The Book of Truth, Magic, and Mystery

Newly discovered news articles from dozens of newspapers across Ohio along with true tales from today are included in over 400 pages of humorous-to-horrifying true accounts of witchcraft, ghosts, forgotten macabre murders and mysteries, and so much more.

Haunted Sylvania has broken into the Top Ten ranking on Amazon Books and is now available worldwide wherever great books are sold.  The book can also be found at libraries including the Columbus Metropolitan Library.  Locally, the book can be purchased here.

The Stories Are Real

Seasoned journalist Minerva Merryman sets off on a spirited adventure delving into Sylvania's past and unwittingly discovers hauntings, witchcraft, vampires, Halloween hijinks, and murderous mayhem, across Ohio and beyond.


Starting in Sylvania and spiraling out across Ohio, two hundred years of true tales and heart-stopping headlines, newly unearthed accounts lost to the ages until now, thrust an inescapable secret into the light of today--It was all real.

From comical to terrifying, the stories tell of hauntings and witches in Ohio, witchcraft trials as late as 1969, ghosts running rampant in the streets, gruesome murders in peaceful little towns, and satanic cults in suburban settings. For the first time in print, the original, unaltered stories from over the centuries are brought back to life for a vivid picture of what really goes bump in the night in a place that has become affectionately known as... Haunted Sylvania.

Along with modern-day Ohio, Haunted Sylvania reveals over one hundred newly discovered stories, authenticated and originally published in the local newspapers of Ohio, that include:

Ghosts making headlines by terrifying the citizens of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Lima, Millersburg, Springfield, Tiffin, Piqua, Wellington, Bucyrus, Fremont, Sylvania, Toledo, Perrysburg, Bowling Green; and many towns in neighboring Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and beyond.  Plus:


  • The original tales of hauntings in Dayton.

  • The ghost that had the entire city of Cleveland in a panic for years.

  • The forgotten haunted cemetery that still lies beneath the busy streets of Toledo.

  • Accused --and persecuted-- witches in Put-In-Bay, Toledo, Akron, Arcanum, Mansfield, Union Furnace, Matamoras, Chillicothe, East Liverpool and Salem, Ohio; also witches in Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and beyond.

  • The mediums of Cincinnati.

  • The Gladys Esmond mystery, a still-unsolved deadly event that brought tens of thousands of mourners to the city morgue while the sorrowful eyes of the entire nation were focused upon Cincinnati, Ohio, and Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Also included is the first chronicling of the macabre murders of Sylvania, Ohio, which is significant for any investigation into the question of whether there was a seed of supernatural evil at the root of so many merciless murders, or if the supernatural was later drawn to Sylvania by those evil murders. In depth accountings of three "devils" include the stories of Gerald Robinson and satanic cults; Robert Bowman the Doll Devil; and Return J.M. Ward, the Downtown Devil of Sylvania.


And finally, Halloween in Ohio is given plenty of room, as no foray into the supernatural world would be complete without a good-sized dose of autumn adventures: Halloween hijinks, mysterious mischief, and haunted happenings, from The Spirited Side of Sylvania.

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Haunted Sylvania has broken into the Top Ten on Amazon!  Up to #4!
Now available locally on this site, and worldwide wherever great books are sold.
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