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Haunted Asylums

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Go behind the barbed wire and explore the many sanitariums or asylums that were intended to help the mentally ill but only contributed to their afflictions. Learn the history behind the infamous Riverside patient Mary Mallon, also known as Typhoid Mary. Get spooked by the gothic and foreboding buildings at Danvers State Hospital in Danvers, Massachusetts, which became both ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Schiffer Publishing
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Rebecca McNutt
I loved the film Session 9 so I was looking into finding books on the history of Danvers State when I came upon this one. I liked it, it has a lot of good info, but trying to bring ghosts into it seemed a little irrelevant and ridiculous. There were also several typos, including spelling "cuckoo" as "coco" and merging separate words together like "mental hospital" becomes "mentalhospital" by mistake. I think if the book were edited it could do much better off.
This book had its flaws including spelling mistakes and on page 54 there is a sentence describing an asylum discussed on page 50. Besides the flaws and the randomness of the information this was a pretty good read. E.R. Vernor tells the history of the treatment of patients, the histories of each asylum listed, and rather they are still standing and if so there uses or condition. Also included are stories, legends, and haunting associated with each place. The history is fascinating even if there ...more
Lee L.
Nov 16, 2016 Lee L. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ghost-stories
There is something about the image of an abandoned insane asylum that strikes fear and dread in the heart like nothing else. Add in decaying buildings, unspeakable experiments and a ghost or two, and you've got the ingredients for a truly frightful read. Author E.R. Vernor, aka Corvis Nocturnum, has been a busy man. With speaking engagements, interviews and the fifteen or so books he's written since 2005, I am glad he found time to pen his latest offering, "Haunted Asylums." Prepare to take an ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Kelly rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, history
This book was not what I expected, and I feel that's at least partially due to the fact that it did not seem to know what it wanted to be: a catalogue of mental institutions? A history of the treatment of the mentally ill? A discussion of reported paranormal activity at mental institutions? It tries to be all this and more, often in very haphazard fashion, and so is not particularly successful at any of them.

The majority of the book is an alphabetical list of asylums, only some of which are acco
Feb 12, 2013 Rita rated it liked it
For a person who loves old buildings, urban exploration, and architecture the photos in this book are wonderful. Most of the information is interesting as far as the dark times when our disabled citizens received horrible care and were used for guinea pigs in a number of ways.

However, the book could have used an editor just to help it make more sense. There were many sentences that seemed to come from nowhere and be just pasted together. The section on Pilgrim State Hospital, located on Long Isl
Oct 26, 2013 Sharon rated it liked it
Bit disappointing, as it wasn't quite what I thought it would be. The photography of the abandoned asylums was quite intrusting, but sad at the same time when you think of the lives that they once contained.
May 24, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
This had haunting photographs of old asylums and stories about what went on there. Is less about ghost stories and more about the history of these places. I wish it had gone a little more in depth, but it was still very interesting.
Feb 03, 2015 Lilyhon marked it as to-read
I got 30 pages in and felt like I was reading the same thing over and over. It was quite what I was expecting but I like that it gives a little history instead of just a bunch of personal ghost stories and legends.
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great information on the asylums but hate the formatting, doesn't seem professional at all.
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