Save the date . . . October 22nd, 2022!

Just a quick note . . . on October 22nd, 2022, Barnes & Noble in Vestal, New York, will be hosting a book signing for me from 12 until 4:00 p.m. Not only will I be signing books, but I will also be reading from A Step Into Darkness and, perhaps, . . . from my newest release, True Ghost Stories and Hauntings. It’s bound to be a creepy and wonderful afternoon. Come on down if you can!! I’d love to see (and sign a book for) you!

Stay Spooky!

Barb Shadow

True Ghost Stories and Hauntings… Released!!

A black form with glowing red eyes stands at the foot of a bed but its victim can’t scream.

A child is hugged by her grandfather as her family boards the plane for his funeral.

And what of the footsteps in the attic when there’s no one else home?

            True Ghost Stories and Hauntings is a collection of spine-tingling tales from everyday people and their brushes with the unexplained: apparitions, doppelgangers, menacing entities and messages from the grave. Paranormal investigator Barb Shadow gathered these experiences to give a glimpse of what hides in the shadows. Read at your own risk – and sleep with the lights on.

True Ghost Stories and Hauntings released this week to an amazing response. Have you gotten your copy yet?

. . . on to the next! (which would be Book 5 in the From the Darkness Series!)

Stay spooky,


What was that???

Some darkly fascinating paranormal activity has been unfolding in these woods. I’ve changed the names and won’t give the exact location, but for those of you who know me, I’ll just say this happened – is happening – within a quarter mile of my home.

Dennis and Amanda were visiting recently and thought they’d take a hike to get some fresh air…I live down a tree lined, winding road where the deer and other wildlife far outnumber the human residents. They walked until they arrived at a small lake and spent a little time there, listening to the small waterfall and enjoying some peace. Amanda had a metal detector and noticed that across the road, up the bank, was a set of cement steps. Intrigued, she proceeded up the steps and across an old, overgrown stone foundation.

*Side note: I’ve lived here for nearly thirty years, have passed these steps for more like forty, and although I’ve always thought about investigating that site, I never have. Odd, for the investigator in me. I’ve been pondering that since these events transpired.

As Amanda walked ahead, Dennis followed, stopping at the steps. Something felt very wrong but he continued. He wouldn’t let Amanda go alone. At the top of the steps, maybe a foot or two farther, he stopped. Amanda later said she felt they were being hunted – that whatever was there could hear the beep beep beep of the detector. She shut it off and, as the beeps died down, she “felt” the thing turn to look toward her. Dennis said later that they were both staring at/seeing the same thing – a large, dark mass at least seven feet tall. To Amanda it seemed as if it had glowing red eyes. Dennis said, “Get to the car. Now.”

They booked out of the location to the car and, as Dennis drove, Amanda was watching out the back window. She was sure they were being followed. But by what??

They returned to my home, Dennis coming immediately upstairs. Amanda locked my basement door. Although she’s been here numerous times, she said she never felt compelled to the lock the door before. Ever. They are both extremely sensitive and were rattled by the experience. I asked if they wanted me to sage, even if it was only for their comfort. Amanda accompanied me to the basement and showed me that she’d set a selenite tower beside the door. I saged the room.

When I was finished, she opened the door and peered outside. She felt that whatever had followed them had backed off some but was still around.

They had to leave for home and when they did, Amanda started texting me. She had wanted to take a picture of the steps when they drove by…but they couldn’t find them. Now, I thought this was odd, but perhaps they were less familiar with the area than I am. I told her that I would take a photo for her in the next day or so. I pass them every day on my way into town.

I couldn’t find them.

On at least three or four trips along my road over the next few days, I could not see the steps. Then, when I wasn’t paying attention, they were “back.” Strange. Had they been somehow masked when my intent was focused on them? Did something so not want to be disturbed that it manifested a terrifying visage and then hid the entrance to the site?

Fast forward a few weeks…

One night Dennis started furiously texting me. Sensitive to all things ghostly, he can hear spirits. One had followed him home from the site and had been yelling in his ear for days, trying to get his attention. Raging. Angry, frustrated, upset. Dennis finally gave in and, on the phone with me, we began to piece together some of the story of the site.

It seems that the spirit, who we believe is named John, lived there. He kept telling Dennis that his wife had been raped and murdered, his son and he were killed, and he wanted justice. A lot of details were given and I have been in contact with the assessor’s office and our county historian to confirm or deny the information we have and to get more info on the site itself. The year John gave was 1873, over and over. He was a fur trader (which was a common occupation here at the time). He said he couldn’t find his family and that they hadn’t been buried properly.

John also kept mentioning that someone (Dennis or I or someone close) had a sore foot, narrowing it down finally to the big toe, left foot, and so on. It took me a few minutes to realize he was describing me. I had an injury to that toe earlier in the day and it was quite sore. His response? “Proof I’m real!”

