Monday, October 26, 2015

Review: 13 Most Haunted in Massachusetts by Sam Baltrusis

13 Most Haunted in Massachusetts

Sam Baltrusis

Genre: Paranormal/Historical

Date of Publication: Oct. 13, 2015

Number of pages: 130
Word Count: 30,000

Cover Artist: Frank C. Grace

Book Description:

Paranormal journalist and "Ghosts of Boston" author Sam Baltrusis has traveled all over Massachusetts in search of New England's 13 most haunted. From the oldest continuously operating hotel the Omni Parker House in Boston to the beautiful but extremely active Haunted Victorian in Gardner, Baltrusis breathes new life into the long departed.

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The 13 Most Haunted in Massachusetts 

1.   S.K. Pierce Mansion, Gardner
2.   Freetown State Forest, Bridgewater Triangle
3.   Hammond Castle, Gloucester
4.   Lizzie Borden's House, Fall River
5.   Houghton Mansion, North Adams
6.   Joshua Ward House, Salem
7.   Longfellow's Wayside Inn, Sudbury
8.   USS Salem, Quincy
9.   Spider Gates Cemetery, Leicester
10. Boston Light, Little Brewster Island
11. Witch House, Salem
12. Victoria House, Provincetown
13. Boston Common, Downtown Boston

Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

I eat up just about anything I can find about the paranormal-- hauntings being my favorite. So you can imagine that I've read about lots of different haunted places. What I loved about this book is that it concentrated on a small, very haunted state. While I am quite familiar with some of the locations, others I don't know well at all. Fresh information presented in an entertaining fashion, 13 Most Haunted in Massachusetts is a great paranormal reference.

What I liked:
Locations that haven't been hashed to death. I enjoyed reading about places that I've heard of but not in depth. New material makes for interesting reading.

Personal experience mixed with history. Mr. Baltrusis didn't just rehash the history of the haunted locations. He drew me in with personal experiences and interviews with others in the field.

The writing itself. This book flows in a conversational manner, making for enjoyable reading. Sure the subject matter is interesting, but it's the author's presentation that truly made this book great.

Pictures. Yes, I loved the pictures included in the book. They helped me picture the scenes in my mind and brought everything to life.

I confess, there really wasn't much I didn't like-- at least nothing worth noting. When I head to Massachusetts, I'll be using this book for my tours. If you love the paranormal, this is a must-read.

About the Author

Sam Baltrusis, author of Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub and Ghosts of Salem: Haunts of the Witch City, is the former editor-in-chief of Spare Change News and teaches journalism classes at Malden Access TV (MATV). He has been featured as Boston's paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's Haunted Encounters and Paranormal State's Ryan Buell's Paranormal Insider Radio. As a side gig, Baltrusis moonlights as a guide and launched the successful ghost tours, Boston Haunts and Cambridge Haunts. In October 2014, he spearheaded a boat tour called Haunted Boston Harbor. Baltrusis is also a sought-after lecturer who speaks at dozens of paranormal-related events scattered throughout New England. In the past, he's worked for VH1,, Newsweek, ABC Radio and as a regional stringer for The New York Times.

Twitter: @LoadedGun 


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