An Interview with Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, judge for the Halloween story contest

An Interview with Kerriann Flanagan Brosky

Judge for the Halloween story contest and author of Historic Haunts of Long Island: Ghosts and Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point

Did you like to be scared as a kid? Not at all, but I did love scaring others, especially my younger brother. I’d hide in his closet at night, and when he was just about asleep, I’d jump out and scream. He was terrified!

What is your favorite spooky movie or book? I love the old black-and-white horror movies. One of my favorites is King of the Zombies. As for books, non-fiction is anything by Hans Holzer, and for fiction it definitely would be The Wolfen by Whitley Strieber. That book scared me half to death.

Your new book, Historic Haunts of Long Island: Ghosts and Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point, just came out. What sparked your interest in ghostly tales? I’m a historian, and when you’re researching older homes and places there always seems to be a ghost story that pops up. Two historical books I wrote in the mid-1990s led me to write about the paranormal and combine it with local history back in 2006. I wrote Ghosts of Long Island: Stories of the Paranormal, and Ghosts of Long Island II: More Stories of the Paranormal. There was actually a demand for it. People who attended my lectures would always ask me to write a book about ghosts. What better way to learn about local history than through a ghost story? Plus, it was something that always interested me as a child – the mystery, the intrigue, life after death. 

Does Long Island seem to have more local stories of ghosts and the paranormal than other parts of New York? I can’t say for sure since I haven’t explored other areas in New York, but I can say that Long Island is both very haunted and very rich in history. We go way beyond the Amityville Horror. There are a lot of spirts and ghosts here, especially on Long Island’s North Shore. 

Okay, let’s get real here. If you were in a cemetery around midnight and caught a glimpse of something that could be other worldly, what would you do? I’d probably scream and run for the hills! Lol!