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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Down East Books (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892727527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892727520
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Macgillivray on December 17, 2007
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There's nothing I enjoy more than a book about true ghost experiences, especially when they're set in one specific area. This one has lots of Maine history, the stories are well written, and a couple of them (The Demon Family in particular) made my hair stand on end.
I really enjoyed this one. Excellent!
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A fast, easy read of some interesting "true cases" of ghosts, haunted houses, and possessed relics and antiques. I particularly enjoyed the tales of the terrifying fog of Jonesboro, the tragedy inside the haunted house in Dennysville, and tales surrounding the bad little water falls of Machias. The author also writes of the former Victorian-styled Robinson House in East Machias and "America's most famous ghost," Nelly Butler. My favorite was the creepy and fascinating curse of "The Mask of Bali," about the unfortunate mishaps that befall the owners of an imported carved wooden mask.
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One of the best collections of ghost stories ever put together. It is a book that will actually send chills up your spine.
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I ordered this book off Amazon from "Rainbow Books Idaho". The package arrived within just a few days and the book was in perfect condition.

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.
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I really wanted to like this. I collect book of ghost legends of different states and Maine, with it's rocky coast and deep forests seems like a natural. and while there are some good stories here I just couldn't warm to this.

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.
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By Her on January 25, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book... the author has a good sense of humor & the book was an entertaining read. I'll hang on to this one for future reference & I have bought another book by this author already, which I am looking forward to reading by the fireplace on a cold, snowy, cozy day.
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If you love a good ghost story, this book ought to be fun for you... especially if you are from Maine. You will be familiar with these haunted places, and will enjoy how the author actually interviews real people to gather the details of a story. It is real folklore. Real word by mouth, and sometimes he finds written sources to back that up! My only pet peeve is that he calls Black Woods Road "Black's Woods Road". I love that road, and it does kind of put off a spooky energy. My husband now drives that road in fear! Especially on those foggy days and nights!
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This book was well-written, scary, and nicely designed.

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.
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