In Confrontation with Evil, Steven A. LaChance investigates the 1949 exorcism on Ronald Doe (pseudonym), a young boy who suffered terrible fits, and was seemingly under demonic possessoin. This case inspired the 1973 movie, The Exorcist. LaChance researches the people involved in the case, their motivations (from the boy’s mother, who seemingly deliberately contacted spirits or demons, to the priests putting their own souls on the line to help the boy). One of the priests left a diary of the events, and through that diary, LaChance discusses what happened to the boy.
The last third of the book is spent on a rundown of the places involved in the exorcism, which the author visits now decades later. He even manages to find some paranormal evidence in some of the places, and communicates with a spirit who he believes to be Father Bowdern, one of the priests involved in the case who passed away.
Now, while sometimes bordering on being entertaining, overall the book is kind of dry. It doesn’t really offer a lot of new info, especially to people who’ve read or investigated anything related to exorcisms before. It’s just a feeling of ‘same old, same old’. There’s no real emotion behind it. First that happened, then that happened, but the author never really manages to make any of the people involved sound realistic in his writing. I know it’s nonfiction, but I can’t sympathize with people if I just hear a rundown of what they did. “The boy had a seizure, the boy had a fit, the boy cussed”, and so on, doesn’t really make me sympathize with the boy. The writing just wasn’t on par, and didn’t make me feel involved in the case.
The author also comes up with some wild – really, really wild- theories, starting with how the mother invited the demon into their house (which I was somewhat willing to believe) to the Vatican willingly allowing the devil to possess a priest so they could do research, to the devil infiltrating in the Vatican itself, which was just waaaay too far-fetched for me.
Also, repetition. Some parts of the book were really drawn out, and repetitive. If you don’t know anything about the exorcism case, this is a good place to start, but if you’re already quite aware of what happened in 1949, you won’t learn a lot of new things....more
In this book, the author and her husband travel from one town to the next, to visit haunted hotels. Readers get the history of each hotel, info about the haunting, and then the author’s evidence (or lack of evidence, if they don’t get any during their investigation) for the haunting. I enjoyed that they included their own experience, and that they did research about the locations. A travelling guide for people who enjoy the paranormal....more
When I started reading Haunted Bridges, I was really curious. I had thought the book would tell stories of the hauntings related to the bridges, focus on the background/history of the bridge, tell readers the location of the bridge, and ideally also provide some witness accounts, or the author’s first hand experiences.
Uhm, not so much. First, the book is really quite ambitious. It focuses on more than 300 bridges, but only shares a page at most about each bridge. The stories are repetitive and boring, so much so that it would be better if the author focused on 2-3 bridges per chapter, and then just added in a paragraph along the lines of “(insert numerous other bridges) share a similar story. You can visit them at (insert locations)” or something like that. Now, it’s basically the same after the discussion of a bridge or two, and I found myself skipping entire pages.
The book has zero thrill factor. It’s actually quite boring. The information is short, and you scarcely find more than you would have found by a quick Google search. More information on a smaller number of bridges would be a lot more interesting.
