An American History in Haunted Places

Author: Colin Dickey

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101980206

Category: History

Page: 336

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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.
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An American History in Haunted Places

Author: Colin Dickey

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101980192

Category: Ghosts

Page: 320

View: 3739

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?
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An American History in Haunted Places

Author: Colin Dickey

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101980214

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 3708

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.
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The Morbid Anatomy Anthology

Author: Joanna Ebenstein,Colin Dickey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780989394307

Category: Medical

Page: 491

View: 7250

Presents a eclectic collection of essays on death and the intersection of anatomy and medicine, including pieces on such topics as post-mortem photography, books bound in human skin, eroticized anatomical wax models, and taxidermied humans.
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Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius

Author: Colin Dickey

Publisher: Unbridled Books

ISBN: 1609530101

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 6182

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.
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Haunted Houses

Author: Corinne May Botz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1580932916

Category: Art

Page: 208

View: 4846

A follow-up to Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death profiles 80 public and private buildings the author investigated for possible paranormal activity, in an extensively photographed volume that is complemented by stories of unexplained occurrences.
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A Natural History of Ghosts

500 Years of Hunting for Proof

Author: Roger Clarke

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141958146

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 384

View: 9862

A natural history of the supernatural from Roger Clarke, lifelong investigator into England's creepiest real-life ghost stories 'Is there anybody out there?' No matter how rationally we order our lives, few of us are completely immune to the suggestion of the uncanny and the fear of the dark. The subject of whether ghosts exist has fascinated some of the finest minds in history and it remains a subject of overwhelming interest today. This is the first comprehensive, authoritative and readable history of the evolution of the ghost in the west, examining as every good natural history should, the behaviour of the subject in its preferred environment: the stories we tell each other. What explains sightings of ghosts? Why do they fascinate us? What exactly did the haunted see? What did they believe? And what proof is there? Taking us through the key hauntings that have obsessed the world from the poltergeist of Cock Lane through the true events that inspired The Turn of the Screw and the dark events of Borley Rectory right up to the present day, Roger Clarke unfolds a story of class conflict, charlatans and true believers. His surprising castlist ranges from Samuel Johnson to John Wesley, and from Harry Houdini to Adolf Hitler. Inspired by a childhood spent in two haunted houses, Roger Clarke has spent much of his life trying to see a ghost. Written as grippingly as the best ghost fiction, A Natural History of Ghosts takes us on an unforgettable hunt through the most haunted places of the last five hundred years and our longing to believe.
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Historic Haunted America

Author: Michael Norman,Beth Scott

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466805153

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 448

View: 3745

Continuing the success of the nationally acclaimed Haunted America, Historic Haunted America is a further investigation into North American ghost legends. This chilling collection documents yesterday's and today's most terrifying hauntings in the United States and Canada in more than seventy-five shocking stories! At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Haunted by History

Separating the Facts and Legends of Eight Historic Hotels and Inns in Southern California

Author: Craig Owens

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997688108

Category: California, Southern

Page: 393

View: 6123

Haunted by History is a coffee table book that celebrates the history of eight allegedly haunted hotels and inns in Southern California.
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Ghostly Encounters

True Stories of America's Haunted Inns and Hotels

Author: Frances Kermeen

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 0759527431

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 4121

Frances Kermeen bought the Myrtles Plantation of St Francisville with the dream of turning the historic site into a cosy inn. When it turned out to be haunted, she feared losing customers but interest in the ghosts meant she gained custom. Here, she tells stories collected from 150 haunted hotels across America.
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Afterlives of the Saints

Author: Colin Dickey

Publisher: Unbridled Books

ISBN: 160953073X

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 2482

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.
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Tales from the Haunted South

Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era

Author: Tiya Miles

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469626349

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 9854

In this book Tiya Miles explores the popular yet troubling phenomenon of "ghost tours," frequently promoted and experienced at plantations, urban manor homes, and cemeteries throughout the South. As a staple of the tours, guides entertain paying customers by routinely relying on stories of enslaved black specters. But who are these ghosts? Examining popular sites and stories from these tours, Miles shows that haunted tales routinely appropriate and skew African American history to produce representations of slavery for commercial gain. "Dark tourism" often highlights the most sensationalist and macabre aspects of slavery, from salacious sexual ties between white masters and black women slaves to the physical abuse and torture of black bodies to the supposedly exotic nature of African spiritual practices. Because the realities of slavery are largely absent from these tours, Miles reveals how they continue to feed problematic "Old South" narratives and erase the hard truths of the Civil War era. In an incisive and engaging work, Miles uses these troubling cases to shine light on how we feel about the Civil War and race, and how the ghosts of the past are still with us.
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A Ghost Hunter's Guide to the Most Haunted Places in America

Author: Terrance Zepke

Publisher: Safari Pub

ISBN: 9780985539801

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 143

View: 9341

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!
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Haunted Graveyards of the Ozarks

