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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
"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.

~S
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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As host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, I've interviewed April to discuss her personal experiences with the paranormal, her work with TAPS, and her book - Ghosthunting Texas. I've lived in Texas before and it's a state full of rich history with a wide variety of haunted sites and unexplained phenomena.

Are you interested in exploring the paranormal haunted world of Texas? If so, then April is your go to guide! When I'm in Texas conducting paranormal research, April is who I want by my side for the journey and if she's not available, her book, GhostHunting Texas is the next best thing, packed with all the best places to explore with detailed information on each site. As the saying goes, Don't Mess with Texas, plenty of people have tried and their ghosts remain to share their stories. With April's GhostHunting Texas as your guide, you'll explore the biggest and spookiest places across the state! A great resource for a paranormal research group or enthusiast and a unique way to have some vacation fun if you're traveling through the state and want to bring the family to some of the sites to check them out. Guaranteed to be a vacation to remember for a lifetime and as a bonus, a unique way to learn more about the history of the state.

Love all the America's Haunted Road Trip series, I've had several of the authors on the show from various states and plan to have lots more as they cover all 50 haunted states.

Kala Ambrose - author, intuitive, paranormal researcher and host of Explore Your Spirit radio [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2009
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I have been waiting a long time for a book like this. I've been interested in the paranormal for years, and want to see and experience as much as I can. But how do I find the places to investigate? How do you separate the legitimate haunts from the legends? Do I need special permission to visit certain places? Well, this book will help you with that. The places were visited by April, or people she knows, and the experiences are legitimate. The best part of all, is that they are places that are open to the public. You don't have to worry about getting permission or special access. You can just go stay in that hotel or bed and breakfast, visit that store, eat at that restaurant! This book has basically given me a check list of all the places I need to visit and try to have some experiences of my own.

The book is also just very well written and entertaining. Even if you have no interest in visiting or investigating any of the locations on your own, it's still a great read and will entertain you for several hours reading about the history of the places and the experiences others have had there.

I whole heartedly recommend this book. I will also be putting April Slaughter on my list of authors to watch so I can purchase her future projects as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2009
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The topic and genre of the Paranormal has always interested me, I have purchased a lot of books on the subject and enjoyed about 2. In a lot of the books the author rushes through thinking the amount of experiences, places or events is what makes a good book. Its not, especially in this genre. I travel a lot and try to pick up local ghost books in each area I visit, I stumbled on this book here on the Amazon site and I must say I picked it up and enjoyed every page. What makes a great ghost story or hunting book? Sure the places add a lot especially ones you can actually travel to or ones you even have been to and didn't know it was supposed to be haunted. But its the stories, its how personal the author makes it to their own experiences and taking the time to understand that a good ghost story or ghosthunting story is just that...a ghost story. This book brings to life places you can put on your to-do list, go see and experience for your self. This is the kind of book that after you read and viit one of these places, whether you experience anything or not you will get chills remembering what you had read from the book. If you have any interest in this genre at all, this book belongs in your library. Period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
Today the Paranormal market just seem too saturated with ghost stories and mythical tales of hauntings. This book however is the exact opposite! I have spent too much money trying to find a book like this and I honestly hope that the author, April Slaughter (what a great name) writes more books in this same style about other states as well.

The best part about this book is how she takes the myth or tale of a huanted location in Texas and then spends nights there researching with her team and others. The results are bone-chilling and have me wanting to go research these locations as well!

I highly recommend this book, not just for the avid ghost hunter, but for anyone that lives in or around the State of Texas! Amazing true accounts of activity are documented and revealed in this fantastic and affordable book!

I want more!

- Brian
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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April Slaughter is not an arm-chair paranormal investigator. She is the real deal. Her writing style and approach not only satisfies those in the field, but is accessible to casual ghost groupies who appreciate a good story. April mixes paranormal theory with a healthy dose of wit and historical reflection. One can learn about the paranormal while being entertained by the Lone Star State's colorful haunted history. A highly recommended work by an up-and-coming young voice in the paranormal field.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2009
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Ghosthunting Texas-part of the America's Haunted Road Trip series of books is a well-written and thouroughly researched book delving into some of the more famous (and not-so-famous) paranormal "Hot-Spots" in the author's home state of Texas.
This is a great read-not only for fans of the paranormal, history buffs will appreciate the research and care put into each of the 30 locations visited by the author herself.
Again- this is a great read....check it out!
-MM-
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2010
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Wow...what more can I say.

I cannot wait now to visit Texas(have never been before)and go to all or most of the locations in your book April. Thanks for sharing! I am excited to buy some of your other books on the "America's Haunted Road Trip"

BTW...when does Ghost Hunting Utah come out :-)

Thanks again, you are a wonderful writer and have given me some inspiration to start writing again.

Shirl~Lehi, UT
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2010
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Loved it !!! April brings you inside to some of the hottest paranormal places in Texas. Buy it, read it and keep the lights on !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2009
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I have the distinct pleasure of knowing the author April Slaughter personally. I was a guest among a ghost investigation at the Driskill Hotel and it was an amazing experience! In Ghosthunting Texas April tells the tales of her various investigations from the most haunted locations across the lone star state. Living in Texas i found her book very cool. I have visited some of the locations in her book! April has a unique writing style that keeps you on the edge of your seat and ready to hear the next story! I first became a fan of her work when reading some of her articles in the official TAPS Paramagazine. This is a great read and i look forward to future books!
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