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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: 7.9 x 7.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's full of interesting and odd facts about the state of Texas.
C. Privette
My nephew that lives in Texas likes these types of books and he and his family have enjoyed reading this book.
Lisa M Culley
The book seems to focus just on ghostly or macabre stories and I can only take so much of that in one book.
F. Phillips

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T. Dillman on September 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By txsatellite on February 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful 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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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Brindle on September 11, 2005
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on October 20, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juliet on August 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mrs_reader on December 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was fun to read. It won't be easy to find stories you haven't heard before about any places you have lived in TX. So if you moved around a few times be wary of some repeat information. We were also dismayed that there isn't more information on getting to some of these places. Small maps would have been helpful to anyone planning a roadtrip. Overall a good effort. I look forward to more Weird States!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big Earl on July 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As another poster commented, Gail is not an abandoned town and there are no school ruins. In fact, I was there today visiting my parents. My Grandfather use to own and run the Texaco station in the town before he retired and the school is still very much alive. The author must have invented the story to improve sales. Maybe he thought that since it was such a small town that no one from it would ever read his drivel. Well you can be certain that at least one household from there won't be buying and reading it. Even if there was someway to explain this imagined story from being passed off as related to actual events, the rest of the book's stories are ruined as you expect folklore to somehow be tied to actual places and events. Saying that a town no longer remains that clearly is still around wouldn't be folklore--it would simply be a lie.
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