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Ghostly Encounters: True Stories of America's Haunted Inns and Hotels Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2002

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Readers intrigued by the supernatural and eager to spend some quality time with ghosts may be tempted to pick up Frances Kermeen's Ghostly Encounters: True Stories of America's Haunted Inns and Hotels, but this "guide" offers little that hasn't been covered more eloquently elsewhere. From floating, disembodied torsos to menacing, Chucky-like dolls, Kermeen, the former owner of a haunted antebellum mansion, has ostensibly seen and heard it all either firsthand or secondhand through other innkeepers and their guests. However, her clunky, cliche-ridden writing often mars the narration of these "sightings." When relaying one of her earliest encounters, for example, Kermeen writes: "In an instant, the room turned icy cold, and I felt terror in the air." Though this book's timely release and amusing premise will help it appeal to the Halloween crowd, readers would do better to pick up Dennis Hauck's Haunted Places: The National Directory.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044661145X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446611459
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James A. Mangin on November 20, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
The story of the Brookdale Lodge in California I can vouch for: it's my story. I met with Frances Kermeen and recounted my experience with the ghost of the little girl, it was the strangest event of my life.
-Jim Mangin
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By tyger dacosta on October 12, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ghostly Encounters by Frances Kermeen is a must read for those interested in the possibility that death is only the begining and that just because you can not see them, does not mean they are not there. The Author takes the reader into her investigations as she explores Americas notorious Haunted Inns and Hotels for herself and the reader can be assured, of her ability to bring us into her investigations as if we were there ourselves but fortunately were not! She seeks out the truth and is not afraid to express her honesty,doubts, and most often fears with the readers in hopes of discovering the truth no matter what. Not since Hans Holzer has anyone made me doubt, that the cold chill i feel at night just might be someone reaching out from beyond the grave. I highly recommend this book and can not wait to read her next one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Steiner VINE VOICE on December 4, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book, which tells the tales of hauntings that take place in hotels and inns is a fun read. If you are interested in ghost stories, these have the added advantage in that you can check out the places for yourself. The best part, I found, is that the author lists the best haunted rooms and times to visit these places, and includes address, websites, etc. to make it easy to locate the places in the book. I totally enjoyed it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Wilson on March 8, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A sort of vacation guide for people who are tired of long walks on the beach, don't really care for spas, and whose interest in history goes beyond what was built when. The properties featured offer no 'ghostly' guarantees, but give you just basic facts as known by the owners or through research and personal accounts. More importantly, they are places the public can access for a meal, a night, or just a quick peek. You can pack lightly; all you need is an open mind and a sense of timing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By book critic on April 19, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book because of the way each hotel/inn was broken down:
history, description of the establishment, sightings, dining and address w/ phone # and email.

I've never been to any of the establishments. Some look kind of pricey. I sometimes go to the establishments website for info & rates. Being skeptical, I wonder if there is an actual ghost(s) or is it a "come on".

The book is an enjoyable read.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Phillips on July 8, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Over the past few years every book and TV show dealing with the subject of ghosts has told the story of The Myrtles Plantation. As someone who follows this subject I must admit that I was sick of The Myrtles and had even noticed that one of the major ghost hunter organizations had called the hauntings at the old Louisiana plantation into question. As I started to read this book I found out that the author was a former owner of The Myrtles and was immediately turned off and figured I would not like this book at all. Still, I figured that I had paid for the book so I had just as well read it. I am very glad I decided to give Ms. Kermeen a chance.
There are some historical errors in this book that I hope will be corrected if there are any further printings. The author has a real problem with dates, especially those pertaining to the Civil War and these errors are grievous enough to cost the book a star. Having visited these places she writes about, her facts should have been more accurate.
Beyond the errors though this is one of the best ghost books I have read in quite some time. Kermeen's writing style is very good, especially for what I assume is her first book. Her stories are not old legends but are current and ongoing haunts and she gets the stories from living eyewitnesses. Written as part travel guide and part ghost story book, each chapter ends with a description of the Inn along with the address, phone number, email, and if applicable the web site of the property. There is also a section that tells the reader which rooms to stay in to be most likely to have a ghostly experience. There is also a section called, "Don't Miss" which includes some highlights of the town and especially the ghost tours that may be offered.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ghostly Encounters is a guide book to inns, hotels and public places that are said to be haunted. The author tells a little somehting about each huanting, and gives the phone number and address of the place so you can get started making your travel plans. For ghost hunters this is a pretty useful book. If you don't believe in ghosts and are merely intrested in spooky tales you can skip it. No pun intended but this book really could've used a ghost writer and a no nonsense proof reader. There are spelling and grammar errors and in places the writing is repetitive, and goes off the subject. Try Dixie Ghosts by Chris Coleman as an alternative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ThirstyMindBooks via Rachel Dean on September 25, 2007
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Great stories, written well and keep your interest. A definite keeper for your collection! The only bad thing is I wish it were longer.
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