Let me start by saying that I have never been a fan of “ghost hunting” shows. I always felt that they were more about entertainment than actually finding something. The playing for the camera and oftentimes trying to antagonize any ghostly presence became a complete turn off. To me, ghosts and the paranormal are serious subjects and deserve our respect.
Over the years I have seen things that I cannot explain, though there was never anything that scared me. I’ve been on multiple ghost hunts, all with no results. I’ve always thought to myself, “How cool would it be to be on an actual ghost hunt and to experience something truly unexplainable? Definitive proof?” Well, this was how I felt until I read “The Horrors of the House of Wills” by Daryl Marston.
Daryl Marston is a co-lead investigator on A&E’s Ghost Hunters. He has led numerous paranormal investigations of private homes and forty investigations of historical locations, such as the House of Wills. He hosts the popular podcast, The American Ghost Hunter Show, and co-owns the website Paranormal Warehouse, which reports on paranormal news.
Upon first glance, Daryl doesn’t seem to be the kind of person that is easily scared. His background of being a skeptic is also perfect for this line of work, as he will not try to entertain more than actually doing investigative work. Reading his book proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt. He takes this very seriously.
When I received my copy of “The Horrors of the House of Wills” I was very excited, though a little anxious, to read it. I had just heard an interview with Daryl on Jim Harold’s podcast “The Paranormal Podcast” and became very interested in the story and learning more. I finished the book in two sittings. It was like I was drawn in and couldn’t escape. I needed to know what was going to happen next.
The House of Wills, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a historic landmark renowned for its rich cultural and architectural significance. Originally built in 1898, this majestic structure served as a lavish mansion before transforming into a distinguished funeral home in the 1920s. The House of Wills stands as a testament to Cleveland’s vibrant past, attracting visitors with its elegant design featuring elements of Victorian, Gothic, and Renaissance Revival styles. With its grand halls, intricate woodwork, and exquisite stained glass windows, the House of Wills offers a captivating glimpse into the city’s history, captivating both locals and tourists alike with its unique charm and remarkable heritage.
In addition to its architectural allure, the House of Wills has also gained notoriety for its paranormal history, captivating the interest of ghost enthusiasts and paranormal investigators. Over the years, numerous reports of supernatural phenomena have emerged, including sightings of apparitions, unexplained footsteps, and eerie whispers echoing through the hallways. The building’s association with the funeral industry further adds to its mysterious aura, as some believe that residual energy or spirits may linger within its walls. Whether fueled by urban legends or genuine encounters, the House of Wills has become a magnet for those seeking a taste of the supernatural, adding an intriguing and haunting layer to its already fascinating narrative.
Without giving too much away, Daryl’s encounters in the House of Wills are terrifying. Missing time, dark masses, and cold spots are enough to scare anyone. It’s the missing time that made me rethink my original thought of “How cool would it be to be on an actual ghost hunt and to experience something truly unexplainable? Definitive proof?”
If you are into hauntings, then this book is a must-read. Looking back, I just realized that I read the entire book during the day, which is probably a good thing. I don’t think this is necessarily the kind of book that you want to read just before bed. It’s a quick read and it definitely piqued my interest in the House of Wills. “The Horrors of the House of Wills” comes out on September 8, 2023 but you can pre-order it now. Just click on any of the highlighted book titles and it will take you right to Amazon.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the book and if you’ve been to the House of Wills, please share some of your experiences in the comment section. Thanks for reading.