Are you into the swing of Halloween yet?  I hope so…it’s almost here! I haven’t yet bulked up on candy for trick-or-treaters, or seen Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin (one of my favorites), but I have been checking out the many books on Halloween and ghostly subjects – both fiction and non-fiction – written by our very own local authors, and about our area.

A week or so ago I sent out a call for local authors to send me information about their Halloween-themed stories, and I’d like to share them with you. I hope you’ll take a few minutes and check them out. Who knows, you might find a new favorite author, or two! Even if you don’t get to some until we’re heading for the next big holiday, there’s never a bad time for a spooky story, is there?


In the adult fiction market (and YA), let’s face it, paranormal is king. Our bookshelves are already full with vampires and werewolves and shape shifters…and who knows what creature will next make an appearance? While this collection has its shares of those creepy critters, it’s nice to see there are still stories about  ghosts, and even a zombie, to raise our hackles.

Witch Way to Turn
Local author Karen Y. Bynum (debut novel)

Paranormal Romance
Lyrical Press (July 2012)
(Strong language and some graphic content)

From the author: Can you give one guy your heart and another your soul?
18-year-old witch Breena Cross meets hunky vampire/convict Myles, AND would-be assassin Orin; dilemma ensues.

Available in paperback and eBook from, Barnes& and other online retailers / $4.99 to $9.99

For more information:

* * *

CONNECTED: I am he who passed me by
Local author Thomas James

Historical fiction, 102 pages
Xlibris (March 2012)


From the author:  Civil War historical event produces ghost who was discovered on Nags Head beach over Halloween 2011.  Story also has spiritual message.

 Available in hardcover, paperback, or eBook from, Barnes& or your local bookstore order desk / $3.99 to $24.99.

 * * *

A Ghost I Am
Joanna Loring (former Hampton Roads resident)

Independently published (August 2012)

From the author: This darkly compelling ghost fantasy set in Sandbridge, Virginia, will captivate your imagination to the end.

Available in paperback and eBook from, Barnes& and other online retailers / $3.99 to $10.06

For more information:

* * *

Signs of the South
Local author Narielle Living
Paranormal Mystery, 348 pages
Pulse Publishing (November 2011)