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Book Review: Spooky Creepy Boston

Written By: Paranormal News

Posted: 10/20/2010 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 1484   Submitted By:0x6a656666   Category: Ghosts

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It seems the most common individuals who survive the soul-recycling activities of the afterlife are those afraid of judgment, after revenge, seeking justice, or perhaps all three. As a result, it is no surprise that books documenting local legends and paranormal incidents are filled with tales of crime, murder, abuse, lost innocence, and everything in between. Spooky Creepy Boston, a new book written under the pseudonym Nicholas Goodwin and published by Schiffer, contains a wealth of these types of stories centered not only in Boston, but in the surrounding area as well. If you are a curious tourist or a paranormal investigator, books such as this are an indispensable resource.

This short guide contains a number of easy to read chapters on subjects such as the Boston Strangler, Margery versus Houdini, Lizzie Borden, "Jolly" Jane Toppan, Taunton State Hospital, The House of Seven Gables, Dogtown, The Seven Gates of Hell in Athol, the Bridgewater Triangle, and much more. At the end of several of these sections, you can even find contact information for the locations in the event that you want to visit and investigate the claims for yourself. Every person reading this will obviously have their personal favorites, and I suppose I am no different – the mental institution stories of Frankenstein experiments and women serial killers famous in the area definitely peaked my interest.

Thankfully, the book does not try to convince you of any of the stories provided and, in a couple locations, the authors almost seem to be light-heartedly poking fun at some of them. Inconsistency is fertile ground for skepticism, obviously, but the majority of the information provided here is a wonderful starting point for anyone interested in knowing more. As long as you maintain an open mind, you’ll enjoy all 160 pages. And if you visit these areas yourself, send me your stories!

On a side note, I do have one question for the authors: who is the nameless goth girl shown in the background of numerous pages? I didn’t necessarily understand the placement of these photos in the context of some of the chapters, but I still want her number.