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The ghost and the Brand Library

October 31, 2008 |  1:03 pm


Did you know that the Brand Library in Glendale is haunted? The building -- pictured above in a vintage postcard -- was completed in 1904 as the home of developer Leslie Coombs Brand, who lived -- and, on April 10, 1925, died -- there. Twenty-one years later it became a library, as his will had stipulated.

But something wasn't right with Brand; according to legend, it's his ghost that haunts the premises. Stories are passed on of a voice saying, "Joe" (or "Go!"), of a shadowy male figure ascending the stairs, of a presence in the tower, of the feeling, when standing near his portrait, of being watched.

"You've got the outline of a classic haunting here," Richard Senate, author of "The Haunted Southland," told the Glendale News Press in 1993. "You've got drafts of cold air, the feeling of being watched, the voices and a very loose apparition. All these are indicative of a true haunting. And the fact that you've got multiple people having different experiences is substantiating."

Read the rest of this article on Jacket Copy, The Times' book blog.

-- Carolyn Kellogg