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3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  471 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Is there life after death? Do ghosts really exist? founder Jeff Belanger thinks so. He has traveled the world to speak with witnesses, psychics, and ghost hunters and to learn about their eerie experiences.

In The World’s Most Haunted Places, Belanger offers an international tour of haunted historic locations. At the White House in Washington, D.C., staffe

Paperback, 255 pages
Published August 28th 2004 by New Page Books (first published July 31st 2004)
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Apr 14, 2016 Jaksen rated it did not like it
Really kind of a dull book about haunted places. Merely gives a brief overview of several locations without any detail. Like someone else said before me, you could get the same info. from wikipedia. Also written in a lackluster style, like encyclopedia entries. I read a few and was so bored I dnf.

For a book like this to be successful you need more of first-person accounts, written in their own words, with their own sensations, emotions, thoughts, etc. for it to work. Either interview style or 'p
Rebecca McNutt
Some of these stories were okay but most of them were really corny and not even the least bit creepy or interesting. I like hearing the history behind the stories in books like these, but this book didn't offer much history or trivia on these places except what you might find on a Wikipedia page or something.
James Perkins
I'm fairly knowledgeable in this subject, and I can say with confidence that this is definitely one of the better books I've read on the topic. Thankfully, it avoids the usual hype and sensationalism that are attached to much of the paranormal literature and TV investigations and simply presents short, simple stories, none more than a dozen pages long, covering a basic history of the site and reports of supernatural events that have taken place there, usually with interviews of eyewitnesses, and ...more
Ghostly legends abound wherever history has made its mark-from battlefields to monuments, prisons to inns. If these places have existed for centuries or more, and if they are where history-especially tragic history-was made, ghost stories will inevitably follow.

The World's Most Haunted Places: From the Secret Files of explores the history, folklore, and ghostly legends behind some of the world's most fascinating points of interest. Objective, educational, and entertaining, Ghos
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Author: Jeff Belanger
Published: 28/08/2004
Edition: Kindle

I found this little story on the Kindle Store for free and so I thought I would give it a try. I thought that this was an okay book to read, what drew my attention to it was the fact it was about Haunted Places which is definately my kind of thing, when I was reading it I didn't feel hooked on it or shocked by anything the tales said but on the other hand I didn't hate the book either. It was well written by the author and I am glad I did
Kasandra Pond
While the writing style was a little underwhelming, the places in the book itself were interesting to learn about. Many people are skeptical about things such as haunting's, or ghosts; however if one looks at it from another angle it can be seen as history. Some of the site's visited in Belanger's book have been around for centuries, so not only does the reader hear of the ghost stories, but of the history behind the location of the haunting's. Belanger does an excellent job of researching more ...more
Every now and again, I feel the need to read something totally aimless. This book was it. It wasn't the greatest writing. It was peppered with inappropriate use of commas and the overuse of the word "actually". But it served its purpose and it's time to move on to bigger and better reads.
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Oct 17, 2015 Carpe librum Girl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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review on my blog soon!
Jul 12, 2012 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research
Overall, not a bad book on historical places around the world with interesting "inhabitants".
Actually, if you're looking for locations to visit with ghosts, this might be a great book to pick up and read. Although, you could probably get 1000 x more locations by just doing a search on the internet.
It is a decent book, with a colleciton of locations, location information, and collection of stories recounted by some of the people who have experienced first hand, the unworldly and slippery ghost or
Mar 07, 2016 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I truly enjoy true ghost stories, these ones did not particularly hit home with me. I did feel that some of the stories were interesting: The Andrew Bayne Memorial Library, The White House, The Pirates' House and the 1891 Castle Inn. Maybe I just picked the wrong kind of book for my liking. I tend to enjoy books that are a little more on the scarier side...the ones that make me want to visit a certain place. None of these stories really caught my attention the way that I thought they sh ...more
Jan 16, 2012 Alicia rated it did not like it
If you are looking for a scary story to read this is not it. Basically this book was just a history lesson on each of the locations mentioned. For the most part I was bored reading this book and I just pushed through it as fast as I could so I could get started on something else. Out of the like 30 chapters there was roughly only two, maybe three, that I even found partly interesting. One of the most interesting for me being Ressurection Mary because I grew up hearing the song "Bringing Mary Hom ...more
James Caskey
Sep 06, 2015 James Caskey rated it it was amazing
This is a well-written, entertaining book. I see a few other reviewers complaining about the amount of historical research that Belanger included, but ghost stories are meaningless without a sense of context. If anything, I found myself wishing for more information, not less! Overall a very good effort.
Mar 22, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I found this book while I was supervising my students in the library. I love to find a good "real" ghost story (not what is shown at the movies for drama) and this one gave some pretty good ones.

There were stories I'd never heard before. There are even a couple of ghostly photographs (I really hate when the authors claim there is a photograph but can't produce it). Phone numbers and websites are posted. The ghost stories do come from all over the world although the US is the most represented.

