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Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums: Inside Abandoned Institutions for the Crazy, Criminal & Quarantined

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  107 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
The Shadow Man haunts penitentiary cell blocks.A chilling wind runs through the Death Tunnel.The Red Eyes Apparition lurks in abandoned hallways.

Explore frightening ghost stories and true paranormal encounters at ten well-known, haunted institutions across the United States. This unique collection of investigations is filled with terrifying photos, spooky highlights from o
Paperback, 212 pages
Published September 8th 2013 by Llewellyn Publications (first published September 1st 2013)
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Feb 04, 2015 Melinda rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Paranormal buffs will find this book of great interest.

The reader explores various well known asylums, sanatoriums, prisons and institutions for the insane. You read of the history of these locations, rumored hauntings while the author researches what spirits and/or activity lurks. Each chapter focuses on a specific location, provides extensive background history. Ending each chapter is a detailed summary on specifics of the site along with information in the event the reader would like to visit
Aug 19, 2013 Jillyn rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, requested
Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums: Inside Abandoned Institutions for the Crazy, Criminal & Quarantined is a travel guide that gives insight and information, as well as personal experiences within some of America's most haunted places.


In a nutshell, this is a good starter book for someone with an interest in haunted places mentioned in the title. This is also a good guide for people who are interested in planning a vacation to these locations.

+ The author does a good job explaini
Jul 21, 2013 Stephanie rated it liked it
Essentially a travel guide to what are considered some of the most haunted mental hospitals, sanitariums and prisons - all of which are open to the public for ghost hunting purposes.

I picked this up because of a general interest in the paranormal and ghost hunting. I should note that I have an open mind about the possibility of the existence of ghosts, but I am also a trained scientist, and a skeptic about the techniques used as evidence for the existence of paranormal phenomena such as ghosts.

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Haunted Asylums, Prisons and Sanatoriums takes us inside some of the darkest places in history, where people suffered or were treated in a cruel, dehumanizing way. Throughout the book, we learn more about the history of these places, and their supposed hauntings, as the author conducts research to find out who the ghosts are haunting these spots. Each chapter is dedicated to a seperate location, and begins by talking
Jan 03, 2014 Audrey rated it did not like it
Wow, did I expect more from this book. The thought of hearing all about haunted asylums, prisons, and sanatoriums made me internally squeal with anticipation. Those are places that are scary enough when filled with the living--who knows what kind of dead would be contained inside. I'd still like to read a book about those places, because this book really did not deliver.

My main problem was the writing, which was very poor. For a book from a well-established publisher, I would have hoped that the
Dec 29, 2015 Brunilda rated it did not like it
Sostanzialmente, una brochure turistica che pubblicizza luoghi "infestati" da visitare, dietro cospicuo pagamento. Le esperienze paranormali sono ridotte all'osso e soprattutto sono tutte uguali: letto un luogo, letti tutti.
May 26, 2013 Utena rated it it was ok
Although this book had fascinating information about the places he visited, I was rather disappointed that there was no further information upon his experiences. All I saw was "visit this site to see more". I don't want to see more. I want to learn the author's thoughts and insights about these situations like how he felt, what he saw and experienced, and what he thinks about these places he visited. I was literally bored that I nearly did not finish the book. I do appreciate that the author did ...more
May 30, 2013 Kari rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, 2013
This was a just OK read for me. I thought there would be more of a spook factor. Instead it read like an informational pamphlet about the places. I would have liked to know more about the spooky history of the places and maybe more of the ghost stories. I also didn't like the photos. They didn't really show anything spooky or interesting. I found myself skimming the flashlight conversations. They were too long and not scary. I think this book would work well as a basic guide to the places if you ...more
May 05, 2015 Christina rated it liked it
As I read the Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums, I expected more from this book. The thought of hearing all about the ten most haunted placed in the United States made me internally squeal with anticipation.

This book takes us inside some of the darkest places in history, where people suffered or were treated in a cruel, dehumanizing way. Throughout the book, the author teaches us a brief history of these places, and there supposed haunting's. Each chapter is a different place. At the be
Aug 12, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfic, para
Apparently, there are a lot of places that capitalize on their reputation as being haunted and offer tourists the opportunity to do public ghost hunts and to spend time exploring. It's a whole commercial thing and I wondered how expensive it was because I'd kind of like to go on one myself. The book is written by a ghost "tourist" who traveled to these places and tried to make contact with the ghosts. I don't know how much of what she saw and experienced was the power of suggestion or creative e ...more
Leeann Sheriff
Nov 11, 2015 Leeann Sheriff rated it really liked it
I thought this book was a story format. It actually was the tours that Sam and Jaime did on their own. They talk about specific places and things that they discovered throughout their travels of 10 different locations throughout the USA. I hope to find another book that they wrote of their research and findings. I read this in one day, so I would consider it a good read. Love the pictures as well.
Lee Bishop
Jan 20, 2014 Lee Bishop rated it it was amazing
This is such a cool book! I’ve read all of the books by the ghost television show personalities, and this is the first one (that I know of) from “regular” paranormal enthusiasts. It is truly a haunted travelogue for some of the most well known haunted locations across the country (also a first). It’s very witty and insightful. I enjoyed the history of each location, as well as their actual investigations. Who knew that the public could get in to investigate these places?! I definitely know where ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums is a wonderful guide to haunted (or supposedly haunted) locations that is perfect for ghost hunters; amateurs and seasoned investigators alike, but especially those who are just starting out in the field of paranormal investigation. Author Jamie Davis offers readers a brief, but adequate description of each location and their history, as well as a run-down of some of the reported paranormal happenings that have occurred there. I found the histories of th ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Paula rated it it was amazing
I am rating this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it! At first I was a little bit worried because the book was presented as a travel guide for ghost hunters. I was afraid it would be a tedious read about locations, equipment readings, and the like. I was also a bit concerned when Jamie mentioned her ability as an empath. I am very skeptical of people who claim they have the ability to see or communicate with ghosts. However, as soon as I started reading about the first location (Ashmore Estates) ...more
Sylvia Shults
Dec 08, 2013 Sylvia Shults rated it really liked it
Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums: Inside Abandoned Institutions for the Crazy, Criminal & Quarantined is a fast, fun read. The subject of haunted asylums is one that is very dear to my heart, as I have spent quite some time studying the Peoria State Hospital. This book is an enjoyable addition to my collection of books on haunted places. The authors are unapologetically enthusiastic about their chosen hobby, and they have graciously put together a guide book to some of the top haunt ...more
Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone
This is a non-fiction work focusing on a number of locations with very dark histories. Jamie Davis takes us inside insane asylums, prisons, hospitals, and schools known for their rather sinister occupants and eerie pasts. These abandoned locales have decayed, but the specter of what they were remains in the corridors, peeling paint, and shadows around every corner.

