Michael Phillip Cash Author Interview
How haunted is Long Island?
Very! If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find dozens of scary places to visit on Long Island. Long Island’s history goes waaay back – to the time of the Native Americans and the European settlers, circa 1600s. We have a lot of really old buildings and as any self-respecting ghost hunter will tell you ghosts love to lurk around in old, historic locations.
Speaking for myself, I can feel spirits all the time when I visit some of my favorite Long Island locations. Sometimes I even feel them when I’m just sitting in my den.
Have you visited any haunted Long Island locations?
Definitely. Since many of my books are centered on haunted locations I’ve done a great deal of research. That meant actually visiting a bunch of reportedly haunted buildings, homes and historical sites. There are dozens of great historical sites that are teeming with spirits and I try to get to as many of them as I can. If you believe in it, they are definitely there.
Would you spend the night in a haunted house?
Absolutely NOT. Researching during the day is one thing, but spending the night isn’t something I’m quite ready to do yet.
What kinds of research did you do for the A Haunting on Long Island book series?
I like to get as much background information as I can on as many haunted locations as possible. That means chatting one on one with anyone who may have had personal experiences. For example, I spent a lot of time at St. John’s Church in Huntington chatting with the employees about the church’s history and also about the history of Long Island in general. I was fortunate in that I was able to find plenty of great material for my books - particularly about the Revolutionary War and the experiences the elite were going through during this time.
Michael Phillip Cash is the author of the four-book series A Haunting on Long Island. Readers can connect with Michael on his website and Facebook.