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Ghosts from the Coast Paperback – October 1, 2001
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With her "Ghosts from the Coast, Nancy Roberts proves once again that she is the preeminent author of true ghost stories in the American South. (Michael Norman, coauthor of "Haunted Heartland and "Haunted America)
With her "Ghosts from the Coast," Nancy Roberts proves once again that she is the preeminent author of true ghost stories in the American South. (Michael Norman, coauthor of "Haunted Heartland" and "Haunted America")
With her "Ghosts from the Coast", Nancy Roberts proves once again that she is the preeminent author of true ghost stories in the American South. (Michael Norman, coauthor of "Haunted Heartland" and "Haunted America")
With her Ghosts from the Coast, Nancy Roberts proves once again that she is the preeminent author of true ghost stories in the American South. Although her compelling stories are filled with historical detail, she brings each tale right up to date through interviews with eyewitnesses to the haunting or, in many cases, her own personal accounts of visiting the ghostly lairs. From a spectral black funeral carriage on Hilton Head Island, to tales of sea monsters in the Altahama River of Georgia and haunted libraries with clerks more ethereal than real, to numerous inns, B&Bs, and pubs teeming with the wandering dead, Nancy Roberts includes enough authentic ghosts to give even the most skeptical reader a sudden chill on a steamy Carolina summer night.--Michael Norman, coauthor of Haunted Heartland and Haunted America
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In another instance, she talks of slaves at the Olde Harbor Inn (also in Savannah). But the structure was built in 1892, and slavery had ended with the conclusion of the Civil War in 1865. The construction with beams on River Street also wasn't built out of salvaged wood from sailing vessels, at least not in that time period, which is another claim in the book. The seaport was established enough by 1892 for enormous heart pine beams & rafters to make up the majority of building materials, and they are obviously milled expressly for that purpose.
Nancy Roberts is not a historian, but then again she doesn't claim to be one, either. She is a very good storyteller, with a whole host of books to her credit. But the historical innaccuracies will bother those readers out there with a grasp of history and a craving for a correctly-told story set in a specific time period.
Unlike a ghost book where it says "this happened and this happened", the book will give you 5+ pages of the history of a tavern, inn, hotel, or whatever and then the last paragraph will give you a brief overview of the ghostly happenings such as "To this day, every now and then a glass moves or an apparition is seen" or if you get specific it would be "To this day Ms. blah blah is still seen at odd times of the night"....this one paragraph after 5 pages of travel guide information on the history of the tavern.
Like Haunted New Jersey, which I just rated on Amazon with the same problem, I bought a history book rather than a ghost book, though looking at other reviews it fails to even be a history book with its inaccuracies...I don't know.
I am not trying to be rude to the author who does have a great style of writing. I am just tired of buying alleged ghost books only to have them be history books of people begatting other people and talking about slaves and whatnot. This should be a book on ghosts, not people 200 years ago. If you are going to write a ghost book, give a few sentences about the history of the place and a few pages of the ghosts, not visa versa!
John McAdam, author of:
Enoch and the Extraterrestrials