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Weird U.S.: Your Travel Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets (Weird Travel Guides)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  692 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
What’s weird around here? That’s a question Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman have enjoyed asking for years—and their offbeat sense of curiosity led them to create the best-selling phenomenon, Weird N.J. But why should they stop at New Jersey when there’s so much that’s strange, odd, and utterly nutty all across the U.S.? So they’ve expanded their universe, taken their act on t ...more
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published October 4th 2004 by Sterling
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Daniel
Mar 28, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing
"Weird U.S." is an excellent read. I've owned it for years, and I still discover something new every time I open it. The whole book is rather light-hearted, even when discussing very heavy subject matter such as murders and disappearances, so it's not going to change the way anyone thinks about the universe or anything. However, for anyone interested in the paranormal, mysteries, or just plain weirdness, this is the book for you. "Weird U.S." is cleverly written and full of images depicting the ...more
Julie
Jun 08, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: misc
I've read several of these "WEIRD" books and really like them. I'll just write one review that will pretty much sum up all of them ,because they are all done with the same premise :
They are all done in short stories of sometimes only a page or two, maybe sometimes 3 or 4 pages at most .
They are all done about subjects that you would categorize as maybe paranormal, unusual, strange occurrences .
They are all in oversized-book size with lots of colorful photos of the areas they are describing .
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Josh
Sep 18, 2007 Josh rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Spooky Story Enthusiasts
Reading some of the fantastical and bizarre stories in this book, you might ask “Whoa, really?”

Well, no. Not really.

This coffee table book is an extension of the website www.weridus.com that documents local myths and urban legends throughout the states, including first, second or third-hand accounts submitted to them on the site. The authors fully admit that the work is apocryphal, and that no story, regardless of how suspect, would be discounted as long as it’s a good story. If you remind yours
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Laura
Jul 19, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
You would think by now that I'd know better than to read ghost stories too late at night or too close to bedtime. Think again!

I brought Weird US on my trip to Washington, DC. Some of the stories I'd heard before. Some of the stories had some really awful drawings with them. Most of the stories are anecdotal along with a few historical facts.

It's kind of fun to read the different takes on the same legend. I like reading the background of the various legends. I didn't always understand how the sto
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Jessica Settles
The book Weird U.S. by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman features selected short stories from all over the world. A review on the book states, “This book is loaded with weird facts, legends, lore, people, photographs, ghost stories, haunted places, supernatural figures, terrifying ruins and tunnels and forests and abandoned buildings, tall tales, odd museums, and answerless mysteries.” The stories were pretty interesting, so it was not too boring but they were kind of long at times. The short stories ...more
Loghan
May 24, 2016 Loghan added it
I recommend the book Weird U.S. by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman have elected short stories all over the world. The stories were pretty interesting, so it wasnt to boring but they were kind of long. The short stories were about hauntings and amusements and other stuff.
One story called the Devil’s Tree is a great example of some of these stories. It is about a tree in NJ that is believed to have super natural powers. It sits in a field all by itself. There is now fence all around it. The tale is
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Jennifer
This book of U.S. folklore, ostensibly a travel guide to weird sites (though many of the ones listed are essentially off-limits unless the traveler is into trespassing), is a mixed bag. Some of it is fascinating, some of it dull and repetitive. As I guidebook, I don't think it's particularly useful; you'd have to supplement it with maps and a guidebook that actually told you things. As a collection of folklore, it has some shivery moments--especially with some of the eyewitness accounts gleaned ...more
Tyler
May 24, 2016 Tyler rated it really liked it

I recommend Weird U.S to everyone. The author’s Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman have collected short stories from all around the world and published them into this book.

The author uses some scary stories with ghosts, others with unexplained phenomena and haunted places. Some of the stories are just interesting like local legends or personalized property. What's really cool is that the stories are all true from all around the U.S.

This book is very interesting, it has amazing stories to tell. The a
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Steven
Jun 16, 2016 Steven rated it it was ok
I recommend Weird USA by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman. The authors use short stories to explore towns around the US.

