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Skeletons in the Swimmin' Hole: Tales from Haunted Disney World Paperback – September 30, 2010

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You have to love an author that takes the whole family fun, wholesome image of Disney World and twists it into something spooky and malevolent...this book is spooky alchemy at its finest. --Peter D. Schwotzer, Famous Monsters of Filmland

I finished this book over 5 days ago, yet her dead animal story, "Skeletons in the Swimmin' Hole," is still with me. Now that's a good storyteller! --Nicole Henke, Bless Their Hearts Mom

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Monorail Clear

Casey's brother had died while clutching a Magic Kingdom ticket.

Casey kept the ticket under a refrigerator magnet so he'd see it every night before he went to his job as a monorail pilot; Saturday, though, he notices it's missing.

At work, he locks up the monorail fleet for the evening and starts hurrying to his car, only to stop when he hears the whoosh of a train on a nearby beam.

"I know I secured them," he says on a call to his supervisor. "Should I go back and investigate? Someone could be joyriding."

"No one told you?" his boss replied. "We have special hours for guests who held non-expiring tickets at death."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Admit One Literary Theme Park Press (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615402801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615402802
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love October. The horror movies hit heavy rotation on TV. The air cools down. The leaves start to fall. The trick-or-treat scene on E.T. becomes real! Halloween!

So, I am double delighted that my copy of this book arrived on 10/15 so that I can enjoy it into Halloween. I have had the pleasure of seeing and sampling some of these stories in their infancy over the past year and cannot wait to see how they ended up in print.

You know how Stephen King has that uncanny ability to tap into the familiar? Imagine that, but for a Disney fan...

Stephen King meets Walt Disney - what more could you want!?
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I loved this book! I usually prefer novels to short stories, however the premise of tales from Haunted Disney World intrigued me. Being a Disney park lover, I found the concept unique and was very interested in reading this short story collection. The book did not disappoint.

Kristi Petersen Schoonover is a talented writer with a flowing, easy-to-read style. Her troubled characters and spooky storytelling captivated me and I read this book in a day and a half, always eager for when I could return to it. I found the references to Disney Parks in each story vivid and fun. Anyone who enjoys ghost stories will want to get a copy of this book, and this is must-reading for adult Disney Park fans.

I enjoyed all of the stories, but if I had to choose, my favorites were All This Furniture and Nowhere to Sit, and Charlotte's Family Tree. In the former, a wife goes nuts bidding on expensive Disney memorabilia such as a Small World boat, a monorail cabin, and cars from the Peoplemover. As the house turns more and more into a deserted amusement park, eerie things begin to happen. In Charlotte's Family Tree, a mother must confront the ghosts of her past in the Swiss Family Treehouse. Behind the haunting tales is the profound message that a person can escape from the world for a few days, but can never really escape himself. I can't wait for more books in this delightful series.
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I found myself lost in the stories. In other words, I had a hard time following some of the story lines. I am a huge reader and I didn't find this book to be super great. I also found that the author didn't make very smooth transitions through out her stories, so I felt they would jump around and some of them didn't even make any sense.
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I came across this book, loved the cover then loved the sample and finally bought the whole thing. I'm really glad I did. Kristi Petersen Schooners collection of six Disney World themed story's kept me entertained and begging for more. I highly recommend giving them a read. I know you will not be disappointed.
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This book is filled with short stories and it leaves you eager to read the next story. This was a really good paranormal book. Good storyline. The characters are great. All I want from a book is to be well-written and to entertain me - and this one fits the bill.

While there is a lot going on, I absolutely loved it. It all ties in together at the end because, hello, that's what a good mystery book does. So I absolutely encourage all mystery fans to pick up this book and read it.
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I bought two copies of this book - one for a Disney/Halloween fanatic and one for myself. I wish I'd only purchased the one because I don't think this book hits quite the spot I was hoping for. The book blurbs, perhaps, oversell it a bit. I didn't quite the the "chilling" effect, let alone anything close to "terror".

The book is a quick read and a few of the stories are pretty good, but I don't think there is quite enough "haunted" nor quite enough "Disney" to really attract the readers of each or both of these interests. Worse, it seems like the stories could stand alone on one or the other - haunted or Disney and it seems almost like pandering to go for both.

The writing flowed easily, but I was irritated at several instances where I had a hard time believing a character would do what they were doing when the actions seemed so unlikely. A sense of realism was often conveniently overlooked in order to steer the reader toward a given plot point.

Overall, I'm glad I read the book, but I probably won't be reading it again or buying it for anybody else.
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