Warning: These stories will make you bolt your doors and sleep with the lights on. Beloved as a pastoral paradise by weekenders and vacationers, beautiful Warwick, New York, is a historic town that boasts of bucolic dairy farms, gingerbread Victorian homes, and winding back roads that lead to scenic hamlets and villages. An artists community has grown up in the area, inspired by the natural beauty of the surroundings. However, all is not perfect in this seeming Paradise. In fact, many of the numerous bed and breakfasts that dot the valley are home to ghosts, as are a number of area restaurants. On investigation, author Donna Reis uncovers more than 60 firsthand encounters with the supernatural. She recounts the chilling tales as told to her by more than 100 Warwick Valley residents. The spirits explored in these pages range from the benevolent who come to bid a loved one good=bye or relay a message before going to the other side, to tormented spirits who died tragically and are caught in a struggle to find closure, to poltergeists and vengeful Native American ghosts released when their graves were disrupted. This is a spine chiller for anyone who revels in a good ghost story, and an excellent tour for spirit chasers looking for haunted sites to visit.
Donna Reis is the author of two poeetry chapbooks, Incantations (Eurydice Press, 1995) and Dog Shows and Church (Eurydice Press, 2000). Her poetry collection Jesus of the Brazen and Selfish is forthcoming. Reis's poetry, essays and criticisms have been published in The American Book Review, A Gathering of Tribes, Cumberland Poetry Review, Hudson Valley Magazine, Old-House Interiors and elsewhere. She received the Meyer Cohn Essay Award in 2002 from the City College of New York. A student of Marilyn Hacker and the late William Matthews, she completed a Master of Arts Degree in Creative Writing at The City College, City University of New York in 2002. She also received a Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Hunter College, City University of New York in 1987. Reis was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and now lives in Warwick, New York, with her husband Jim Delahanty.