This book was interesting because it all happened in real life. Most towns have haunted houses and buildings. I think it's really cool that a lot of different towns have different stories to tell. Most of the stories told have alot of horror.

One of the stories is from Fairfax, VA and talks about an evil killer clown that dresses in a fuzzy rabbit costume. He's called Bunnyman. Th
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GoldenjoyBazyll
Dec 10, 2009 GoldenjoyBazyll rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jennifer/ Sandy
Shelves: travel
NOW... if you really want to go down roads less traveled.... here are some sugggestions for you.

I bought the game and on Thanksgiving I played it with my friends. We didn't have the book and didn't know alot about WEIRD US so we started looking up the places on the web. OMG... what a riot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I ended up purchasing the book and as I read through it I realized... I have visited many of the places. Ok- so what does that say about me??? Maybe I enjoy the weird... the odd and offbeat a li
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Michael
Feb 23, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
Before reading this, I assumed – per a South Park episode – that Al Gore was the only person who believed in the notorious Man-Bear-Pig chimera. Now I know otherwise. Reveling in a collage of myths and neurosis, this tome is chock-full of supposed oddities that have somehow escaped the lens of a camera (in a society where seemingly every post-1987 infant pratfall or freaking dog chasing a squirrel is filmed and aired on my damn TV each Sunday!). This is the underbelly of Americana…and I love thi ...more
Steve Johnson
Dec 28, 2012 Steve Johnson rated it liked it
A nice survey of strange places, ghost stories, tall tales, urban legends, local flavor, roadside attractions, and other all-American weirdness. A lot of the material will be familiar to Fortean-leaning readers, but there's enough obscure stuff to make it worth a read. Some people might complain about the fact that the authors almost gleefully refuse to engage in any real fact-checking or verifying. A lot of the stories were submitted by website readers, which means that in some cases there are ...more
Lauren
Mar 06, 2015 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: weird
One of the most addicting books I've ever read - and I almost never read it at all!

My dad is good at finding gifts online that you wouldn't think of yourself, but as soon as he gives it to you it's like "this is awesome!". In this case 'Weird US' was a Christmas gift for my mother, who said something along the lines of 'oh, that's interesting' and put it aside. A few days later, having read every book I'd gotten, I started reading 'Weird US' and was hooked, adopting it into my own personal libra
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Ashley
Aug 23, 2007 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: etc, travel
The writing can drive you a little nuts (mostly because most of it is in the form of letters from people who have written to the authors, and therefore good grammar is not required), and despite the many promises to look at the material objectively, the authors' REALLY tend to favor supernatural explanations. But overall this book was just fun. I'm no believer in ghosts. At the same time I can't resist a good haunted house tale (even if I don't believe). There are chapters about everything from ...more
Santino Maulucci
Jun 07, 2014 Santino Maulucci rated it really liked it
Very interesting book. I don't know if everyone would enjoy it,but I did. That's the kind of job I would like;traveling around countries and finding weird things and places. I enjoy everything strange,weird,and out of the box.
Jennifer
Very heavy on the macabre & paranormal stuff; Highways to Hell, haunted cemeteries, ghost towns, bizarre beasts, murder sites, haunted houses & places. Don't read it before you go to bed. BOO!!
Presley Acuna
Dec 05, 2015 Presley Acuna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeap, NJ is a strange place. Good guidebook for fiding the strangeness. A lot of it is drunken teenager B.S. stories, in my opinion, but there's lots of goodies there too.
Eden
Jan 19, 2015 Eden rated it really liked it
Weird U.S. was.....Well, weird!

