Spirits of Southeast Alaska (Paperback)

The History & Hauntings of Alaska's Panhandle

By James P. Devereaux

Epicenter Press, 9781935347675, 140pp.

Publication Date: October 31, 2016



Ghostly footsteps and flickering lights, a silhouette in the window of an abandoned building, a restless presence at the scene of a sunken ship, spectral wails and poltergeist theft of office supplies, mythical Native American legends, and other paranormal happenings scattered across the Alaskan panhandle come together in Spirits of Southeast Alaska, a grand adventure into the historical hauntings of the southeastern corner of the Last Frontier.

Author James Devereaux lived in Alaska for years, working as an archaeologist. Inspired by ghost stories as a child, and by accounts of Alaskan residents of paranormal phenomena in the area, he set out to collect both the ghost stories of Southeast Alaska and their history.

About the Author

James Devereaux is a writer, arcaeologist and adventurer who has spent his life in search of good stories to tell. With his bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Devereaux first moved to Alaska in 2005 to work as an archaeologist for the U.S. military. Since then, his trail through the north has led to him working as a mountain and river guide, a National Park Service archaeologist, a log cabin carpenter and a news reporter for a local radio station. His last five years in the Last Frontier were spent in Skagway, where he fell in love with the scenery and stories of the Southeast Alaska.As an avid historian whose job it is to study the lives of the dead, it was only a matter of time before he put his interests and talents together to write about the history of some of the Inside Passage's most well-known ghost stories. Devereaux moved out of Skagway in 2014 with all his possessions, wife and dog packed into his Ford Ranger and now lives in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where he works for Effigy Mounds National Monument. When he's not working to preserve history, he enjoys casting fishing lures into tree branches on the Mississippi River, drinking good craft beers at bonfires and adventuring in the Driftless Area with his wife, Katie, and dog, Scarlette.