Ghostland An American History in Haunted Places PDF

An intellectual feast for fans of offbeat history Ghostland takes readers on a road trip through some of the country's most infamously haunted places—and deep into the dark side of our historyColin Dickey is on the trail of America's ghosts Crammed into old houses and hotels abandoned prisons and empty hospitals the spirits that linger continue to capture our collective imagination but why? His own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and zombie homes Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places Some have established reputations as the most haunted mansion in America or the most haunted prison others like the haunted Indian burial grounds in West Virginia evoke memories from the past our collective nation tries to forget            With boundless curiosity Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living—how do we the living deal with stories about ghosts and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed for whatever reason haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made—and why those changes are made—Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks one of things left undone crimes left unsolved Spellbinding scary and wickedly insightful Ghostland discovers the past we're most afraid to speak of aloud in the bright light of day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark From the Hardcover edition

10 thoughts on “Ghostland An American History in Haunted Places

  1. says:

    Ghostland gives us a look at some of America's most haunted places It often brings in the receipts and demolishes several rumors surrounding these places For the most part I found this book entertaining It was cool to see him debunk several myths surrounding stories I'd heard before The narrator definitely makes you look at these ghost stories from a different angle I'll admit that I found a few sections a bit bland but for the most part this was a pleasant read I thought going in that it would be one that SPOOKED me but I'm leaving it having not been spooked at all