Local Author's New Book Traces Paranormal Activity in South JerseyLast Edited:
One South Jersey author and paranormal investigator is giving readers a closer look into the spooky stories of the South Jersey area.
“I have been into the paranormal since I was a little kid," said Kelly Roncace, the author of the recently released Haunted Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland Counties. "I’ve always been drawn to the weird, like anything weird or creepy or unexplained. I’ve always liked that."
So, for a year she wrote a column for a local paper centered around her haunting experiences.
You’ll learn a lot about places that you drive by every day. Plus, you’ll learn that there’s something in there that you might not be able to see, and might not always know is there.
“Me and my team would go in and try and figure out what was going on and make them more comfortable in their own home,” said Roncace.
When Arcadia Publishing approached her about writing a book focusing on these haunts, the newspaper reporter jumped right into the author role.
Haunted Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland Counties is a 142-page book filled with more than a dozen stories of paranormal activity and haunts in South Jersey.
“It’s not scary," said Roncace. "A lot of kids have been like, 'I don’t want to read that book!' It’s really not scary. It’s not like a Stephen King book."
In her book, before going into the details of the activity she experienced at each spot, Roncace gives the reader some background and historical information.
“There’s a lot of history about the different places that I write about," said Roncace. "You’ll learn a lot about places that you drive by every day. Plus, you’ll learn that there’s something in there that you might not be able to see, and might not always know is there."
On Friday, Oct. 6th, the author met up with SNJ Today at Finn’s Point National Cemetery, one of the Salem County haunts included in her book.
After coming to the cemetery for years she says she has experienced some activity.
“We went over and I went on the steps that led to the basement, it was creepy for me," said Roncace. "I didn’t like it. It wasn’t a good feeling. But I started to get responses on my equipment."
Roncace says hopes to continue writing about South Jersey haunts for years to come.
Editor's Note: Kelly Roncace is a freelance writer for SNJ Today.
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