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I think I know the website you are talking about - I posted there once or twice a long time ago trying to straighten out the Hillcrest story - could be a different website, I forget the name offhand, I may have it bookmarked somewhere.

As for the scary books - I read about half of The Shining one night when I was visiting my Dad's house not long after it came out in paperback - must have been about 12 years old, I think. This was an old Victorian on Grand River that was definitely haunted - it was creepy. For some reason I was left alone that night and couldn't stop reading the book even though I was so very scared. I still sometimes get creeped out opening a shower curtain expecting a ghostly dead body to be in the bathtub. And I don't like having windows with the blinds up or curtains open when it's dark - I half expect to find a vampire knocking on the window pane. I spent most of my childhood and early teen years scaring myself senseless but I couldn't help - loved the scary movies and books. I blame Sir Graves Ghastly, he got me hooked at a young age.


Forgot to comment on the ridiculous courthouse haunting story. I remember reading that a long time ago too, being both pissed off and laughing. Obviously the hangings are a complete fabrication, and I have never, ever heard of the courthouse lawn being haunted. I was born and raised in Howell and love all things supernatural and ghostly, I think I would have picked up on that tale along the way. But there are definitely some haunted houses. And whenever I would be out on the lake (Lake Howell as my sister-in-law says her sister-in-law who lives on the lake calls it - moron) in a boat near the cemetery I would get a spooky vibe, but that may well be because I know several people have drowned in that area because of that nasty undertow.


I want to know the website! Our local paper doesn't keep archives long enough! Or so they say. Years ago they published a story for Halloween, telling of all our local hauntings. I can only remember one, and it definitley falls into the Urban Legend category. I have been recently asked by a newcomer to our town, to tell the stories, and can't find them!

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