Holy Ghosts

Holy Ghosts

Or, How a (Not So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9781585428953
  • 224 Pages
  • Tarcher
  • Adult


The extraordinary true story of a Long Island household haunting that forced a respected writer to confront the truth about life, death, his childhood home, and his town’s past.


Holy Ghosts took me into a completely convincing but very different version of reality from the one we live in. It serves as a forceful and fascinating reminder that we do not see the world that is, but only the part we have chosen to see. There are dangers and wonders in the dark, and Holy Ghosts affirms that they are very real.” -Whitley Strieber, author of Communion

“I have always believed in ghosts, paranormal phenomena, and miracles. But I’ve never read a book that tells of chills and ghosts in the house from a Catholic perspective. I read the book in a sitting. There are more than a few spine- tingling scares here, offered in such a benign, even life-affirming way, that we end up enlightened, entertained, and charmed.” -Beverly Donofrio, author of Looking for Mary and Riding in Cars with Boys

“Gary Jansen will both creep you out and educate you on the nature of ‘earthbound spirits.’ His tale of the spirits haunting his family home, and of helping them cross over to the next world, is a thrilling treat that I couldn’t put down. Jansen tells the best kind of ghost story-the true kind!” -Julia Scheeres, author of Jesus Land

“Gary Jansen’s Holy Ghosts is a haunting memoir of both the paranormal and the heartbreakingly down-to-earth. By turns scholarly, comic, and creepy, Jansen shows us the ghosts in his house as well as his heart. Spellbinding and wise, this trip to the supernatural eventually returns us home, providing a deeper understanding of our faith, our fears, and the people we love.” Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She’s Not There and Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror

“If you think ghosts might exist, you will thoroughly enjoy this startling personal account of things that go bump in the night. If you don’t think they exist, do not read this book after midnight. You have been warned.” -Dean Radin, author of Supernormal and The Conscious Universe

 “[A]n eerie, well-told ghost story.” -Library Journal

“Holy Ghosts is more than just a gripping true story about ghosts haunting his family’s home and how he got them to leave. I thoroughly enjoyed the fascinating history that Jansen, an editor at Doubleday Religion, incorporates into the story about the Catholic Church and its beliefs in spirits, angels, and demons…His writing style is engaging and informative; I couldn’t stop reading..” -Publishers Weekly


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