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Ouch Myths busted Legends debunked.As the title is self explanatory, the book tells us the history of America s most popular haunted places Some were familiar to me, some were not It did make for an interesting and at times compelling read, with all the background and history behind the so called haunted places, be it old mansions of nineteenth century, business areas like Toys R US, hotels, bars, brothels, bookstores I would definitely like to visit one of those , prisons etc However, t Ouch Myths busted Legends debunked.As the title is self explanatory, the book tells us the history of America s most popular haunted places Some were familiar to me, some wer Ghostland by Colin Dickey is a 2016 Viking publication I picked this one out on audio, but the way my mind wanders when an audiobook plays, I was worried I would lose interest quickly with this one, but surprisingly, I enjoyed listening to this book while I worked around the house Before you decided to check this book out, please be aware this work of non fiction is not scary in the way the title might suggest, although I did love hearing those deliciously chilling ghost stories, some of which Ghostland by Colin Dickey is a 2016 Viking publication I picked this one out on audio, but the way my mind wanders when an audiobook plays, I was worried I would lose interest quickly with this one, but surprisingly, I enjoyed listening to this book while I worked around the house Before you decided to check this book out, please be aware this work of non fiction is not scary in the way the title might suggest, although I did love hearing those deliciously chilling ghost stories, some of which I had not heard of befor 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. Incredibly scary and a perfect read for the month of October, Colin Dickey examines ghosts, haunted buildings, and other urban legends throughout the United States But, it s not just about ghost stories, he also delves into the true histories of everything from cemeteries to asylums When I picked up Ghostland I thought how creepy can the US be, it hasn t been around all that long, comparatively speaking And I found out really, really creepy.You don t have to believe in ghosts to enjoy this Incredibly scary and a perfect read for the month of October, Colin Dickey examines ghosts, haunted buildings, and other urban legends throughout the United States But, it s not just about ghost stories, he also delves into the true histories of everything from cemeteries to asylums When I picked up Ghostland I thought how creepy can the US be, it hasn t been around all that long, comparatively speaking And I found out really, really creepy.You don t have to believe in ghosts to enjoy this book Here s what the author had to say in the introEven if you don t believe in the para I tried but I really couldn t stand this one For me personally, it was the tone that the author took The chapters are divided by different famous ghost stories and the author proceeds to debunk them all In that vein, there really is only so much of a people capitalizing on someone s tragedy for fun , smearing an innocent person s name , or no proof of said event ever happened refrain that is repeated before the reading gets dull.The author doesn t believe in ghosts and does pretty much ev I tried but I really couldn t stand this one For me personally, it was the tone that the author took The chapters are divided by different famous ghost stories and the author proceeds to debunk them all In that vein, there really is only so much of a people capitalizing on someone s tragedy for fun , smearing an innocent person s name , or no proof of said event ever happened refrain that is repeated before the reading gets dull.The author doesn t believe in ghosts and does pretty much everything in his power to explain every single case That s cool, but I didn t pick up a book like that I wanted a history and something a bitvague.This is written as a history but the history is quite weak and upsupported The conclusions are very narrow in scope Such like, the author pos GHOSTLAND is a stirring and expertly written historical account of our ghosts, the ones we celebrate and the ones we hide This is not a cheesy ghost hunters TV show in book form Dickey deconstructs the folklore and myth surrounding the US s most famous notorious hauntings This is a book about how ghost stories happen, how they are created, how they evolve, how they reflect our history and how they often bury the history we don t want to face His chapter essay on Salem is one of the most astu GHOSTLAND is a stirring and expertly written historical account of our ghosts, the ones we celebrate and the ones we hide This is not a cheesy ghost hunters TV show in book form Dickey deconstructs the folklore and myth surrounding the US s most famous notorious hauntings This is a book about how ghost stories happen, how they are created, how they evolve, how they reflect our history and how they often bury the history we don t want to face His chapter essay There s no shortage of love for Colin Dickey s Ghostland here at Book Riot I listened to this on audio and found it to be a wonderful book that s part architectural history, part anthropology, part travelogue, and part folklore study Dickey does a great job blending scholarly arguments about cultural memory, trauma, and place making with contemporary takes on urban legends and ghost This book is NO FUN He debunks everything At least he visits the hotel that inspired King s The Shining He has sections on houses, institutions, public houses, graveyards nothing is left unturned, it s just that everything is left unhaunted 2.5 stars 2017 Lenten Buddy Reading Challenge book 29 Do I believe in ghosts No, but I am afraid of themMarie Anne de Vichy Chamrond, Marquise du DeffandOne summer, around the time I was in middle school, I spent a week at a friend s family farm in central Minnesota The farmhouse was a familiar type, nestled in a copse of trees and surrounded by otherwise treeless fields The house was old and sprawling and had been subjected to several additions over the years, so that the interior was filled with odd nooks and corners, with shadows and strDo I believe in ghosts No, but I am afraid of themMarie Anne de Vichy Chamrond, Marquise du DeffandOne summer, around the time I was in middle school, I spent a week at a friend s family farm in central Minnesota The farmhouse was a familiar type, nestled in a copse of trees and surrounded by otherwise treeless fields The house was old and sprawling and had been subjected to several additions over the years, so that the interior was filled with odd nooks and corners, with shadows and strange sounds And it was haunted Or so I was told before even setting a foot inside The ghost was a woman who I believe vagueness i Ghostland is a not spooky, but thoroughly entertaining, examination of ghost stories and haunted locales throughout America with the express intent of debunking the paranormal and better understanding how ghost stories reflect on our past and present Given the book s dark cover and the timing of its release, it seems necessary to reiterate that there s nothing particularly creepy about this book The author dug through family trees and historic records until he unearthed every inconsistency or Ghostland is a not spooky, but thoroughly entertaining, examination of ghost stories and haunted locales throughout America with the express intent of debunking the paranormal and better understanding how ghost stories reflect on our pa