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Apparition Atlas: The Ghost Hunter's Travel Guide to Haunted America Paperback – September 1, 2015
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About the Author
Daniel Diehl has been an author, writer and investigative historian for thirty-five years. For nearly twenty years Diehl has been involved in writing for publication and documentary television production. Mr. Diehl’s work has won awards from the Houston (Texas) Film Festival, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (US) and the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Arts Foundation. Working alone and as a part of the multi-award winning team of Daniel Diehl and Mark Donnelly, Diehl has produced work in two main categories; trade publication and television documentary scripts. His canon of work includes twenty non-fiction books (which have been translated into ten foreign languages), one previous work of fiction and scripts for more than one hundred and seventy hours of documentary television primarily for A&E Network, The History Channel, History International, Biography Channel and Discovery Network. Mark P. Donnelly is an historian, author, screenwriter, duelist, bon vivant, and constant gentleman. He has authored, co-authored or ghost written over 20 titles in several countries and has scripted and/or produced nearly 200 hours of historical television programming. He can frequently be found traveling throughout the north-eastern US giving lectures and presentations at themed events as well as teaching historical swordsmanship and western martial arts. He currently resides in central Pennsylvania where he enjoys life with his wife and family.
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The introduction includes tips for ghost hunters, the definition of a ghost, and the dos and don'ts of ghost hunting. Each entry provides a short history of the location, the type of supernatural phenomena witnessed, the fear factor (ranging from 1 to 5 skulls), the address, contact information (including phone number, website, and email address), opening times, and charges. This wealth of information will allow you to look up additional information on the sites that interest you - or you can even make a booking. A lot of the sites run special tours in October, so be quick to book your visit by Halloween!
The locations featured are mostly large mansions owned by rich families, in which the tragic death of a family member is followed by a manifestation of their presence in the family home. Some of these homes have been turned into restaurants, hotels, or Bed & Breakfast establishments where you can stay the night. Other locations include an orphanage haunted by the spirits of children killed during an earthquake, a saloon and brothel haunted by the ladies of the night, and a boarding house where 27 people died violently over the years. The types of sightings include ladies playing the piano, the smell of cigar smoke or perfume, floating light orbs, objects being moved, the sound of footsteps, and children's laughter.
Some of the places I'd love to visit: Mark Twain House, Hartford, Connecticut; Octagon House, Washington DC; Ernest Hemingway House, Key West, Florida; Warren House, Jonesboro, Georgia; Lemo Mansion, St Louis, Missouri; and a full tour of the Louisiana haunted houses.
The most interesting story: Surratt House, Clinton, Maryland, where Lincoln's assassination was planned.
Interesting facts I learned: Did you know the White House is haunted by at least six ghosts? The authors rate it with a fear factor of 5 skulls. Did you know animal ghosts are very rare, with cat ghosts being the rarest? But you can see one in Loudon House, Lexington, Kentucky.
My suggestion to the authors: Pinpoint the locations of all the sites on a map so that the reader can plan their own ghost tour road trip. Maybe even provide suggested itineraries.
Told with a rare combination of sensitivity and a touch of wry humor, this is an interesting, eye-opening, and informative read.
I received this book in return for an honest review.
Full blog post: http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/apparition-atlas-by-daniel-diehl.html
Many people all over the world are getting into the ghost "game". There is no shortage of people claiming they've had paranormal experiences. Aside from television shows, there are hundreds of books, magazines and meetup groups devoted to the subject. Some are legitimate professionals and some are out purely for the sensationalism and financial gain. If you truly believe that spirits walk among us and want to find definitive proof for yourself then Apparition Atlas will set you on the right course.
Authors Daniel Diehl and Mark P. Donnelly have compiled an incredibly extensive list of reportedly haunted places throughout the United States. Listings are by state and include skull (scare) ratings and important information on each location. Backstories as to why the locations might be haunted are also detailed. As a Texan, I was happy to see two of my faves listed: Miss Molly's in Fort Worth and Catfish Plantation in Waxahachie. I've been to both and can highly recommend them!
The beginning chapters have some great, practical common sense advice and information for would-be ghost hunters. There are lots of Dos and Don'ts for paranormal investigators to consider before heading out to a location.
I would highly recommend Apparition Atlas as an excellent reference book for any established or newbie paranormal team looking for new haunts. I'd love it if the authors would write a follow-up book that includes some more details on actual hauntings. I'm a paranormal enthusiast and I'd definitely read another one of their books!
eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The authors list the states alphabetically with the name of the haunted building, where it's located, and a description of the haunting(s) that take place. There is a bit of history, if it's known, for each location. At the end of each location, the authors included the address information, hours of operation, any fees that may be charged, along with a rating of haunting intensity.
The Atlas is a very nicely put together state organized travel guide. I recommend those wishing to use it actually purchase a hard copy of the book. As much as I'm against writing in books, I would use the hard copy to make notes in about the places I planned to visit or did visit. It would be a nice way to mark off where you've been, which places you've seen, any experiences you had, and if you agree with the rating of the haunting provided by the authors.
Review copy courtesy of the publisher, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.