Friday, October 22, 2010

Steph from Paper Cut Reviews & Chas from LovLivLife Reviews Guest Post & Giveaway: Ghost Story

Hey everyone! Today we’re lucky enough to have two bloggers with us telling ghost stories! Steph from Paper Cut Reviews & Chas from LovLivLife Reviews are having their Spooktacular Extravaganza, and I’m having my Countdown to Halloween, so we decided to switch blogs for the day & guest post & hold giveaways for you all! So I’m off to Paper Cut Reviews! Make sure you read the whole post because there are two giveaways!!

Ghost Story Giveaway

Paper Cut Reviews

Howdy Everyone! Today Amanda has been gracious enough to let Chas and Myself *Steph* guest post on Not-Really-Southern Vamp Chick *sneaky grin* Thanks Amanda! So we would like to talk about ghosts today!

Steph’s Guest Post:

Here in Chicago we have alot of local ghost stories or urban legends. It’s actually a pretty haunted city now that I think of it *getting the creeps now*. One of our most famous ghost stories is the one about ResurrectionCemetery JusticeIL Resurrection Mary! So the story goes it’s a dark and stormy night *of course* and while the motorist is driving down this long road he sees this young woman in a white party dress standing at the side of the road. He of course pulls over to ask if she needs a ride and before he knows it she is in the passenger side. He starts to drive although she tells him nothing of who she is or where to go. Then as he drives she suddenly screams “STOP”!  Before he can stop and turn to her she is gone! As he looks up he sees that he has stopped in front of  the Resurrection Cemetery.

Resurrection Mary has been sited since the early 1930’s down that same long stretch or road *Archer Ave* right by Resurrection Cemetery and at the Willowbrook Ballroom. Some interesting sitings  at the Willowbrook Ballroom where cab drivers have picked her up and men have danced with her *gulp*. Every encounter explains Mary as a beautiful quiet fair skinned young woman with blond hair and pretty blue eyes. Also each encounter ends the same way with them bringing her down Archer Road and her suddenly telling them to stop in front of the Resurrection Cemetery. Each motorist says they never heard or saw her get out of the car she just vanishes...


What do you think? Do you believe this story? Heck do you even believe in ghost? Do you have any local ghost stories? If yes tell us the story . I leave you with final thought when you pass a cemetery on a dark and stormy night will you pick up that ghostly girl hitch hiker on the side of the road, lol!


Okay I will be giving away a copy of Chicago Ghosts by Rachel Brooks along with some cool zombie magnetic book marks;) So all you have to do to enter is answer one of the questions above and leave your email address in your comment. Thank You! Have a Happy Halloween!


Chas Guest Post:

Aloha Not-Really-Southern Vamp Chickies=)  Thank you Amanda for the invite to share ghosts stories.

Hawai'i, like every where else has its own unique culture.  Within culture thrives all sorts of life.  The ancient Hawaiians were a highly oral people with a high literacy rate.  Stories and legends were passed through the generations orally and could be recalled with clarity.  A variety of old stories are still prevalent today like Ka huakai o ka po- Night Marchers, the Mehehune or of Pele (the Fire Goddess) disguising herself to seek aid and those who turned her away would perish as the lava flowed.

Though today, I am going to take Steph's lead and share a ghost story that also involves a woman ghost in a white dress.  This story has origins in modern Hawai'i.  Well, not so modern but certainly not ancient.  The year 1917 on the lush East side of O'ahu, Hawai'i there is a tale of adultery that will have any husband or wife with roaming eyes and wondering minds think twice. 

A man and his wife from the States came to live and cared for the Makapu'u Point Light House located in Waimanalo.  Story goes, this husband met a beautiful Hawaiian girl who he was having an affair with.  As time went on the wife had learned of this affair and demanded he break the relationship off immediately.  Distraught,  the wife drove away in tears.  This road is very curvy today so back then I can only imagine how curvy and uneven it must have been.  Anyhow, the wife lost control of her car and went over the side.  It is said that as she was found, before death's grip, she uttered the words of revenge on her cheating husband.

Not long after becoming a widower, the husband lost control of his car and ended up in the same predicament with the same ending- entering death's door.

Years pass and there are still stories told and sightings of seeing a woman in a white dress walking along the road way in the dead of night.  Many say to avoid her wrath leave your windows rolled up and lock your doors.  Others have told stories of cheating husbands being caught by the scorned Woman in a White dress.  Causing cars of cheating husbands to break down on the darkened road and being taunted by her apparition and whisperings.

