I have to admit that I am a sucker for ghost stories; the more historic the better which is why I requested to read this book. This must have been a huge undertaking for the author. While some of the history is very blunt and short; others have a lot of historical background to them which I enjoyed immensely. I just googled for more information on the others that intrigued me. I was a little taken aback by the format of writing at first. I had thought it would be like another book I had read about haunted sites in England where it had a paragraph or more for each site and actual directions to and from one site to another. Once I got into the style of writing, I was drawn in quickly. The format reminds me of sitting next to someone near a fire while they tell ghost stories. I liked the style very much.
Another welcome change for me was the fact that often the author would take a "breather" and discuss different areas of ghosts and hauntings such as spiritual photography, the history of the entire genre, and also a comprehensive discussion on some of the literary masters of horror fiction (I took many notes). All in all, I really enjoyed this read and would recommend it to anyone who loves learning about not only haunted places in America but also some of the history surrounding the genre.
I received a copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Three out of Five Stars