As you likely know from the domain, I am James Devereaux, but friends call me Jim, and you should probably do the same. If you just stumbled upon this website because you were looking for the James Devereaux who is a British Elvis impersonator (he is quite good), or the surfer (I cannot validate his quality as a surfer, but he has fantastic hair) please do stay for a while. Though I may not have the vocal chops or the luxurious wavy locks, I do have my charms.
This Jim Devereaux is the author of “The Spirits of Southeast Alaska: The History & Hauntings of Alaska’s Panhandle” recently published by Epicenter Press. The book is pictured just to the right of this paragraph, and I would heartily encourage you to click on it so you can skip the rest of my blathering and go straight to Amazon, where you can purchase it for $15.95.
I lived in Alaska for ten years, working as an archaeologist to uncover the largely forgotten tales of Alaska’s past. Inspired by ghost stories my father told me and my siblings around the campfire, and by accounts of paranormal phenomena from Southeast residents, I set out on a journey to relay the factual accounts behind some of the areas most famous paranormal legends by combing two of my greatest passions: history and story telling. In this volume, I included not only the most viable of ghost stories, I also included stories that help tell, in the most general of terms, the rich history of the land that many who have never been to Alaska imagine as they read these tales.
This book is the first of a series I am writing about the history of Alaska’s ghosts. I am in the process of researching and writing my next installment, which will cover areas instrumental in the gold rushes of Alaska and the Yukon, and the remaining books will explore the regions of Alaska’s large interior. But because there are fascinating historically-based stories everywhere, I don’t want to limit myself to writing only books about one state or genre, so I’ve decided to try my hand at blogging. I am now researching the history of fascinating tales from all over the world, and I’m looking forward to telling you about them.
Now for the good part. I need stories for both my Alaska books and my blog, and this is where you come in. If you’ve always wanted to know how your favorite saloon in Talkeetna, Alaska, got its resident ghost, or if you would like me to figure out who it was lying next to in the bed of that creepy hotel room in Poughkeepsie, New York, I’d love to help. Send me your stories at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll give it my best shot.
Thanks for sticking around, and I hope you enjoy my stories.