So just like Steph asks- could this story be real? Or do these men need to get their cars tuned more often? Is it fair that the cheating men are singled out? Is this a load of poop? Well, no one knows but just like Steph has a story of a woman dressed in White clear across the Pacific blue some 3700 miles away.  Hawai'i has a similar one and I am willing to bet you have one in your neck of the woods too?

For any of you who have been to Hawai'i or plan to.  The Makapu'u Light House is a popular destination.  Plus, there is only one road there and back.  Heck there is only one road connecting the East side.  So chances are you have been there or will go there one day. 

Will you be driving it at night? Beautiful by day- deadly by night fall? *Mwahahahahaha*  A whole new spooky look at Paradise.

LovLivLife's Giveaway: 

Hmmm, I was considering giving away a title about Ghost stories and legends in Hawaii but not much variety is available online.  I can buy them locally but shipping costs can be the pits.  So seeing has how Not-Really-Southern Vamp Chick & LovLivLife Reviews love the same kinds of books I would like to offer one winner a Book Depository book under $10 but it has to have something dealing with ghosts.  

Search for a title then link it in the comments.  *rubbing hands* I can't wait to see what you all come up with.


Both contests will end October 31st. Make sure you answer questions for both is you wish to enter both. :)

*Updated: Both giveaways are international as well. Sorry if I didn’t make that clear. So enter away! :)


SandyG265 said...

I think that both stories could be true. I have to believe in ghost stories since there have been so many stories over the years in so many different places.

I'd pick Gost of a Chance

♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫ said...

Aloha SandyG. Simon Green- great choice!=) Never read it but the blurb sounds fantastic.

Thanks for commenting!

♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫ said...

In regards to mine and Steph's stories- I am glad my anatomy is all female. LOL!

It's interesting how stories transcends zip codes and continents. Everyone has there own version of what seems like the same originating story!!

Bethany C. said...

Downside Ghosts!


Nathalia said...

Only LovLivLife's giveway is international, right? So... let me see... hm... I think I'd choose this: Bad Girls Don't Die, by Katie Alender. Sounds interesting :)!


Anonymous said...

Downside Ghosts! I've wanted to read this book for SOOOO long!! Awesome job with the post Chas and Steph :-)

Stephanie G
Paranormal Haven

♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫ said...

@ Bethany C- Whoop Whoop. I just read and reviewed Unholy ghosts over at Bookmark your Thoughts- LOVEd it and unexpectedly love Terrible.

♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫ said...

@ Nathalia- International all the way as long as the BD ships your way!!=) Great selections.

@ P Hav!!=) Just saying HI!!! HIIIII!

Lindsay said...

Hell yes I believe in ghosts. Ironically enough, a friend of mine and I were having a conversation about them today and switching stories for hours. And I've also really wanted to read City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane cause I've heard so much about it.

lindsaydevine (at) bellsouth (dot) net

Anne said...

I would like to believe in ghosts, but I have to see or experience it to believe it. Stacia Kane has a series about Ghosts: Unholy Ghosts, City of Ghosts and Unholy Magic the only one I haven't read

Anne said...


That's for Anne about Stacia Kane's series.

Amanda Leigh said...

I need to read some of these books too! Sound like good reads.

Awesome girls! Love ghost stories. It is amazing how such similar stories end up all over the world.

Kulsuma said...

I actually do believe that something supernatural exists in the world. Those stories you shared were scary and I think there must be *some* truth in them. I don't have any ghost stories of my own which is lucky because I get scared easily!


I would love to read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Great post!!


draconismoi said...

Well this is tough, scouring my wishlist for books that deal with ghosts...

Oh! Here's one. George Mann's The Affinity Bridge:

"For this is also a world where ghostly policemen haunt the fog-laden alleyways of Whitechapel, where cadavers can rise from the dead and where Sir Maurice Newbury , Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, works tirelessly to protect the Empire from her foes. "

Though I can't tell if the ghostly policemen are friends or foes.....

Julie said...

I think ghost stories could be true. My husband and his cousins swear they saw a ghost when they were kids at their grandma's house.


This book sounds interesting. Ghost Night.

sablelexi said...
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sablelexi said...

I'm not really sure that I believe in ghosts or not, for my peace of mind, I say not. That said, this sounds kinda similar to some urban legends I've heard, though I think the woman they picked up was not nearly so friendly.

a ghost story that I think I'd like to buy is: shadowed summer:

jlynettes @ hotmail . com

Tore said...

I believe both stories could be true. I believe there are such things as ghosts. I believe people have seen them. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

JenM said...

Currently at the top of my wishlist is Grave Witch by Kalayna Price - she's a necromancer who raises the dead.

♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫ said...

