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By Colin Dickey

“A energetic assemblage and clever research of dozens of haunting tales… absorbing…[and] intellectually intriguing.”—The manhattan instances e-book Review

"Dickey is likely one of the sharpest and such a lot erudite writers round, and his new e-book makes for an ideal Halloween read."Men's Journal

An highbrow banquet for fanatics of offbeat historical past, Ghostland takes readers on a highway journey via the various country's such a lot infamously haunted placesand deep into the darkish facet of our history.

Colin Dickey is at the path of America's ghosts. filled into outdated homes and inns, deserted prisons and empty hospitals, the spirits that linger proceed to seize our collective mind's eye, yet why? His personal fascination piqued via a home hunt in l. a. that exposed derelict foreclosure and "zombie homes," Dickey embarks on a trip around the continental usa to decode and unpack the yank background repressed in our most renowned haunted areas. a few have verified reputations as "the so much haunted mansion in America," or "the such a lot haunted prison"; others, just like the haunted Indian burial grounds in West Virginia, evoke thoughts from the previous our collective country attempts to forget.     
       With boundless interest, Dickey conjures the lifeless via targeting questions of the livinghow can we, the residing, care for tales approximately ghosts, and the way will we inhabit and go through areas which have been deemed, for no matter what cause, haunted? being attentive not just to the genuine proof at the back of a ghost tale, but additionally to the ways that adjustments to these evidence are madeand why these alterations are madeDickey paints a model of yank heritage skipped over of the textbooks, one in all issues left undone, crimes left unsolved.
       Spellbinding, frightening, and wickedly insightful, Ghostland discovers the earlier we are so much afraid to talk of aloud within the vibrant gentle of day is identical previous that has a tendency to linger within the ghost tales we whisper at nighttime.

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Ghost stories are a way of talking about things we’re not otherwise allowed to discuss: a forbidden history we thought bricked up safely in the walls. They cover over the gaps and in the process help us assuage our anxieties, providing a rationale after the fact. Just as Gertrude Tredwell’s life has informed the ghost stories that now circulate around her, so, too, does the legend of her ghost make meaning out of her life. Those aspects of a life that are discontinuous, fragmented, or unexpected, are made whole through the ghost story.

In some cases it wasn’t always clear to me at first why I was drawn to a particular place. Sometimes simply being in a strange building—spending the night in a haunted hotel, for example—was enough to leave me with a feeling that I wanted to know more. Much of this book involves not just listening to ghost stories but listening also to architecture: how a building can feel alive and unsettling due to its age or a quirk in its construction. Any building whose construction is a little bit off, as often as not, has spirits swirling about it.

In some cases it wasn’t always clear to me at first why I was drawn to a particular place. Sometimes simply being in a strange building—spending the night in a haunted hotel, for example—was enough to leave me with a feeling that I wanted to know more. Much of this book involves not just listening to ghost stories but listening also to architecture: how a building can feel alive and unsettling due to its age or a quirk in its construction. Any building whose construction is a little bit off, as often as not, has spirits swirling about it.

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