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Historic Haunted America

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Historic Haunted America is an engrossing investigation into North American ghost legends, a comprehensive documenting yesterday and today's most shocking hauntings in the United States and Canada.

From the ghost-ridden forts in Old Tucson to the "Inn of the 17 Ghosts" near Philadelphia, from the haunted plantations of Louisiana and Georgia to a haunted community playhouse
Paperback, 651 pages
Published October 15th 1996 by Tor Books (first published October 1st 1995)
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Laura the Highland Hussy
Apr 19, 2010 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it did not like it
Shelves: d-n-f
I was very disappointed in the way this book was written. I liked the way it was done state-by-state, but it sucked as far as description. There was a bland, boring telling of who saw what. There was no storytelling feel, no scary story brought to life feel.
I forced myself through it, got to Nevada, my state, and was sooo disappointed by the lack of mention of Vegas! There are so many mob murders that are local ghost stories, or Liberace, or the Rat Pack. But, nope it dealt with one ghost town.
Sep 09, 2012 Breanne rated it did not like it
This book is horrible! The writing is so dry, it sounds like a textbook. This author managed to take a completely interesting subject and make it into the equivalent of eating sawdust. So NOT recommended to anybody!
Brendan Philbrick
Mar 15, 2016 Brendan Philbrick rated it liked it
While this isn't the kind of book I personally would read cover-to-cover in one sitting, it is a good book as a collection of short stories (their authenticity disputable) to crack open when you don't have much else to read, or when you're in a reading slum. Especially late at night, when you're alone in your room. I wish there were more stories from my home state (the same goes for the companion Book "Haunted America"), but that's really a nit-pic in this case. Overall, this book is worth keepi ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
I love the whole collection of ghost stories by Michael Norman and Beth Scott. I don't find collections of ghost stories like this too much these days, which is a shame. While I have had trouble tracking down the authenticity of many of these stories; I'd still recommend the collection to anyone who enjoys a good ghost story.
Astrid Yrigollen
Dec 30, 2014 Astrid Yrigollen rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, nonfiction
This second book was not as good as the first but it is still interesting as an account of various people's experiences of the super natural. I no longer read this type of book ( real life is scary as it is) but when I did read it this was an interesting follow up to Haunted Heartland.
Mar 31, 2014 Kimberley rated it it was amazing
Few books really creep me out. This one did. Can't read it before bed.
Nov 01, 2009 Nytetyger rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-challenge
From coast to coast, and Canada thrown in—a book filled with the amusing and creepy things that haunt building and people from the 1700’s to the present. It was a lovely read for October, and I’m keeping a copy for those times I need a wee bit of creepy to share, or for when I’m planning a trip and want to see if there is somewhere spooky nearby!

Andrew Willson
Feb 20, 2012 Andrew Willson rated it really liked it
This is one of the longer ghost story collections I've come across and has an amazing selection of stories from all across the US and then into Canada. The vast majority were ones that were unique compared to the several other collections I have and that is always the best to find a few you recognize and then meet many new spirits, be they friend or foe.
Alex Klimkewicz
May 23, 2012 Alex Klimkewicz rated it it was ok
Collection of "real" ghost stories from around North America. Most of them are not very scary and mostly just anecdotal stories or territorial tall tales. Some are written as histories and others are more like narratives rather than newspaper reports. Interesting, but not extremely memorable.
More of the same sort of "true" ghost stories recounted in Norman and Scott's Haunted Heartland and Haunted America .
Dec 26, 2011 Sara rated it it was ok
I hate to stay it, because this book is a valuable record of different historic (read: non-active) hauntings, but it's a bit dry. I made it half through before I skimmed it.
Oct 15, 2010 Takipsilim rated it really liked it
A dip from the quality of "Haunted America" particularly as some stories from the aforementioned title are used once again in this tome. The book is still a fine read nonetheless.
Jul 11, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
I liked it. It had some fun and interesting tidbits of American history and geography. I especially liked realizing that I had driven through some of the places mentioned.
Aug 19, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
I read this as a child. It was interesting, there were some "scary" stories, but overall kind of bland. Interesting though, none-the-less.
Jun 24, 2007 Jewelz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes ghost stories from the past!
This book about historical ghost stories as early as the 15th century or earlier...also in later years...very interesting!!
Apr 17, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it
Mixed bag of ghostly goings on.Enjoyed it.
Oct 06, 2008 Natalie rated it liked it
Fun stories to dip into periodically.
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nice read!
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Michael Norman is a writer who makes his home in Western Wisconsin.

He is the author most recently of "The Nearly Departed: Minnesota Ghost Stories and Legends," published in 2009 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

He is the co-author with the late Beth Scott of the popular Haunted America series of ghost stories, and the co-author with writer Carol Roecklein of two vocabulary books written
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