Ghost Writers: Where to See Your Favorite (Dead) Authors

Bibliophiles know what a thrill it is to get their books signed by their favorite authors, but what if your favorite author is long dead? Not to fear, there are places where you might still be able to ask for their autographs! (IF YOU DARE!)

 

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway


The home in Key West, Florida where Hemingway resided from 1931 to 1939 is now known as the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Visitors have reported seeing Hemingway’s ghost all over the house and the grounds, sometimes accompanied by the sound of a typewriter.





Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin


The ghost of the founding father/inventor/author/polymath is reported to haunt the library of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, which he founded in 1743. It’s also said that the Ben Franklin statue in front of the building sometimes goes for walks late at night and even dances in the Philadelphia streets.


 

Dylan ThomasDylan Thomas


After a night of heavy drinking at the White Horse Tavern in New York, the legendary Welsh poet was rushed comatose to the hospital, where he died. Many visitors to the White Horse have claimed to see Thomas sitting at his favorite corner table since then.





Mark TwainMark Twain


The ghost of Samuel Clemens (Twain) is said to linger in the stairwell of a Greenwich Village apartment building he lived in from 1900 – 1901. The building is actually known as the “House of Death” because apparently 22 former residents have haunted it, with Twain the most famous among them. Legend has it that a woman living there in the 1930s saw a white-haired man who told her, “My name is Clemens, and I has a problem here I gotta settle,” and disappeared.



Emily Bronte
Emily Brontë


Every December 19, on the anniversary of her death, Emily Brontë supposedly makes an appearance in her hometown of Haworth, England. Diners used to try to catch her at Weavers Restaurant on that day, but the establishment closed in 2013. You may still find her in the Brontë’s home, which is now a museum, or along the Brontë Trail that leads from town to a moorland waterfall.




Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe


The original master of horror is yet another author who is rumored to haunt the spot of his last drink on the night he died. Employees and patrons of The Horse You Rode In On in Baltimore have reported the chandelier moving, the cash register drawer opening and closing, and the barstools rattling. Staff sometimes leaves a glass of whiskey out for Edgar at closing time.



Do you have know of any favorite "author haunts" I may have missed here? Let me know in the comments!

 

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