Tuesday, August 12, 2014

REVIEW: Ghosts of Salem

Ghosts of Salem: Haunts of the Witch City
By: Sam Baltrusis
Genre: Occult, Supernatural, New England
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date. 8.3.2014
Pages: 117

Date read: 8.11.2014
Recommended by: Worldwind Blog Tours, Read 2 Review

Summary: Nestled on the rocky coast of Massachusetts, Salem is a city steeped with history and legend.  Famously known for its witch trials, the historic North Shore seaport also has a dark history of smugglers and deadly fires.  It is considered to be one of New England's most haunted destinations.  Inside Howard Street Cemetery, the ghost of accused witch Giles Corey wanders among the gravestones.  Outside the Ropes Mansion the ghost of Abigail Ropes can be seen peeking out of the windows.  The Gardner-Pingree House on Essex Street is host to the spirit of sea captain Joseph White, a man whose murder in 1830 inspired literary giants like Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Join author and paranormal journalist Sam Baltrusis on a chilling journey through the streets of Salem as he chronicles the historic haunts of the Witch City.

Ever since 6th grade, when I first read the Salem Witch Trials in school, I have had a fascination with Salem.  Not just because of the witches, but because of all the history, the culture, the mystery.  When this book "came across my desk," I was both happy and excited and couldn't wait until I was able to sit down and read it.

It did not disappoint.  From the very beginning, I was hooked.  He is very eloquent and gives lots of information on every page, includes some beautiful pictures of this historic city, and goes beyond just the lore of the witch trials and it's aftermath.  I was lucky enough to visit Massachusetts not too long ago, but this book has given me a lot more places that I want to visit when I head there again.

If you find the supernatural interesting and have a love of history, this is a great book for you to sit down and read - and there are two other books in the series (Ghosts of Boston and Ghosts of Cambridge) that I plan to pick up soon.  

There was just ONE thing about the book that I found annoying, though it didn't affect the flow.  Some information is written several times, just in different ways, and a lot of the captions under the pictures are written verbatim from the text.  I've seen other books do this with pictures and it bugs me - a picture caption is a great place to add some small bit that you have not included in the story, but if you're not going to, at least change it a bit so I'm not reading the same exact thing a second time.  Small issue, but after several times it became bothersome to me.

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