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I Never Believed In Ghosts Until . . . [Paperback]

by Editors of USA Weekend
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)


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September 1, 1992 0809238403 978-0809238408 1

100 of the most spine-tingling ghost stories collected from USA WEEKEND readers across America.



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809238403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809238408
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly Good Ghost Stories April 22, 2002
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I finally decided to try this book out after months of passing it up. I'm disappointed in myself for doing so, it turned out better than expected.
So I expected some really bad "not-scary" ghost stories. Okay, so a lot of 'em aren't scary, but they're still good.
USA Weekend's editor's had readers write in with their personal experiences with ghosts. After receiving over five hundred stories, and publishing only six for their Halloween Special, they came up with this book, including the top one hundred stories.
Stories range from throughout many types of ghosts. A lot of the stories are one-time encounters, while a few lasted as long as a family was in a home. There are the scary, midnight stories with entity attacks, but then there are the sad, heartfelt stories of entities who can't find their way out because they are looking for something.
This did turn out to be better than expected. Just a lot of "real" ghost stories for you to read while going to sleep, having a slumber party, or working that third shift in a huge building all by yourself (like me!).
~Natalie Kilpatrick
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fluffy but fun. January 9, 2004
If you are looking for ghost investigations, haunted sites to inspect, stories with a lot of depth, or just some really frightening ghost stories, this is not the book for you. These are stories submitted to USA Today by its readers and they have crammed 100 stories into a little over 200 pages so it is obvious that most of these stories are less than two pages long. For the most part these are "When I was a little girl..." or, "One night when I was alone in the house..." stories. In other words, the stories are short and sweet and straight to the point. A few of these writers had indeed done some research and found out just why the ghost might have been there or who it might have been, but not many.
On the other hand this is a fun book and I enjoyed it immensely. The stories generally come straight from the eyewitnesses and have the definite sound of truth. Most of the stories try to be scary, but aren't really, except for the story of the secret door. That one was indeed rather eerie and the best chapter by far is the one titled Hauntings, which contained the secret door story. Some of the stories never tried to be scary but were quite touching. They say love never dies and some of these stories bring that to mind. You really won't learn much from this book but you will have a blast reading it. For the serious student of the paranormal this book will be a let down but for the rest of us who like good ghost stories it's a winner.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars scary fun. leave the lights on for this one!!! March 2, 2005
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A wonderful book. Very easy to read. The stories are scary because they really happened to ordinary people. IMO these stories are much spookier than anything you'll find by Stephen King etc. When you're reading King -- you kind of know it would never happen IRL but the incidents in this book could happen to //you// or me or anyone walking down the street. I don't buy that many books but this is well worth the money. Wish they'd publish a sequel.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ranges from the truly unnerving to somewhat mushy. November 15, 1998
By A Customer
The editors at USA Weekend have collected what they feel to be the best "true" ghost stories from their dedicated Sunday readers.The results range from the unsettling (spectres who make their presence known only at night in frightening form) to the overly sentimental (loved ones sending sweet help from beyond). But thanks to those who share the more unpleasant asepcts of sharing a living space with the unhappily deceased,the book proves to be a mostly enjoyable read for those with an interest in the subject.Reading the collection alone at night will provide enough chills to keep you looking over your shoulder.So order this title and you are likely to find quite a few stories to tell after "lights out".
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding.... August 15, 2000
By A Customer
WOW! What a fantastic book! If you like real life ghost stories, then this is the book for you. I have read several book of real life ghost stories, and this is by far the best one I have read. The storeies are sad, funny, and a lot of them are down right scary! It book made such an impact on me, that I couldn't read it at night. I highly suggest this book if you like these stories. You won't be sorry, I promise. Just beware of the dark.....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward, no frills. September 20, 2004
By PDT
I bought this book 10 years ago in '94 and to this day, still pick it up from time to time and re-read any one of the great stories inside.

From the creepy and spine-chilling to the sweet and sentimental, these ghost stories from real life people are the kind you hear from friends sitting around after a good dinner. Whichever kind of story, your hair will stand on end more often than you expect, guaranteed.

My only complaint is that USA Weekend hasn't come up with a sequel already.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the real deal February 2, 2008
Hi ... I'm one of the 100 whose story was included in this great little book. I can assure you all, that what I wrote was true, "The Three-Legged Table".

This is the only time in my life so far, I'm 68 now, that I ever had a ghost experience. I feel bad about that ...

Enjoy the book, and who knows, perhaps one day you'll be able to write about your own encounter too.

Jim Williams
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I do believe in ghosts, I do, I do.
Enjoyed reading this, some of the stories though did not ring true.But if you are looking to be entertained { and is that not the reason we read these type of book} you will enjoy... Read more
Published 28 days ago by ewife
4.0 out of 5 stars Not that scary
Some of the stories made me glance over my shoulder, but some were also pretty disappointing. Don't get me wrong, this one is a really good book and I highly recommend it if you're... Read more
Published 20 months ago by The Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for late night reading.
My kind of night time reading book here, full of short ghost stories. Most stories in this book are good, but one or three sounded like their authors were finally getting some use... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Petey
3.0 out of 5 stars Short accounts of ghostly content
These are stories from actual readers, so some of the encounters are a bit short and not scary, but valid paranormal accounts. Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by Bookjungle
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love true ghost stories and I love this book! I read the USA Weekend Halloween special and was thrilled when the remaining stories were gathered up into a wonderful collection. Read more
Published on August 28, 2009 by Bleu Edee
5.0 out of 5 stars True to 'life' ghost stories!
This book is a compiling of case after case, story after story, proof after proof, with statements, and eye witness accounts and good presentation. Read more
Published on July 7, 2009 by Christine Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish they'd issue volume 2!!
These are great stories about paranormal experiences from normal, everyday people. Creepy and great to read at night just before bed!
Published on May 14, 2009 by Lillybettina
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, Read J David Moeller's true account of seeing a ghost...Pg 54
I loved this book. Of course, I loved my story, "A Distinct Odor of Blood" on page 54...but I also loved the simplicity and honesty of the writing in the other 99 stories. Read more
Published on August 9, 2008 by J David Moeller
5.0 out of 5 stars I never beleived in ghosts until.....
It was a great book to read. Very interesting, my son read it after me.
Published on May 21, 2008 by Casey Borsch
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite
I confess, I still don't believe in ghosts. I keep an open mind, but so far, I'm not convinced.

Nevertheless, I love true ghost stories. Read more
Published on November 22, 2007 by Randym
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