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Product Details

  • Series: Haunted Series
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (July 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811731561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811731560
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,547,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

As Martinelli and Stansfield reveal, New Jersey is home to dozens of unexplained phenomena, from the legendary Jersey Devil to the lesser-known White Stag of Shamong. The authors (Martinelli is a freelance writer; Stansfield is a geography professor at Rowan University in New Jersey) take a serious look at the state’s occult history, traversing it from northwest mountains to the southern beaches as they document reported sightings of ghosts, witches and other creatures. Befitting their credentials and generally sober tone, the authors don’t actually reveal whether or not they believe in certain legends. Rather, they rely on eyewitness accounts to verify their tellings. For example, "several people have seen" a dead baron strolling the grounds of a Ringwood reservoir, and "local residents have reported seeing the ghost" of a Revolutionary War casualty in Elizabeth. Not as playful as last year’s Weird N.J.: Your Travel Guide to New Jersey’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets but certainly more authoritative, this compendium of legends should appeal to residents of the Garden State interested in local lore as well as American historians.
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About the Author

Patricia A. Martinelli lives in southern New Jersey and is the administrator of the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society.

Charles A. Stansfield Jr. lives in Pitman, New Jersey, and was professor of geography at Rowan University for 41 years. He is the author of 11 books on the paranormal.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John McAdam on August 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
One thing that I can't stand authors do is they say they are writing a ghost book and then when you gather up every talk on ghosts it's only about a page. Haunted New Jersey does this.

The author will give you 3 pages talking about the history of the certain bar or restaurant, hotel, what-have-you, then the last paragraph of the chapter goes "To this day they still hear footsteps and every now and then see a shadowy figure"....this is not ghost business! This is a travel guide masking itself as a ghost book. Please Ms. Martinelli and Mr. Stansfield, don't do this again! I personally have very limited money so when I buy a book it usually needs to be a surefire hit because I rarely get to buy all these kinds of books. When I pick up a ghost book I want it to be A GHOST BOOK.

John McAdam, author of:
Enoch and the Extraterrestrials
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather Lynn Anderson on December 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love reading books about New Jersey, especially the ghosts of New Jersey. This book not only failed to mention some of the most famous ghosts (and minimized even the Jersey Devil!!) but it included some information that was outright wrong. It also included stories that aren't even about ghosts, some aren't even about New Jersey!! The most irritating aspect of this book, however, is that it is essentially a summary of other books - it even mentions which book it gets each story from. This author needs to write her own book and stop stealing stories from other authors.
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By J. Kollbocker on December 4, 2014
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Very interesting and revealing phenomena that I, as a "life-long New Jerseyite", found quite surprising. Even more so were those that were most close to home. Highly recommend reading by those who thoroughly enjoy the "unknown".
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By RD on July 23, 2014
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Great transaction. Just as promised. Thank you.
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More About the Author

I am a native of South Jersey, of Italian descent, and have a large extended family on both sides of my family tree. After college, I spent the next ten years working as a reporter for local newspapers, covering everything from entertainment to criminal cases at the county courthouse. While I was fortunate enough to work with people who honed my passion for the written word, I eventually drifted out of the newspaper business into the world of museums, which is a story for another day. Since 2003, I have written nine non-fiction books. The past few months have been especially exciting because I have hit the writing trifecta: In November, The Fantastic Castle of Vineland: George Daynor and the Palace Depression, was released, and my first novel, Rim Road, is scheduled to appear in January 2013. In February 2013, Stackpole Books will release The Big Book of New Jersey Ghost Stories, co-authored with my good friend, Dr. Charles A. Stansfield, Jr. I have a number of other interests that include travel, reading, t'ai chi, and collecting antiques but I am consumed by writing. If I don't write, I don't breathe properly. Fortunately, there is always another story to tell. For more information, visit my web site at www.patriciaamartinelli.com.