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Body, Mind & Spirit Supernatural

Haunted Houses of Newfoundland and Labrador

by (author) Dale Jarvis

Flanker Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2024
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2024
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Nestled along the rugged coastline of Newfoundland and Labrador are old buildings with histories shrouded in a veil of mystery and intrigue. With their peeling paint and weathered clapboard, these are the province’s historic homes and dwelling places haunted by spectral whispers and eerie apparitions.?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />




With stories passed down through generations, locals and visitors alike are drawn to these enigmatic places, seeking to unravel their secrets and uncover the truth behind the unexplained phenomena that lurk within.




Folklorist and storyteller Dale Jarvis is your guide to these haunting tales which have echoed down through the centuries. If you dare, explore a haunted cabbage patch in Port aux Basques, navigate the dangers of a skull’s curse in downtown St. John’s, and take a ride with a phantom coach driver in Harbour Grace.




Along the way, you’ll meet: Captain Johnson, a waterlogged apparition dressed in glistening yellow oilskins; the lovelorn Sister with her rattling prayer beads; and the tragic Lady-in-White still wearing the nightdress she drowned in.




In this new collection of stories, Jarvis investigates haunted gates, flying candles, forgotten treasures, and more, providing a rare peek inside some of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most haunted properties. These possessed premises include private dwellings ranging from settlers’ tilts to elaborate merchant homes, lightkeepers’ houses, a haunted hotel, an abandoned mine, and even a modern library bedevilled by persistent urban legends.




If you have always been curious about what strange secrets lurk behind closed doors, this is the book you’ve been waiting for.

About the author

Dale Jarvis works as the Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer for the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, helping communities to safeguard traditional culture, the only full-time provincially funded folklorist position in Canada. Dale holds a B.Sc. in anthropology/archaeology from Trent University, and a M.A. in folklore from Memorial University. He is a past president of the Newfoundland Historic Trust, and has contributed as a board member and volunteer to many local arts and heritage organizations. He regularly teaches workshops on oral history, cultural documentation, folklore project management, and public folklore programming. By night, Dale is the proprietor of the St. John’s Haunted Hike ghost tour and raconteur of local tales. As a storyteller, he performs ghost stories, stories of the fairies and little people, tales of phantom ships and superstitions, and legends and traditional tales from Newfoundland, Labrador, and beyond. His repertoire includes long-form folk and fairy tales from the island, with a wide-ranging knowledge of local legends, tall tales, and myths. A newspaper columnist and author of several books on Newfoundland and Labrador ghost stories and folklore, he is a tireless promoter of local culture. A mummering enthusiast and hobby horse–maker, Dale was one of the founding members of the 2009 Mummers Festival in St. John’s.

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