Nov 08, 2013 Karina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was very much how I thought it would be. It gave a list of the author's favorite haunted places over the world. The book is very much subjective, showing why the author chose certain places that he thought were the scariest. A lot of the places he listed I have never heard before. Some of them were really good and other I don't think should have qualified at all. There were also some familiar names on the list that I was glad to see. I was disappointed that I didn't see in the book tha ...more
Feb 01, 2016 Ren rated it liked it
I enjoyed learning about the history of each featured location but the author should have added more pictures of paranormal evidences.
Kim Beck
Apr 21, 2013 Kim Beck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on a whim. I love things on the paranormal and I was hoping that I could find out more about haunts in international places. (I plan on taking a trip overseas in the future and was hoping to find places to visit while traveling.) However, this book was way more than I expected. When I was hoping for travel guide styled writing, I got a book written so that you can feel the energy of the different location through Belanger's words. Some chapters I literally had the hair on the ...more
Jun 03, 2010 Joyful rated it it was amazing
True Ghost stories from all over the world, this book if filled with various hauntings. There is plenty of historical background as well to fill out the stories about these great haunts. Shivers ran up my spine sevreal times during reading this and at one point, I think I actually had to put it down, and focus on something else. I also checked out the site, the archives there are chalk full of great stories of the paranormal, and ghostly sightings. Jeff Belanger did a phenominal ...more
This would be a great book for children who are interested in ghosts and hauntings. Mr. Belanger puts a special emphasis on the history of the included places. There is not much here to be scared of, which is why I think it would be good for younger ghost fans. I did enjoy the format and thought it was great that Belanger included where to locate these places. It would make a good travel book for those traveling abroad who find hauntings interesting. It is not the best ghost book I ever read but ...more
Jill Gross
Feb 09, 2014 Jill Gross rated it it was ok
Got bored
Jul 14, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. Much more so than other ghost books I've read. I like how they gave historical detail for each place, along with photographs, and information if you would like to read more or actually go and visit. I enjoyed the descriptions of the ghostly appearances and events that people claim to have experienced. Somehow, I found it a little more believable and most books on ghosts that I read. Overall, I just enjoyed it – I found it a good read.
Jessica Lynn
Ghost stories! As a ghost enthusiast there are a few haunted places I'd not heard of and a localish bed and breakfast CASTLE I can actually go stay at! Score.
Aug 19, 2007 anne. rated it it was amazing
This was a gift from Damien that he gave me when I visited him in January, thus it receives an automatic 5 star rating. When we started talking about haunted places, he had his booklist overseer add practically every book on the subject to his qeue. He made big plans with the intention of us one day going on the ultimate Southern haunted place tour, so he naturally gave me the book and told me to get to work...
Sep 02, 2014 Jermajesty rated it liked it
Ideal bathroom reading.
Stephen Osborne
Feb 08, 2011 Stephen Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you call your book The World's MOST Haunted Places, you're setting high goals. One can't help but read it and say, "Hey, you left out this place! How could you not include such and such?" Mostly, however, Belanger hits bullseyes. Even better, the stories aren't over the top and totally unbelievable. Nothing too bizarre or outre, just clanking chains and lovely chills!
Jan 15, 2011 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
A good overview of some of the world's most fascinating haunted hot-spots, many of which I had never heard of. The ebook version I read did not contain all of the photos described which was kind of a bummer, but then again, I never would have read this book had I not found it doing random searches on my state's emedia database.

If you're into ghosts, it's worth looking into.
Jan 10, 2014 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Tons of great historical facts mixed in with the supernatural. It's a quick read that'll have you second guessing that noise in the other room.
Mar 09, 2013 Nina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good introduction to some of these famous places. I was sad that the author didnt share more stories & seemed too critical of eyewitness accounts. But, a good start to anyone interested in visiting these sites. Gives websites and gives tips on booking overnights.
I have read many books on hauntings so some of the subjects and places were old news to me. I think the author could have been a little more detailed with documents of eyewitnesses, etc. Overall, it had me hooked and I recommend it if you like true ghost stories.
May 11, 2015 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Apart from a couple of stories, these "worldwide" hauntings occur mainly in America and England with guest appearances from Australia. Only a handful of these were new to me, and I was hoping for a lot more tales outside of the big english-speaking countries.
Oct 17, 2013 Chrissy rated it really liked it
I thought this book was interesting. I like reading "true" ghost stories this time of year, and this one had a lot of haunted places. I've heard about a few of them already, and I enjoyed reading about the ones I didn't know!
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Jeff Belanger was first introduced to ghosts and the supernatural at age ten, when he and some friends took a Ouija board to a known haunted house in Newtown, Connecticut. He has been writing about ghosts and the supernatural since 1997 when he first interviewed renowned ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren. In 1998, he was tapped to research and write the script for a documentary film on Dudleyto ...more
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