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About the Author

Rob Riggs (Texas) is a twenty-five year veteran journalist, has authored the non-fiction book In the Big Thicket, and has contributed to another non-fiction book, Weird Texas (Sterling Press, 2005). He was a featured writer at the annual Texas Book Festival and has also done several television and radio appearances.

Mark Moran is an antiques dealer and author, and contributing editor for Antique Trader Weekly. Heas written many antiques and collectibles references including Warmanas McCoy Pottery, Warmanas Cookie Jars and Warmanas Fiesta.
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Product Details

  • Series: Weird
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Reprint edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402766874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402766879
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By RR on December 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was given the book "Weird Texas" as a gift and was intrigued to find in it a story about Gail, Texas.
I spent the first 18 years of my life in Gail and went through all 12 grades of school there, graduating in 1962.
At the time I lived there, the school had a higher population than the town of Gail. It is (and I emphasize the word IS) a county school that brings in students from all over the county rather than just from the town of Gail.
I was rather surprised to read in this book that "There used to be a town in Texas called Gail", and that "-the town is no more", and "-the old Gail School remains an abandoned shambles."
According to the book, this was due to a girl committing suicide in the girls bathroom, followed shortly by the principal killing himself in his office.

I was surprised to read of Gail no longer existing, especially because only two days prior to receiving the book I had driven through Gail and saw the multi million dollar school still standing with green trees and a manicured football field, and strange beings that looked somewhat like people walking around. Could I have possibly seen a portal to the past? With the ghosts of what? Perhaps last year running around? Or did Gail meet its demise a few days after I passed through?

Now I will admit the town of Gail is nothing to grab anyone's attention, with a number of closed, shuttered buildings, (it was the same when I lived there) but there are within 10 or 20 the same number of people living in Gail as there was in 1962 when I left. Granted, not the same people, but the same number.

The school is now much bigger than when I attended. Originally, there was one 3 story brick building. By the time I was in 4th grade a cafeteria and large number of classrooms had been added.
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What an outstanding book. This was one of those "stay up all nighters"! It has absolutely GREAT graphics to go along with the multitude of funny and weird Texas stories. I'm proud to have this on my coffee table and my kids are going to get their copies for Christmas. I'm not sure what story I enjoyed most. Maybe it was the young couple leaving East Texas on Hwy 281 when they were approached in broad daylight by a high speed ball of light. Maybe it was the stories about the cannibal Karankawa Indians living in the Texas swamps. Maybe it was all the bats in Austin. Maybe it was the Bigfoot critters in the Sour Lake oil swamps. Maybe it was all the different Billy the Kids. Maybe it was all the other great stories. Whatever, ENJOY!
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This was a fun read but sorely lacking in details. With the words "travel guide" on the cover, I expected to be able to find where these places were. At best, they gave us vague details or just a city name. This book was more ghost stories and Texas tales than travel guide.
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By Jeff on October 20, 2011
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As a newcomer to Texas I saw this in the book store and after a quick ready of a few pages decided to add it to my Amazon wish list. After it arrived I started reading it while travelling for work and quickly fell in love with it! I'm not much of a reader so the short story style of most of the anecdotes was great for my style of pick up and put down reading. Some of the things in there I've actually seen or am planning to go see now as a result of the book. Very much worthwhile!
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I saw this book at the Science Museum in Houston. It has some very interesting and somewhat eerie stories to tell about Texas like the Munster Mansion located in a suburb of Waxahachie,Texas or the Kettle House located in along the Galveston shores. This book is worth purchasing.
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This was a fun read and had a lot of info in the Personalized Properties and Roadside Oddities chapters that was new to me.

The Local Legends and Ancient Mysteries sections were very thorough for what was covered but did not make an effort to cover a lot of other interesting forlklore or sites in Texas.

Portions of the Unexplained Phenomena and Bizarre Beasts are previously published verbatim by Rob Riggs in his book 'In the Big Thicket'. I was hoping he had contributed something new for these sections since I have already purchased his book, but was, however, disappointed. The Haunted Places section was sadly lacking. The places that were covered were entertaining, but some of Texas' well known haunted locations (for example: La Bahia Blanca)were totally overlooked and I can only assume poor research caused this absence.

Worth the price, but don't expect a whole lot if you have already researched the areas of knowledge covered in the book.
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I bought one of these books when I lived in PA, it was fantastic! Especially, going to some of these places. Now that I am finally back in Texas (home), I can not wait to read through this book and go traveling!
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Being a military family we move a lot. I usually pick up a weird book before the move... just to get a little familiarity with our next stop. Weird Texas was just that, not the greatest literature, but exactly what I've come to expect in this series...
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