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Tales from Beyond

The Isles Of Shoals Phantom Dory

by Thomas D’Agostino and Arlene Nicholson from the book, Pirate Ghosts and Phantom Ships.

Welcome to part 3 of our ghostly tales from the Isles of Shoals. The Isles have many tales of ghosts and ghoulish vessels that emerge from the thick of the foggy nights. This is the story of a boat and its ghostly tenant that still wanders the shores in search of interminable revenge.

In the early twentieth century, the Isles o... Read More

The Isles Of Shoals:

Part I

by Thomas D’Agostino and Arlene Nicholson

From Pirate Ghosts and Phantom Ships and A Travel Guide To Haunted New England

This is the first part of a series of legends and accounts of the Isles of Shoals located off the coasts of New Hampshire and Maine. The Isles can be reached by ferry and there are events that take place year round.

Having ventured to the Isl... Read More

Nine Men’s Misery

by Thomas D’Agostino

Recently there has been a renewed interest in one of my perennial favorites. In the woods of Cumberland, Rhode Island, is a rectangular mound of stones fronted by a plaque. This marker is a monument to nine men who were captured and slain by the Indians during Pearce’s fight in the midst of King Philip’s War.

King Philip’s War officially began on June 24, 1675, when the local Pokanoket Indians r... Read More

Cumberland's Strange Request

by Thomas D’Agostino, from A History of Vampires in New England

Town Council meetings can have some pretty strange requests. Sometimes it is a noise ordinance to stop peacocks from screeching. It may be a citizen who does not like certain signs posted or parking on a street. One of the strangest requests comes early in our nation’s history. The request was at the very first town council meeting held in Cumberland, Rhode Is... Read More

The Tomb of Asa “Popcorn” Snow

by Thomas D’Agostino

This comes from the book “A Guide To Haunted New England” by Thomas D’Agostino and Arlene Nicholson.

When the thirty-nine square mile Quabbin Reservoir was built in 1938, eleven towns were raised and flooded to create a water supply for the eastern portion of Massachusetts. Among those towns, only Dana Common remains above the water. A hike into the town common is a must for adventurers and thos... Read More

The Ghost Of Aunt Lonnie Davis

This wonderful little story comes from the “Haunted Rhode Island” book and documentary and “Ghosts of Foster,” all part of this writer’s works.

Foster, Rhode Island, seems to command a great deal of attention on the subject of ghosts and haunts. Old maps show places of legend and ghosts that have secured their place in the town’s history. One of the more prominent figures is a woman named “Aunt Lonnie (some say Lannie)” Da... Read More

The Black Dog of the Hanging Hills

Tales from Beyond
Just the name, “Hanging Hills” evokes trepidation as to what lies within the rocky crags of Meriden, Connecticut's, natural wonder. Do not let the name fool you: the Hanging Hills provide breathtaking vistas of the surrounding area. The East Peak is located in the 1,800-acre Hubbard Park where adventurers can ascend a thirty-two foot high tower called Castle Craig, built in 1900 fo... Read More

Nix’s Mate

(This story appears in my book, Pirate Ghosts and Phantom Ships, by Schiffer Publishing. There are a lot of great legends and accounts to be found within.  Here is one of my favorites.) 

As the sun recaptures the sky glistening over Boston Harbor, a lonely monument stretches from the briny deep to greet it. Its intention is to warn mariners of the rocky reef it lay perched upon, yet many consider it a bu... Read More

Lucy Keyes, The Lost Girl Of Wachusett

This story is an abridged version from Tom and Arlene's new book “Legends, Folklore and Secrets of New England,” published by History Press.

by Thomas D’Agostino and Arlene Nicholson

As the shadows grow long and darkness begins to cover the hillside of Wachusett Mountain, an eerie voice calling out “Lucy, Luuuucyyy!” can be heard beckoning in the night air. It is the desperate call for a little girl... Read More

Mount Moosilauke’s Eternal Wanderer

Flashes of lightning steak across the peaks as the pelting rain and thunder make it impossible to talk at less than a shout. The Ravine Lodge sways in the heavy wind as the mountain storm takes on full fury. As the flashes of light illuminate the mountain, a human form is spied flitting among the trees and brush. It is the perennial figure that is still spied along the peaks and fissures near Benton, New Hampshire, a man named Dr... Read More

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