He backed off some – said he hadn’t realized how aggressive he had sounded at first. He was happy to know we were working on trying to figure everything out for him. He popped in yet again, days later, and – in the course of the conversation – I felt him here. Now, I am sensitive but generally only feel when a spirit is around. I don’t usually pick up on what they want to say… so I grabbed some of my equipment. The Ovilus gave the name “John” and the words violent, funeral and (again) funeral. There were other, less specific, words that I will need to look into as we dive into research.

John told us that there is an entity on the site but that it hadn’t followed them. It was still there. Negative.

I’ll leave the story here for now. Was the entity there drawn to the anger John harbored all these years? Had it always there, and perhaps influenced the violent acts that occurred?

These events will be included, in more detail, in True Ghost Stories and Hauntings. I am editing the book now, but there is still time to send in your personal experience with the paranormal for possible inclusion in volume 1. The deadline is July 31st and, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

And,… for those of you fans of the From the Darkness series,… book 5 is in the works! I can’t say a lot right now… and I’ve just given you a lot to think about anyway. Just know it’s coming. I’ll update you on that soon.

Stay spooky,


Ghost Sighting

Morning, All!

Last night Darren and I were on our way back to his house from a day in Pennsylvania. It was about 7:30 p.m. and we had just made the turn onto the road adjacent to his when something dashed across the road in front of the car. It was tall, person-shaped. A “solid” white mist, there and gone. He stopped the car.

“Did you see that?!”

He’s the skeptic of our team, rooted in science and debunking, and questions everything. There was no questioning what we’d just seen. We sat, stunned, while trying to fathom what had crossed not a foot in front of our bumper moments before.

“Should I turn around and come back through?”

You know we did. On our slow pass back down the road we caught sight of it once more… a person-shaped misty movement on the opposite side of the road, less defined, and then gone. We decided to go to Darren’s house and returned a short while later to see if we would be lucky enough to catch it once more but this time on video. I will be reexamining the footage, but on our first look through I don’t think we got anything more than an empty road in the darkness.

Time to research the history of the road and that area. Darren seems to remember an accident near there, years ago, where someone was killed. We’ll also be returning with the team and some equipment. I’ll keep you posted.

As I update my paranormal journal with this experience, I’m also compiling ghostly experiences from people just like you. I’ve been advertising and people from all over the world are submitting their encounters with the paranormal. I’m beginning to organize those already received and it’s fascinating. The anticipated release date of “True Ghost Stories and Hauntings” is fall 2022. If you’ve had an encounter with something unexplained, head on over to and click on the “Submit” button. There are FAQ’s and a form you can fill in with your (true) story.

Book 5 of my From the Darkness series is also in the works, with a tentative title of Initiate of Darkness. Stay tuned, fans. It’s going to be a ghostly year!

Stay spooky,


A Ghostly Update to keep you up at night…

Morning, All!

Well, we made it through Halloween! Touched by Darkness is doing well, and I’m gently nagging my readers to head on over to Amazon to leave their reviews. If you know me, you know my usual PSA…if you read a book, especially an indie book, it really helps to leave a review. Even a neutral one-liner helps. Amazon bases who sees your book on the number of reviews. The more is definitely the merrier! But I digress…

Submissions are slowly rolling in for the True Ghost Stories and Hauntings book. If you haven’t heard, I am putting together a collection of true encounters with the unexplained. Anyone who has had a paranormal experience of any kind is invited to share their experience (or experiences, send as many as you’d like) for consideration in the book. You can submit your story at my website, Just click on the “Submit” button at the top of the page.

I’ve also begun plotting Book 5 in the From the Darkness series! (did I hear a “yay!” from the diehard fans sitting in the back??). This one will really get a little wild. Olivia, Tommy and Seth, all living in the same house? No spoilers for those of you who haven’t read the fourth book yet… but, wow.

Another book on the horizon is about a haunted house. It’s been tugging at me for a while, begging to be written. A unique twist, an intriguing why…and my own brand of darkness attached. If real life can chill for a bit (after the holidays, I’m sure), I’ll be adding that to my repertoire. All I need is time and a quiet house.

And the short stories! But that’s for another day.

As for the team’s investigations, well,…EVP’s should be posted to Sullivan Paranormal’s Facebook page in the next few weeks. We have a couple of sites lined up over the winter, weather permitting. I say that now, lol, but you know how things can change once the cold digs in. I’ll keep you updated.

