I'm currently flipping through a book titled, Ghostlahoma by Tonya Hacker & Tammy wilson, about hauntings in Oklahoma.
The book is a light read, around 125 pages. What really surprises me is that my Effie and Haunted Skirvin Hotel story appears in it. I told you that since I first posted that story online back in the 90s that it's appeared all over the place.
As you may know from my previous blogs on Effie and the Haunted Skirvin Hotel, I didn't release the actual room and floor number when I first posted the story. This gave people free room to come up with their own beliefs regarding exactly where Effie was kept. The most common telling now is that she was kept on the 10th floor, but of course that belief is wrong. According to the authors of the book Ghostlahoma, a psychic has had paranormal experiences in room 515. I'm not quite sure what the psychic experienced, but it wasn't Effie. Effie's room was 832 on the 8th floor. The authors also include another ghost, that of a deceased doorman, that wasn't in the original tale I posted online and wasn't told to me by the security guard back in 1994.
Also of interest is the two pages dedicated to the Purple Church. I was disappointed with this section because I expected more info, especially as such can be found online. The authors do not include the tale that on Saturdays with a full moon Satanists supposedly sacrifice a virgin to their dark lord. Such is the standard legend of the place. The belief in 'floating balls of light' and 'floating heads' is extremely recent and I'm of the opinion that people are mistaking fireflies for paranormal shenanigans. Also, one of the authors lives in my city but for some reason she didn't include any pictures or information of the area. It would have added to the appeal of the book.
Anyway, if you are an Oklahoman, enjoy ghost stories, and have a free hour then you might be interested in the book.
Ghostlahoma: Over 100 Years Of Oklahoma's Haunted History by Tonya Hacker & Tammy Wilson