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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Vermont Ghost Guide by Joseph A. Citro: Book Review

I've always been fascinated by ghost stories. Really not sure why, I have never seen a ghost and have never met someone who has.  While on one of our camping vacations, years ago, I found a book called "Haunted Ontario".  It detailed some local ghost stories and mysterious occurrences in different parts og Ontario.  Ever since than I decided that each time I went on vacation, including camping, I was going to go to local, new and used bookstores,  to find "local" ghost story books.  I have found some spectacular collections like the one I picked up while in  PEI  and the one our roommate picked me up from Scotland, as well as a few duds, like the one I got from Oakville. In many cases, I wasn't able to find anything due to time constraints while on vacation or lack of bookstores.  From now on, I think I will do some research BEFORE I go on vacation to see what is available.

The funniest part of this is that each time I read one of these books I get the heeby jeebies and have to turn on all of the lights in the house -- and there is no way I am going to read these while home alone or at night.  Here is the book I picked up on our trip to Vermont last March.

The Vermont Ghost Guide
by Joseph A. Citro
Art by Stephen R. Bissette
University Press of New England
ISBN: 1-58465-009-5

Description: "What's So Scary about Vermont?" In The Vermont Ghost Guide, Vermont's Ghostmaster Joseph A. Citro teams up with award-winning artist Stephen R. Bissette to answer that question definitively. Organized alphabetically by town, this remarkable pocket-sized collection of lore and line art points travelers toward dozens of mystifying sites to discover -- or perhaps avoid. Both a guidebook and a reference tool, The Vermont Ghost Guide contains over 100 entries with 39 illustrations of haunted houses, ghostly spots, and mysterious events from every Vermont county. Many of the stories have never been published before.

Vermont's mysterious mountains, hills, and hollows are rich with timeless tales of ghosts, phantoms, and horrible haunts, and Joe Citro has been covering that "dead-beat" for over a decade. In The Vermont Ghost Guide you'll encounter:

- Charles Dickens's ghost guiding a writer's hand in Brattleboro;
- a doppelganger's prediction of death in Cavendish;
- the Midnight Cow, haunting the highways;
- and many, many more.

But Be Warned! Citro's Vermont is not the idyllic New England wonderland of tourist bureaus and scenic postcards. These are shadowy haunts and whispered horrors, the ghosts, ghouls, gores, and mysteries of the Green Mountain State, rendered in eerie black-and-white by artist Steve Bissette. Perfect for visitors and residents, children and anyone else with an interest in or curiosity about Vermont history, legend, and lore, The Vermont Ghost Guide is sure to have a long shelf life and be of continuing interest for years to come

The Good Stuff
  • Organized alphabetically by Town
  • Map at the back with locations of the stories
  • Some light humour
  • Some of tales read nicely like a good ghost story
  • Good introduction for further investigation into some of Vermont's ghostly tales
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Way too little information or details about most of the stories.  Each only a paragraph long
  • Jumped from story to story, with no break, so you had to keep looking up at the top of the page to see what town the story was set in
Favorite Quotes/Passages
  • Sam Connor's Other Self
  • The Spanish Shawl
  • Library Prankster
  • Ghostly Companion
What I Learned
  • Never to read ghost stories while alone in the house, my imagination went into overdrive -- and it was daylight (Yes I am a dork)
  • That I need a back-story about haunting's -- otherwise I'm not really interested
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Those who are interested in Vermont's ghostly happenings
2.5 Dewey's

I purchased this for my amusement and didn't have to review it

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