Book Review: Haunted Places: The National Directory by Dennis William Hauck

As I’ve said before, you don’t necessarily have to believe in ghosts to have fun searching for them.

Myself, I don’t believe in Ghosts, UFOs, conspiracy theories, or Bigfoot.  But I still enjoy reading about them and occasionally visiting the places where they’ve supposedly been spotted.  In fact, I would say that being a skeptic makes it even more enjoyable to visit a haunted house.  On the one hand, you would think that, because you don’t believe in ghosts, you wouldn’t be frightened about the possibility of running into one of them.  However, from my own personal experience, I’ve found the opposite to be true.  Haunted houses are even scarier when you don’t believe because you’ve always got that voice in the back of your head saying, “What if you’re wrong?”

Haunted Places: The National Directory is just what the title on the cover says it is.  It’s a listing of places across the country that some believe to be haunted.  Some of the places are said to be inhabited by ghosts.  Some of the places are better known for the UFOs that have supposedly visited.  Some places have been visited by Bigfoot.  There’s a few lakes that are rumored to be home to underwater monsters.  It makes for interesting reading and, like many paranormal directories, it’s a treasure trove of potential inspiration for the aspiring horror writer.  The latest edition of the book as published in 2002 so don’t expect to find information of recent hauntings and some of the locations may have been torn down in the past twenty year.  It happens.  That said, Jeff and I used this book to plan a road trip a few years ago and we had a great time, even if we didn’t see any ghosts.

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