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Ghostland

Author: Colin Dickey
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101980206
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Dickey, piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and "zombie houses," embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living -- how do we deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes are made to those facts and why, Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone and crimes left unsolved.

Ghostland

Author: Colin Dickey
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101980192
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Colin Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in the most famous haunted places. Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living - how do we deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed haunted?

Ghostland

Author: Colin Dickey
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101980214
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One of NPR's Great Reads of 2016 “A lively assemblage and smart analysis of dozens of haunting stories… absorbing…[and] intellectually intriguing.”—The New York Times Book Review An intellectual feast for fans of offbeat history, Ghostland takes readers on a road trip through some of the country's most infamously haunted places—and deep into the dark side of our history. Colin Dickey is on the trail of America's ghosts. Crammed into old houses and hotels, abandoned prisons and empty hospitals, the spirits that linger continue to capture our collective imagination, but why? His own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and "zombie homes," Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. Some have established reputations as "the most haunted mansion in America," or "the most haunted prison"; others, like the haunted Indian burial grounds in West Virginia, evoke memories from the past our collective nation tries to forget. With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living—how do we, the living, deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed, for whatever reason, haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made—and why those changes are made—Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone, crimes left unsolved. Spellbinding, scary, and wickedly insightful, Ghostland discovers the past we're most afraid to speak of aloud in the bright light of day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark.

A Ghost Hunter S Guide To The Most Haunted Places In America

Author: Terrance Zepke
Publisher: Safari Pub
ISBN: 9780985539801
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America is full of haunted places. Find out why these fifteen places were selected as THE MOST HAUNTED. Each chapter is laid out in an easy-to-read format and includes a detailed and fascinating history and documented paranormal activities. The book contains thirty photographs, lots of fun facts, and visitor information. This includes addresses, tips, accessibility, and websites. Discover the history and ghosts who haunt these places: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum...where experimental lobotomies were performed. Moon River Brewing Company...learn why no one is allowed to go to the top floor where the ghost resides. Shanghai Tunnels...where men and women were kidnapped and forced into servitude. Pirates' House...where pirate ghosts still demand rum. Ohio State Reformatory...even though it has been closed for a long time, some prisoners remain incarcerated here. ...and much more!

Haunted By History

Author: Craig Owens
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ISBN: 9780997688108
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Haunted by History is a coffee table book that celebrates the history of eight allegedly haunted hotels and inns in Southern California.

Cranioklepty

Author: Colin Dickey
Publisher: Unbridled Books
ISBN: 1609530101
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Presents a history of cranioklepty, the desire to possess the skulls of the brilliant and famous for study, for sale, or for display, and includes the after-death stories of such notables as Haydn, Beethoven, and Thomas Browne.

Afterlives Of The Saints

Author: Colin Dickey
Publisher: Unbridled Books
ISBN: 160953073X
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Afterlives of the Saints is a woven gathering of groundbreaking essays that move through Renaissance anatomy and the Sistine Chapel, Borges’ "Library of Babel," the history of spontaneous human combustion, the dangers of masturbation, the pleasures of castration, “and so forth” — each essay focusing on the story of a particular (and particularly strange) saint.

Ghosts

Author: Lisa Morton
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780235372
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From that cheerful puff of smoke known as Casper to the hunkiest potter living or dead, Sam Wheat, there is probably no more iconic entity in supernatural history than the ghost. And these are just recent examples. From the earliest writings such as the Epic of Gilgamesh to today’s ghost-hunting reality TV shows, ghosts have chilled the air of nearly every era and every culture in human history. In this book, Lisa Morton uses her scholarly prowess—more powerful than any proton pack—to wrangle together history’s most enduring ghosts into an entertaining and comprehensive look at what otherwise seems to always evade our eyes. Tracing the ghost’s constantly shifting contours, Morton asks the most direct question—What exactly is a ghost?—and examines related entities such as poltergeists, wraiths, and revenants. She asks how a ghost is related to a soul, and she outlines all the different kinds of ghosts there are. To do so, she visits the spirits of the classical world, including the five-part Egyptian soul and the first haunted-house, conceived in the Roman playwright Plautus’s comedy, Mostellaria. She confronts us with the frightening phantoms of the Middle Ages—who could incinerate priests and devour children—and reminds us of the nineteenth-century rise of Spiritualism, a religion essentially devoted to ghosts. She visits with the Indian bhuta and goes to the Hungry Ghost Festival in China, and of course she spends time in Mexico, where ghosts have a particularly strong grip on belief and culture. Along the way she gathers the ectoplasmic residues seeping from books and film reels, from the Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto to the 2007 blockbuster Paranormal Activity, from the stories of Ann Radcliffe to those of Stephen King. Wide-ranging, informative, and slicked with over fifty unearthly images, Ghosts is an entertaining read of a cultural phenomenon that will delight anyone, whether they believe in ghosts or not.

Haunted Philadelphia

Author: Darcy Oordt
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 149301580X
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Philadelphia is known for many things: brotherly love, Revolutionary history, passionate sports fans, cheesesteaks, and Rocky are merely a few of them. But the Founding Fathers didn’t just walk the streets of Philadelphia 200 years ago, many still walk here…or so the story goes. Along the streets of Philadelphia you can find the ghosts of Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Alexander Hamilton, and Edgar Allen Poe. But those are only the famous ones. There are a few less known ghosts creeping around the historic streets. Nearby Fort Mifflin certainly has its share of hauntings, given its long history of sheltering soldiers and holding prisoners from the Revolutionary War up to the Civil War. And given all the cemeteries that have been established and then relocated--or not--it's almost a given that thousands of disturbed graves might stir up a ghost or two.

Encyclopedia Of Haunted Places

Author: Jeff Belanger
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 1601630824
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Featuring new listings and new information on existing haunts, thhis book offers supernatural tourists a guide to points of interest through the eyes of the world's leading ghost hunters.