Author: David E. Harkins

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1625840527

Category: History

Page: 129

View: 327

A terrifying tour of cemeteries where ghosts of Civil War soldiers, criminals, and others wander the grounds . . . includes photos! From the neatly tended urban necropolis to the long-forgotten family plot at the end of a winding gravel road, these “quiet cities” of the Ozarks have the power to send chills up and down the spine of the most hardened skeptic. Be it the restless Civil War soldiers of Greenbrier, the mass murderer who stalks Peace Church, or the red eyes that persecute visitors to Robinson, tales of ghostly activity abound in every burial ground carved out of the ancient Ozark hills. Follow Dave Harkins as he explores the fascinating history and unsettling lore clinging to these haunted graveyards.
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A Haunted History

Author: Lisa Morton

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780235372

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 3271

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.
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The latest thrilling adventure in the internationally bestselling fantasy series

Author: Garth Nix

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.

ISBN: 1471404471

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 400

View: 9701

The hugely anticipated return to Garth Nix's New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series, perfect for readers who love Philip Pullman. Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian. She is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with dead creatures to battle and Free Magic entities to bind. She's also a Remembrancer, and wielder of the Dark Mirror. When Lirael finds Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious after being attacked by a hideous Free Magic creature, she uses her powers to save him. But Nicholas is deeply tainted with Free magic and Lirael must seek help for him at her childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier. But even as she returns to the Clayr, a messenger is trying to reach Lirael with a dire warning from her long-dead mother, Arielle, about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Once more a great danger threatens the Old Kingdom, and it must be forestalled not only in the living world, but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death. Praise for Garth Nix: 'Sabriel is a winner . . . a world with the same solidity and four-dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity and intelligence' Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials series 'One of the best worldbuilders in fantasy . . . I love the Old Kingdom series' Brandon Sanderson 'There is no joy like returning to the Old Kingdom . . . Nix sets the standard for fantasy' Leigh Bardugo 'One of the greatest living fantasy writers . . . I will never get enough of the Old Kingdom' Sarah J. Maas
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Haunted Heritage

A Definitive Collection of North American Ghost Stories

Author: Michael Norman,Beth Scott

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780765319685

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 384

View: 7361

The sequel to Haunted America and Historic Haunted America draws on family histories, interviews, and public records to present another fascinating array of supernatural tales from across the United States and Canada, including famous families plagued by ghosts, benevolent spirits, vengeful hauntings, college ghosts, and more. Reprint.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Haunted Places

The National Directory: Ghostly Abodes, Sacred Sites, UFO Landings, and Other Supernatural Locations

Author: Dennis William Hauck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440673225

Category: Reference

Page: 496

View: 9555

In almost every town in America there are places where strange things happen. The perfect companion to The International Directory of Haunted Places, this revised and updated edition of Haunted Places is both a fascinating and unusual travel guide as well as an indispensable casebook for those interested in the paranormal. From buildings and parks believed to have resident ghosts and poltergeists to areas where Bigfoot or UFO sightings are most frequently reported, Haunted Places will lead you to more than 2,000 sites of paranormal activity across the United States. Organized alphabetically by state, each entry is referenced to an extensive bibliography of sources-with descriptions, addresses, phone numbers, Web sites, and travel directions provided for all locations.
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Ghostly Evidence

Exploring the Paranormal

Author: Kelly Milner Halls

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group

ISBN: 1467705934

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 1908

It's late at night, and you're on a tour of a so-called haunted house. You see something out of the corner of your eye and quickly snap a photo. Your hands tremble as you lower the camera. Your eyes widen as you stare at the image you've just captured. A face seems to be lurking in the background. But when you look up, there?s no one standing there! Was it a ghost? Ghost sightings are reported all the time. Many are easily explained. Others are harder to dismiss. But is there any proof? To find out, Kelly Milner Halls explored haunted houses. She examined photographs and investigated eyewitness accounts from ghost hunters, mediums, and paranormal experts. What's the verdict? Are the spirits of the dead wandering among us? Explore her findings and decide for yourself.
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Built on Bones

15,000 Years of Urban Life and Death

Author: Brenna Hassett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472922956

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 7321

Imagine you are a hunter-gatherer some 15,000 years ago. You've got a choice – carry on foraging, or plant a few seeds and move to one of those new-fangled settlements down the valley. What you won't know is that urban life is short and riddled with dozens of new diseases; your children will be shorter and sicklier than you are, they'll be plagued with gum disease, and stand a decent chance of a violent death at the point of a spear. Why would anyone choose this? This is one of the many intriguing questions tackled by Brenna Hassett in Built on Bones. Using research on skeletal remains from around the world, this book explores the history of humanity's experiment with the metropolis, and looks at why our ancestors chose city life, and why they have largely stuck to it. It explains the diseases, the deaths and the many other misadventures that we have unwittingly unleashed upon ourselves throughout the metropolitan past, and as the world becomes increasingly urbanised, what we can look forward to in the future. Telling the tale of shifts in human growth and health that have occurred as we transitioned from a mobile to a largely settled species. Built on Bones offers an accessible insight into a critical but relatively unheralded aspect of the human story: our recent evolution.
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