Review: Book: Chasing Ghosts- Marc Hartzman

Title: Chasing Ghosts

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Marc Hartzman

Publisher: Quirk Books

Genre: Ghosts and Hauntings

Page Count: 272 Pages

ISBN: 978-1683692775

Author or Book Website: Marc Hartzman Books

Link to Amazon purchase page: Chasing Ghosts: A Tour of Our Fascination with Spirits and the Supernatural: Hartzman, Marc: Books

Link to Goodreads: Chasing Ghosts: A Tour of Our Fascination with Spirits and the Supernatural by Marc Hartzman | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: ARC Copy

Summary of the Book:

Take a spirited tour through the supernatural history of America, from its haunted sites to its famous ghosts to its ghost-obsessed pop culture.

Ghosts are everywhere—whether you believe in them or not. Every town has its local legends, and countless books, movies, and TV shows are haunted by their presence. But our obsession with ghosts runs deeper than we know—and is embedded in the very fabric of American history.

Writer and historian Marc Hartzman dons the mantle of tour guide, taking readers on a fascinating journey through supernatural history, including:

• The Fox Sisters and the rise of Spiritualism
• The supernatural obsessions of famous figures like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
• Famous haunted sites like the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia and the LaLaurie House in New Orleans
• Famous ghosts like the Bell Witch of Tennessee and the Greenbrier Ghost of West Virginia
• Paranormal investigators like Ed and Lorraine Warren

Deeply researched and highly entertaining, with archival images and black and white illustrations, Chasing Ghosts will satisfy believers and skeptics alike.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. There was this story at the beginning about two orphans who made a pact to each other about what happened when they die. There was so much information in this book about that it is a bit much to take in. One of the things that made made me laugh was when they mentioned Beetlejuice and the Handbook for the Recently Deceased. I remember this movie from when I was growing up. They mentioned burial traditions from around the world. It did have me thinking about Purgatory. The question they put up is it real or not. They talk about having conversations with the dead. The pictures in this book were a bit strange and weird. There were a lot of mediums and spiritualists were talked about. There items that they talked about that can help communication with the other side. There was a list of famously haunted places.

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

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