Review: Ghosthunting San Antonio, Austin, and Texas Hill Country

by Elaine Krackau on October 14, 2015 in Living Texas, What I'm Reading,

In the spirit of Halloween and continuing our coverage of the spookiest places in the state, I suggest you get your {trembling} hands on Ghosthunting San Antonio, Austin, and Texas Hill Country by Michael O. Varhola.

Ghosthunting is the latest book in the popular America’s Haunted Road Trip Series. The guidebook covers 30 haunted locations in or around the cities of San Antonio and Austin and throughout the Texas Hill Country region – collectively one of the most haunted places in the country. Each site includes a combination of history, haunted lore and phenomena, and practical visitation information.


The book is organized into four geographical sections: City of San Antonio, Greater San Antonio, Austin, and Texas Hill Country and includes an introduction to the subject of ghosthunting in the Lone Star State along with all the information readers need to visit the places described within it.

Varhola lives in the Hill Country and drew upon his training and experiences as a historian, journalist, and paranormal investigator to compile this guide to publicly accessible haunted places.


I’ll admit I was uneasy reading about hotels in which I’ve stayed, naive to their history!

From the Alamodome, The Emily Morgan Hotel and the Old Bexar County Jail in San Antonio, to the famously haunted Driskill Hotel and University of Texas Tower in Austin, Varhola covers haunted sites with well-known lore to the lesser-known locations.

About the series: America’s Haunted Road Trip is a one-of-a-kind series of haunted travel guides. Each book profiles 30 haunted places open to the public. The author visits each place, from inns and museums to cemeteries and theaters, interviewing people who live and work there. Also included are travel instructions, maps, and an appendix of many more places that the reader can visit.

‘Tis the season for a haunted road trip!

By Elaine Krackau