Haslam's Book Store

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At least as old as the 1920s, the building that houses the bookstore (est. 1933) is said to have literary poltergeists in residence. Books have flown off the shelves, mostly those in the metaphysical section or those by author Jack Kerouac, who often visited the store during his lifetime. Cold spots have been detected as well. Some maintain that one of the ghosts in residence is Kerouac himself, who died in 1969.

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Geographic Information

Address:
2025 Central Ave
St Petersburg, FL 33713
United States

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GPS:
27.771341, -82.66081700000001
County:
Pinellas County, Florida
Nearest Towns:
Saint Petersburg, FL (1.1 mi.)
Gulfport, FL (3.1 mi.)
Lealman, FL (3.6 mi.)
West and East Lealman, FL (3.8 mi.)
Kenneth City, FL (4.7 mi.)
South Pasadena, FL (4.8 mi.)
Pinellas Park, FL (5.5 mi.)
Saint Pete Beach, FL (5.9 mi.)
Treasure Island, FL (6.6 mi.)
Tierra Verde, FL (6.7 mi.)

Contact Information

Web:
http://www.haslams.com/

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  1. Jack Kerouac died in St. Petersburg, and his final home is not far from this place. I’ve personally not experienced anything here (and I love Jack’s work). It’s been said that the worst activity occurred when his books were placed on the lower shelves but since they been moved to the top shelves the activity has tended to die down.

  2. Once while at Haslam’s, I felt someone brush by me, and felt a tap on my shoulder. I looked around and no one was there. I was in the front of the store looking at Florida history books. Whatever/whoever brushed by me did not scare me. The feeling was not frightening.

  3. Haslam’s is one of my favorite places on this planet. I always have someone following me around though when I walk in. I can feel a presence that isn’t evil or rude, just interested. All the normal things such as feeling a breeze as they pass by, or a book falling, little things like that. Definitely someone hanging out, but nothing scary or harmful, just a friend looking around. Best bookstore in the south!

  4. No. Will not go in this place. Went in here once with my friend and her mom, who was obsessed with wanting to “investigate” it. She was particularly interested in finding the section that housed Kerouac’s books to do an evp session and verbally said out loud “where’s Jacks books” and immediately from 3 rows over 2 books went flying off the shelf. They were his books and I haven’t been back since.

  5. I go to Haslam’s all the time. Before I ever knew of any suspected paranormal activity there, I used to feel someone unseen brush by me or tap me on the shoulder. This was usually in the Florida book section. Even after hearing of paranormal activity at Haslam’s and more personal encounters there, I was never afraid. Whoever was brushing by me and tapping me on the shoulder seemed friendly and almost playful.

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