If you're looking for weird, strange or haunted places to visit this is the book you want to read. Now not all the places in the book they recommend you visiting because some are private property, but others are open to the public.
There is so many stories in here; from a Bunny Man to Phantom Clowns to Rehmeyer's Hollow and the Curse of The Witch, there is tons of interesting and crazy stories to read about in this book. I would recommend it to anyone that's into we
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Amanda
Sep 06, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Amanda by: My Father
I liked this book. I received it as a Christmas present a few years back and love picking it up to read every now and again. It is filled with interested and odd facts about everything the USA has to offer. It's a great book to pick up and put down for easy subtle reading. This book also has great pictures of the actual story in it too, so children can get into the book as well. I'm looking forward to buying Weird Hauntings by the same authors. They put a lot of research and traveling into these ...more
Stacy Robinson
Dec 15, 2012 Stacy Robinson rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book as it is more of a tour guide of all the places in the United States that have stories of their own to tell. I enjoyed also the fact that they included people's own thoughts who live in these places or have visited them, along with their interpretation of them. It was nice that each description also included the history behind the legend and how it has been since the tragedy happened. Good to note that they are not divided into chapters, but more like excerpts so that you cou ...more
Jaime Contreras
Jan 08, 2014 Jaime Contreras rated it liked it
This is a collection of bizarre and trivial facts about the states, locales, customs and incidents. It is a book for the lover the odd and interesting. This book reveals some true treasures of this country. Read it with an open mind and a smile. it is a relaxing read.
JacobT
Dec 08, 2007 JacobT rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone whos intereted
The date above is the last time I looked through it. One thing: This is the scariest thing I have ever read. It has a collection of newspaper articles and witness accounts of various things that are Wierd in the U.S. Everything from the 7 gateways to Hell to wicked clowns that abduct children. Not just folklore but actual things with photos and everything. Once I look through this book I'm a scaredy cat for at leastt 2 days. The book scares the pants off me but oddly, I can't put it down.
Leah
Dec 28, 2013 Leah rated it liked it
Meh....this book was ok. I really thought it was going to be more about things like the world's largest rubber band ball and odd stuff like that. I found myself reading this book more for the fact that I had started than from any interest. The weird part is I struggled to finish reading this book and then it actually did get interesting in the end when it talked about abandoned mental hospitals and asylums, but that is probably because that sort of stuff falls in my interest category.
Hotavio
Dec 19, 2008 Hotavio rated it really liked it
Intriguing book that highlights odd stops across America. Not as interesting, it also holds a plethora of local legends, which seems to be varying accounts of the same tale, seemingly recounted by mischievous teenagers who did some snooping around.
While the legends and are worthy of only a cursory glance, abandoned asylums and strange phenomena are always exciting to me. It definitely piqued my curiosity and made me want to go on a cross country road trip for the macabre!
Brooke
Jan 02, 2014 Brooke rated it it was ok
Lives up to it's name. Got this book for my kids as a diversion for a long car ride - it's definitely weird. Too much emphasis on supposedly first-hand accounts of ghostly encounters, haunted places, etc. I prefer the quirky, off-the-beaten path places to stop on a road trip rather than haunted spots that are clearly made up.
Gina
Apr 21, 2011 Gina rated it liked it
Interesting, but sometimes it drags and it feels a little scattershot. Since it is largely a collection of submissions from random people, who contribute varying amounts of research and literary ability, that makes a lot of sense. It is probably best for flipping through randomly, but I did read it through all the way, because I hate to miss anything. It could have been better, but I think it serves its purpose.
Meghan Blanchette
Dec 26, 2015 Meghan Blanchette rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
This is an entertaining book, and clearly meant to be just that. If the choice is a logical answer, or a ghost, the authors lean toward the ghost. But where would the fun be, otherwise? It's handy while driving across the country, to shake up the usual stopping places. Good sense of humor, and it stops you from taking things too seriously.
Sheila Myers
May 15, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Another interesting and intriguing installment in the Weird collection. I like the way the editors provide information on various topics and histories instead of limiting the book to just one (ghosts, monsters, etc) like so many others do. This method provides a more well-rounded introduction to the weirdness of the region.
Mary
Apr 23, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it
Fun read about different places throughout the US that has stories associated with it. My girls used this in researching states. Just to find something fun in the state that they chose.
Carrie
Nov 05, 2007 Carrie rated it it was amazing
There are so many folk legends it's hard to list them all but these guys really try. And since it would be impossible to verify them all (if you can verify any), they just go ahead and list what they think is interesting. I love all the photos and illustrations. It's a great book to keep on the coffee table for guests.
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