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Haunted Providence: Strange Tales from the Smallest State

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Author Rory Raven has collected stories and tales drawn from the history and folklore of one of the oldest cities in the nation. From restless spirits and mysterious deaths, to vampires and shadowy strangers--including H.P. Lovecraft, one of the most influential horror writers of the twentieth century--Haunted Providence explores the events and untold tales that have made ...more
Paperback, 121 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Haunted America (first published March 14th 2008)
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For me this is both historical fiction and non fiction (I can't find that I've created a shelf for folklore, ghost stories, legends and the like!), so for now, it will reside here. I like the writer's style and very much appreciate his facility with language. This was a good corralling of some of the weirdest and possibly scariest bits of history about Providence. A fun read for me and my spouse! Loved all the photos.
I was hit by a motherlode of nostalgia for my home state of Rhode Island and bought a slew of haunted New England books, of which this is one. I don't believe in ghosts and enjoy these stories as a way to revel in the folklore of where I come from and besides, who DOESN'T like a good ghost story?

The photos were very good and the book was enjoyable. It feed this transplanted Rhode Islander's need to bring some spooky New England to overly sunny San Diego.
The worst! No references, no footnotes, no works cited... the author does refer to some publications and names of people he interviewed within the text but, in general, it read like an informal conversation - not a nonfiction book. I'm sure Rory Raven does a fantastic Providence Ghost Walk but as an author, I'm unimpressed. This book may have been more appropriate as a shorter brochure one could purchase to accompany the Ghost Walk.
This short easy to read anecdotal book brings history to life (or death) in a new manner. A little folksy, very Rhode Islandy it tells stories told around the state, perhaps more folklore than history. There is enough of both here to make even historyphobes take notice. I thought it was great. And the cover is fabulous too.
Part ghost stories, part armchair history. Some of the entries were a little disjointed, but it was an entertaining read anyway.

I don't miss living in Providence, though.
Charles M.
Interesting book, filled with lore, etc. about Providence, RI and environs. From same person, who gives haunted tours of Providence, RI during fall.
Interest stories about Providnece. Quick good read.
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