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Like taking a road trip with your best friend...and a few dozen ghosts
on September 27, 2009
"If you take three of my favorite things - cemeteries, ghost stories and thunderstorms - and roll them all together into one experience, you'd have my definition of a perfect day." ~ April Slaughter
Chances are, if you found your way to reading a review of this book, then you're someone who can fully identify with this personal revelation made by the author, April Slaughter (and yes, she also happens to have one of the most enviable surnames one can carry in the paranormal field...lucky lady indeed). I've yet to find many truly passionate enthusiasts of the field that didn't prefer a cemetery to a playground, a horror flick to a romantic comedy or a stormy day to a sunny one...and if that's the case for you too, then immersing yourself in the adventures of Ghosthunting Texas will be like taking a road trip with your best friend.
My solitary experience with Texas has been driving straight through it and spending perhaps twenty minutes at a rest stop (and it was the nicest rest stop I've yet to see, ever, no joke) while on a long distance move across the country. Now I can safely say I have at least thirty-one solid reasons to visit the state...investigating the thirty locations disclosed in this book and convincing Ms. Slaughter to swap stories with me over coffee. (Not to mention the additional twenty-two locations she lists at the back of the book bringing the grand total to fifty-two reputedly haunted locales, score!). Many of the locations are well known and considered a `no-brainer' for any investigator to visit such as the Majestic Theatre, the Oaklea Mansion Bed & Breakfast, the Driskill Hotel and of course, The Alamo (right now I'm biting my fingers not to quote or make reference to a movie about a stolen bicycle...ok, I guess I just halfway failed). But without a doubt, it was the stories about the locations Ms. Slaughter and her husband Allen stumbled upon by accident that had me smitten with the book and hungry for more tales written by her hand. For it's within these particular stories, the Iris Theatre/Books & Crannies, the Bull Ring and Crystals Rock Shop to name a few, that you understand why a perfect stranger would welcome this couple onto their property with open arms and share their personal and often very private accounts of events they cannot explain away. You can't help but get a sense that Ms. Slaughter exudes an essence that compliments the tone of her writing...a warmly intelligent, well-versed and grounded dreamer who has strong, personal opinions regarding the afterlife but never pretends to have all the answers...someone who is open to all possibilities, thereby encouraging others to leave the door open for her.