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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
In this book, the authors of Weird U.S. have compiled with the help of Joanne Austin a collection of ghostly tales having to do with haunted houses, spooky roads, historic buildings, graveyards, hostels, restaurants, saloons, schools, institutions etc. Not only are the stories well-written, but there are actual photographs, and also pictures added for creepy effect throughout the book. It makes not only for an interesting read for anyone interested in supernatual phenomena, but serves to enlighten us as to some of the creepy places in the US!
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
And that's the truth. When I bought this book at Barnes and Noble last Friday (along with Conan: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Savage Barbarian), I got spooked when I first read it by myself. There is a wealth of information regarding the ghosts that haunt us from beyond, plus a vampire legend and serial killer legends. This is a great book, and it now sits on my closet shelf, along with all my other frequently-read books. I recommend it for anyone who has an interests in hauntings or spirits of the dead.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2008
I want to point out something first--I don't scare easily. It takes a LOT to scare me...but this book did the trick! It's full of true tales of ghosts. It's divided into sections--haunted houses; terrifying travels; historic haunts; otherworldly outdoors; ghostly graveyards; hostel environments; eerie eateries, spooky saloons; school ghouls and institutional apparitions. Most of them include actual photos of the sites or some obviously faked (but eerie) pics of the ghosts. Some of the tales are kind of fun and cute but most are pretty scary. Reading this on a dark night with the wind blowing outside can really work on you. There's nothing explicitly violent or graphic but they give you enough information to figure things out. Scary and, for a horror fan like me at least, kind of fun. Recommended for horror fans but be warned! This book REALLY works!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2007
America's most haunted places are featured in a fine survey which includes both spots well-known and open to the public and private residences alike. Each story is a firsthand tale that reviews sites ranging from haunted houses and graveyard to scary theatres, saloons and more. Besides the attention to descriptive detail, color photos and sidebars of information throughout differentiate WEIRD HAUNTINGS: TRUE TALES OF GHOSTLY PLACES from competing titles and make it particularly interesting for general-interest holdings; especially those seeking catchy covers and contents suitable for eye-catching display.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2008
I have watched some of the "Weird US" shows on TV and I rather enjoyed them so when I saw this book I figured that I would enjoy it also. I have to admit though that I was a bit perplexed by the title because I couldn't figure out how any haunting could be anything but weird. I was correct though about enjoying this book!

What this book is is a collection of true stories about ghostly events that have happened in a far-reaching variety of places. These stories are written by various authors some of whom are well known for their research and writings on this subject and some of whom are maybe less experienced in this field but who nonetheless do a very credible job in this collection. Some of my favorite authors of true ghost story books like Alan Brown and Jeff Belanger are featured in this book, as is one author whose works have never impressed me but even he does a respectable job here. Overall I was just very pleased with this book.

The stories are a bit on the short side but the authors generally are able to cram a lot of information into those short stories. Most all of the stories contain information about how to find the location in question or the reader is informed that that particular site is private property and that ghost hunters are not welcome there. Best of all though almost every story in this book contains interviews with first hand eyewitnesses to the haunt being described. There is also an attempt made to decipher what may have caused the haunting in most of these stories and the reader is made aware of the history of most of the locations but without the history overwhelming the haunting, as is all too often the case in these types of books. I also found no glaring historical errors in these stories and that mistake, caused by lax research is all too prevalent in this genre.

I was also happy to see that this book was not simply a compilation of old worn out stories that had been done to death (pardon the pun) by other authors. I hardly ran into any familiar stories and considering my large collection of this type of book that is quite an accomplishment and I assume that I should give Joanne Austin, the editor, credit for that. These stories were very well chosen. I just wish that the stories had been a little longer and had contained just a tad more detail even if it meant leaving out a few stories. Those stories would have made an excellent starting place for the volume two that I hope to see published shortly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2009
As a lover of all things paranormal, this book was right down my alley. Excellent reading on a dark stormy night, escpecially when the power goes out... then you have to go find a flashlight or candle...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2007
This book was very good! I am an avid reader of Ghosts and Hauntings and find many books on the subject just dont keep my interest due to them being boring or all the stories seem to be the same but using diffrent names. Weird Hauntings was a very good book and I would recommend it to anyone interseted in the paramormal!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2011
I enjoy visiting creepy places in the United States. I was overjoyed when this book came out because it gave me detailed desciptions of places to visit.

From California's Alcatraz Island where inmates have lost more than time, to Florida's haunted doll, Robert that still resides in a museum to the wonder and awe of all who visit. I enjoyed reading each creepy story, and trying to find each place on the map for future visits to cities in Louisiana, Virginia, and New York.

Some of the stories are not suppose to be scary, but are equally enjoyable like the lady ghost who steals sorority sisters unlady-like underwear that make a ghost blush! Each story has simple directions under it to direct the reader where to find more information. This made it easy for me when I visited some of the places (which made my hair stand on end at times).

I reccommend this book to anyone who likes an adventure with a little kick of the supernatural to it. If not, enjoy the Lizzy Borden's Bed & Breakfast, or get a meal at The Moss Beach Distillery where the Lady in Blue sometimes makes a startling appearance. I dare you...Weird Hauntings: True Tales of Ghostly Places
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2008
Weird Hauntings by Joanne Austin is quite good for a book of ghost tale compilations. This is from the same team that does the entire "Weird" series of books (Weird U.S., Weird Arizona, etc.), and reminds me of the best of the books that I would find at my local library as a child with a voracious appetite for the macabre. Off the bat, the introduction by Ryan Doan in which he relates the fact that his father used to hide under his bed as a child starts off the bizarre proceedings on a wonderfully weird note.

In particular, another value in the book is that it details investigations or stories from individuals that have not been repeated ad infinitum in other books on the subject. There is also mention of a few famous areas such as Alcatraz or Gettysburg to keep one interested as well.

Well done: 5 out of 5 skulls
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As a die-hard fan of the Weird states books, I gave this book a good read and came away scared out of my mind and loving it. The history behind some of the most notorious haunts enlightens the avid scholar of strange adventures. Also, some of the places (ie: the former Yuma Territorial Prison in Arizona, LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans, and the Gettysburg Battlefield in PA) I have actually been to. So I can honestly say that yes, this book gets it more than right that these place and others like them are indeed haunted or have an other-worldly presence inhabiting them.
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