Some of My Best Friends Are Ghosts w/ Stephen Osborne – Post + Giveaway

September 24, 2016

Some of My Best Friends Are Ghosts

Hello! My name is Stephen Osborne, and I’m here to tell you about my new release, Raven’s Rest. It’s about ghosts, disembodied voices, seances, and, of course, love.

I blame Dark Shadows.

For those who don’t know, Dark Shadows was an late afternoon soap opera which ran from 1966 to 1971. Unlike other TV soaps, however, Dark Shadows dealt with vampires, witches, werewolves, and ghosts. Lots of ghosts. Kids used to race home from school to catch up with vampire Barnabas Collins and the other members of the cursed Collins family. Ah, those were the days.

Ever since Dark Shadows, I’ve loved a good spooky story. Stephen King quickly became a favorite writer, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read Hell House by Richard Matheson. TV shows? Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, American Horror Story, and Stranger Things are on my watch list. I can’t seem to get away from the ghostly tales.

As if that isn’t bad enough, I sometimes spend the night in haunted locations. I’ve visited (and written about) the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford, where shadowy figures are seen and spectral perfume can be smelled. Many a night I’ve spent at Willow Creek Farm, a private residence that’s listed as one of the most haunted houses in Illinois. At Willow Creek, I witnessed a chair falling over for apparently no reason, heard footsteps above me when no one was upstairs, and had a flashlight turn on and off by command. This flashlight, I must add, was old and dented, and it took one heck of a twist to turn it on!

Ghosts pop up in my own writing all the time. There’s Robbie, the late lover of Duncan Andrews in the Pale As a Ghost series, who died ten years ago but still hangs around. In Rat Bastard, Weasel masquerades as the Phantom Lady of Kennedy Hill Road—a real local legend in these parts! And, of course, there’s the Raven’s Rest Inn, which boasts several spirits. One of them, that of Coleman Hollis, becomes very familiar to Michael Cook.

And it continues. Currently, I’m working on another Duncan Andrews story, as well as bouncing around ideas for a possible sequel to Raven’s Rest. The ghosts just keep coming, keeping me company.

So let’s have a contest! To win a copy of one of my backlist titles (Duncan Andrews, one of the Weasel books, or anything you like!) tell me your favorite ghost story. It can be a personal experience, or a scary novel or story you’ve read! Let me know what’s kept you up at night!


Check out Raven’s Rest today!


Raven's Rest by Stephen Osborne


Michael Cook has left his abusive lover and settled in the small town of Banning, Illinois. Having nowhere else to go, he checks into the Raven’s Rest Inn and soon learns that the haunted reputation of the hotel is well deserved. Michael gets a job at a local café, where he meets Trey Ramsey. Though Michael has misgivings about starting up a new relationship, Trey seems to be the complete opposite of Michael’s controlling ex, so he decides to give Trey a chance.

Life at the Raven’s Rest becomes increasingly frightening when the ghost of Coleman Hollis appears in Michael’s room. Coleman seems to want something from Michael, and the mystery deepens when Michael discovers he’s the spitting image of Coleman’s lover from years ago. Together, Michael and Trey must discover why Coleman’s spirit is drawn to the Raven’s Rest—and to Michael.


Stephen Osborne lives in Northern Illinois with Christine, the diva border terrier mix, where he works at a food packaging plant, testing food. So basically he makes brownies for a living. His loves include Doctor Who, Dark Shadows, and Broadway musicals. A mystery fanatic, his favorite authors are Rex Stout, Ellery Queen, and the wonderful Agatha Christie. His goal: to be the Phantom of the Opera. Not play the part…he wants to find an opera house to haunt!

13 Responses to “Some of My Best Friends Are Ghosts w/ Stephen Osborne – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Stephen Osborne says:


  2. Susan says:

    When I was about 4 I woke one night to a ghostly figure sitting on the foot of my bed. I was terrified and knew if I moved or even breathed too hard it would get me. I learned decades later the same apparition visited my brother too. We both felt a sense of menace emanating from it. He and I were too scared as children to ever talk about it. At the time we lived in an old summer cabin converted to all-year use, so it probably had lots of history.

  3. Stephen Osborne says:

    Ooooh…..good story, Susan!

  4. Susana says:

    I love a good ghost story, although fortunately I haven’t had any encounter with the supernatural myself. I’m too much of a coward. My favourite ghost story is The Shinig by Stephen King, both the book and the film are pretty scary. And there is this 2002 film, Darkness, after watching it I spent a while week sleeping with the lights on. LOL!!!

  5. Stephen Osborne says:

    Susana: The Shining is one of my favorites as well. I enjoyed the sequel as well, Doctor Sleep. I’ll have to check out Darkness.

  6. Deeze Browne says:

    I thought I saw a ghost once but it could of easily been a trick of the light. I was sitting in the balcony section of our local cinema and I looked over at a group that were a little loud. One of them was leaning against the balcony wall facing the seats and as I watched he just faded.

  7. Stephen Osborne says:

    Deeze: I’ve known a lot of haunted theatres, so you never know!

  8. waxapplelover says:

    I’m honestly one of those people who doesn’t watch any scary movies because I don’t want any ideas. At the same time, I’m skeptical about ghosts and the paranormal. But if there is one place where I could see ghosts actually living (though I never saw one), it’s New Orleans.

  9. Stephen Osborne says:

    Waxapplelover: I’ve never been to New Orleans, but it’s on my list. I’ll have to stay in a haunted hotel, of course.

  10. H.B. says:

    My neighbor use to tell me her house was haunted that the room (the basement) her sister slept was haunted by a female ghost. That her sister would wake up and the ghost would sometimes just be sitting on the edge of the bed. Other times they would feel something cold touch them on a part of their body. It use to freak me out so much that I just never wanted to go into her house.

  11. Stephen Osborne says:

    That’s how weird I am, H.B. I’d want to go there all the time!

  12. Stephen Osborne says:

    And I put the names into and the winner of a autographed backlist title is….Susana! Susana, you can contact me direct at and let me know your address and which title you would like!

  13. Susana says:

    Yay!!! Thank you!!!

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