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The President's Vampire: Strange-but-True Tales of the United States of America Paperback – November 1, 2005
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All of this is maintained and carried throughout by a clean, insightful and witty narrative voice, and prose so smooth and engaging that each page seems to draw you in deeper, not only into the book, but into the bizarre world of Fortean phenomena itself, finally leaving you excited, entertained, occasionally frightened, and perhaps even wondering about more aspects of history and reality than you were before.
I heartily recommend this tome to everyone, from the seasoned historical researcher, the paranormal buff, or simply anyone who likes a good scary story.
Schneck's approach is far from exploitational. His attention to detail and devotion to searching out the truth behind the sensational and unverified leaves no doubt to the author's curiosity or credibility. Exhaustive and well-documented historical research is devoted to every subject, even when possibly debunking an even more remarkable aspect to a story. But neither is his writing boring or overly-clinical. Schneck's academic yet personal approach to his subject matter does not hide an almost uncontainable passion for the unusual and unexplained phenomena he writes about, and more importantly, it does not detract from how fun and compelling his writing is.
Most chilling and disturbing is the final chapter, Bridge to Body Island, an examination of a friend's recollected close call with a supernatural bogeyman. Many authors would present the tale on its own with perhaps a few embellishments for dramatic effect. Schneck, however, tells the story (which is genuinely creepy and unsettling) and then proceeds to examine the possible explanations for the events that took place, including research into possible real-world connections. His historical and scholarly comparisons and explanations are as captivating as the story itself, and do nothing to prevent readers who have used a Ouija board in the past from losing sleep.Read more ›
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For those who have the taste for the odd and offbeat, this is the book for you. Because Mr. Schneck spends his days, pouring over weird stories in dusty libraries and archives, we... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Frank McEvoy
Stupid book - the cover says it all. Stay away, there's nothing interesting here to read. Waste of my time - book is going to Goodwill.Published 19 months ago by John E. Siedlinski
"Strange but True" is my favorite genre. Schneck puts more research into his work than others in this field. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Andrew Finkle
A fascinating book with impeccable research. I will read just about anything that claims to be "weird but true," but Schneck's work is many steps above the rest.Published 21 months ago by T L.
Enjoyed this collection. I was really put off by a negative review here by someone who didnt bother to read the description of this this book before buying it and trashing it by... Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by G. Sydnor
This book has an assortment of strange but true tales in the style of Charles Fort and covers everything from the Andrew Johnson vampire story featured on the front cover, to... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by J. Allison
While you could tell this book was meticulously and intellectually 'Pop'researched, the writing and stories themselves failed to 'pop' for me.Published on December 5, 2012 by The Steadfast Reader
Dear reader: This book might be funny and informative, but it is not what I had envisioned. I had just finished reading "Blood Oath" (by Christopher Farnsworth) about a fictional... Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by Kindle Customer