Very cool picks everyone!!=D

Fi-chan (Bookish-Escape) said...

Oh, thank you! :D if I win, I would choose Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready.

and gosh, your story is kinda scary. *shivers*

*Jam* said...

Always the woman in white. I remember the woman in white episode in Supernatural too. =)
Here in Brazil we've got the "bathroom blond girl" story in all the schools.

I'd love to have this book:

*Jam* said...

Here's the link again. I don't know if it was right the 1st time =)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Hey! Great story! Sounds scary. I hope to never see the woman in white dress. Thanks!

Okay, so I think I made a pick. I've been wanting this book for a time now... I hope it qualifies. :)

Strange Angels by Lilith St. Crow

Stephmartin71 said...

Awesome contest. If I could pick a Ghost to win it would be:
Cindy Miles, Thirteen Chances

It's the only one I am missing from her series and I haven't been able to find it in Borders, I'd have to order it.

jmspettoli said...

I absolutely believe in ghosts! My house is 200 years old and there have definitely been some freaky sightings going on!

As for my choice of book I think I have to agree with the masses and also choose Unholy Ghosts:

spettolij AT gmail DOT com

EVA SB said...

I'm not sure that I dis-believe in ghosts but most ghost stories I've heard sound like urban legends.

Some of my favourite ghost stories are those I read as a child like Tom's Midnight Garden and The Ghost of Thomas Kempe.
I have yet to find an adult book in the genre that is quite as sucessful but I'd love to try Her Fearful Symmetry[@]gmail[.]com

FairyWhispers said...

this is a very interesting giveaway.

My pick would be 'ghost huntress' series.

Does it count?

the 1st book is 'the awakening'

I've read many good reviews on this book, and would love to read it.

the link is here.

btw, how come no one optioned Meg Cabot's the mediator series? It's good!



FairyWhispers said...

this book looks awesome!

would love to read thi.

Lu said...

Thanks so much for a brilliant giveaway!!

I'd pick Shadowland

chidoryx AT hotmail DOT com

k_sunshine1977 said...

i believe in ghosts....there's too many unexplained things out there to discount them, just because i've never seen one....

don't know any local ghost stories, as i've only been in this town a few years, but there's a funeral home a bit down the street from our complex, and i always get a creepy feeling when i walk past it.

i've been itching to read this one....

'cause if the story is even half as creepy as the cover, it's gonna be an awesome read!

k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

Dovile said...

My suggestion:

spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

yllektra (force-oblique) said...

Firast of all, great interviews and stories!
Thanks for hosting them! *g*

And why is it that there's stories only of Female Ghosts? Are we really that much scarier in ghost form than men?
Or are we that vindictive? :P Just saying! lol

I think the first story could be real in the sense that it doesnt really depict the poor woman really scary.. More like she is lost and goes back to the cemetery or something.

In my country we do have some ghost stories. Like the ghost of a woman, who used to be a midwife way back and strangled all female babies that she helped deliver. She was caught and killed, but they say she still roams the streets at night (in rural areas)for little girls to kill.

As for the second story, it is way scarier and it kinda makes sense.. A woman scorned and all that! *g*
But wow all cheating husbands? Of course, they should know better (mwahahaha) but still it is kinda harsh!

I don't recall a ghost story like that in my country, but I would definitely NOT DRIVE there at night, or in day. I mean wow, that's a long long long way down! o_0
Then again, I don't have a driver's license either so... yeah! XD

If I were to win this, I'd probably choose:
The Ghost and the Goth

Or Unholy Ghosts

Whichever you think is more appropriate!


dor said...

I believe the story. I believe in ghosts and I have a few in my time. Some good and some very bad but none hurt me.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Oooh, creepy! :-D I LOVE ghost stories! And I believe in ghosts, since several spooky things have happened to me: in the previous house we lived since my birth the light switch used to click off in one room, even though there was no blackout, the light was on in the corridor.

Then one night I woke up to really loud snoring at 3:40 am and saw my dad's silhouette on the spare bed across the room. I wondered why he slept here, whether he had a fight with my mom and if he put away the clothes I left on the bed.

Then I went back to sleep though it was hard since the snoring was quite loud. Then the next day I asked my dad and he told me he didnt fight with my mom, he slept in his own bed, but he woke up at 3:40 am. To this day I have no idea whether it was the astral projection of my dad or a ghost, but I know that I heard the snoring even when I was fully awake!

Thanks for the great stories ladies! :-)

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Chas, beautiful pics, thank you!

If I won, I would like to choose book 2 or 3 of Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series:

Unholy Magic


City of Ghosts

Thanks for the great giveaway! :-)

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com