Davis and his paranormal investigator friend Sam Queen gave each location a thorough going-over. They brought in the latest equipment
Jul 12, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Travelers, Paranormal
I'm confused by some of the reviews of this book. It seems as though some of the reviewers didn't understand that this book wonderfully represents a travel guide to haunted asylums, prisons and sanatoriums that are open to the public to explore (just like the title says). It isn't about telling scary stories, although after reading about some of the authors experiences I'm dying for an opportunity to go visit at least one of the featured locations. Do you think they really made contact with an a ...more
Kelly Stubbart
a very good beginning guide to ghost hunting. the primary author has a friendly, approachable style (Sam, you were pretty observant too : ) . the only complaint I have about the book is that I wish it was longer. maybe this pair will write another one. I also appreciated very much all of the contact info for the various sites. an entertaining and informative read!
Mar 13, 2016 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I should have read the back cover more clearly, because I was hoping for a book that would give me background information and details about these "haunted" places. Mostly, though, it was detailed accounts of the author's experiences at the locations, with minimal background info. Good for beginning ghost hunters, but not if you're doing in-depth research.
Oct 22, 2013 Regan rated it it was amazing
One of the best, creepiest compilations of haunted locations. This book features both known and unknown haunted locations around the nation. I have read an extensive amount of these anthologies written by independent authors. Most of the times they’re well thought out and well put together, but the grammar and writing are lacking. Not with this book. Author, Jamie Davis does a fantastic job proving her writing skills and abilities. I found myself researching some of the locations mentioned in th ...more
Kelsy M
Jun 06, 2015 Kelsy M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Being somebody who has had personal paranormal experiences and believes in this stuff I wound this book to be really good! It was cool to read about the flashlight sessions they did and what they got to experience while visiting these places. It makes me want to get back into the ghost hunting myself. Reading the histories of the places they visited was amazing, I love learning the histories of old prisons and asylums and learning what went on there and what lead to the places being closed down. ...more
Rita McDowell
Sep 01, 2014 Rita McDowell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Quite a bit of interesting background was provided on the various locations that were visited. Also gave some very interesting recommendations for further reading. Entertaining!
Oct 20, 2013 Andreaz rated it it was amazing
This was an impulse buy, off a Halloween display at my local bookstore. At first glance, I thought it would contain some light, fun Halloween stories. Boy, did I get more than I bargained for!

These authors actually traveled to all of the locations in this book and turned in a unique travel guide. Paranormal tourism? I loved it! I never even knew there was such a thing, but it intrigues me because of the mix of history, architecture, and ghost stories!

The only thing that I wished the book had tha
Jun 01, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it
Good book, certainly interesting, but I did think it was bit too much focused on the authors. I tend to prefer books that deal more on the experiences of the past and others.
Mar 28, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
Cute. I would've liked the pictures provided in the book to have been the documented evidence that the book speaks of, though.
Nov 13, 2015 Jaci rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I want to go and vist everyone of these places that are in this book.
Jul 23, 2015 Tammy rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone who enjoys going on ghost exploring adventures.
K.C. Shaw
Sep 08, 2013 K.C. Shaw rated it really liked it
Shelves: small-press, ghosts
This book is a light, fast read and a lot of fun. It's partly a travel book for ghost hunters, partly an account of the author's experiences ghost hunting in ten locations. I think what I like best about the book is Jamie Davis's informal way of writing. Reading the chapters felt like talking to a friend who'd called me up and said, "We just got back from the spookiest place! You've got to come over for coffee and I'll tell you all about it!" It's not easy to make a book about ghosts feel cozy, ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Michele rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ghosts
This is basically a travel guide for paranormal investigators. She includes information about tours available and websites. I love books like this, not only for the spook factor, but for the history and lore. This was an excellent source for history. Included in the chapter of the Ashmore Estate is a 1902 report of conditions which is fascinating. The more I read, the more I loved this book.
A fascinating read. It was more a visitors guide than a first hand experience detailing historical facts about each place or important information, to what you will need to ghost hunt, who to contact, prices, etc. I wanted more information about their first hand stories at each particular place. Their experiences often were detailed in a couple paragraphs to a page at most.
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