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review 2016-09-05 15:45
True Ghost Stories & Hauntings by Travis S. Kennedy
True Ghost Stories And Hauntings: Disturbing Legends Of Unexplained Phenomena, Ghastly True Ghost Stories And True Paranormal Hauntings (True Paranormal, ... True Stories, True Paranormal Stories,) - Travis S. Kennedy

This short book contains information about documented cases of the paranormal. Here’s a list of most of the subjects covered in this book:

  • A Corpse Eating Demon Might Knock you Down
  • Don’t Listen to the Door Knocks in the Middle of the Night
  • No one Understood What Happened to the Poltergeist Girl
  • Unbelievable Evidence of Anna Ecklund’s Demonic Possession
  • A Dead Lady Lived in the Cole Adams House
  • Look Out for the White Death in Mexico
  • The Indestructible Tree – Witness to Many Gruesome Murders

I don’t believe in ghost stories so, for me, this was a collection of interesting and gruesomely entertaining tales. I did appreciate that the author went to pains to find documented examples, such as incidents that included police reports and independent eye witness accounts.


While several of the stories are set in the US, the author does take us around the world to Ireland, central Europe, and Japan. The Cole Adams house had a nice family living in it that experienced several odd to scary events, including repeated sightings of a decrepit female corpse. Then there was poor Anna Ecklund who reportedly suffered from demonic possession. I believe her story is set in the 1850s. I found it especially interesting how many people were involved in her tale and left records of her condition. There was her family, her neighbors, and the local priests and nuns. Anna, like several of the other women who are the center of the paranormal events in this book, was reportedly sexually molested.


The author then takes us to the Ballygally Castle, which is now a hotel, in Ireland. Lady Shaw is a friendly but sad ghost. Then on to Eleanor Zugen, a Romanian lass, who was placed in an asylum and then later taken to a psychological/psychic studies institute. I found her case interesting, because again, so many people documented the case, which involved some very odd injuries to Eleanor. The author then takes us to Japan and the corpse eating demon. This was one of my favorites because it is more folklore than paranormal investigations. The jikininki of Japan aren’t attracted to live humans or animals and confine themselves to eating corpses, which is disgusting and can be a nuisance.

Then the book takes us back to North America and the White Death in Mexico, which happens to be an angry child that kills people. Next was poor Terricita Basa who was murdered at age 48 and her murderer was not captured immediately. A friend channeled her spirit and assisted police in finding the murderer. Then on to the most disturbing story of the book: Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Tennesse. The site was initially a slaughterhouse in the 1800s. Over time it became an establishment for refreshments and fun. When country music star Bobby Mackey bought it in the 1970s, he was unaware of it’s sordid history of the slaughter house and murder. Finally, we end with an old oak tree in Florida that pays witness to horrible acts.


All together, it was a quick interesting listen. I think it would be a useful resource for those who either want to research deeper into documented paranormal events or for those who want write horror novels.


I received a copy of this book at no cost from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.


Narration: Eddie Leonard Jr. did a pretty good job. He does repeat a few sentences and stumbles over a few words, but, admittedly, one of those was a very tricky last name. He has a good voice for the audiobook, being somewhere between a news reporter and a story-telling cousin.

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text 2016-03-04 17:41
Recent entries on thedollop.net (with books, of course, so many suggested books)
On Witchcraft - Cotton Mather
DEAD PEOPLE POSING: The Mystery Behind Dead Photographs (FULL EDITION: Photographs explained) - Alexander Coil
Saddle the Wild Wind: The Saga of Squirrel Tooth Alice and Texas Billy Thompson - Laurence E. Gesell
The Run of His Life : The People versus O. J. Simpson - Jeffrey Toobin
Another City, Not My Own - Dominick Dunne
The Museum of Hoaxes - Alex Boese

Podcast Episode 156: The Marblehead Smallpox Riot: Smallpox Blankie, or Why Are My Neighbors Bumpy?


