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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576300595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576300596
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,365,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A collection of bizarre incidents occuring in recent New England history includes tales of monsters, ghosts, vampires, resurrections, and haunted houses.

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WHEN I WAS A KID, LIVING IN SOUTHERN VERMONT, my father would sometimes take the whole family for a day in the Big City. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 July 1999
Format: Paperback
A skeptic by nature, I must admit that the chill hand of dread touched my spine more than once while reading this thoroughly enjoyable book. Excellent late night reading. <wicked grin>
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 1999
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I have read more books on New England folklore than I can fit on my bookshelf, but no one can retell our hidden history quite like Citro. His dedication to research and knack for yarnspinning make him an addictive writer. (also try Green Mountains, Dark Tales and Green Mountain Ghosts, Ghouls and Unsolved Mysteries!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov 1997
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The author takes a humerous approach to the oddities of New England. Many stories are historical dating in 18th and 19th century. This book makes you think twice about the world beyond. The author has gone to great lengths to varify all information presented. Wonderfully written; I couldn't put it down.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Citro taps into a rich vein of lore. 27 Jan 2003
By Tom Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is not a collection of ghost stories designed for telling 'round the campfire. Citro isn't trying to frighten his readers, nor is he striving for a horrific, ghastly atmosphere. Instead, he simply tells the stories in a relaxed, informal narrative which is every bit as riveting as it is informative. He doesn't try to persuade anyone, either; he offers various theories and plausible explanations for the events he describes, but they seldom ring true -- obviously, Citro selected stories of happenings which, to date, have yielded no good answers.
But while the explanations generally don't hold water, the stories themselves sound very believable and real. That's because Citro also hasn't targeted the stories where a single gibbering yokel stammered out his story to a disbelieving audience; he's tapped tales with witnesses (at times numbering in the dozens or more), substantial documentation and, where possible, the results of formal investigations.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Gripping 29 Oct 2000
By Jim H - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having been a native Vermonter and New Englander, I had not realized the ghostlore involved with this section of the country. Many of the stories occur within minutes of my own location. This book points out the origins and as much fact as can be researched. The end result is left with the reader as to which can be explained and that that which can not. Read this book alone at night and you will hear sounds that you used to take for granted, or did you?......
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a great read 5 Jan 2004
By Theresa May - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a must have if you like off-the-beaten-path reads. It is well written, and keeps you turning each page. Joseph Citro is one of my favorite authors, he doesn't push it down your throat, you are left to decide what you believe, but they are all great stories. Definitely in my library for keeps.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Awesome book 7 Dec 2001
By Jen Arpin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is the best. It not only contains interesting information about true ghosts and hauntings, and other uncanny events, it is well written, humorous, and will keep your attention from the first page to the last. It is great even for those who live outside of New England, but for those who do, it contains in some cases, where to FIND the scenes of these events. Incredible book! You will not be disappointed!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
More Scary Than Stephen King 4 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been reading and writing horror stories since my pre-teen years, and while I find the novels entertaining, they don't scare me. I'd thought myself "scare-proof" by books until I read this one. Reading about all the "true" stories that happened in places I've visited or lived in scaried me more than I would have thought possible. Don't read it before bed!
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