This book is an example of where the author chose quantity over quality, providing the reader with a dry run-down of haunted bridges that makes for a dry, dull read. I didn’t finish this one, just skimmed through it....more
I want to visit Revelstoke. Right now, please. While UFO’s usually aren’t my thing, the author had a great way of describing what was happening, along with witness testimony and background info. I also loved the accounts of paranormal happenings. It’s obvious the author’s research took up a lot of time, but it makes the book all the better for it....more
One of the most over-the-top, exaggerated, implausible paranormal cases I’ve ever read about. Sure, give me a ghost. Give me a demon. But don’t give me ghosts, demons, aliens, and even death itself dropping by for a visit. It’s like the author’s imagination just went completely wild, and there’s no reason at all why I would believe the author’s claims in this book. It’s just not realistic, and too over the top. Also, the writing is bland, and it’s too obvious the majority of this book is fiction....more
In Dark Spirits, Stephen Lancaster talks about some of his scariest cases to date. From a haunted plantation house to a spirit that possibly followed him home, all the cases are memorable. Some are a bit over the top, and don’t seem all that believable, but I’m willing to give the author the benefit of the doubt. I do feel that in some cases, as with the spirit possibly following the author home, there might also be an edge of paranoia to the stories. Even if something is haunting you at home, it’s a bit irrationable to immediately think it’s the same ghost you met x number of days/weeks ago somewhere else. I didn’t immediately see why it would be that ghost, and not something else. Anyway, despite showcasing the author’s scariest adventures, I wasn’t really terrified – not even freaked out to admit. Most of the accounts were just too over the top, and the repetitive writing (serioulsy, things were repeating A LOT of times) made the book lose its tension, and it wasn’t as scary as I had hoped and anticipated. Nevertheless, if you enjoy true haunting books, I would recommend you give this one a shot. The writing isn’t bad, and the stories are entertaining....more
I read a few books by Debi Chestnut already, and usually I find them quite enjoyable. However, Something Wicked missed the ball for me. I didn’t enjoy the book at all. From the synopsis, I thought the author would give an explanation about negative entities, more in particular demons, and then would go on to detail some cases she worked on. While the author does mention some cases, it’s rather vague, and doesn’t give out a lot of details, making it rather boring.
I understand the need to protect the people involved, but still, if you don’t give out any details whatsoever and just a basic rundown, then it makes for rather boring reading. Also, the book was very, very repetitive. It paraphrased sections from what the Vatican said about demonic possession, for example, and then underneath, explained the already paraphrased sections again.
It just felt as if someone without any experience could’ve written the same book. It all stayed very much on the surface, rephrasing knowledge already known to most people with an inkling of interest in the paranormal world. The writing was dull, and it’s more than a manual than anything – except not a very enjoyable manual to read.
I have to say it was a dissapointment, and I expected more. I read it to the end because I forced myself to, but I didn’t enjoy it at all, in fact, I was bored ofr most of it. I would muh rather recommend “Stalking Shadows” or another book by this author....more
Having never heard of this theater or the ghosts that haunt it, I was intrigued to learn more. However, the story involved a lot more around the author and her thoughts, feelings and perceptions than it did around the ghost stories. The actual history and research of the ghost sightings was also not extensive enough, as if the author just briefly glanced over it. The writing wasn’t stellar either....more
An interesting account of Sarah Soderlund, Paranormal Sarah as she’s nicknamed, her gift to see spirits and her experience with the supernatural. She talks about the things she went through growing up in a haunted home, and then her experiences afterward – and she sure has a lot of experience. The book was an easy, quik read, but entertaining nevertheless....more
An okay read of true haunting tales, but not a lot of details on them, and no references or investigation into any of the hauntings. Most interesting were the stories that did come with witness interviews, and the ones the author personally experienced....more
In Search of the Paranormal is an interesting book. It wasn’t as scary as some of the accounts I’ve read of other ghost hunters or mediums, but to me, that made it sound more realistic. I’m willing to buy a lot of things but when a book sounds like a mesh-up of The Exorcism and Poltergeist and claims all those events are real, then I start questioning the author’s mental state. However, that’s not the case here at all. Mr. Estep tells us about the hauntings in a very down to earth way, and even though he goes out investigating a lot himself, the accounts of the events appear realistic and not over the top. You don’t get more than a few shadows and strange noises during his descriptions, and that makes the book more believable.
That the cases don’t seem exaggerated is a huge bonus. In some cases, the author even admitted they found nothing. From my own experience, it’s often the case that one finds nothing during a ghost hunt. Another good addition was how the background and history of the place was described before the author went into detail about the investigation. I particularly enjoyed reading about the history of the Tower of London – I have visited the place too, and knew some of the history already, but it was great to catch up and be reminded of those little tidbits.
