Ghostland’s Exploration of the Effects of Spiritualism on Women’s Rights & Female Stereotypes

Happy October!

As All Hallow’s Eve looms closer, the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead thins, until the one night of the year that spirits can step from their realm into ours—at least according to the Celtic traditions that evolved into modern day Halloween.

In celebration of all things creepy, crawly, and spooky, I’m reading Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey. In it, Dickey delves into the creaky floors, endless halls, and hidden staircases of America’s most famous haunted houses, hotels, churches, graveyards, cities, and public spaces.

A Brief Introduction to Ghostland

Even though Dickey explains in the “Author’s Note” that Ghostland is not about proving or disproving the existence of ghosts, he does, in a way, dispel their existence. That is, he offers historical explanations of the supposed ghosts’ former lives and the stories that people created about them. He clears up rumors, sets the stories straight. In a lot of cases, the lives of haunted houses’ former residents were exaggerated after suspicions of paranormal activity arose. Continue reading Ghostland’s Exploration of the Effects of Spiritualism on Women’s Rights & Female Stereotypes