Podcast Episode 147: The Greenbrier Ghost: Meatless Mondays are Murder!, or Ghosts Make My Head Spin:

true story of the only known legal case where a ghost testified about her own murder


followup entry: Postmortem Photography: includes a premortem photography story about my great-grandfather


Podcast Episode 145: Squirrel Tooth Alice: No pithy Bullwinkle title because there are vintage nudes, yes sir you are welcome


Podcast Episode 126: RA Cunningham and Tambo: Nickels in the Dime Museum, or How to Buy Other People for Fun and Profit!


and, Resources: American Crime Story (and a personal fable, boogeyman and all): relates back to several episodes and ties them all together:


All of thedollop.net entries has the mp3 of the corresponding podcast episode embedded in the beginning of the blog entry, so you can easily listen as well as read. Also, all of the entries have many, many more suggested books to read than I have highlighted here. Because it's me.


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review 2015-11-12 13:00
Ghost Hunting: True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from the Atlantic Paranormal Society by Jason Hawes
Ghost Hunting: True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society - Jason Hawes,Michael Jan Friedman,Grant Wilson

GR Cleanup Read May 2011


This book has been thrust upon me by a friend who keeps asking what I thought of it so I'd better get going. I like the show, even though it's pretty repetitive and they never seem to find hardcore evidence but I've experienced some weird things myself that others have missed even when in the same freaking room so I buy it.

So far it's interesting. It goes into the backstories of the regulars on the show and gives insight into why they do what they do. I nearly took a Reiki class once and after reading this am thankful I never followed through. I see and hear enough "weird" shit on my own, I don't need it enhanced!

It took me about a month to read this because I'd only read a few cases (which were usually no more than 3 pages) at a go and then move on to my current review book. If I read too many in a row it started to get repetitive (kind of like the show) and I'd find myself growing bored. The cases were mostly ho-hum in the beginning but towards the end of the book they became increasingly interesting as they toured the hotel that inspired King's "The Shining", the mansion that started out as a small farmhouse that I believe inspired "Rose Red" where the crazy owner spent the good part of her life having crews build rooms and staircases that went nowhere and then there was the funny account of the crew getting accosted by bats and Jason's part in making sure everyone shared in the fun.

Jason wrote the bulk of the book with only small snippets added in from Grant and they write very much as they behave on the show. Jason is matter of fact and a bit of a stern, tough guy with a penchant for practical jokes, while Grant seems easier going. You get a little insight into them as people but not a whole heck of a lot. The book is mostly an account of how they go about debunking claims and such.

I found it amusing that they include a glossary at the end that includes the definitions of "ghost", "exorcism", "paranormal" and "hauntings" and that their safety advice for new ghosthunters is to do a walk-through of the building before turning out the lights. I'm guessing they've met some folks with zero common sense but come to think of it so have I . . .

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review 2015-08-27 20:28
Kamakura Kwaidan True Japanese Ghost Stories and Hauntings - Ron Dutcher

This book contains 10 ghost stories from Japan,from a very specific area: Kamakura. So these are not widely known stories throughout the country, but more like known by locals.These are not urban stories either, so they were different from the few i knew.

I did liked the horror folktales and i was amazed by the time some were originated,dated as far back as the XIV century and even BC....that's WOW.
This actually explains a bit about the ultra-supersticious culture Japan has,i mean these beliefs are from so long and are still strong.Probably every corner of Japan has this kind of stories.

The stories mostly are based on history facts, and all the places where bad things happened gave birth to the stories and thus hunted places.
Also besides knowing the origins of the stories there are a lot of: "it is said if you walk,enter,sit,see,etc you'll be cursed" living up to this day, and the reason these stories are never forgotten is because people hear/see these 600+ year old ghosts even nowadays,as said in the book.

I think if i ever go to Japan,i'll wanna make sure i know the hunted places before i touch something :P

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review 2014-12-28 21:22
Volume 4: True Ghost Stories from Canada & The Rockies (Joe Kwon's True Ghost Stories from Around the World) - Tom Kong,Joe Kwon

Formatting counts.  I don't care if it is your Ipod or Iphone or Ipod's fault.

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