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West Virginia ghost site launches effort to bring in more stories

West Virginia's premier online compendium of ghost stories is launching a campaign to accrue more tales this week, adding a call-in line for submissions from participants who would prefer to speak rather than write-out their stories.

PRLog - Apr. 11, 2014 - Publisher Jonathan Moore, who launched WVGhosts.com in early 2000, says more than 450 stories have been added to the high-traffic site and that interest is growing, possibly as an association between West Virginia and the paranormal develops.

The increase in development of paranormal travel venues such as the Trans-Allegheny Asylum at Weston and the former state penitentiary at Moundsville have apparently helped fuel the idea of West Virginia as a destination for ghost hunters.

"Weston and Moundsville have become apparent meccas for the ghostly in America," Moore said.

"It seems every time I tune into a television program about the paranormal they're featuring scenes from West Virginia.

Moore nearly abandoned the site three years ago after his offices near Beckley were ransacked and his equipment was stolen. However, he noticed that interest in ghost stories had not plateaud but that continued to increase.

"I was about to disassemble the entire project until I saw there still was a wide interest in the site, he said. "So we have been promoting like crazy, and that's been successful in terms of attracting visitors but not submissions.

"To help those who have stories but fear the process of submitting them, I am opening up more ways for people to send them in."

Moore said the new call-in line at 304-896-9874 would be able to accept text submissions as well as voicemail.

More than 1,500 unique visits and 20,000 hits are now being logged at WVGhosts.com daily, but developers say traffic is increasing as interest in ghosts increases and as more people use the site.

Moore said his reason for managing the site is principally to provide a resource for people who would like to share their experiences and learn from those of others Many people must have stories to share, he said.

"I know we haven't captured everyone's story yet; I would say at least one person in five has a story to share."

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