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Atlas of the Mysterious in North America [Hardcover]

Rosemary Guiley

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Book Description

December 1994
Prepared by an experienced writer on the supernatural, this unconventional, entertaining guide unearths the vast pockets of mystery that surround us every day.

The atlas is divided into eight categories: power points and sacred places, stoneworks, earthworks and mounds, haunted places, phantom and mystery ships, ghost lights, water monsters, and mysterious creatures.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File (December 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816028761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816028764
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.1 x 29.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #773,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This atlas locates and gives brief descriptions of the most intriguing places in the United States and Canada. Burial mounds, sacred places, ghost lights, haunted spots and even the locations of cryptozoological sightings are covered. Find out if your state is home to a mystery, or peruse the atlas to get ideas about where to go for your next vacation.

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John Keel, author of The Mothman Prophecies, writes a complimentary foreward to this book, which suggests that it was written by a believer in the paranormal. Guiley is the author of numerous reference works, including The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits and The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft.

The book is in eight sections including "Haunted Places," "Phantom and Mystery Ships," and "Curious Creatures." "Power Points" includes Native American holy places and New Age sites. Wyoming's Devil's Tower is noted both for its Native American significance and for being in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. "Earthworks" covers earth constructions and burial mounds built by Native American cultures. "Stoneworks" lists stone circles, petroglyphs, and pictographs. "Ghost Lights" lists "major sites of recurring activity," including the Marfa Lights of Texas. "Water Monsters" includes sites where strange things washed ashore or from which creatures like Champ, Lake Champlain's answer to the Loch Ness Monster, can be seen.

Sections are broken down by state and Canadian province and then alphabetically by site. For states or regions with heavy concentrations of sites, there is a detailed map. Each chapter has a brief description of the sites listed. Notes on sites vary from a line or two to several paragraphs. The index is detailed, and there is a bibliography arranged under the headings used for sections. Unfortunately, there are no footnotes in the body of the book, so there is no way to determine if a statement is from a mainstream or scholarly work or one of the many paranormal works listed. The black-and-white line drawings and maps are clear, and the quality of the photography is good, if occasionally a little dark. There is no indication of the accessibility of sites. The citation for ghost lights in Oviedo, Florida, for instance, mentions State Road 13, but not where lights have been seen on it.

This is not a necessary purchase, but where there is an interest in the paranormal, it is a good value.

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Amazon.com: 2.8 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mildly entertaining, but not very useful Jan. 23 2002
By M. Broderick - Published on Amazon.com
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An attempt was made to pack a lot of information into this slender book. There are numerous sightings or locations listed, but only extremely brief details about each (usually a couple of sentences).
There are some statements that make me think the author wasn't too critical or thoughtful in screening the information listed--In one case, witnesses are quoted as hearing the whistle of a sailing ship blow. Don't count on being able to locate specific places, even for listings such as stone circles. Very little information or specifics are provided in most cases.
As the previous reviewer stated, Mexico is ignored. The rich heritage of "mysteriousness" in Hawaii is also ignored, though this is more geographically justifiable. The book has numerous illustrations and photographs, but they are not of very good quality.
If you are considering purchase of this book, I'd suggest considering Salvatore M. Trento's regional guides instead.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong Idea, Interesting premise. May 14 2001
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
This is kind of an interesting book for anyone who is really, REALLY interested in all that is mysterious in North America. Unfortunately, I found the book to be too centered on the United States and Canada, with little mention of anything in Mexico. This was quite disappointing, as I had picked up the book in large part to try and find out about some of the Mayan and Aztec sites in the region. Also, many of the entries were far too brief. Sometimes the lack of information was almost criminal, with little explanation for why the site was included in such a survey. If you are looking for a book that covers all of the US and Canada, this would be a good book. If you require a more in-depth analysis of a SPECIFIC area or type of site, then there are better books out there. I would recommend A Natural History of the Unnatural World for a humorous title (it never takes itself too seriously). This one is one to be left on the shelf for most people.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad Sept. 22 2013
By TLR - Published on Amazon.com
The idea behind this slender book is excellent: an atlas of sacred sites, earthworks and mounds, stoneworks, haunted places, ghost lights, mystery ships, water monster and mysterious creatures. Though there are quite a few entries, most of them are too brief. There are a fair number of illustrations. The book should have been twice as long, and the entries written in more detail.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I expected more July 24 2002
By Arwen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I really expected more. This book was interesting, but it just didn't give enough to be called an atlas.

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