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Haunted America takes you on a grand tour of ghostly hauntings through the U.S. and Canada, sweeping from terrifying battle-field specters at Little Bighorn to a vaudeville palace in Tampa, from ghostly apparitions in President Garfield's home in Ohio to the White House in Washington, D.C....

Title : Haunted America
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ISBN : 9780812590661
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 115 Pages
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Haunted America Reviews

  • Emily
    2019-04-20 17:47

    Haunted America by Michael Norman and the late Beth Scott is a collection of ghost stories and legends from America's fifty states and Canada's provinces. The other books in this collection are Haunted Heartland and Haunted Wisconsin, all exceedingly better (not saying much) than this one. This book has a lot of dry stories, but the ones that keep me coming back are the Hell House in Louisiana and the music room in Illinois. Hell House was about a slave owner, Madame Lalaurie, who really wasn't human. She looked human, but with what she did to her slaves, she was anything but. There would be experiments, torture on them. Her crimes probably would have continued if there wasn't a fire started by a slave to her home. She, sadly, got away in the end, but the whole background if you were to do research on your own is disturbing. I described this Hell House at length to differentiate between the home in Louisiana supposedly owned by Satan's lover. That particular tale was a bit of an eyeroll. I wanted to get that spine tingling sensation cover to cover reading Haunted America, but other than the two aforementioned, I didn't get that at all. The authors are objective for the most part in their rehashings, not saying whether or not they believe in the supernatural and leaving it up the reader ultimately. I don't believe in spirits myself, but I love myself some wonderful tales, growing up on Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trilogy which I still unabashedly read as an adult. Unfortunately, those books left me with more fear of the dark, questioning my belief in the afterlife than Haunted America will. It's so very dry and a lot of the stories are boring. I'm not undermining the affected people's experiences, but Norman and Scott didn't do that stellar of a job with retelling some of them. Their length of research shows with their extensive bibliography, so they definitely did their homework. They just couldn't tell them that well.

  • Brooke
    2019-04-03 11:00

    More of a history lesson than a chilling read, this was a definite horror disappointment. The storytelling was so impersonal it felt like I was reading a text book. Nothing actually scary either, but many interesting tales. I only cared about two out of 50 states, so that would make this a failure in my opinion. Historical research, 4 stars. Scary ghost stories: 0 but I give it a 1 for the amount of research that went into this.

  • Takipsilim
    2019-03-23 13:46

    Memorable collection of ghostly tales from all states including Canada. From the historic to the amusing, the charming to the creepy, the book is one of the best in it's field.

  • Alisha Kennedy
    2019-04-09 15:56

    I enjoyed it immensely. Wether your a believer or a skeptic, they are entertaining stories that have you thinking of the unknown and sleeping with the lights on. And I applaud the author for having the perfect little quip for every ending.

  • Gary
    2019-03-26 12:57

    very awesome read. it was nice to read all the differnt haunted places

  • Trina
    2019-04-14 17:45

    Awful!!! And I did not even finish the book. Haunted America my butt. I read 6 stories and I was unimpressed. It was not scary nor thrilling or even slightly enjoyable. I am one of those people that will finish a book no matter what, this one I just could not stomach. I refused to be bored to death for one more day, maybe that is the scary part. This was just a snooze. Beware of book intended to bore the little ones into a early nights rest!!! HA HA, I crack me up!

  • Kate
    2019-03-29 13:58 takes a lot for me to give any ghost book 2 stars. This one is organized by state - and there's only one ghost story per state. Texas gets the Marfa Lights - there are a million better ghost stories in Texas! The real problem was the writing, it felt like they wrote off for the Chamber of Commerce brochures and edited in bland, fourth-hand ghost stories. But, I'll still read every last one...I'm a sucker.

  • Michael
    2019-04-01 15:06

    I love real life ghost stories. This book is full of 'em! The downfall of Haunted America is that none of them are scary. The book is interesting, but not nearly as good as those Halloween episodes of Unsolved Mysteries or my favorite true-life haunting show, Paranormal Witness. This is one I'll come back to, reading a chapter or two every once in while.

  • George Ilsley
    2019-03-31 09:56

    A collection of stories arranged by state or province around North America. It feels like a compilation of stories rather than original material. Each piece is usually left severely underdeveloped and a kind of severe tedium sets in. In the Canadian stories there were several factual errors; so that made me wonder about the rest of the book.

  • Melanie Kay
    2019-04-15 11:42

    Thoroughly entertaining! Of course, don't believe everything you read, but if you are interested in local folklore (divided by state), this is the book for you. I have always been fascinated by local tales and superstitions, and this book is jam-packed with them. I went for a trip to New England at Halloween, and read this on the plane. A perfect pick for stormy autumn days.

  • Mary
    2019-03-27 17:08

    In October, I choose ghost stories to read, and I like to take this and other books that contain short ghost stories with me when I go to the gym. This gets me in the mood for Halloween. I like this book and Haunted Heartland because most of the stories are not too scary...I don't like them to be "out there."

  • Jessica
    2019-03-29 15:07

    This book is loaded with ghost stories and legends from across the US and Canada. Most of the stories offer a glimpse at the history behind the legends from these different eras and regions, which I found fascinating. The only problem I had with the book were the typos that littered the text, which occasionally made the story confusing.

  • Alicia
    2019-04-08 15:43

    I couldn't get into the book, so I never completed the book. Becasue I live in KY I skipped to and read the stories about KY and even though I recognize a couple of the places being written about I didn't find the stories that interesting.

  • Shirley
    2019-03-21 13:44

    Has the story of my great-great aunt Leah Smock whom legends have it she was a witch and burned to death. Personally I don't believe she was a witch and she had a family and was rumored to be an intellegent girl. So maybe she just understood what herbs and tinctures would help people.

  • Stacey Schmidt
    2019-03-29 09:53

    This was a pretty fun read. There was even a ghost who turned on the television ( which was without power ) every day to watch Star Trek - so of course being a longtime Trekkie, I loved that! Ill probably end up doing that after I die!

  • Andrea Malarkey
    2019-04-02 16:56

    Good read. Part of it scared me...but in a good way.

  • Lesley
    2019-03-25 09:57

    I guess you could say I "read" this...if you count that I only read the first 35 pages. Unfortunately, I was too disappointed to continue reading it.

  • Sherry Jowers
    2019-03-26 09:49

    I truly enjoyed this book.

  • Horace Derwent
    2019-04-06 17:50


  • Jaime
    2019-03-20 17:59

    Decent compilation. Rich with history and excellent explanations.

  • Vanora
    2019-04-12 17:40

    An annual October read for me -- gets me into the Halloween "spirit"!

  • Stephen
    2019-03-31 12:07

    made me look over my shoulder for a while!

  • Pyxipyro
    2019-04-16 11:46

    Love the different stories and what happened in them.

  • Kim
    2019-04-06 11:04

    Boring. More historical than haunted. The places written about are too popular and for for generations have been know as being "haunted". More folk tale than anything substance.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-24 17:59

    A few truly spooky stories (like the Gray Man on Pawleys Island before hurricanes), but all in all too long and in some places immensely boring.

  • Casey
    2019-04-18 09:51

    I enjoyed reading some of the stories. I think some stories/events were just to fill the book, but other than that I liked it.

  • Jennie
    2019-03-23 11:47

    Love reading about haunted houses and such very interesting