True Ghost Stories
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up. The nine "full-length" accounts in True Ghost Stories include familiar tales of "The Flying Dutchman" and "The Cock Lane Ghost" (poltergeist fraud) as well as several stories of apparitions and hauntings from England, Scotland, Wales, and Australia. "Ghostly Thoughts" at each story's end propose rational explanations for the phenomena. In True Horror Stories, Burke and Hare turn from newly dead to freshly killed bodies to increase their profits from sales to Scottish physicians for anatomy instruction; Lizzie Borden's parents are gruesomely murdered; and a family flees in terror from their dream home in Amityville, NY. These oft-told stories and eight additional tales are related in an entertaining fictional style.. Foreboding, atmospheric pen-and-ink drawings set the mood for each account. In both books, occasional "Fact File" sections provide supplementary information. All of the tales deliver chills with generally more descriptive detail than is found in Daniel Cohen's Ghostly Tales of Love and Revenge (Putnam, 1992) and Great Ghosts (Cobblehill, 1990). American readers may be confused by some of the British words and phrases, but should be able to determine their meaning from the context. There is plenty of terror and gore here to delight horror-film fans and enough notes of reality to make them think before accepting a purely spiritual explanation for the mysterious.?Ann G. Brouse, Big Flats Branch Library, Big Flats, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The thing that is disturbing about this book is that the stories are apparently true. It makes me think: Good God, imagine such terrible accounts actually taking place, those people are still out there somewhere with this past event in their minds!
All of the tales have a way about them, an atmosphere that is uniquely unsettling. The one that does it for me, though, is the account of The Manchester Mummy. I found this story, along with its creepy picture, to be one of the most disturbing stories I've personally ever heard. And this one, you can be sure, is pretty much based on solid facts. I took it upon myself last year while in England to look it up with the intention of visiting the museum in which the mummy is held, but never got around to it. The story is told verbatim! And that in itself makes the story for me even creepier. If you can imagine a nasty middle aged woman in the 1700's, who is terrified of being buried alive, insisting she be buried in her shed as a mummy, and then haunting the crap out of her house... well, that's just the beginning. There is a twist to the story which haunted me when I first read it, 15 years ago. I'll never forget it.
A kid's book, if it has to be classed. But it is not for children!
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