Do you believe in ghosts? Read Gregg Olsen's story and you will...

Gregg Olsen is the go-to guy for ghost stories. As the author of both Envy and Betrayal—two titles that make up The Empty Coffin Series, inspired by tales of true crime—Gregg's a bit of an expert in the creepy department.

But Gregg's novels aren't just hair-rising, chill-inducing page turners. There's something a bit deeper to them: They explore some seriously relevant issues (like cyber bullying) and give a voice to victims everywhere. So when Gregg told us he's always been inspired by his own brush with a supernatural force, we weren't surprised.

And now, we're sharing Gregg's real-life ghost story. Read on for the first-person account that made Gregg a believer.

This is the supernatural that I know is real:
I’ve always loved the idea of the supernatural–that we are not alone, that ghosts still cling to their former lives, that people can bend a nail with their brain alone.
I've never been much into vampires or werewolves (though they scare me with their bloodiness and hairiness) or witches (though I can think of a teacher or two who might have had coven meetings afterschool).
Here’s the deal: I want to believe. I don’t want us to be alone. I don’t want to be turned to ash and then gone. None of us do, right? So let me tell you, GL girls, how I know we're not alone.
Over the years of my crime writing, I have had a few moments that moved the needle to the “something’s there” side. One time was when I was on a ranch in Colorado researching the life and death of a little Amish boy named Danny Stutzman. The house was abandoned, but locked up. I made my way from the barn to the field in front of the house. I had found nothing. I’d come a long way, and I wondered if any of it mattered. Was I on the right track?

Just then, the wind kicked up and blew across the dusty road in front of the house. It was like the air was running toward me. I stood there and these words just came to me:
I felt immediately that the little boy I was writing about WANTED me to carry on; he URGED me to do so. I think a lot of crime writers might feel that way--that we have a duty and a responsibility to write a tragic story in a respectful way. But on that ranch in Ignacio, Colorado, I was sure that Danny was behind the urgency.
I didn’t give up, of course.
The supernatural is all around us. We are getting messages every day. Sometimes the messages come in the form a breeze, almost a whisper. That’s the kind of supernatural that I choose to believe.
Keep on creepin' on...
  • CLICK HERE to check out Envy.
  • CLICK HERE to check out the new release Betrayal.
  • Join GL as we chat live on Facebook with Gregg Olsen on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6pm EST.  Check back on October 18, 2012 for more details!

BY GL ON 9/7/2012 12:00:00 AM