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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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A really fun read, with nice short chapters perfect for picking up when you have time (I read it mostly on the beach and lunch breaks at work). The cover blurb is a bit misleading. This is a travel guide of haunted inns and hotels with a brief history, stories of hauntings, and recommendations for places to eat and visit while you stay at each location. I would have liked even more detail for each chapter, but that's my only complaint!
This book was very interesting, it makes me want to visit places I never thought about visiting in the US. I enjoyed the history behind each hotel and haunting, each sighting location, as well as little things to do. Next time I plan a trip within the USA, I will definitely try to stay at one of these places ;).
In Kermeen’s supernatural book, the reader will visit historic bed-and-breakfasts with stunning antique décor, and luxury from the past. They will also learn about the phantom servants and ghostly voices calling from the other side. This is truly a one-of-a-kind tour of America’s most haunted places to stay.
This was a fun book to read. It talks a little about the history of the hotels/inns and people's experiences there. Each chapter is pretty short so it feels like a lot is left out. Still a good read though. Makes me want to book a stay at a haunted hotel!
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.
Haunted inns and hotels are some of my favorite places to read about. I think its because of the variety of locales that the hotels are set in, you get to see so many cultures and cities. Also, the people that frequent the hotels, and the events that transpire around them make for intriguing tales.