Ann Khiel Fern is the author of two books on the hauntings of Jefferson County, West Virginia ~

  • Jefferson County, WV – Sometimes the Dead Speak: Haunted Tales of an Historic County – June 2015
  • Charles Town, WV – A Haunted History – Sept. 2010

Coming in 2023, Ann’s new book ~ Unsolved Mysteries and Murders of Jefferson County, WV.


Jefferson County, WV – Sometimes the Dead Speak: Haunted Tales of an Historic County

Cover – Jefferson County, WV

Published in June, 2015.
166 pages.

In her second book of true ghost stories, Ann introduces readers to the spirits haunting the West Virginia towns of Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown, as well as Charles Town, including ~

  • The Wailing Women of Harpers Ferry
  • The Killer Caretaker
  • A Tale of Murder and Suicide
  • The Poorhouse of Shepherdstown
  • The Boy of “Tater Hill”
  • The Lakeland Underground Caverns
  • The Blessing and Webb Houses

Signed copies of Jefferson County, WV – Sometimes the Dead Speak are available for purchase on any of the Charles Town Ghost Tours walks.

The book is also available at the John Brown Wax Museum, located in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia ~

John Brown Wax Museum
168 High Street
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Hours vary by season – please check the museum’s website for more information.
Parking is limited in Harpers Ferry. We recommend parking at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and taking the Park Service’s shuttle bus into Harpers Ferry.


Charles Town, WV – A Haunted History

Published in September, 2010.

According to the article “Book signing scheduled“, published in The Spirit of Jefferson on Sept. 15, 2010, Ann researched and wrote the book after leading her first – and very successful – guided walking tour of haunted Charles Town.

“I wanted to learn more about the families that shaped this town. I wanted to tell authentic, documented stories while preserving the dignity of those families.”

The book includes spine-tingling stories of more than 100 restless spirits in the Charles Town area. It is now out of print.