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

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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Lee Bishop
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
Kelsy M
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
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
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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!
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
Rita McDowell

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!
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
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.
Cute. I would've liked the pictures provided in the book to have been the documented evidence that the book speaks of, though.
K.C. Shaw
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
It's my book. What can I say?
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.
Carol Anderson
An interesting read but wish they had gave more details than just the flashlight sessions of their hunts. I did like that they told at the end of each chapter who to contact for ghost hunts and costs at each place. All of the places they visited are known to most ghost fanatics.
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