Smart bets: The Ghost Will See You Now

Lots of things are spooky — abandoned summer camps, lonely playgrounds, creaky attics and dusty old barns. But local author Randy Russell may have picked the creepiest locale of all for his newest book: hospitals. The Ghost Will See You Now: Haunted Hospitals of the South collects tales from “TB sanatoriums, spas, dental clinics, treatment centers at historic forts, nursing homes, hospice centers, ambulances, hospital train cars and an early 19th-century pharmacy in New Orleans,” according to a press release. The state-by-state guide includes more than 41 stories and lists of 160-plus sightings. Russell’s readings include a “bring your own ghost” component, where attendees can show off their own spooky artifacts and stories, or come in costume. He’ll be at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m.; and City Lights Bookstore in Sylva on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m.


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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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