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Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps by Adam Selzer
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Sep 25, 2011

really liked it

Adam Selzer says in his short preface that he writes YA books about snarky kids. Yeah. It's quite obvious from the way he writes this book, too, about being a tour guide in Chicago for two different haunted tour companies.

Let me preface this by saying I want to meet this man. He's a geek. He keeps throwing in references to Star Wars and Harry Potter (he says he partially got the job working for one of the tour companies because, "Olga, he looks like Harry Potter!"). A self-defined skeptic, he works with a psychic and the man who wrote the definitive work on ghost hunting techniques. Adam says he's in this for the science and because it's better than working at Starbucks, which is where his English degree got him.

Stories? Yes. He tells them. Mostly about researching buildings for the tours, how the collective mind works on a ghost tour, what jokes fall flat and what ones work. Why he enjoys his job. He also writes about going on actual ghost hunts and a recurring building in the story, called Odin Tatu, a tattoo parlor run out of an old mortuary.

A very fun look in the behind the scenes life of a ghost tour company, this book makes me want to head north and book a tour with Weird Chicago.

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