Based on his recently taped stint as Boston's paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's "Haunted Encounters: Face to Face," spirits are serious business. The on-camera interview, which was shot in front of the Central Burying Ground and facing what Baltrusis calls Boston's “haunted corridor” near the corner of Boylston and Tremont Streets, explored the residual energy, or psychic imprint, left over from the 1897 gas-line explosion.
Yes, the "Haunted Encounters" crew managed to explore the abandoned subway tunnels connected to the country's oldest trolley station, Boylston Street. Fast forward to 1:16 on the video below to get a sneak peek of his appearance on the new paranormal show. Also, click on the Amazon link to read the Common Haunts chapter in "Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub," which gives the historical back story to the alleged hauntings.
"Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub" was released in September and author Baltrusis has crafted the perfect holiday stocking stuffer for those who love Boston's history. The author is doing special "A Christmas Carol" appearances inspired by Charles Dickens's visits to Boston in the 1800s.
To book the author, email him directly at sjbaltrusis(@)
Order "Ghosts of Boston" on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/
Watch the "Haunted Encounters" clip: http://www.bostonhaunts.com/
"The book explores the city's ghoulish history over more than three centuries, including Colonial-era spirits said to still roam Boston Common and those of 100 British soldiers killed during the Revolutionary War, whose remains were discovered during the building of the Boylston T station in the early 20th century--some of them allegedly haunt Boston s subway tunnels." --Amy Laskowski, BU Today
"Sam Baltrusis's book is an amazing piece of journalism, a thoroughly researched account of Boston's paranormal activities and history. He tells the ghostly stories with imaginative language; his file titles ("hex education" or "Shakespearian specter") for each different tale made for fun reading. Well written with excellent photographs and visuals of Boston!"
"I was captivated by 'Ghosts of Boston' from page one. Carefully researched and informative, it documents a history of paranormal findings in this most historical of American cities. Drawing on both documented sources and personal observations, Baltrusis has written an entertaining and highly accessible introduction to some of the region's wonder-full phenomena, including many sights and sounds offered up by those Bostonians no longer with us. Graveyards, college dorms, abandoned theaters, subway station excavations (whose "accidents" continue to haunt us: the most recent of its many unexplained "crashes" occurring there just last week), haunted homes, you name it. I exercised great restraint in not reading this book cover to cover in one sitting. Instead, I "portion controlled" it, savoring each chapter and its titillating contents. I've even gone so far as to visit many of the sites that Baltrusis has generously directed me to. Bravo. Keep writing and keep treating us to more of New England's haunted past (and present.) This is a great read, a highly satisfying entertainment. Buy it. You won't be sorry.
About the Author
Journalist Sam Baltrusis freelances for various publications, including Boston Spirit magazine and STUFF. He teaches writing and journalism classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE). His blog, "Loaded Gun Boston," is an online destination focusing on the latest crop of made-in-Boston films, showcasing the behind-the-scenes buzz surrounding Hollywood East, as well as the people, places and products featured. As a side gig, he moonlights as a tour guide with Haunted Boston, highlighting the city s historical haunts. In the past, he's worked for VH1, MTV.com, Newsweek, WHDH.com, ABC Radio and as a regional stringer for the New York Times. Currently living in Somerville's Davis Square, Baltrusis shares a home with a mischievous female spirit with an affinity for sharp objects. He jokingly calls her "Scissor Sister."