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Jul 31, 2017

Ghostly Happenings in Red Bank!

Local author Patricia Martz Heyer has just published her newest book entitled Ghostly Tales of Two Rivers: Curious Encounters Along the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers.

This book is her second foray into spooky local folklore and follows last year’s release of the highly successful, Ghostly Tales and Yarns of the Navesink River: Where History and Folklore Collide.

Patricia’s love of historical research led her to discover an almost forgotten ghostly folklore of the two river area that starts with the Native American inhabitants and continues to this day.

Ghostly Tales of Two Rivers expands the range of ghostly happenings by looking at haunted tales from the town’s between the two rivers. Heyer says: “I decided to concentrate on the peninsula the Lenape called Navarumsunk.” This is the land laying between the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers.

“I was so surprised and happy at the warm reception from the last book, that I decided to follow up with the same topic” says Patricia. “Our area is so rich in history and folklore, it was no trouble to find plenty of new material”.

Acording to Heyer: “The reader will meet a variety of local ghosts that include rum runners, explorers, and residents of burial grounds.” The work is filled with the same detailed historical research woven into chilling tales that drew acclaim from readers of her previous book.

The retired special education teacher and educational writer was originally from Western Pennsylvania, but has lived in Red Bank since the 1960’s. After retiring from the Red Bank Board of Education, Patricia pursued a second career as a writer and author publishing numerous short stories and articles before writing her first full length book last year.

“There is something for everyone in this new book” says Heyer. “Local history buffs will love the historical details, and devotes of the macabre will enjoy the ghostly stories from their own backyard.”

Ghostly Tales of Two Rivers: Curious Encounters Along the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers is currently available at Barnes and Nobel , Amazon Books, Lulu Book, and will be on local shelves early this fall.