Sylvia Shults has been a paranormal investigator for several years. She began her career as a ghost hunter as a result of doing the research for her nonfiction book, Ghosts of the Illinois River (Quixote Press, 2010). Her
fascination with ghosts dates back to her childhood. She is an avid reader who was raised on Grimm’s Fairy
A few years ago, Shults was inspired to write a collection of people’s supernatural experiences at the Peoria
State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois. This project quickly swelled into Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the
Peoria State Hospital. The book incorporates the history of the asylum as well as the many ghost stories that have
arisen out of the asylum’s abandonment.
The book, and Shults’ research, was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters (“Prescription
for Fear”, which aired January 30, 2013).
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If you like ghosts, ghouls, and grand mansions, check out the first three installments of the serial novel, The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Darker Shadows, by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross. The 4th installment, the novella, Christmas Spirits, is also available.