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The Ghosts Of Nantucket: 23 True Accounts
Nantucket residents describe their firsthand encounters with paranormal phenomena in this unusual (and bestselling) book. Their accounts are both surprising and entertaining, for Nantucket's ghosts are as individualistic as today's flesh-and-blood inhabitants.
(first published June 1st 1990)
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Balliett presents these ghost narratives from residents of Nantucket Island without editorializing. She sets the scene for each interview, then gets out of the way and lets the voices of the storytellers come through. The accounts range in tone from merely curious, to kinda' bizarre, to truly terrifying. And it's entirely up to the reader whether to believe them or not.
October is my favorite month. I love apple picking, the chill in the air...oh, and scary stories!! I am always on the hunt for a good spooky tale but too often I get stuck with gory books or stories that fall flat. When I saw this book at my local library, I thought that I would take a shot (even if the book is older than I am!). I am SO glad that I picked up this book because it was the perfect combination of scary, eerie, and chilling. Better yet, there are no dead bodies or bloody corpses.
This is a compilation of "The Ghosts of Nantucket" and "Nantucket Hauntings" published in the 1980s before Balliett became an accomplished kids mystery writer. The 44 stories are straight, unembellished oral histories based on actual interviews with Nantucket Island year-around and summer residents. The fact that these stories have been in print for almost 35 years tells you something. Terrific and true accounts.
Blue Balliett's The Ghosts of Nantucket is a traditional ghost story book which features "true stories" of haunted houses on Nantucket. I chose to read it because I just love Blue Balliett's other books, but it is very different. It was okay, but not inspiring.
I probably first read this book when I was ten or twelve and it still haunts me. Some of the tales and images are shocking and disturbing, and walking around Nantucket, you am easily believe these tales have happened in a place so secluded and rich with history.
I was born in New York City and grew up playing in Central Park, getting my share of scraped knees, and riding many public buses and subways. By the time I was a teenager, I sometimes stopped at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Frick Museum after school, just to wander and look and think. The Met has five Vermeer paintings and the Frick three, so Vermeer and I have been friends for many years ...moreMore about Blue Balliett...