Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey
Colin 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.
I was interested in this book because if there’s one thing I love, it’s true ghost stories/haunted places. I was a little disappointed to find that’s not what Ghostland is about. It’s about the history of haunted places, and the real facts surrounding the alleged hauntings.
I enjoyed the writing, it was obviously well-researched and there were a lot of interesting stories and I particularly liked that the author spent a lot of time presenting the real facts of the case. The chapter about the Winchester House was my favorite, not because it’s allegedly haunted (I never thought it was) but because the idea of someone continually adding on to their house was just bizarre. Doorways and staircases that lead nowhere, all designed by one woman with no training in architecture. The true facts about Sarah and the Winchester family were presented, debunking a lot of the myth around the house. I was fascinated!
Overall, it was an interesting book, but a little dry in parts. History fans would enjoy it, but if you’re looking for a scare-your-pants-off true ghost story book, you’ll be disappointed.
|Rating:★★★✰✰ 3 stars
Publication Date: Oct. 4, 2016
Reviewer: Tam (Mystereity Reviews)