Victoria’s Most Haunted

Ghost Stories from BC's Historic Capital City

By (author): Ian Gibbs
ISBN 9781771512138
Softcover | Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Book Dimensions: 5.25 in x 8 in
208 Pages

About the Book

Ghost stories from Canada’s most haunted city, including tales from iconic sites such as the Empress hotel, Hatley Castle, and Ross Bay Cemetery.

Beautiful, charming Victoria is world renowned for its seaside attractions, flourishing gardens, and breathtaking ocean views. But looming behind its picture-perfect façade is a city shrouded in mystery, with restless, disembodied beings that whisper ghastly tales of mystery, violence, and horror.

Known as British Columbia’s most haunted city, Victoria is teeming with a plethora of spirits. Through this brand-new collection of disturbing tales, you’ll come face to face with:

  • The Grey Lady who chills hotel guests to the bone
  • A decorated World War I soldier who protects tenants from something sinister
  • An inconsolable child who haunts the pool area of a defunct hotel
  • The blood-soaked spectre who runs through the infamous Fan Tan Alley to escape capture
  • The ghost of Robert Johnson, who perpetually re-enacts his own suicide
  • The phantom of a cranky hermit who plagues a beautiful lake house
  • A spinster who gives tours of her childhood home
  • And many more

Get to know Victoria’s best-known hauntings along with some you may have not have heard before.

About the Author(s)

Ian Gibbs was born in the United Kingdom and emigrated to Canada when he was young. As such, he carries with him the Celtic beliefs and gifts of his heritage, and has always been fascinated by story telling, ghosts, and hauntings. He lived in several city centres across the country before settling in Victoria—arguably one of the most haunted places in Canada—where he acts as a guide for Victoria's popular Ghostly Walks walking tours and co-hosts the podcast The Ghost Story Guys.

Reviews

“A concise look at places both familiar and not. Gibbs has the Sixth Sense . . . [and he] recounts recent activities and his brushes with the occult world with a narrative style that’s easy to visualize.” —Otaku no Culture blog

“A well-told ghost story is always a treat, and Ian Gibbs is a master storyteller. Ian’s debut collection is a terrific addition to the ghost story genre; clearly the paranormal is in this man’s blood. Victoria’s Most Haunted is chock full of spooky, thought-provoking tales that take the reader on a tour through time and place to a side of Victoria known by few, offering us a glimpse of the city just beyond the veil. Ranging from poignant to downright scary, these accounts will cast your perspective of staid old Victoria in an entirely new light.” —Barbara Smith, author of Campfire Stories of Western Canada

“Victoria BC is often referred to as ‘charming’ or ‘idyllic’ with its breathtaking ocean views and beautiful gardens, but after spending a bit of time with Ian Gibbs readers will be adding ‘chilling’ and ‘haunted’ to that list of descriptions. Victoria’s Most Haunted is an unsettling tour of the capital city and even you are not a believer in the paranormal you will likely find yourself peering over your shoulder next time you wander through Fan Tan Alley, Pioneer Square or any of the other landmarks with an overlooked grisly past.” —49th Shelf

Victoria’s Most Haunted will take you on a thoughtful walk around colleges, jails, brothels, saloons, alleyways and biker bars – and you’ll come away thinking maybe Victoria isn’t so staid and sleepy after all.” —Danielle Metcalfe Chenail, author

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