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FROM THE AUTHOR, BRAD STEIGER
A real nightmare occurs when you experience a frightening encounter with something strange and unknown, and you know without question that you are not asleep, that you are not dreaming. You know with every ounce of your being that the chilling encounter is real. I first experienced real nightmares when I was a child. Today, my sister and I attribute our insomnia to the ghostly visitors that walked through our bedrooms nearly every night and kept us awake. Our farmhouse was built on the site of the old stagecoach stop, and it seemed that some other-worldly passengers were still trying to catch the last stage out of this dimension. It didn’t help when our parents tore the old house down and built a new home on the same site. Our spirit companions still appeared as shadows moving about the house and amused themselves by knocking on the walls, stomping about with heavy feet, and opening and closing doors. Growing up with real nightmares on a regular basis prepared me for the nights in my adulthood when I would investigate haunted houses with a team of paranormal researchers and encounter a wide variety of other-worldly beings.
For the past five decades, I have been devoted to exploring and examining unusual, unexplainable, and otherwise strange occurrences. In addition to in-field research, I have collected chilling tales of the strange and unknown for many years. My first published works appeared in national publications when I was a twenty year-old college senior. I wrote a number of stories and articles on the weird, the paranormal, and the mysterious for a wide variety of mystery and men’s magazines. While I was a high school and college English teacher, I wrote numerous short stories for such magazines as Fantastic, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, The Saint, Exploring the Unknown, and Fate. My first book was Monsters, Maidens, and Mayhem: A Pictorial History of the Hollywood Monster Movie, followed by the sequel, Master Movie Monsters, later that same year. Next was a collection of my articles on the paranormal published as Ghosts, Ghouls, and Other Peculiar People. I finally left teaching and became a full-time paranormal researcher and writer.
I have written more than two thousand articles with paranormal themes. I am the author or coauthor of more than 170 books. I have been fortunate that my books and articles have struck a responsive chord with both fans and critics. Thanks to my loyal fans—many of whom state that they began reading my books when they were only ten or eleven years old and have followed my work ever since—I have been able to devote my career to exploring and examining unusual, unexplainable, and otherwise strange occurrences. While most individuals would probably be offended if someone accused them of giving them nightmares, I take it as a compliment. And now, in an exciting new and unique series entitled Real Nightmares, my publisher Visible Ink and I are offering you some fan favorites that readers have declared the most frightening, scary, and awesome—the ones that they had to leave the lights on to finish reading.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper
The Vampire of Sacramento
Everyone the Voodoo Queen Loved Died
Possessed for 30 Years by a Dybbuk that Claimed to Be Her Uncle
Creature of Rising Sun, Indiana
The Monster of Glamis Castle
Sean Sellers, the Devil Child