Personal paranormal experience-wise, things have been ramping up a bit. Mainly at my boyfriend’s house (he’s got a ghost cat that I’ve felt jump up on the bed numerous times and last weekend I actually heard meow). Here, though…the other day, while putting things away in the kitchen, one of my cabinet doors swung shut. Yeah, yeah, you say. It can happen. Well, not here. Two cabinets were open and, as I stood about four feet away, one closed. I took it in for a moment or two, then went over and tried to recreate it. See if it could or would swing on its own, banged other cabinet doors, hit the counter, stomped my feet (none of which had happened, but I had to test various scenarios). Nothing I tried would do it, and, of course, I know my cabinets. I’ve lived in this house nearly 28 years and they just don’t move.

Well, it’s time to start my day. A lot to do, and maybe even some writing. 😉

Stay spooky,


Touched by Darkness… Released!

Good morning, all! I have fabulous news, as you can see by the title of this post. Touched by Darkness, the latest title in my From the Darkness series, has been released.

I absolutely love the cover. I hope all my readers will love this newest addition to the series…

Parker Davies wakes in prison with nothing to contemplate but the years since his death and the unfinished business binding him to this realm. When yet another inmate is assigned to his cell, Park sets out to remove him as he did all the others. But this time, he finds his answer. His way to banish the demon who stole his life and sentenced him to an unrelenting purgatory.

            Amanda Harper, former paranormal investigator, has new neighbors. Lilith, an artist, and her son Tommy, a tow-headed little boy with a black cat named Jet. And secrets. Dark secrets, like the Ouija board Tommy’s new best friend told him to hide.

            When Amanda is called in to help investigate cell 113A, Park realizes she is the key to finding and annihilating the demon. But will they survive long enough to send Black back through his portal, and seal it forever behind him?

I can’t wait to hear what you think! Don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon (my typical PSA after every book release…reviews really DO help, even just one liners).

Enjoy, and I hope to hear from you soon! Investigations are in the works. Will be updating information on them soon.

Stay spooky,


Paranormal Excitement…gather ’round!

Good morning, all!

Fall is here…my favorite time of year for all things ghostly. Not only is Halloween just around the corner, I’ve got some exciting news and announcements. First, the From the Shadows Publishing website is up and running! You can find it (and please do!) at You can find updates on my novels, upcoming events (like the book signing that is being arranged at the Ithaca Barnes and Noble…stay tuned!), info on Sullivan Paranormal, book recommendations and ***information on how to submit YOUR personal paranormal experiences for my upcoming book, True Ghost Stories and Hauntings.*** I am compiling an anthology of experiences with the unexplained and would love to hear from everyone. All the submission details are on the site and, if you do have any questions, you can contact me there. I’m so excited to be putting this together. True ghost experiences have always been my passion and I can’t wait for you to share yours.

Secondly, (is the anticipation building??), Touched by Darkness is nearly here! The cover has been finalized and is hauntingly gorgeous. Beautifully terrifying. I am on the *FINAL* read-through. Although life has its way of popping in to slow things down, if all goes well, book four in the From the Darkness series should go live on Amazon by October 18th. Fingers crossed, it’ll be in all your hot little hands before Halloween. Perfect timing for a chill up your spine. Don’t forget to leave the lights on when you get into bed. You may want them.

There are still more things going on behind the scenes here…fall investigations and reveals with the team. I’ll be posting EVP’s and such on Sullivan Paranormal’s Facebook page within the next few weeks. And,…book five in the series is already taking shape.

I’ve got to run if all these things are going to fall into place. Check out and submit your paranormal experience. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Stay Spooky,


Ghostly Happenings and Book Updates

Good morning!

I know, I know…It’s been a while. A long while. No excuses anymore, except on April 16th, 2021, I released Among the Dying Violets, my first poetry collection. It’s not in the paranormal vein, but are poems that have been rolling around my laptop for some time now. One night I read them to my oldest daughter, and her response was, “Mom! Were you going to Emily Dickinson me?? Publish them!” So, I did. The result was this:

Among the Dying Violets is Barb Shadow’s first collection of poetry. Described as raw and emotive, the collection moves through the themes of death and love with the passion of one who has lived through the worst and, eventually, best of times. In the span of three years, Ms. Shadow lost her mother, father and husband. Already a writer, she wove her emotions into words and chronicled the time from grief to acceptance, to strength. Among the Dying Violets spans this time from loss to finding love again. Truly inspirational, there is hope. A light at the end of the tunnel. A bloom among the dying violets.

If you’ll notice (blush, blush) there is another Readers’ Favorite five-star review emblem.

While I was at work getting Violets tweaked, I also finished the first draft of Touched by Darkness, book four in my From the Darkness series. I am finishing the first major read-through and edit, after which it will move on to my beta readers. My goal is to have it released by October 1st, to give all my diehard fans some chills for the Halloween season. I’d love to throw out some teasers, but I think I’d end up giving away too much of what has turned out to be a twisted continuation of the series. I will say that Black has taken under his wing a protégé, Amanda Harper’s four-year-old new neighbor. Parker Davies (remember him?) is on a mission to avenge Jack’s death…and his own. And R. Wayne McCready has been pulled from the grave by Black to…cause a little chaos. Oh, this can’t be good. That’s all I’ll say for now.

