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Ghostly Beacons: Haunted Lighthouses of North America
Ghostly Beacons: Haunted Lighthouses of North America
by Therese Lanigan-Schmidt
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Lighthouses, October 21, 2003
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The title implies this book contains all "Haunted Lighthouses of North America," yet, many of the better-known haunted lighthouses are omitted. Additionally, some of the stories are confusing, e.g., the ghost at Hendricks Head Light in Maine. The author mentions a shipwreck and the child taken in by the keeper and his wife, then writes,"The ghost who haunts this seaport area of Southport may have been the mother of the orphaned girl. She is said to be an attractive young lady in her twenties. One night she was seen in the area. Locals spoke to her, but she was silent." Either the printer left out something, or the author did not adequately research the story. The shipwreck occurred in 1871. The "young lady in her twenties" was very much alive on the night she was seen by locals in 1945, but was discovered dead on the beach the following day. The author also omits some of the more interesting legends of the allegedly haunted beacons. Finally, as easy as it is to obtain photos today--it takes only a minute to email someone for permission to use a photograph--I cannot understand why the author chose to use a silly little piece of lighthouse clipart to illustrate many of her stories.


Ghosts of Boston Town
Ghosts of Boston Town
by Holly Mascott Nadler
Edition: Paperback
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old Stories Retold, October 21, 2003
This review is from: Ghosts of Boston Town (Paperback)
In the Acknowledgments, the author mentions the "endless research invovled in a project of this nature." Yet, the majority of the stories in GHOSTS OF BOSTON TOWN were featured in Yankee Magazine and other publications many years' ago and I can locate them all in my living room within a few minutes! In other words, I had read these stories before and liked them much better the first time! In the few "original" stories in the book, the author refers to the locations as "a two-bedroom apartment . . . in Somerville," or "a house in Everett," and nothing irritates a reader of "true" ghost stories more than the failure to specify locations. I recommend this book only to those who are totally unfamiliar with Boston's oldest ghost stories.
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Haunted Lighthouses: And How to Find Them
Haunted Lighthouses: And How to Find Them
by George C. Steitz
Edition: Paperback
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Informative and Very Interesting Book, August 27, 2003
Although the title is HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSES, this is much more than a ghost-hunter's guide. In addition to describing the supernatural phenomena associated with each lighthouse, the author provides historical information and very helpful travel tips for visitors. The lighthouses in the book include St. Augustine and Pensacola Lights in Florida, Boston Harbor and Plymouth (Gurnet Point) Lights in Massachusetts, St. Simons Island Lighthouse in Georgia, Maryland's Point Lookout Light (said to be the most haunted lighthouse in the US), New London Ledge Light in Connecticut, Maine's Seguin Island Light, and White River and Old Presque Isle Lighthouses in Michigan.
The book is illustrated with both vintage and recent photographs. For example, a little girl who haunts the keeper's house at the St. Augustine Light is shown in a photograph with her sister, both of whom drowned near the light in 1873. The chapter on the Boston Harbor Light is particularly intriguing and includes ghost stories associated not only with the lighthouse itself, but those of nearby Castle Island (which inspired Poe's THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO) and Georges Island (haunted by the "Lady in Black," the spirit of a Southern lady hanged during the Civil War).
I highly recommend HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSES to anyone interested in lighthouses and/or ghosts.


Twilight Visitors: Ghost Tales
Twilight Visitors: Ghost Tales
by Dave Oester
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!, August 3, 2002
This has to be one of the most ridiculous books ever written. In one story, a woman blames a ghost for her missing sports bra and in another, Sharon Gill, one of the authors, misplaces two photography books and accuses a ghost of taking them! If ghosts were responsible for missing books, my house would be literally crawling with spirits!
Also included is a tale about the ghost of a mutilated woman at Watch Hill Lighthouse in Westerly, Rhode Island. In the story, an "unnamed" individual sees the ghost, then goes to the local library and discovers the apparition is that of a woman named Edith Whiting who was murdered by her husband in 1885. Having a keen interest in haunted lighthouses, I contacted the Watch Hill Lighthouse Association requesting additional information and discovered the story was a total fabrication!
In my opinion, the authors of this book are irresponsible people who pander to the gullible and care nothing for the accuracy of what they produce.


