Noted paranormal researcher Steve E. Asher provides true, first-hand accounts of the paranormal as well as his own personal experiences at the state’s most violent, controversial—and haunted—prison. He uncovers the shocking testimonies of the men and women who have actually worked behind the prison walls and their encounters with the spirits of dead inmates.The compelling facts found inside this book will leave you questioning everything you ever thought possible about life after death.
Paranormal researcher Steve E. Asher is also a freelance writer and artist, as well as a lover of music. Previously he worked over ten years in law enforcement and as a correctional officer.
Steve is a longtime researcher of the paranormal. He has traveled worldwide, most recently to Thailand where he and his wife adopted one of their two sons. Steve is an avid lover of the nighttime. He has said this is when he feels most truly alive, in the darkness of the night, and therefore most productive in his paranormal research and writing. He is a native of Princeton Kentucky.
Explore frightening ghost stories and true paranormal encounters at ten well-known, haunted institutions across the United States. This unique collection of investigations is filled with terrifying photos, spooky highlights from on-site tours, and historical information about each location.
Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriumsexplores the country's scariest institutions, including the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, West Virginia Penitentiary, and St. Albans Sanatorium. Discover creepy conversations between the authors and restless spirits, interviews with facility staff and knowledgeable ghost hunters, and helpful tips gathered from each investigation. You'll also enjoy an introduction to basic ghost hunting equipment and detailed information about organizing your own visits to these haunted establishments.
For example, inmates arent afraid to use sharp objects to hurt officers, whojust like the inmatesoften find themselves behind locked doors. Correctional officers also face constant exposure to diseases and infections, as well as constant stress that can upset family life and make sleep nearly impossible. While some people might say, If its that bad, then quit, correctional officers stay on the job for a variety of reasons, including a desire to serve and protect the public.
Doing Time Eight Hours a Day shares one mans firsthand experiences of what its like to be a correctional officer and rub elbows with some of the most dangerous men and women alive.
In Hauntings of the Western Lunatic Asylum, author Steve E. Asher brings you chilling real-life encounters of haunting paranormal activity from those who have worked inside the aged madhouse. Discarded orphans, the feeble minded and the criminally insane living together and now locked inside a man-made purgatory. They remain hopeless and now, filled with inhuman rage. Steve E. Asher brings you gripping stories that only a small handful of people even knew existed.
Do you dare look further? Do you dare to enter the Western Lunatic Asylum?
"The big city has no lock on misery in these 16 portraits of dark doings in the Deep South."
"Mississippi, as Franklin notes in his introduction, has the most corrupt government, the highest rate of various preventable ills, and the highest poverty rate in the country. In short, the state is a natural backdrop for noir fiction. The 16 stories...emerge from a cauldron of sex, race, ignorance, poverty, bigotry, misunderstanding, and sheer misfortune."
"Mississippi is the perfect setting for the latest volume in Akashic's long-running noir series . . . The most memorable pieces take the definition of noir beyond the expected: William Boyle's 'Most Things Haven't Worked Out' is reminiscent of the gothic fatalism in Flannery O'Connor's stories, while Michael Kardos's 'Digits,' about a writing teacher whose students come to class with fewer and fewer fingers, veers into Shirley Jackson territory."
"Maybe it's the oppressive heat and humidity, or maybe it's the high rates of poverty, crime and corruption that plague this southern state. Whatever the reason, Mississippi is the perfect setting for a good noir story . . . [The Noir series] is adept at finding the dark underbelly of cities big and small, but it has produced a unique, delicious flavor of noir fiction with this Mississippi installment."
--New York Daily News
"These chilling stories . . . consistently embody the ideal of noir writing with a strong sense of place . . . These pages drip with Mississippi humidity. Fans of classic noir will be pleased and rooted in this redolent setting."
--Shelf Awareness for Readers
Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the geographic area of the book.
Brand-new stories by: Ace Atkins, William Boyle, Megan Abbott, Jack Pendarvis, Dominiqua Dickey, Michael Kardos, Jamie Paige, Jimmy Cajoleas, Chris Offutt, Michael Farris Smith, Andrew Paul, Lee Durkee, Robert Busby, John M. Floyd, RaShell R. Smith-Spears, and Mary Miller.
From the introduction by Tom Franklin:
"Welcome to Mississippi, where a recent poll shows we have the most corrupt government in the United States. Where we are first in infant mortality, childhood obesity, childhood diabetes, teenage pregnancy, adult obesity, adult diabetes. We also have the highest poverty rate in the country. And, curiously, the highest concentration of kick-ass writers in the country too. Okay, maybe that's not a Gallup poll–certified statistic, but we do have more than our fair share of Pulitzers and even a Nobel...I could go on, and in fact I do, in this very anthology...
Here are sixteen stories from seasoned noir writers like Ace Atkins and Megan Abbott as well as Mississippi's new generation of noirists, authors like William Boyle and Michael Kardos. You'll also find unknown, first-time-published writers like Dominiqua Dickey and Jimmy Cajoleas, who won't remain unknown for long. I'm thrilled to bring these writers to you. In Alabama, where I grew up, we had a saying:Thank God for Mississippi, otherwise we'd be at the bottom in everything.
Welcome to the bottom."
The evidence is clear to any who are willing to view the record: Anton LaVey brought Satan out of the closet and the Church of Satan is the fountainhead of contemporary Satanism. This book summarizes the message both convey, and remains both challenge and inspiration, as timely today as when it was written.