Although not fear-inducing or spine-chilling, the book reads like an honest account of what ghost-hunting is truly like, without exaggerating or embellishing things, and I have to give the author a lot of credit for that. The writing was a little wonky here and there, and some of the explanations of how the devices worked were repetitive, but overall, this was an enjoyable read. If you want to know what ghost-hunting is really like, I recommend this book....more
Ghosts of Lincoln mixes the historical with the paranormal. After Abraham Lincoln’s dead, there have been many sightings of his ghosts. The book describes some of those sightings, but also dives deep into the life of Lincoln, from his birth to his childhood years to early adulthood, adulthood and eventually his death. It focuses on his visions of his premature death, how the paranormal influenced his life, his proclaimed presence at various séances, as well as the sightings of his spirit after his passing.
I previously read The Ghosts of Chicago by Adam Selzer, and so I looked forward to reading more by this author. Well, first off, the mix of a historical biography of one of the United States’ greatest presidents and the paranormal worked well. I was a bit surprised at how well it worked, to be honest. Adam Selzer has an interesting writing voice and although the book contains a lot of information, it’s never presented in a dull way.
The author obviously did a lot of research into Lincoln’s life prior to writing this book, and it shows. I already knew some things about Abraham Lincoln but not being an American myself, I probably didn’t know as much as the average American. Either way , I learned a lot through reading this book. When some sources are not exactly reputable, Selzer is not afraid to mention that, leaving it up to the reader to decide whether they believe the account or not.
An interesting, witty read, and highly recommended if you want to learn more about Lincoln, especially the paranormal aspects of his life....more
In Haunted Plantations of the South, author Richard Southall describes various plantations from the south (as the title suggests), and the ghost stories connected to them. The book first describes various building styles, which I thought was interesting and a nice touch, and then the book is divided in chapters, a chapter per state: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and so on. Each chapter focuses on a handful of plantations, in short describing the history (who built it, who bought it after, what happened to the plantation during the Civil War), and then on a few of the ghost stories connected with the plantation. The book reads more like a summary than anything else, a rundown of potentially-haunted places. Each plantation gets a page or two, some a little more, some a little less. None of the information is very memorable, and in fact, the book is quite boring and bland. It reads too clynical, like a history book.
It feels like the author tried to focus on too much at once, without giving enough details. Had he focused on four or five plantations, really done his research about them (and with that, I mean also actual ghost hunting research, as in visiting the plantations, listening for EVPs, and conducting his own investigation), then it would be much more interesting. Now the book reads like a boring travel guide.
Also, what’s annoying is that occasionally the book mentions “oh yeah, someone took a great picture of a ghost here”. Great. Now show it. But the book has no images (except one or two at the start), so it doesn’t really say much if you casually mention a great picture exists of a ghost but then you don’t show it. Also, pictures of the plantations would’ve been great too – even if it’s nothing but a ruin.
Usually when I read these types of books, I get a chill, here, I got bored. After a while, even the ghost stories start to sound similar. The writing is as dispassionate as the rest of the book. Not a memorable book, I’m afraid. ...more
Forevermore is the story of Kristy Robinett, who’s always had spirit helpers, one of them being an Indian, another a woman, but the most important one being Edgar Allan Poe. In Forevermore, Poe helps her discovers not only more about Poe’s life and his own tragic death, but also about Kristy’s past lives, and the role she played in Poe’s life back in the nineteenth century.
I was unsure what to think of the book, considering Kristy Robinett is convinced she talked not just to one spirit guide but several, and one of them is none other than Poe. It’s a stiff claim, and makes one think if the author is perhaps a little cocky to think the ghost of Poe would talk to her. However…I’m not convinced it’s all in Robinett’s mind. If it’s all true…I’m not sure either. But the author sounded sincere enough to convince me up to some point. She definitely believes what she’s writing, that’s for sure.
The book is part true haunting, part history novel. Robinett visits Baltimore, and other prominent places in Poe’s life, and tries to discover what happened to him, how he died, and what their connection is. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, or anything of the sorts, it’s still entertaining, and a must read for fans of Poe. I knew a lot about Poe – at least, I thought I did – but I discovered something new every few pages, so my Poe knowledge is more limited than I thought, and I’m glad I learned more about the famous author.
