Alongside its golden wheat fields and shimmering northern lakes, Saskatchewan holds a rich folkloric collection of ghost stories; until now, no one has paid much atention to these tales. Geographically, they range from Kenosee Lake, where the resident ghost of a local dance hall had strong objections to renovations, to Shell Lake, where the identity of a mass-murderer was revealed to a group of teenagers through a Ouija board. In nature, they vary from charming spirits haunting a community arts centre to the menacing presence that drove a Rockglen family to burn their home to the ground. This eerie collection showcases Saskatchewan's most intriguing ghost stories: accounts of misty apparitions, unexplained noises, violent poltergeists, and startling premonitions. Together, the stories create a fascinating addition to the province's colourful history and disprove the notion that for there to be ghosts, there must be traditional old world settings. Saskatchewan's spirits haunt its weathered prairie farm homes and nondescript suburban bungalows, its overgrown cemeteries and tidy small-town churches, its hospitals and museums, and its very landscape.
It's proven in these pages: you needn't look far to find a ghost in the haunted province of Saskatchewan!
Jo-Anne Christensen lives and writes full-time in Edmonton, Alberta. Her background includes ten years in radio broadcasting, publishing short fiction in blue buffalo magazine, and writing for amateur theatre and feature-length films. Although she devotes much time to hanging out in the spookiest of places, Jo-Anne has yet to personally "make contact." Perhaps in her next life...but that's another book.