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Haunted America: Star-Spangled Supernatural Stories

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American ghosts and hauntings abound in this collection of blood-red, bone-white, and cold-blue stories. You'll meet the ghost of George Washington, the headless horseman of Paoli, a haunted football game, and a man who collects Poe. The Mudville ballplayer, Casey, gets a chance to redeem himself. A drunken cowboy commits murder and is brought to justice, but not by judge ...more
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Published 1994 by Barnes & Noble (first published 1990)
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Kenneth
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An anthology of Ghost and supernatural stories, some of which are truly gripping. As per the title, there are stories set in most states, grouped by region - New England, The East, The South, The West, and The Midwest. At the end, Kaye added an appendix listing allegedly haunted sites in each state, which since this book came out in 1990, is probably way outdated. The authors of the stories themselves range from well-known writers like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edith Wharton, Washington Irving & ...more
Vicki G
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural
I still want to know what the first story in this book was about. 'The Triumph of Night,' by Edith Wharton.
BTW it's probably NOT possible for the guy to have been bleeding any significant quantity of fluid and blood from his neck without passing out and eventually dying a LOT faster than the author had it happening. That's why I'm confused.
I see neck wounds almost every single week, sometimes two and three times a DAY. Patients bleeding from that area go under (pass out) pretty damn fast. If the
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Paige Erin
Sep 21, 2016 marked it as to-read
The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton: 4.5 A little too subtle for me, fair addition to the "respected family with dark secrets" trope.

The White Old Maid by Nathaniel Hawthorne: 2.9 As per usual when I read Hawthorne, I am aware of probably 85-90% of what the heck just happened. Good "haunting" imagery though.

Victoria by Ogden Nash: 3.5 Good start, I will never not be creeped out by an all girls boarding school on the edge of some woods...abrupt end though.

The Terrible Old Man by H.P Lovecraft:
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Sarah Sammis
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent collection of stories.
James Bowman
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mixed bag of stories, ranging from the truly frightening and gripping to the stilted and awkward. But overall, a worthwhile read. The appendix of haunted sites at the end is a nice touch.
Katie
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Like most of these anthologies, I didn't like all of the stories, but most of them were great and the FIRST one by Edith Wharton is beautifully done!!
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MARVIN KAYE is the author of sixteen novels, including his Dickensian pastiche, The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge, now optioned to be made into a feature film, and his just-completed sequel to Frankenstein, as well as the terrifying Fantastique and Ghosts of Night and Morning; the SF cult classics, The Incredible Umbrella and (coauthored with Parke Godwin) The Masters of Solitude, and the cri ...more
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