The writing was solid, and like I said, the book is entertaining. I’m still not convinced it’s all true, but it made a good read nonetheless. ...more
When I started reading Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg, I didn’t have high expectations. I’m not that familiar with the history of Gettysburg – the American Civil War isn’t compulsory history class material over here besides the absolute basics. But I’m a history and paranormal nut, so I wanted to give this book a shot. Turns out it didn’t dissapoint at all.
It tells the story of the ghosts of Gettysburg from two perspective: we get heaps of historical info, and at the same time, we also learn about the paranormal events going on. We read testimonies from the soldiers, their personal stories about what happened to them.
The paranormal investigations are discussed in great detail, adding to their credibility. The photos are a great bonus too, as they help set the vibe for the entire book.
An interesting mix of history and paranormal, decent writing, and highly entertaining. ...more
I wasn’t sure what to expect from The House Where Evil Lurks. The description seemed a little over the top, but I’m a huge fan of true haunting books, so I gave it a shot anyway. This is supposedly the author’s most terrifying case to date. It failed to scare me, though.
Let’s start with the book’s first major flaw – it focuses too much on the author, instead of on the house and on what’s happening. Instead of focusing on this one investigation, we get more info about the author’s journey, how he became a paranormal investigator, and so on. By the time we get to the actual meat of the story, any potential fear is gone.
The writing is dry, dull, repetitive, and could use another thorough edit. Now, this is an ARC, so a lot of errors can still get fixed by the time the book is released, but for now, the writing is distraction. I kept having to reread sentences. The story lacked continuity as well – sometimes it jumped from one chapter to the other, without making much sense, or without the two chapters or hauntings connecting in any way.
Overall, I wasn’t scared. I was, in fact, bored. We find out next to nothing about the history of the house, the investigators believe every answer they get through EVP (although the general consensus on EVP is that it can’t always be trusted as a resource), the house doesn’t seem all that scary, and there’s no solution at the end. Now, this is real life, so I understand some things can’t be solved. But they don’t even try. In the end, they decide to leave the case open, just because.
To say I’m dissapointed in this book would be an understatement. With a title like that, I expected a lot more. ...more
This is my second review of a book by Debi Chestnut, the first being How To Clear Your Home of Ghosts and Spirits. Whereas that one was a rather general guide about how to deal with ghosts, Stalking Shadows talks about the cases Debi Chestnut encountered over the years as a paranormal investigator.
Some of the stories were interesting, and the author didn’t just focus on the scary things that happened, or the ghostly encounters, but also mentioned the hours waiting and getting no, or almost no, results. Some authors never mentioned that, but it’s the reality of being a paranormal investigator. You spent more hours researching the case beforehand, and waiting for something to happen, then you spend communicating with spirits.
Other cases were not that memorable, and the author didn’t offer more information than could’ve been found online. If there’d been slightly more information, or research, or background story about some of the cases, then I would’ve enjoyed this book more.
An okay read in the true haunting genre. The stories come across as believable, and they’re not over the top. The writing is okay overall, but gets a little sloppy toward the end.
Meeting Place of the Dead has a logical build up: we start with the first investigation, then go on to the next, etc. We get a rundown of everything that happened during a specific investigation, and sometimes we get smaller chapters in between that deals with research into the property the group is investigating and its history, or about what happened on cameras the investigators installed during a previous investigations.
So while the build up is logical, and that would suggest that the book would be a strong, non-fictional account of what happened at this particular house, it lacks credibility. Let me explain. We follow a group of paranormal enthusiasts as they enter a supposedly-haunted house, equipped with high-tech video cameras, a ghostbox, and EVP meters. From the first minute they arrive there, they establish a connection with the entities (plural) that inhabit the house. Now, one entity I’m willing to believe. Two, sure. Three? Maybe. But we’re talking dozens of entities here. Ghosts who may not have any connection with the house at all, but who just dropped by to have a chat with our paranormal group.