But what about the ghosts, you ask? Well, the team and I have not only been getting quite a number of investigations scheduled, we just recently completed the latest at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg, New York. We’re looking at about ten more hours of audio/video review, but from what I’ve looked at already, it did not disappoint. Again. It’s a beautiful, old theater with a lot going on when no one’s around…and often times when people are in the building. Once we’ve gone through the evidence we’ve collected, I will be posting EVP’s on our Sullivan Paranormal Society page on Facebook. You can check out EVP’s from prior investigations in the meantime.

Well, I must get back to editing. I hope to post again soon.

Stay spooky,

Barb Shadow

Sullivan Paranormal – Up close and Personal!

Good morning, All! Spring is here (almost) and the majority of the snow in upstate N.Y. has melted. Now, everything is muddy, but I can deal with that. I wanted to use this morning to update everyone on some paranormal happenings. First of all, the team:

Left to right: Nicole, Darren, myself (Barb Shadow), Howard

Working with these three is amazing. Nicole is very sensitive to things unseen. She joined the team with a vast knowledge of the paranormal. Darren is our resident skeptic, but with an open mind and many “unexplained” experiences throughout his life. He brings the team an expertise in debunking. Howard had been looking for a team with the same professional and respectful code of conduct he believed necessary in this field. He found us. Not only does he have a background in investigation, but also in tech and videography. And, well, you know me. Each member of Sullivan Paranormal brings a unique perspective and set of skills that mesh incredibly well with every other person on the team.

As for investigations, we have five on the calendar. A sixth may be set after this afternoon as we are meeting with a man regarding the ghostly activity he’s been having at his inn. The location has a fascinating history dating back to the late 19th century. At the very least, we will be having coffee and chatting about ghosts. What could be better? Well, scheduling an investigation, but I’ll get back to you on that. We also have a lead on a potentially haunted boarding house…and have been told to give a call whenever we can pencil in a date for the investigation. Sullivan Paranormal has never been busier! It’s fabulous. Oh, and then there are the two abandoned buildings I’m working to get in…they may need to wait until renovations have continued long enough for them to be officially deemed safe (safety is always a priority). We all know what renovations can do when there are spirits involved… but that’s farther down the road. Perhaps in the fall.

Equipment-wise, we’ve expanded a bit. Four more cameras are on their way for my DVR system, with much longer cords. We’ll have the ability to run eight cameras, each up to more than 150′-200′, making these larger locations more accessible video-wise. I’m so excited!

Oh, and did I mention I just printed out the first fifty pages of Book 4, Touched by Darkness? I guess I didn’t. But I’ll save that for the next blog.

Stay spooky.


P.S. Look for us next month in the Hurleyville Sentinel. You can find them on Facebook and also online if you give a search. 😉

The Feminine Macabre

Hello, all! It’s been crazy busy here, as usual. I wanted to hop on just to give you a taste of a few neat goings-on in the works!

First of all, I’ll be featured in the new all-female #paranormal journal The Feminine Macabre from @SpookEats with foreword by @PattiNegri! Explore women in #tarot #occult #darkhistory #witchcraft #ghosts and more! Coming March 2021 at

I will also be interviewed on Facebook Live by Amanda of Spook-Eats on March 12th at 8 p.m. Mark the date! Join us!

Book four of the From the Darkness series is well underway. The tentative title is Touched by Darkness and we have a new little person entering the scene. Little, but… well, let’s just say he’s “been around the block.” Knows a few things. Black has a much larger and more invasive presence in this book, as well. That’s all I’ll say for now. I’ve never had one of my books so completely plotted out before. This one has just taken off. Now, if I could just find a quiet couple of days to dive into it fully…

My poetry book is in the final stages of editing and I plan to release it in the next month or two. Nothing flowery here, but those of you who know me and my writing may have an idea of what to expect. Or not. You’ll just have to leave some reviews to let me know what you thought of it. 😉

I’ve been compiling ideas for short stories, too. Perhaps a collection is on the horizon, after book four is written, the poetry is published, and I’m not fully immersed yet in book five of From the Darkness. lol I still really want to put together my paranormal journal and get that into the hands of my investigative readers and friends.

Speaking of the paranormal, the team does have two investigations, as I’ve mentioned on past blogs, in the works. The winter hasn’t been cooperative between the snow and frigid temperatures (one is a re-investigation of a portion of a basement of a theatre that is unheated over winter months…). But we should be putting everything together as spring is around the corner.

Well, this was just a quick hello. Look for the Facebook Live interview and The Feminine Macabre! I’ll keep you posted on the book and investigations.

Stay Spooky!