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The New England Grimpendium Paperback – September 20, 2010
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Winner of the 2013 Lowell Thomas Silver Award from the Society of American Travel Writers in the Best Guidebook Category.
About the Author
J. W. Ocker is the author of two award-winning macabre travelogues, The New England Grimpendium and The New York Grimpendium. He runs the website OTIS: Odd Things I've Seen (oddthingsiveseen.com), where he chronicles his visits to oddities of nature, history, art, and culture. His work has appeared on CNN.com, TheAtlantic.com, Rue Morgue magazine, The Boston Globe, and other places people stick writing.
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It will make you wonder. It will make you look and relook at things you always thought you were familiar with. It will make you stop by cemeteries, take long road trips just to see ALL of the things Ocker mentions in the book.
If you LOVE traveling or have an appetite for the weird and unusual please buy this book. You will be surprised how much you learn!
1. Horror Legends and Personalities
2. Infamous Crimes , Killers, and Tragedies
3. Horror Movie Filming Locales
4. Notable Cemeteries, Gravestones, and other Memento Mori
5. Classic Monsters
Even if you have never been to New England and have no plans to go, you'll have a great time reading this book (I often visit Cape Cod, MA, so I'm taking notes!). On top of the fascinating history, and little known grisly facts, J.W. Ocker has a wicked sense of humor that makes this a fun read. Here are a few examples:
About driving in a torrential downpour to the filming location of the movie "Session 9", in Danvers MA - "...I had as many appendages as I could spare on the wheel, and I was squinting to the point of flattened eyeballs and ejected contacts and hoping that none of the wavering red lights in front of me were brake lights. I was on my way to watch a horror movie. More than that, I was on my way to watch a horror movie on the very spot where it was filmed. More than that, I was on my way to watch a horror movie on the very spot where it was filmed, which happened to , in the past, have been in this order: an insane asylum, an abandoned insane asylum, a movie set, and an apartment complex."
And another, about the legend of the glowing tombstone in Portsmouth NH: "It's not the first time I've been in a graveyard at night, and because I plan on dying like everyone else, it won't be the last." (I've got to work that into an epitaph somehow!)
And yet another excerpt about the un-spookiness (is that a word?) of staying at the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast in Fall River, MA : "It actually took longer getting used to the idea of sharing a bathroom with strangers, than to the fact that we were gallivanting around an ancient murder scene in our socks"
And still another one (I love this book) about the house from the film "Let's Scare Jessica to Death" in Southern CT : "... a NO TRESSPASSING sign was placed in a location blatant enough to get its message across in no uncertain terms: 'You will be consumed by cannibals if you linger'."
Get this book! If you don't find yourself fascinated by the locales, or cackling evilly at the humor, at the very least you'll make your in-laws uncomfortable with this on the bookshelf in the guest bedroom.
The New England Grimpendium