Book Review: The Little Book of True Ghost Stories


The Little Book of True Ghost Stories 

by  Echo Bodine        

© 2011  Hampton Roads Publishing (An Imprint of Red Wheel Weiser)   

ISBN:  978-1-57174-650-4    

208 pages                    Paperback

$14.95 (U.S.)


Every once in a while, I enjoy dipping into waters which come dangerously close to purely entertaining without any connection to deep metaphysical topic, and ghost stories certainly seem to fall into that category.  While they touch on the paranormal, there are no deep lessons to learn, or wisdom to be imparted.  They exist simply to tell the stories, and sometimes that is enough.


Although I didn’t recognize the name of the author, my 30-something daughter mentioned that she had heard of her.  I can’t count the number of “world famous” whatever’s that NO ONE has ever heard of, but at least she isn’t one of them.


She introduces herself and gives a bit of her background before she gets into relating the stories.  My one objection to the stories she tells is that tend to be too simplistic in my estimation – she finds the ghosts; she tells them to go to the light; the angels come and guide them to the light; end of story.  Plus, she seems to rely on her spirit guides to do much of the legwork.  They journey to the “other side” and find family members, pets, etc., to help convince the recalcitrant ghosts to make the transition.


She seldom encounters any real opposition.  Oh, there are stubborn individuals who have their own reasons for not moving on, and there are those who apparently enjoy frightening those who inhabit our own physical universe, but none who actively fight the transition.  The way it comes across is that “ghostbusting” (her word) is simply a different 9 to 5 occupation.


Overall, I was expecting a bit more “meat” than I got.  It was all quite light and, dare I say, “fluffy.”  After reading this book I was a little unsure how I felt about it.  It was kind of like going to what you thought was going to be a formal sit-down dinner, and finding out that only appetizers were being served.


If you simply want some light, entertaining reading, enjoy this book.  If you want ghost stories with a  bit of substance to them (the average story in this book is told in only a couple of pages), you may want to keep looking.