Maybe something is wrong with their equipment, I don’t know, but it sounds like one heck of a coincedence that they encounter this many ghosts in a house not even reputedly haunted. The house’s reputation is a bit tainted, but it’s nowhere near as horrible as one would expect from a house inhabited by this many spirits.
Then the group brings in a bunch of mediums who more-or-less tell the same thing, except with some twists here and there. They find a spot where they suspect a child’s corpse is hidden, but nothing is there, with leads me to question the mediums’ credibility. Also, the way the author tells us everything is more like a video transcript, like he’s just typing whatever happened on video.
The story is repetitive, mostly because of the strange video-transcript-like writing style, and overall, lacks credibility. The focus is mostly on investigating, which is good, but completely lacks in the historical research department. I would’ve like to learn more about the house’s history. ...more
The Dead Are Watching is the second book I read by Debra Robinson, and I enjoyed it. Debra has a vast collection of stories to share, and all of those storeis deal with the supernatural. This book was filled with dozens of accounts, some of them more interesting than others.
I wish there were more facts presented though, more history about the cases. Often we get cold readings, or just the author’s impressions of what’s going on. While interesting, it’s not a lot to rely on – if we could get history, or people’s ideas about it, that might help. A lot of the stories focused on James as well, Debra’s deceased son. While I understand her need to write about this, I wouldn’t have minded if there had been more variation in the cases she discusses in this book, since her first book largely focused on James as well.
The writing is solid, and engaging. It has a light undertone though, which caused me to feel not even a single chill, although I was reading about ghosts and the like, and if there’s anything that usually manages to scare me, it’s ghosts. I did find most of the accounts believable (although, like I mentioned, other witnesses or a history of what was happening could’ve helped).
If you’re a fan of true haunting books, this one is a good choice. Not the best I read, but definitely one of the better ones. Doesn’t go over-the-top in Hollywood-horror style, but instead focuses on the afterlife and ghosts in an entirely different way – with warmth and compassion....more
Blessed Are The Wicked is perhaps one of the worst true haunting books I’ve read. Why? Because it’s not about the haunting. It’s not about what happened at The Union Screaming House – which, by the way, is barely touched upon – and I, having not read the first book, barely understood what had happened there. It’s not even about the aftermath, about dealing with demonic possession and the occassional resurfacing of demons and ghosts. No. It’s about the author and his family, and that’s mostly it.
There’s not enough about the haunting here, and way too many mundane details about the author and his family. The story itself seems over the top and fabricated – if a house was truly that wicked, it would be worldwide news, especially in today’s era. The author offers little proof for what happened besides his own word (no real search for the history of the house, no other witness accounts). This book reads like a horror movie, or an episode of Goosebumps, except then for grown ups. It’s too over the top not to be fabricated. Even Hollywood is more down to earth when they make horror movies ‘inspired by real events’.
I’m willing to keep an open mind, but when you have poltergeist-like phenomena, demonic possession, satanic rituals in the basement….well, then you know you’ve just stumbled into lalalala-land (aka fiction territory).
The author also has a very black/white view on just about everyone. He classifies people as “good” and “bad” and leaves out everything in between. The writing is boring and sloppy, the author focuses too much on himself instead of on what’s happening, the haunting sounds fake, and all in all, there was nothing scary about it....more
Haunted Stuff was a ‘blah’ read. It covers a lot of ground, but doesn’t mention the accounts in detail, and a lot of things mentioned in the book have been mentioned elsewhere, over a bazillion times. It lacks originality, and the cases aren’t interesting either. There’s no new perspective. Everything is just rehashed from material that can be found elsewhere. The author didn’t do investigations on site, and she has no experiences with haunted stuff herself, or if she does, she doesnt elaborate them here.
The stories were familiar for the most part. Some were new, but those didn’t even make up a quarter of the book. It’s nothing more than a mish-mash of urban legends that have been recycled a dozen times, or the more famous hauntings everyone knows about. I was hoping for original cases the author investigated herself, or cases that didn’t make it to the headlines at least a dozen times before.
