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National Geographic Guide to the World's Supernatural Places: More Than 250 Spine-Chilling Destinations Around the Globe Hardcover – September 2, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426213808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426213809
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The brief bites (with excellent photos and art) visit haunted houses, vampire lairs, witches’ covens and UFO “hot spots” while addressing legends and myths." —The Sacramento Bee

"[A] richly illustrated homage to all things spooky." —Chicago Tribune

"Each has the story of the place with just enough information to whet one’s appetite. If that’s not enough, the photographs and illustrations are darkly delicious."  —San Francisco Book Review

"An armchair tour of all the creepiest, eeriest, most mysterious places around the globe." —Women's Adventure Magazine

About the Author

An expert in the field of astrology, mythology, and humanistic and transpersonal psychology, SARAH BARTLETT is the author of twenty psycho-spiritual nonfiction books, including the bestselling Mythology Bible and A Brief History of Angels and Demons. She has served as astrologer for the London Evening Standard and currently contributes as astrologer to BBC radio. She lives in London and the south of France.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 21, 2014
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This is a book presented by a quality publisher so you could safely expect to find a quality product. In this case you would be correct. I didn't know exactly what to expect because the supernatural can certainly be presented from many different angles, not all of them realistic or even truthful. This is a book of snapshots of more than 250 destinations which fall into one of the general categories covered by the book. I have always had an interest in the supernatural, but I don't by any means believe everything I hear. This was a fascinating reading experience.

The book is divided into six categories: Haunted Places, Vampire Haunts, Witchcraft and the Dark Arts, Sacred Places, UFO Hot Spots, and Myths & Legends. Each location has its own page with only the Tower of London (as best I recall) having a double page. There is a photograph or illustration for each location and about half the page is taken up with text. There are some pages which mention multiple locations. Some of the site pages have a small box that gives information on when the best time is to visit, but this is not so much travel itinerary as a hint for increasing the enjoyment of the visit. The page size is approximately 8" wide x 8.75" tall, so roughly square. I found the print to be rather small in some instances and a little hard to read unless I was in very good light. Each category location begins in England or Scotland and progresses around the world in a specific pattern.

If you are at all interested in this subject matter, you can't help but find vast amounts of information, most likely information you didn't know. I was fascinated by unusual things, like the most curious connection between rotting fruit and vampires in Serbia, the stone maze thought to be from 3000 B.C.
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The book isn't just about scary places, but there are plenty enough locations with ghosts - often malevolent - and vampires to give anyone the creeps even if you think you don't believe in that sort of thing. Author Sarah Bartlett has chosen places from around the world, many of them well known, and many of them not so well known except to locals. The places are organized by chapters, with the chapter titles being Haunted Places, Vampire Haunts, Witchcraft and the Dark Arts, Sacred Places, UFO Hot Spots, and Myths and Legends.

In the first chapter, "Haunted Places" the author describes locations like medieval castles, cemeteries, deserted towns, and battlefields that have been reported as haunted. One of these, the Tower of London, is claimed to be the most haunted building in England. In the US, events that occurred in the Hull House in Chicago are said to have inspired the novel and movie Rosemary's Baby. For Southern Californians and tourists, there's a list of "5 Haunted Hot Spots in Hollywood."

"Vampire Haunts" is the shortest chapter in the book, but it's by far the most gruesome. Of course, Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania - once occupied by the infamous Vlad the Impaler - is listed, since it's the inspiration for Bram Stoker's 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is another grisly location, where a legendary Lightning Bird shape-shifts into a seductive young woman to lure men to their deaths and then drink their blood.

In the "Witchcraft" chapter, the two locations that stood out the most for me were Salem, Massachusetts, site of the infamous witch trials; and Hellam, located in York, Pennsylvania, which was once rumored to be a portal to hell.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Wiles Parker VINE VOICE on August 27, 2014
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There's something about receiving a National Geographic book that is part sheer joy and part curiosity. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that you know you're going to get a quality product and, while there isn't generally a lot of mystery about what the book contains, there is a desire to discover. The Guide to the World's Supernatural Places does not disappoint on any score. Yes, I know I rated a four star.

The main reason is not the quality of the book, but rather the fact that reading it cover to cover gets a bit, um, exhausting. While the author does a great job of explaining the different locations and why they fit the bill, there is a sense of repetition in the writing. Sometimes the overviews were too generic, to the point where I almost lost interest. There is, finally, the subject matter itself being potentially inappropriate for some. Due to some of the illustrations and descriptions being slightly graphic, this book may not be suitable for all ages or dispositions. Something to be aware of.

If you're looking for a book that manages to be spooky and provides overviews of places that are connected to witchcraft, aliens, ghosts, vampires, or sacred, this is a good book to consider. It is a well constructed book that provides the right atmosphere in each section while being somewhat if not fully informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By knitting ninja TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 27, 2014
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Supernatural Places is a fun book. First, the physical book is well done with classic National Geographic attention to detail, stunning photography and quality artwork. The pages are heavy with the gloss of quality paper. The detail is to a level that the printing includes smudges and finger prints on the page margins to give the impression of a well-worn tome. Even the index and picture credits are well done.

The content of the book is set up for casual reading. Nearly every page is devoted to a new mysterious place with the written content standing on its own. There is only the briefest of introductions and no conclusion. Hence the quintessential coffee table type book. Sarah Bartlett manages to keep things interesting in her narrative without stepping into the realm of silly. In short, this is an enjoyable book devoted to places that have made an indelible impact on our society.
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