital in particular is a popular source for many creepy tales & if I lived in the area, I’d be giving it a wide berth.

Spooky, disturbing, funny or sad…there’s a little bit of everything. It’s a great book to pack along on your daily commute as It reads like a collection of short stories. You can dip in, read a couple then carry on with your day. And maybe ponder how you’d react if you crossed paths with one of these colourful characters.

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