Doesn't it seem that ghostly hauntings are usually confined to out-of-the-way places? If that's true, then the American west's Great Basin should be full of ghosts. Out here, the open space between settlements is about as far as you can imagine. White Pine County has nearly 70 ghost towns - all with their own history from the days of the old west.
Here are some fun audio books we found that should get you in the right mood!
Howard Phillips Lovecraft, better known as H.P. Lovecraft, was an American author of horror, fantasy, poetry and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction and many feel he is the acknowledged master of creepy, weird and unsettling stories. These are seven stories by Lovecraft that literally span his career; some being written when he was barely a teenager and one (The Shunned House) only published after he had died. Each story is unique and strange in it's own way but all of them come from the same mind that gave us the Cult of Cthulhu and other wonderful tales that generations now have enjoyed for their strangeness that resonates with our own inner fears. Some of these stories explore the depths of the human mind others the depths of human degradation and creepiness. I won't ruin the suspense by telling you which is which. Enjoy. (Summary by Phil Chenevert)
1. The Beast in the Cave (00:18:16)
2. The White Ship (00:18:02)
3. Nyarlathotep (00:09:13)
4. The Alchemist (00:27:15)
5. The Shunned House (01:14:50)
6. Dagon (00:16:11)
7. The Tomb (00:29:28)
Ambrose Bierce, satirist, critic, poet, short story writer and journalist. His fiction showed a clean economical style often sprinkled with subtle cynical comments on human behaviour. Nothing is known of his death, as he went missing while an observer with Pancho Villa's army in 1913/14. (Summaries by Peter Yearsley)
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Stories of encounters with the ghosts of the dead and dying. The
spirits of the dead reach out to the living, to pass on a message
or to pursue a killer.
Oddities of death and life; from a man who finds that his death is uncertain,
through the effects of war on the family, duty that survives death, to the
memory of revenge.
Encounters of the living with the spirits of the dead who have
been bound into buildings. An old man revenges himself; a journalist
investigates a haunted house; and the quivering vine that tangles the
face of a deserted home.
Houses where the living are never seen again, memories of the
mortuary live on, and a murdered man wanders through.
Three short tales of men who have vanished living their ordinary
lives, sometimes in full view of witnesses; plus a short, probably
fictional, description of a theory to partly explain these events.
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Ely, Nevada owes its existence to the nearby porphyry copper deposits discovered early in the 20th century. At one time, the open-pit mines were the largest human-made hole on the planet.
The Nevada Northern Railroad was created to haul copper ore from Ely to the Southern Pacific Railroad to the north. At a time when the United States was heavily adopting residential electrical power, the mines at Ely, Nevada were the dominant source of copper used in transmission lines.
Although the railroad isn't used to move copper these days, it still exists as a fully-functioning museum offering short-line excursions through the mining district. And Ely's copper mine is still one of the largest employers in the county.