Ghost: Investigating the Other Side
Ghost: Investigating the Other Side
by Katherine Ramsland
Edition: Hardcover
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Gone to be an Orb", May 24, 2002
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"Gone to be an Angel" is a popular epitaph, but if the IGHS (International Ghost Hunters Society) has its way, it won't be long before we walk through a cemetery and see a marker bearing the inscription, "Gone to be an Orb"! I would have liked Ms. Ramsland's book a lot more had she not devoted so much of it to the IGHS and its ridiculous theory that "orbs" (reflections of light off minute particles directly in front of the lens and flash of cheap digital cameras) are spirits of the dead. (Quite frankly, I cannot think of anything less appealing than dying and becoming an orb!) The book contains 300 pages and on page 296, the author finally gets around to interviewing a reputable ghost hunter who cast some doubt on the "orb" theory, but she devoted only a single paragraph--and a short one at that--to his opinions. I expected something more objective from Ms. Ramsland. This book was a great disappointment.


Haunted Holidays (Discovery Travel Adventures)
Haunted Holidays (Discovery Travel Adventures)
by Laura Foreman
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone interested in "haunted" travel, May 24, 2002
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Haunted Holidays contains dozens of color photographs and some very interesting line art. The New England section includes information on, among other things, the Salem Witch Trials and haunted lighthouses. The section on Chicago concentrates on gangsters (e.g., John Dillinger), haunted cemeteries, etc. There are also chapters on the ghosts of New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Williamsburg, Va., Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga., New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hawaii; and an entire section is devoted to Civil War Ghosts. In addition to describing the various haunts, each section includes "Travel Tips" regarding the best time to visit, transportation, haunted restaurants and hotels, ghost tour groups, etc., all with street addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. I highly recommend this book.


Haunted Inns of the Southeast
Haunted Inns of the Southeast
by Sheila Turnage
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Guide to Haunted Inns, May 24, 2002
It is obvious the author put a lot of time and effort into this book. The ghost stories are well-researched and there are photographs of each haunted location. Ms. Turnage also provides a lot of additional useful information such as telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and rates. I can't wait to visit some of the haunted inns and plan to do so within the next few months. I am particularly interested in the St. James Hotel in Selma, Ala., said to be haunted by Jesse James, a lady named Lucinda, and a phantom dog.
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The International Directory of Haunted Places
The International Directory of Haunted Places
by Dennis William Hauck
Edition: Paperback
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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What about the other 48 states?, May 24, 2002
First, while reading this book, the verse, "Don't know about about geography," from an old Herman's Hermits song, kept coming to mind because Mexico, Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, etc. are erroneously identified as "Central" America. Including the West Indies as a separate heading would have been more logical than dumping them all into Central America. And, of course, I thought everyone knew Mexico is in "North" America. One wonders why the publishers did not consult an atlas. Second, a description of the contents on the back cover begins, "Visit haunted jailhouses in Iceland . . .," yet, the only mention of Iceland consists of a scant part of a short paragraph in the Introduction to Europe! Iceland has some very well-known haunted locations as does Cuba, however, the author ignores them both. But my main criticism of this work is the author's treatment of haunted sites in the U.S. One is left with the impression that the only ghosts in the United States are located in Washington, D.C., California and Illinois. What about the remaining 48 states? It would have been much more appropriate to include one or two entries for each state. The good old USA gets short shrift in this book.
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The FBI Killer
The FBI Killer
by Aphrodite Jones
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, February 24, 2002
I liked this book very much. It not only chronicles the murder, but all that led up to it. Ms. Jones provides a vivid description of Susan Daniels Smith (the victim), a poor coal miner's daughter, and life in the Tug Valley. The author is able to convey the desperation of Susan Smith's last days. She also hints there was a possible FBI cover-up of certain aspects of the case, e.g., Ms. Smith's pregnancy, and the many problems in the agency's Pikeville, Kentucky, office. Any reader of true crime will love this book.


The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer
The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer
by Robert D. Keppel
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Self-Serving, February 24, 2002
With all due respect to Mr. Keppel, I consider this book self-serving, i.e., an opportunity for the author to voice his opinions. For example, at one point, he allegedly shows a photograph of a corpse to Mr. Bundy and Mr. Bundy comments that the young woman's jeans are "torn off," or words to that effect. Keppel uses this comment as evidence that Mr. Bundy murdered the woman because, otherwise, he would not have known her jeans were torn off. The author conveniently overlooks the fact that Ann Rule, in her book, "The Stranger Beside Me," published several years earlier, gave an account of the murder of this woman in which she includes the fact that the victim's jeans were ripped or torn off. Mr. Bundy is known to have murdered 30 or so women, but when law enforcement officers attempt to attribute crimes to him (or any other individual) simply to clear the slate, it means someone else is getting away with murder.


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