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Shamanic Witch
by Gail Wood

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Missouri Hauntings
by Lee Prosser

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Zombies
by Dr. Bob Curran

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Phantoms in the Looking Glass
by Len Adams

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Ghost Files
by The Ghost Society

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Otherworldly Affaires
by Brad Steiger

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The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls
by Chris Morton and Ceri Louise Thomas

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Who's Haunting the White House?
by Jeff Belanger

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My Life as a Psychic
by Gavin Cromwell

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Lore of the Ghost
by Brian Haughton

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Ghosts and Haunted Places
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

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The Secret Language of Tarot
by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone

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Ghosthunting New Jersey
by L'Aura Hladik

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Ghosts of Colorado
by Dennis Baker

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Magic and the Power of the Goddess
by Gareth Knight

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Lucifer's Court
by Otto Rahn

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The World of Shamanism
by Roger Walsh

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Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting
by Christopher Balzano

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The Mentalist's Handbook
by Clint Marsh

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Lessons from the Light
by Kenneth Ring and Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino

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Ghost Hunter's Guide to Seattle and Puget Sound
by Jeff Dwyer

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The Reiki Touch
by William Lee Rand

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The Spiritual Technology of Ancient Egypt
by Edward F. Malkowski

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Twist Your Fate: 7 Steps to Fortune
by Geof Gray-Cobb

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Western Herbs According to Traditional Chinese Medicine
by Thomas Avery Garran

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A Conversation with Judith Hawkins-Tillirson
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Between the Gates
by Mark Stavish

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Grimoire of the Necronomicon
by Donald Tyson

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Darkside Zodiac in Love
by Stella Hyde

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Illuminating the Afterlife
by Cyndi Dale

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Enochian Vision Magick
by Lon Milo DuQuette

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Ghost Hunter's Guide to Indianapolis
by Lorri Sankowsky and Keri Young

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Gift of the White Light
by James N. Frey

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The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses
edited by Joseph Peterson

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The Parapsychology Revolution
by Robert M. Schoch

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Weird Massachusetts
by Jeff Belanger

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Is There Life After Death?
by Anthony Peake

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My Life with the Spirits
by Lon Milo DuQuette

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Psychic Dreamwalking
by Michelle Belanger

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MindLight
by Silver Ravenwolf

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Haunted Daytona Beach
by Dusty Smith

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The Weiser Concise Guide to Herbal Magick
by Judith Hawkins-Tillirson

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Ghosts of Fort Worth
by Brian Righi

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The Thoth Companion
by Michael Osiris Snuffin

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Angels
by Maiya and Geof Gray-Cobb

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Kitchen Witch's Guide to Magickal Tools
by Patricia Telesco

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The Druid Magic Handbook
by John Michael Greer

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On Becoming an Alchemist
by Catherine MacCoun

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Dark Woods
by Christopher Balzano

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Seduction and the Secret Power of Women
by Meri Lao

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Gems From The Equinox
By Aleister Crowley selected by Israel Regardie

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February 29, 2008

Haunted Daytona Beach by Dusty SmithHaunted Daytona Beach
By Dusty Smith
Publisher: The History Press (October 2007)
Pages: 124 - Price: $19.99

Interview by Jeff Belanger
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When one thinks of Daytona Beach, Florida, many images come to mind: car races, motorcycles, and college kids on Spring Break. But if you ask local paranormal investigator Dusty Smith what she sees, she'll tell you about the many haunted places in and around the "world's most famous beach." Smith's new book, Haunted Daytona Beach, takes you on a ghost tour through this Florida supernatural hot spot. Full of historical photos and chilling tales, Smith's book will give you a whole new reason to visit Daytona Beach. Ghostvillage.com caught be Dusty to discuss her new book.

How did you first get introduced to Daytona Beach's haunted side?


Dusty Smith: We were doing research for the ladies that own A Haunted Experience ghost tour in St. Augustine, Florida when Karen Harvey -- one of the owners -- asked me, "Doesn't Daytona have any ghosts? Why do you guys keep driving all the way up here to do research? Not that we don't love having you, but I'm sure Daytona must have some ghosts." That was when it hit me -- yes, Daytona must have some ghosts.

As you mention in your book's introduction, when people think of Daytona Beach they often think of NASCAR's Daytona 500, Bike Week, or Spring Break. Have you found any ghostly legends connected to any of those three events?

We did find some ghostly activity associated with the Daytona International Speedway, but were politely asked not to speak of it since it might be bad for their business. The Boot Hill Saloon has some interesting activity that may be associated with past visiting bikers -- there's no way for us to really tell who they are. And Spring Break is something we've never looked into since most of the deaths associated with that event are suicides and sheds a bad light on that event for the city of Daytona Beach.

How far back were you able to dig up ghostly legends connected to the Daytona Beach area?

The late 1500's when DeAviles slaughtered the French Huguenots in Matanzas Bay north of Daytona Beach (Matanzas means "Bay of Blood") and chased the remaining three survivors here to Daytona Beach. In 1984 a mass grave was uncovered near Washington Oaks State Park that was quickly covered back up with the official reason being that the victims must have had small pox -- all of them were beheaded, though -- which was DeAviles's favorite method of killing his victims. The famous saying, "drawing a line in the sand," comes from him. He would draw his sword, draw a line in the sand, and ask his potential victim to cross the line and convert to Christianity or die. All of the Huguenots chose to die on that particular day.

Your organization, the Daytona Beach Paranormal Research Group, has been investigating the region since 1997. What approach do you take to your research? Do you use psychics and sensitives? Scientific equipment? Both?

We use both. We tend to be more scientific on initial investigations and call in our sensitives when the need arises.

What is your favorite Daytona Beach haunt?

There are so many to choose from that is a hard question to answer. If I had to make a choice by level of activity I would say The Live Oaks Inn Bed and Breakfast. I recently wrote a chapter for Joanne Austin's new book about our investigations there -- so I don't want to give too much away, but readers will be very surprised about our findings there. If I had to make a personal choice -- it would have to be The Lady on the Bridge that was featured in the Encyclopedia of Haunted Places by Jeff Belanger. [editor's note: awww, thanks for the plug!]

What other projects are you currently working on?

I have been asked by The History Press to submit work for possibly two more books about the haunts in the Daytona Beach and Deland areas. Plus we are always adopting old cemeteries to restore and preserve as well as having a new magazine out called, Ankou, that is for taphophiles (people who enjoy cemeteries, funerary items, etc.), and new cases are always coming across my desk daily. Plus starting a new grave maintenance business to care for individual grave for folks who live out of the area and want/need care for their loved ones sites in Florida.

What's in your CD player right now? I have Enigma, Evanescence, System of a Down, Tool, Disturbed, and Lorrenna McKennit. Weird I know, but I have very eclectic tastes in music.

Click here to buy this book now.

You can visit Dusty Smith's Web site at: www.dbprginc.org



2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
Check out the 2014 Haunted New England wall calendar by Jeff Belanger and photography by Frank Grace!


Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and “The Bridgewater Triangle” at Dedham Community Theatre - April 6, 2014 9:00PM

The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014

Paracon Australia - East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-12, 2014