Publication date: September 19th 2014
in my new series, has a fairly interesting job—she works for a small private
detective agency that specializes in capturing and removing unwanted ghosts.
would be important, and it was fun to consider where a ghost-catching agency
might be most profitably located. An old
city would be best, but there aren’t many of those in the United States. In fact, by the standards of most of the
world, we don’t have any truly old cities here, nothing as ancient as
Paris, Rome, or Jerusalem.
located along the East Coast. I considered
Boston and New York, but I’ve never even been to those cities—and besides, the
Ghostbusters have pretty well staked out New York City as their territory.
Savannah, Georgia, a city much closer to me, and one I’ve visited a few times
(and look forward to visiting again in the future). I knew I was lucky to have it close by; it’s
not just old, but characterized by beautiful architecture dating back to the
colonial era. The downtown is made of up
twenty-two squares, each with a small park surrounded by old mansions and other
buildings in every conceivable architectural style. It’s almost dreamlike to walk through the
city surrounded by gardens, wrought iron, marble columns, fountains, and
statues. Beautiful, old, and not far
away—a perfect setting for the new ghost series!
luckier than I knew. I’ve read again and
again that seventy percent of the buildings in Savannah’s downtown are said to
be haunted. I have no idea where this
figure came from, but it sounds like a lot.
The city isn’t just haunted because it’s old.
Poltergeist was built on top of an old cemetery? The entire city of Savannah is like
that. Countless graveyards have been
paved over as the city expanded over the centuries. Unmarked graves lie beneath the streets and
the beautiful antique mansions.
a haunting would be if the city were also built on top of old Native American
burial grounds. It turns out that’s the
teeming with ghosts. I think it’s going
to be a fun place to spend the series.
To hear about future books by J.L. Bryan, sign up for his new release newsletter: http://eepurl.com/mizJH