James M Deem was obsessed with ghosts from the time that he was four years old. He was afraid that his house was haunted. At night, he sometimes heard creaking noises moving across the floor in the attic above him. And there was a strange half-size door on the back wall of his bedroom closet which was the perfect height for a small ghost to squeeze through.
He has wrtten a number of books about ghosts, including the novel The Very Real Ghost Book of Christina Rose. His first book, entitled How to Find a Ghost was filled with stories and advice for budding young ghost hunters. A later book, Ghosthunters, was a collection of ghost and poltergeist stories.
Despite his fascination with ghosts, he never managed to see one until he was over 30 years old. Here's what happened, in his own words:
I saw a ghost once (I think, unless I was mistaken); it wasn't scary at all. I didn't even know I had seen a ghost until it was gone. My wife and I were visiting Richmond Castle in England when we were walking up an old stone staircase to the second floor of the keep.
At the top of the stairs I saw a woman in a blue dress walk by. When we got to the second floor, the woman was gone--and there was no other way down from the floor. I decided that she must have been a ghost (otherwise, how could she disappear?), though I can't prove it. Of course, she also could have been a figment of my imagination (a blur as I turned my head). Whatever I saw (or didn't see), it wasn't a terrifying experience; it simply happened.
James M Deem still likes a good ghost story. Here are nine ghost stories that he has written:
Serena's Ghost -- a ghost story about a family that didn't know how to investigate ghosts.
The Ghost Detective -- a ghost story about a real ghost detective from the late 1800s.
A Seafaring Ghost -- a story about an accident on the high seas and a ghostly rescue
The Bleeding House -- a family's unsettling experiences in an old English manor house
The Mummy's Eyes -- a story that gave my own children major shivers for a long time
The Glencairn Ghost -- a tragic tale about a haunted house in Ireland
The Haunting of Abbey House -- an account of well-researched haunting in Cambridge, England
The Pleading Ghost -- a story about the ghost of a young boy
The Sauchie Poltergeist -- a poltergeist story from Scotland