Author Tags: Biography, Disaster, Maritime
Born in 1944, Robert Belyk has published articles in Photo Life, Beautiful British Columbia, The Beaver and other magazines. He has written several collections about ghost stories pertaining to British Columbia, a book about ten early maritime disasters along the Pacific coastline from the California gold rush years to the Great Depression, plus a biography of Hudson Bay trader and early B.C. historian John Tod. [See John Tod entry] His collections Ghosts: True Tales of Eerie Encounters (Touchwood, 2006) is an expanded and updated version of earlier work. He has lived in Port Coquitlam and Vancouver.
Ghosts: True Stories from British Columbia (Victoria: Horsdal & Schubart, 1990; 1994). Reprinted as Ghosts: True Tales of Eerie Encounters (Horsdal & Schubart, 2002; 2006).
John Tod: Rebel in the Ranks (Horsdal & Schubart, 1995)
Ghosts II: More True Stories From British Columbia (Horsdal & Schubart, 1997)
Great Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast (Wiley & Sons, 2001)
Ghosts: More Eerie Encounters (Touchwood, 2006)
Spirits of the West: Eerie Encounters from the Prairies to the Pacific (Touchwood 2014) $19.95 9781771510394
[BCBW 2014] "Maritime" "Biography" "Disaster"
Ghosts II: More True Stories from British Columbia (H&S $14.95)
A former hotel-turned-pub in Port Moody is one of many haunted locations investigated by Robert C. Belyk in Ghosts II: More True Stories from British Columbia (H&S $14.95), a sequel to his Ghosts: True Stories from British Columbia. Some staff at Jake's Crossing in Port Moody are reluctant to go down to the cellar where Slim, the caretaker, lived until his death in the 1970s. "At least seven people have seen Slim," says Belyk. "While in the cellar doing laundry, a young man noticed a chair moving towards him. At first he thought someone was playing a joke on him because he was new on staff. He looked for a wire or something that might be pulling the chair. The chair came closer until it brushed up against the young man's leg and a friendly voice boomed out 'Sit down.'"
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