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Dark Woods, Chill Waters: Ghost Tales from Down East Maine Paperback – September 4, 2007
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I really enjoyed this one. Excellent!
I am from Maine where I spent the first 16 years of my life and still visit often and have always loved the folklore and the scary stores that come from there. I was worried this book might not be written well or that it might just be some quips and quotes about the local legends and would bore me to tears. But the stories are multiple accounts of people who have seen the legends and ghosts and also some information about where the lore comes from. I finished the book within an hour or two but still like to go back and read it from time to time. It sits on my shelf with the rest of my folklore and ghost books now.
All and all, I really did enjoy this book that had a perfect blend of scary with the legends and lore. It made ready it all the more fun and suspenseful.
It took me a while to realize why. it's well organized, well researched chapters are 4-5 pages long so it's great for this time of year to just pick up and read a little but again and again I found myself drifting off. it just wasn't holding me.
I looked harder and realized what it was. The stories themselves are ok but the purple prose leading in, using phrases like "most celebrated legend" "the awful drama" "takes this eerie sensation to the utmost degree" in almost every single story, is just so over the top that it distracts from the tales. you finish it and think 'Ok yeah creepy' but just doesn't live up to the to the billing, especially if you've read other books about hauntings.
So melodramatic in the lead in to what are pretty normal ghost stories that don't live up to the almost Lovecraftian hype just shoots it all down. If he had left this purple prose out I'd have been much much happier with this book but as it stands, I just kept wandering off from it until 3/4's of the way through when I just shrugged, gave up the ghost, and put it back on the shelf between my other book on Maine and the first book on Maryland ghosts.
At first I was afraid it was going to be one of those dreaded cop-out "people say"-type ghost books, but most of the stories that seemed to begin that way did quickly bring in personally investigated contemporary accounts, which is something I have never seen any other author do, even though I have read hundreds of ghost books.
I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys readings personally investigated true ghost story accounts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was really hoping for some well written and scary stories it instead got a poorly written book full of yawners. Do t waste the money.Published 17 months ago by Kacy Pollak
This book is amazingly good. love it. Maine it seems is a hot bed of scary true tales. Must read.Published 18 months ago by sandy johanson
I watched a show about this area on the Weather Channel and started googling this place and came across this book. Wonderful.Published 18 months ago by Peg
Because I used to live Down east these were especially interesting and engaging. I'm now getting another of his books.Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great books if your interested in " DownEast" Maine ghost stories.Published 21 months ago by Kerby Munson