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13 Ghosts: Strange But True Ghost Stories Mass Market Paperback – October, 1988

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (October 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590416901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590416900
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,924,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is aimed at and written for children around the sixth grade level,but I think anyone who is interested in true ghost stories would enjoy this.

Even though its written for that age group, the language isn't at all simplistic.

Most of the ghost stories are from well in the past, but are all well documented.
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These thirteen supposedly true ghost stories are well-told, although the `proof' of each is skimmed over rather quickly by this author. Oh well, he's only got 86 pages. If you read lots of ghost stories, you may recognize many of these supernatural incidents, but they are worth re-reading. I've researched the origins of some of them, and include the information below:

1. "The Ghost Who Carried a Coffin"--Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava was a highly regarded diplomat in nineteenth-century England, and served Queen Victoria as both Governor General of Canada and Viceroy of India. The story of how a ghost saved his life was often told by Lord Dufferin, himself in his later years. Versions of it have also been published in "Supernatural Guides: Haunted Houses, Ghosts and Spectres" by Eric Maple and Lynn Myring, "Famous Ghost Stories" by Bennett Cerf, and the 1959 book "Strangely Enough" by C. B. Colby. An episode of `The Twilight Zone' called "Twenty-Two" was also inspired by Lord Dufferin's story.

2. "The Curse of the Mummy's Bone"--This story was originally extracted from the memoirs of Sir Alexander Hay Seton, whose wife, Zeyla stole a mummy's bone while on tour in Egypt in 1936. Not a great idea.

3. "The Phantom of the German Submarine"--UB65 has got to be the most infamous U-boat in naval history. Not even seven days into her construction, as the hull was being laid, UB65 `killed' her first man. Three more would die before she was launched into the depths of World War I. Then her crew began to die. This is a great story, but alas, I've seen the supernatural bits debunked elsewhere.
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