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Ghostly Encounters: True Stories of America's Haunted Inns and Hotels
Frances Kermeen bought the Myrtles Plantation of St Francisville with the dream of turning the historic site into a cosy inn. When it turned out to be haunted, she feared losing customers but interest in the ghosts meant she gained custom. Here, she tells stories collected from 150 haunted hotels across America.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Grand Central Publishing
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I love a good ghost story and this one is full of them. Real life accounts, although it needs a little grammatical corrections-and the hilarious fact that the author refused to visit most of the locations herself-so these are second person accounts-this book is still great. The author is the owner of Myrtle Plantation-and has some interesting tales to tell.
This was really more of a travelogue than ghost stories. While the inns and hotels that are written about are haunted, I found that there was not enough written about the histories as there was about accomodations offered at each inn. I would have loved to learn about less inns than to read more about the hauntings.