Spooky Enough for You?
Jim Bartlett Shares the Secrets

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Los Angeles - Gourmet Ghosts: A Guide to the Cities Haunted Bars and Restaurants-and Their Ghosts, Murders and Mysteries ($19.95)

Why did Jim Bartlett write this book? Here’s an interview he gave in October, 2014, that might give you some answers…..!exclusive-interview-james-bartlett/csxm

Originally from London, Bartlett has been living in Los Angeles since 2004 and has been a self-employed journalist since 1999. He has been published in over 90 magazines and newspapers including The Irish American Post, the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Hemispheres, Thirsty? Los Angeles, Variety, Fortean Times and The Historian. He is also a contributor to BBC Radio and RTE Radio 1 in Ireland, and blogs for and For The Post, he regularly reports on movie news with an Irish twist. Read his latest updated elsewhere in this edition.

His book Gourmet Ghosts is the first publication for City Ghost Guides, but if readers have any stories of ghosts, murders or mysteries in hotels, restaurants or bars in L.A. – or further afield – please send them to Bartlett at

Gourmet Ghosts – Los Angeles is a new "history and mystery" guide book that features 274 pages of ghosts, murders and mysteries at more than 40 bars and restaurants in Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, Mid-City, Downtown, Westside and Beaches and – in a special section – "Off The Menu."

An illustrated guide with photographs, newspaper archive clippings, eyewitness accounts and never-before-published pictures and stories – as well as food and drink recommendations – it’s not a psychic investigation, more of a fun look into Los Angeles’ historical past that finds out that many of the legendary tales have some basis in real, documented events.

Sample chapters here

From 1999-2004, Bartlett lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A few blocks from his house was Friar’s Bush, a tiny graveyard in the shadow of the Ulster Museum and college buildings on either side. Intrigued, he finally got up the courage to knock on the door of the arched gatehouse – someone lived there; he could see a ginger cat on the windowsill inside.

The neighbor, Gerry, told Bartlett more about the cemetery, later showing Bartlett around, and over the years when he visited Belfast from his new home in L.A., Bartlett would pop in and say hello, learn about any news (like the installation – finally – of a grave marker for the anonymous hundreds or more buried in the "Plaguey pit" there).

He wrote about the cemetery for several magazines and journals over the years when the site used to do Halloween tours.

Bartlett’s book is available at,,,,, and direct from A reader can buy copies ($19.95) at independent book and gift stores across L.A. – and at LAX, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, plus in San Diego and at San Francisco Airport (T2) – the ISBN number is 978-0-9849730-0-2.

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