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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, highly enjoyable!, 17 Nov 2013
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I really enjoyed this simple short book. The cases, culled from 19th century newspaper accounts from the USA have been selected carefully by the author for their interest, and everyone is fascinating. Of course this was a period when spoof journalism and lying contests are said to have led to much questionable material appearing in newspapers, but not being a social historian of the US I can't say how true that is. What I can say is that as someone well versed in apparitional cases of the period in the UK, I only wish the Census of Hallucinations material was half as entertaining as these absolute gems from across the pond.

Whether you are an expert on psychical research, or just enjoy a fine yarn, this has some absolute crackers in it. So many books of regional spook stories become a bit samey, because let's face it most ghost stories are at the end of the day very similar. These aren't, and the skill here is not just in the exhaustive research that must have gone in to the book, but in the perfect selection of stories to scare, enthral and entertain. Some of these are just plain weird -- and all the better for it!

If you like a spooky tale, buy this book. A bit short, but more fun than most ghost books I've read (or written) since i was a teen. Sheer indulgent fun, and may thrown up some interesting ideas for future research too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts, 19 July 2014
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This review is from: 50 Real American Ghost Stories (Kindle Edition)
I have enjoyed this book because it tells you the story without smothering the story with irrelevant info just so it fills more chapter's.
The story s are concise and individual and each has its own grade I would recommend this book it does keep you interested and wanting to know more on what the book has to offer.
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