Apparitions with Appetites

13 Scary Samplings from Gourmet Ghosts – Los Angeles

A guide to ghosts, murders and mysteries in L.A. bars and restaurants, the book Gourmet Ghosts – Los Angeles features unpublished stories and eyewitness accounts, plus newspaper archive material that shows there’s often truth behind the tale. Many of the accounts come from an era when “trunk murders” made headline news, poison could be bought at the corner drugstore, and murders were often unsolved. So take a seat in a haunted booth and order dinner and a cocktail – if you dare…

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The images within are haunting, the details disturbing, and you're guaranteed a few frights while reading about the man who fell three stories down an elevator shaft at the Spring Arts Tower, the ship worker who was crushed to death aboard the Queen Mary or the owners of Yamashiro who are buried in the restaurant's courtyard. Everything you could hope to learn about Los Angeles' ghosts of gastronomy is right here.


James T. Bartlett is the author of Gourmet Ghosts – Los Angeles, a new guide to ghosts, murders and mysteries at bars and restaurants across L.A. that’s available on Amazon, iBooks, Nook and at local independent bookstores, or direct via