- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (October 8, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738748005
- ISBN-13: 978-0738748009
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
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America's Most Haunted Hotels: Checking In with Uninvited Guests Paperback – October 8, 2016
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Jamie Davis is a writer, traveler, and investigator of lost things. She lives in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia.
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However, the style's not to my taste. The tone varies from chatty to melodramatic to almost pretentious. The text has far too many exclamation points and an unnatural (paranormal?) number of uses of the word “opined.” The paragraph structure is often jarring, stringing random sentences together or placing what seems like an introductory sentence at the end of one paragraph instead of the beginning of the next, as would be logical. Some things are over-explained or repeated, while I found no good explanation of what the various ghost-hunting meters are supposed to measure. For those of us who don't know how KII meters and Mel Meters work, for example, this information would be extremely useful.
Several times the authors say things along the lines of this: “...some of the members of the public seem to think that when they are entering a famously “haunted” public place, they are somehow purchasing a ticket to a guaranteed 1-800-Ghosts-On-Demand-free-for-all fright night. I would like to educate people that life does not work like that.” Yet the authors spend one or two nights in these hotels and have pretty dramatic experiences in several, plus lesser occurrences in every one of the others. This is in addition to lots of strange feelings, smells, sounds, batteries dying, etc. I'm a not really a believer or a disbeliever. I guess I'm a ghost agnostic. But it's just a little hard to swallow that these experiences all happened to these particular people during very short stays. Of course, the authors admit that some of it could have non-paranormal explanations, and they even give possible reasons for their meters giving false readings.
Whether or not I believe the stories, they're interesting, some very creepy. I especially liked the chapter about the Queen Mary.
The book did make me curious enough and stir my imagination delightfully enough that I'm thinking of reading the author's Haunted Asylums, Hospitals and Sanatoriums.
This is quite an interesting book to read, especially if you have just a basic interest in the broad subject of hauntings and paranormal investigations. I like the way the book is structured and I enjoyed the folksy and friendly atmosphere in which Jamie Whitmer wrote. She seems to take her subject seriously, but doesn't seem to expect that everyone else on the face of the earth does. She and her husband made trips to 10 hotels reputed to be rife with paranormal activity and spent at least one night in the facility. Thankfully she was very honest about the fact that she was not always able to report anything unusual happening during the stay. I would much rather hear that than to be bombarded with ghostly activity at an unbelievably high level. Ghosts probably don't always feel like playing 24 hours a day you know. The only times I felt my skepticism level shoot to the ceiling were when the author mentioned seeing a "zombie". I wonder how she uses that word in daily life because the people just sounded like street people with some serious physical or psychological problems to me. Zombies, hmm.
There are ten haunted hotels investigated in this book, each having one full chapter of their own. Each chapter includes a history of the town and/or physical location of the property, history of the principal ghost or entity or location in the hotel, the experiences of the author, the experiences of the author's husband, photographs of the properties, then segments titled: If You Decide to Visit, Types of Tours & Hunts Offered, Tips/Suggested Itinerary which sometimes includes room rates, and Closest Airports. During the discussion of some of the properties Whitmer includes information she has gathered from other paranormal investigators or from books and articles written on the subject. The Conclusion portion of the book is extremely short and probably could have easily been lengthened. There is a Bibliography at the end of the book.
At the beginning of the book Jamie Whitmer makes very clear her feelings about only wanting to make contact with non-malevolent spirits, dark forces need not try to make contact because they will not be acknowledged by the author or her husband. If you are looking for a book relating encounters with evil or dark spirits, you will need to look elsewhere. This was quite an entertaining book and I think it will bring the most enjoyment to readers who share the same feelings as the author regarding the spirit realm and whether there is anyone there to make contact with.
While there are no bone chilling, make your heart pound in your chest, and cold sweat break out on your skin type accounts in this book, the stories and information shared were very enjoyable. I loved the variety of information which included the histories of the locations, the legends surrounding them, eye witness accounts, and the personal experiences of the author and her husband. I especially loved the historical details.
There is just enough of the unusual here to cause slight discomfort settle over you as you figuratively walk through the halls of these hotels with the author. This discomfort echoed in me the weird feeling I had while simply driving through Jerome Arizona a few summers ago so this book was really entertaining for me. I will definitely be looking for the author's other book.