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Savannah Spectres and Other Strange Tales Paperback – January 1, 1984

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: The Donning Company (January 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898652014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898652017
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
As a lover of historical tales with a supernatural slant, I am always looking for well-written accounts and legends. Being from Georgia, I was especially interested in this collection of Savannah stories. This book contains the usual assortment of events and reports that are not verifiable (these are ghost stories, after all), but the historical background on most of the "haunts" made this better than the usual ghost story books designed to be impulse buys for tourists. I enjoyed that the author includes the otherworldy experiences of many average Savannah citizens, especially since she tends to dwell a bit on the psychic abilities of herself and a companion to illustrate some stories. The consistant inclusion of local, first-person versions of the events described and the research involved elevate this collection from tedious retelling to enjoyable reading.
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By Constance on December 1, 2012
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I absolutely love Savannah, GA and am in the process of reading every book available about her history, her hauntings, the people etc... so when I came across the book I was absolutely enthusiastic to learn it had over 70 stories. This book would have gotten 5 stars from me if some of the stories didn't sound repetitive/similar from the others in the book and it just didn't really give me a good feel of what I thought I'd be reading. There were about 6 stories in there that I really did find fascinating and was glad to have read but overall I found myself bored reading it and looked forward to finishing the book. So ... overall it's an okay read but I've read better for sure. Don't get your hopes up if you're looking to be spooked let alone an in depth history.
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Format: Paperback
Margaret Wayt DeBolt’s Savannah Spectres and Other Strange Tales is typical of a certain kind of book sold at tourist destinations. A local writes a book specific to the area, it is published by a small, independent publisher, and then it is sold at gift shops and bookstores in the town, targeted at tourists. I’m a sucker for these things. I’ve bought them time and again, for they provide local insight into the history of the area or an event that happened there or a landmark. So Savannah Spectres is no different from most of these books. If they were written by fine writers for a wider audience appeal, they would find their way to bestseller lists. But, instead, they are relegated to a narrow audience, hoping that if enough tourists find them and buy them, they will become regionally successful. And DeBolt’s book is successful, apparently, for it was written in 1984 and is now in its seventeenth printing. I enjoyed its tidbits of history told to make the reader aware of the places where ghost sightings occurred. The rest, depending upon your personal beliefs, is hokum. Yes, I believe there is a supernatural force in the world and that people do get “messages” from the dead. But so much of this seemed like wishful thinking or outright stories made up by people eager to jump on DeBolt’s bandwagon. It was fun, but it was sometimes tedious. How many times does one need to hear of a woman who died in a house and now sits in the rocking chair regularly? Or a child who perished and comes back to tell us he/she is okay? These and other scenarios are repeated over and over again in this book. For those who want history, who want local color, who want to believe, the book is fun. But please! The cover blurb says that DeBolt is an award-winning newspaper writer.Read more ›
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Ok, I am a grown man. But I look a good tale, and I like regional "ghost" books because I have not found a lighter way to get a dose of regional history and insights into the lives of people living in an area across the decades. There are some good titles in the genre, and the greats will inject all of the flavor of the time and region into a local legend about, for example, a moaning house or a glowing ship or whatever. And, like every "good" book, the craftsmanship of the writer matters.
This book wasn't what I was looking for. There is some local Savannah history and flavor, but not enough. This is primarily a log of one woman's journey to find a ghost (she never does) with the help of her psychic sidekick. The writing is, for the most part, mere quotes of the various homeowners who submitted to be interviewed, most of whom fell into the "well, I don't believe in ghosts, but sometimes the toliet upstairs flushes all by itself" variety (sidebar - such a hygiene oriented ghost would be handy at airport lavatories and rest areas). Usually, said homeowner allowed the ghost-hunting duo to look around, a quest that typically yielded nothing more than the requesite cold spot or sense of a playful little girl from the other world.
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Purchase for family history of the Colbrook Plantation. Some of the info was not correct! But it is a well written book and I enjoyed it!!!
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