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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Post Mortem Press (22 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692238816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692238813
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,771,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a great find! Full of all manner of things that go bump in the night, locations and true stories as well. It is a real compendium of information and covers lots of Lovecraft, Steven King and a host of other writers. Glad to have found it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94f2b3f0) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x948f1f6c) out of 5 stars do you want to know the best part? They actually wrote a reference book that ... 13 Aug. 2014
By T.T. Zuma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Brothers Goudsward have put together THE definitive guide to all things horror in the State of Massachusetts. This book is chock full of facts, rumors, innuendos, movie and literature references, and hell, you name it, of just about everything spooky or weird that has ever occurred in The Bay State. And, do you want to know the best part? They actually wrote a reference book that is not only factual, but it’s also entertaining as well!

The book is set up alphabetically by town, city, or geographical location, with a paragraph or two (sometimes more when there is a large amount of information) detailing the relevant local horrors or mysteries. For instance, we start with the short story, The Southwest Chamber, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, published in, Everybody’s Magazine in April 1903. The town the story is located in was, Acton.

At the far end of the alphabet we learn that in the town of, Westford, a memorial surrounded by stanchions and chains is actually a full sized image of a knight, and that he’d be, Sir Henry Sinclair, a 12th century Scottish explorer.

Those two towns bookend the guide, and in between the two there is an amazing wealth of information. For horror trivia lovers, the amount of information on Boston alone is a treasure trove.

The movie and television references span from the well known to the obscure. Who remembered that the movie, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud took place in Holyoke? How about that Twilight Zone episode, ‘Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up?’ Does anyone recall that it took place in Hook’s Landing, Massachusetts?

One of the unexpected highlights of the guide for me was the subtle humor in the descriptions of each location. It usually came near the end of the paragraphs when summing up an event or a movie plot. Examples like this end-line when describing the great molasses tsunami that happened in Boston in 1919: ‘Locals claim that on hot summer days, a trace of molasses still lingers in the air’. Or, when describing a scene in, Stephen King’s, Cell, when a plane is trying to make an emergency landing on Charles Street: ‘If the plane didn’t collide with a building, it might have worked’. While these types of lines won’t have you in hysterics, they will bring a smile to your face or induce a silent chuckle as you breeze through the book.

For those that live in New England and profess a love for all things horror, the Horror Guide To Massachusetts is a must have for book shelves or electronic devices. And, as a bonus, Massachusetts dark fiction legend and best selling author, Greg Gifune, has written the introduction to the guide. (The good folks at Horror World have allowed me to re-post this review on Amazon).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x948f1fc0) out of 5 stars A must for horror trivia fans! 19 Aug. 2014
By G. S. Pantelis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Horror Guide to Massachusetts is quite a nice and interesting guide. It is organized by locations in Massachusetts that are related to horror stories (local lore, written horror, film and so on). The locations are in alphabetical order and it is fun to flip around and see what is famous (or infamous). The introduction was solid and well-written and while I have not read it cover to cover it is not needed as it is a reference book. For those who live in Massachusetts it is very fun and it is also a nice guide for those who are curious of our creepy New England state.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94e2bb10) out of 5 stars An exhaustive and indispensible guide 14 Sept. 2014
By Naga - Published on Amazon.com
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A fun-to-read and exhaustive compendium of every horror reference imaginable, from the historical to the literary to popular culture. My only regret is that the reader can't visit places like Arkham--they're fictional. It's enjoyable for the horror fan and a reference for writers, actors, haunters and film makers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94d2d348) out of 5 stars ... local authors I did not know how I would like this book 12 Mar. 2015
By laurie - Published on Amazon.com
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With local authors I did not know how I would like this book. The towns and cities of Massachusetts are in alphabetical order, so this is not the type of book you need to read through, just the towns you know or interested in. With that said it is easy to navigate through. I did not realize that it would be like that but it is interesting to realize all the areas that are "ghostly", and yes I did read it through. Now I will pick a place and see if I can find it.
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HASH(0x948f2b04) out of 5 stars Encyclopedia of terror 2 Dec. 2014
By David Price - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow, what more can a horror fan ask for? Want to know if your town was used as a setting in some author's twisted tale? Then this is the book for you! Obviously there are many locations, both real and fictional, used in the work of H.P. Lovecraft and his contemporaries contained in these pages. It doesn't stop there, though. Boston and Salem get the royal treatment, but there are tons of tidbits in here that I had no idea about. Did you know, for example, that the Boston Strangler is buried in my hometown of Peabody? I had no idea. To say this guide is comprehensive doesn't do it justice. The research is exhaustive. I hear the authors are working on Florida next. We can only hope they get around to all fifty states. That would be one hell of an encyclopedia of horror knowledge!
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