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Ghosts and Legends of Michigan's West Coast
Western Michigan is home to some of the state's most picturesque places and also some of its most chilling tales. Ghost story researcher and enthusiast Amberrose Hammond exposes the mysterious and spirit-ridden world of many beloved Michigan destinations as she skillfully weaves narratives of a world unseen by most. From the lingering spirit forever working in the Grand Th ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by History Press (SC)
(first published January 1st 2009)
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Nov 11, 2017 Jacqueline rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Lots of fun to read about spooky legends from my hometown and other nearby areas. When I was a teenager in the 1970s, my friends and I would often go to Grand Haven's Lake Forest Cemetery to explore on a weekend night. This was before ghost hunting was a thing, so we mostly just checked out the old tombstones and wondered about the stories of the people buried there. We also went to the Grand Theater from time to time and it was just as eerie as described. One detail that I was disappointed was ...more
Great book that delves into the history behind some classic and new stories with an open-minded skeptics approach. I enjoy ghost books that don't blindly believe in every story they are writing about. I really enjoyed the story about the consignment shop in Grand Haven and the detective work used to bring the murder mystery to life. I also liked the Ghost of the Grand Theatre story seeing I remember going there as a child! One of the better ghost books on Michigan tales! Highly recommended!
I blame the editor in me for getting distracted by errors (should be "Mackinac Island" not "Mackinaw" - pages 32-34 and "sight" not "site" - page 92). Unfortunately this, along with a bit of dry repitiveness, detracted from my overall enjoyment of the book... I'm still reminded of books like Weird Michigan. Probably a good read for aspiring ghost hunters on MI's western side though!
Jul 26, 2011 Allison rated it it was amazing
Great book. Full of stories from St. Joseph north to Traverse City. It was a fun quick read. Most of the stories were new to me which added to my enjoyment. I love the shoe tree story. My own home town has a shoe tree that people claim is the "original." If you like a well balanced look at ghosts and legends this is a great book!
Amberrose Hammond has been interested in the strange and unusual since she was a little kid, reading and watching everything that had to do with ghosts, mysteries, legends and all things out of the ordinary. Amberrose has been actively researching legends, ghost stories, haunted places and unusual and macabre topics in Michigan history since 2000. She earned a B.A. in English from Grand Valley Sta ...more
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