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Virginia Ghosts Paperback – January 1, 1966


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Virginia Book Company; Revised edition (1966)
  • ASIN: B000NZ7974
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,355,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RJSIII on June 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
Absolutely the definitive Virginia ghost collectors book. I gave it five stars because this boook is a legend among the locals. It's written in a very pleasantly worded turn of the century style.

(Corrected) There was an earlier "Virginia Ghosts" published by the author in 1930, and a 1932 expanded edition entitled "Virginia Ghosts and Others", both now very hard to find. The 1966 edition combined stories from both of these early printings, while omitting one "questionable" tale and all other non-Virginia related stories from the text.

The 1966 printings have a "recycled" looking flecked cream colored paper binding with a scenic postcard glued to the front cover. If you can get the 1966 edition, the photos inside are crisp. A reprint was done in the 1990's, but the photos are soft and the text is muddy and perspective warped--like what you would get when someone xeroxes a book for you on an old copier.

If there were a sequel to this book, it would be:

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"Ghosts of Virginia (Paperback) by L. B., Jr. Taylor "

L.B. Taylor, Jr. is a former Naval Researcher living in Williamsburg, VA. Check out Taylor's books, you won't find more professionally written and thoroughly researched ghost books anywhere in the world. At the time of this writing (June 2006) there are ten hefty volumes in the series, and several localized pre-series releases which have been gradually incorporated into the larger Virginia Ghosts volumes over time, with updates and additions.

If you're a Washington DC ghost hunter, look up John Alexander's excellent books:

Ghosts: Washington's Most Famous Ghost Stories (1987)

or the fairly thorough revision of that book

Ghosts: Washington Revisited (1998)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nazani VINE VOICE on October 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a pleasant change from the sensational books written by today's ghost researchers. It is impeccably written, with no ego trips by "psychics." Over a hundred historical sites are described, with historical background for each and vintage photos of many sites. In a few cases there are pictures of the individuals thought to be haunting the sites. The stories of the kinds of ghostly activity that were observed are, for the most part, quite credible. This book could be the guide for a fascinating vacation in Virginia.
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By Beth on February 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I borrowed my dad's copy of this book as a teenager, and I still remember some of the stories. The story about Old House Woods has especially stuck with me--it still puts tears in my eyes to tell it, 10 years later. Great collection.
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I had read this book years ago and loved it then. I saw it at a B & B this summer and just had to get my own copy. It's great, don't read it alone late at night! This is the book referred to many times in books by L.B. Taylor.
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