The Ghost in the Coal Cellar takes a scientific approach to hauntings. Andrea Mesich starts out by offering the history of a supposedly-haunted location. Then she describes the location or object, the entities supposedly haunting it, and she shares eyewitness accounts. This build up makes sure that there’s something for everyone. For the history buffs, there’s the historical background, which additionally gives insight into the haunting. The eyewitness accounts are kind of like urban legends, and entertaining to read. But the most intriguing part are the paranormal investigations themselves.
Tons of places Andrea mentions in her book, she’s visited herself, and conducted a paranormal investigation in them. This offers an intriguing insight, and a nice end to each chapter. I liked the mix of science, history, and the author’s own experiences: it’s a mix that works every time. The author is also very thorough in her investigation, and visit some locations several times to get a clear idea of what’s going on there. She also tried scientific approaches first, and looked for logical explanations.
The writing is great, and a lot of thought obviously went into how each chapter was created. The book overall reads like a very logical explanation of what’s going on. There’s also suggested further reading for those interested in the topic.
One of the best true haunting books I’ve read all year. A solid recommendation....more
Vanquishing Ghosts and Demons tells us about the experiences of Sandrae Mosses, a spiritual medium, who battles ghosts, ghouls and even demons, along with her colleagues. Sandrea has lots of experience, and the cases she presents in this book range from tame, regular hauntings, to demon attacks that are downright creepy.
I found some of the terminology in this book strange, and I had trouble understanding how the demons/ghosts were pictured to Sandrae. Sometimes they appeared small, sometimes large. Either way, the spirits metioned were very cunning, and Sandrae’s own spirit guides often had to help her, or intervene.
I’m used to reading more scientifically-based true haunting books, but even the ones I’ve read before that deal with mediums, used different methods than Sandrae and her group. It was good to see a different perspective, and a different way of handling things.
Although I still prefer the scientific method, and find it far more credible, this book was a pleasant read with good writing....more
In Missing & Presumed Dead, Gale St. John talks about her experiences as a psychic working with law enforcement, where she helps find missing people. She works along with police officers, or sometimes takes on jobs all on her own. The victims she tracks down range from children to Mafia bosses, to innocent housewives. Gale St. John reveals her methods: how she tunes in to a missing person, how she follows her senses, describes what she sees, hears and feels to get an idea of where the person is at and if he/she is still alive. And most of all, this book shows that the dead aren’t always just gone, and that they might help solve their own murder, even from beyond the grave.
The writing was excellent for this type of book, and Gale always stayed down-to-earth. I liked how she took up the initiative to train dogs to help her find missing persons – alive and dead. A lot of time goes into training those dogs, but for Gale, it’s truly a pasison, a calling in life, to help those who have disappeard, and their families, so she trains her dogs, every week, year in, year out. Truly admirable.
I did find a lot of the focus of the book was on the dogs. And although interesting at times, I wanted to read more about the psychic cases, about the missing persons. Training dogs is a vital part of that, I understand, but the focus should’ve been on Gale being a medium, and how she locates her victims.
All in all, a good read, and different than I’m used to. I like to read about true hauntings, but missing cases solved by a psychic, I’m digging that topic as well....more
Intriguing book about, well, as the title suggests, the creepiest places in the world. The author goes into great detail, offering history and background story for each of the locations. I liked that the book didn’t limited itself to the USA, but instead focused on creepy places all over the world....more
The story weren’t detailed enough for me to really enjoy them. The author skips over historical details, and the ghost stories aren’t backed up with interviews, or with the author’s own experiences. The collection seems thrown together, and not all stories are connected....more
Eerie America is a travel guide of the macabre. The author takes the reader on a ride through America, through all the States, and stops by to visit the most macabre spots out there. With beautiful photographs and an atmospheric layout design, this is a great guide for people wanting to experience the more macabre side of the United States.
