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Haunted Hoosier Halls: Indiana University Paperback – August 10, 2010
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About the Author
Ever curious, Kat Klockow has been interested in ghosts since she was nine. She has lived in Japan, traveled in Europe, and holds degrees in Anthropology and Japanese Studies from Indiana University. Currently she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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However, in the last quarter of the book, Ms. Klackow reveals herself to be a dedicated true-story ghost-hunter as well. Here, there is some actual ghost hunting going on, as well as first-hand accounts from witnesses and paranormal teams, which is a welcome addition to the folklore that dominates the majority of the book. I only wish there were more of them, as this is what I was expecting after reading the introduction and the “Meet the Teams” section.
Although well-written, I could never quite decide whether I liked this book or not. The end was certainly fun for fans of true ghost stories. I would highly recommend this book to students and alumnae of Indiana University as well as those residing in the area, and other readers who enjoy well-researched tidbits of local history and lore. However, if you are looking for bona fide ghost stories with contemporary witnesses, including those of the author, they’re at a minimum here, coming only at the end, and you’re probably going to want to look elsewhere for a more satisfying read.
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For me, it was a nice mix. I enjoyed reading the stories, allowing them to give me the occasional chill, but after they were done I also enjoyed sitting back to consider the evidence Kat presented. This book would be great for the curious reader who is interested in southern Indiana lore, someone looking for a good story to share (perhaps at an upcoming All Hallows Eve event?), or anyone who wants to read a book about ghosts that has a more grounded and logical approach.
Overall, a fun read with solid arguments.