Marietta, GA (PressExposure) April 22, 2008 -- Thanks in part to such programs as "Ghost Hunters," "Haunting Evidence," and "Paranormal State," ghosts and the paranormal are fascinating a lot of people these days. And many people are learning that ghost tours and haunted locations can help add some excitement to tourism.
"It's a wonderful way to learn about the history and culture of a city," says Rhetta Akamatsu, author of Ghost to Coast: A Handbook of Ghost Tours, Paranormal Investigators, and Haunted Hotels.
Rhetta has collected contact information for ghost tours and paranormal investigation groups from coast to coast in this useful book. From Alabama to Wyoming, almost every state is represented. (A few, like North Dakota, do not seem to have any.) In addition, for the brave tourist, there is an illustrated list of haunted hotels.
"I only chose hotels which bragged about their ghosts on the Internet or in their brochures," Rhetta says, "so that I knew they would be friendly to the ghost-curious."
This 175-page directory also includes articles ranging from Rhetta's own paranormal experiences to how-to guides for beginning paranormal investigators.
Ghost to Coast is available at Amazon.com, Borders.com, and most other major bookstores.
"It's also available internationally," Rhetta says with a laugh. "So if you're in Hong Kong, or Germany or the UK, and you want to plan a trip to the U.S. to visit our ghosts, just Google Ghost to Coast and you can pick your destination."