However, as a person more interested in the hauntings than the traveling itself, I found the book lacking depth and detail in regards to the hauntings. For example, the book would mention an inn was haunted by a ghost named Mary, but there would be no history on the ghost, no eyewitness account, no evidence. And with thousands of ghosts named Mary (seriously, half of the time, the ghosts mentioned in the book, were called Mary), it quickly became repetitive. I would’ve preferred if the author focused on a few locations in detail, like say, one or two locations per state.
But if you want a quick guide for haunted locations across the states, then this book definitely works. It’s organized by state, and each state has a recommended place to stay and place to eat....more
In Policing the Paranormal, author Paul Hope tells us about the hauntings going on in Virginia, especially in the Virginia State Capitol. Since I’m not an American, and have been nowhere near Virginia ever in my life, I started out knowing absolutely zero about the Virginia State Capitol Building or its surroundings, but I got a good impression from it based on Paul Hope’s descriptions. And well, even if I hadn’t, I’m not here for a sightseeing tour – I’m here for some ghost stories. And boy, I definitely got enough of those.
Paul Hope was a police officer himself, who worked the graveyard shift in the Virginia State Capitol Building. So some of the stories are his own, others he heard from colleagues. He tells all the stories in a down-to-earth style, which makes them sound all the more believable. The stories aren’t over hte top either, they’re what you’d expect from a standard type of haunting. Creeping doors, disembodied voices, you know the drill.
As a downside though, it took about thirty pages before I felt really invested into the book. It had a slow start. But once I passed those first thirty-so pages, I just had to keep on reading.
A solid read for fans of true ghost encounters. The writing needed some work here and there, but I enjoyed it....more
I’ve never been to the Canada, let alone Ontario. But after reading this book, I really, really, really want to go. Sounds to me like they have more haunted spots there in half of Europe. Or maybe we need more ghost hunters here. Just saying.
Either way, Haunted Ontario 3 focuses mostly on Black Creek Pioneer Village, and several buildings there. Most of those buildings are, presumably, haunted. We get eye witness accounts, and some pictures that are really helpful to imagine how the buildings look like. I would’ve liked it though if the author included more of his own conclusions. He visited all the sites mentioned in this book, so I would’ve liked to know what he thought, and whether or not he did some actual investigating there. Sometimes he gives us his opinion, but it’s always rather short, and gets lost in the opinion and stories of others. I would’ve loved to read a longer description of one of his ghost hunts in the locations mentioned.
I imagine that if you know the Ontario area, and have the possibility to go to the areas mentioned in the book, that it must be three times as interesting to read about the tales of hauntings going on at the various locations. Since I’m not in that position, I would’ve liked less description of the sites, and more focus on the ghosts, their history, and some actual ghost hunting.
Nevertheless, it was an interesting read, and the author has a clear, basic writing style that fits this type of book. I’m kind of bummed this is the third book though, which is probably my OCD kicking in, but I wished I could read all three books in the series. I’m eager to read about more the hauntings, and about the author’s adventures while ghosthunting.
A solid book for fans of ghost hunting books, and true haunting books. If you’re heading to the area, then you should definitely read this book before going out there, so you know what spirits to look for, and where....more
Ghostly Tales wasn’t what I expected at all. I request almost any true haunting book I can get my hands on, because I love the genre. But for this one, I’ll make an exception. It doesn’t sound like a true haunting book at all – and that’s my major issue with the book. The stories in here are just stories. There’s no claim to the truth of the stories, we don’t even know if they’re real, or if the author just made them up. The stories are short, we feel no connection to the people mentioned in the stories, and in general, they could just be campfire stories, rather than real life accounts by a ghost hunter.
Some of the stories are downright ridiculous. I remember at the start there was a story about a man who’d passed away and visited his own funeral…yeah, and how would you know that?
Basically this reads more like an anthology of scary short stories than a non-fiction book. I’m not convinced at all that any of the stories mentioned here are true, since there’s no, or little, research, and some stories are very farfetched. Not impressed....more