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Boroughs of the Dead: New York City Ghost Stories Paperback – September 26, 2011
About the Author
Andrea Janes lives in Brooklyn, New York, across the street from a cemetery and a high-voltage ConEd substation and hopes that one day, maybe during a thunderstorm, this combination will result in some really cool zombie action. This is her first book.
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Among the standouts:
*"Newtown Creek", a budding teen-aged comic book writer's nightmares have lethal consequences.
*"The General Slocum", a supernatural explanation of what really happened in 1904 when an excursion boat caught fire and sank in the East River, killing over 1,000 passengers.
*"The End", an author's surefire method for insuring a permanent place on the bestseller list.
Janes deftly inhabits her characters with a style that evokes their time and place with authenticity and allows us to see the world and its subtle terrors through their eyes. Read BOROUGHS OF THE DEAD on a sunny afternoon in a cheerful environment--or a busy Starbucks--and then go on about your business. That way, as the shadows lengthen and the sunlight wanes, you can let the true effect of the book seep in and enfold you in its deliciously dreadful embrace.
The historical dimension of Janes's writing is equally impressive. Knowing that some of these stories are based on real events makes them extra-creepy, and she gets the tone and patois of the different temporal settings just right.
All in all, a lot of bang for your buck! Eminently re-readable, perfect stories for the dreary winter we're about to plunge into!