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Why is Savannah, Georgia the most haunted city in America? Historian and tour guide James Caskey answers this question and many more. This fully-revised and updated book details over forty of Savannah’s most infamous ghost stories, resulting in a paranormal compilation unlike any other. Discover the truth about Savannah’s haunted history as you explore spine-chilling talesWhy is Savannah, Georgia the most haunted city in America? Historian and tour guide James Caskey answers this question and many more. This fully-revised and updated book details over forty of Savannah’s most infamous ghost stories, resulting in a paranormal compilation unlike any other. Discover the truth about Savannah’s haunted history as you explore spine-chilling tales about the Hostess City’s shadowy “Other Side,” as told by a master storyteller. This volume combines exhaustive searches of historical archives, detailed analysis, and engaging first-hand accounts of spectral activity as experienced by eyewitnesses, even by the author!Haunted Savannah: America’s Most Spectral City is not a collection of dry facts, dates and folklore; it is an enlightening and entertaining journey for anyone interested in the paranormal, from magical mystery tourist to serious ghost hunter. Containing over 50 photos and a detailed map of Savannah’s Historic District, this book is the perfect ‘pocket tour guide’ for the do-it-yourself ghost seeker....

Title : Haunted Savannah: America's Most Spectral City
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ISBN : 9780988252974
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Haunted Savannah: America's Most Spectral City Reviews

  • Jim Dooley
    2019-02-12 19:03

    A fun read for the Halloween season!This is more than a tour book. The writer takes care to share his research so that it is not just "another tale told 'round the campfire." The result is a collection of tales that feel real. As the writer states in the Afterward, the charm of a Savannah ghost story isn't just the tale itself; it is also the sensations you experience by being where the ghostly visitations are supposed to occur. I can attest that Savannah has atmosphere aplenty, and there are more sides to he city than those found in the famous MIDNIGHT book.I especially appreciated the time taken to debunk some of the most spurious stories. It is not only showing a respect for the customers, but also showing respect for the real life people being portrayed in the fabrications. After all, so many unusual things have happened in Savannah that there is no need to make up incidents.It was also fun to learn how tour guides create delays when another tour is at the place they want to visit. Encouraging customers to take photographs of an otherwise innocuous vacant dwelling on the chance that a particular picture might capture "something" was amusing.The rich history of Savannah is ripe for tales of "things that go bump in the night," and this book doesn't disappoint. ... Of course, I'll admit there were a number of places that that I was more than happy to read about rather than risk a chance encounter!Recommended for the amateur ghost fancier in all of us.

  • Meri Elena
    2019-02-09 20:51

    It is a long-standing tradition for me to buy a book of ghost stories every time I visit someplace new. I went to Savannah, GA for the first time this spring and acquired James Caskey's evocatively-named collection. The stories he includes are riveting, with few exceptions, and the included first-person experiences bring out his voice beautifully.I was rather disappointed with the editing of the text. Typos here and there are no big deal, but the frequency of missed words, incorrect words, and transposed words was a bit too much. I kept tripping over them. It was always small words (a, the, is, at, on, etc.), but they were everywhere. I also noticed a few subject-verb disagreements and sentences with multiple clauses that did not connect in a grammatically correct manner. Even the final sentence was not free from error: "I promise you, it is an experience is worth having." Another of my favorite examples is "one early one evening" (page 70). This is the second edition, professionally published. There should not be that many errors.Aside from the typo typhoon and a slight tendency towards redundancy, it was a really good book, and I do understand why it is consistently a bestseller. Caskey includes ample historical details to back up his claims, so much so that in one chapter he warns readers to skip a section if they don't want to read quite so much "boring" history. I don't mind lots of history in a ghost story. It makes it more believable and more chilling. On the flip side, Caskey also devoted much of Haunted Savannah to debunking common misconceptions and out-and-out lies about Savannah's supernatural phenomena. The stories are, as best I can tell, authentic, and often include stunning photographs of the haunted buildings. Perhaps more important than any of that, though, is how the author's enthusiasm for his work catapults off the page. The book could use a visit from the Editing Elves, I think, but it is nonetheless quite worth reading, and I'm glad to have it as a souvenir of my lovely vacation in the most haunted city in America.

  • Michael
    2019-01-22 19:45

    I'm not really sure what to call this book. It's non-fiction, it's historical, and it could be fantasy or mystery as well. My wife and I visited Savannah, GA this past summer and loved it! It was the tail end of a trip to South Carolina to visit a friend. Savannah is a beautiful city and to listen to those who live there it's full of ghosts as well. We arrived in the evening and I just marveled at all of the ghost walks that were taking place around the city. We visited a few of the spots mentioned in the book. One of my favorite spots was the Bonaventure Cemetary located a couple of miles outside the downtown area. It is full of beautiful statues and gravestones and is filled with trees with Spanish moss hanging from them giving an eerie feeling and beauty that you don't see elsewhere. The cemetary was a prominent feature, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" a book written by John Berendt and made into a film by Clint Eastwood. There are many historical buildings that have a long history of ghost sightings such as the Johnny Mercer home (also featured in the same book and movie), the Colonial Park Cemetary located in the center of town, the Hamilton-Turner Inn, Moon River Brewing Company, the 17Hundred90 Inn, and even the Harley-Davidson store. This is a great reference book if you plan to visit Savannah. I plan to go back armed with more information next time.

  • Katie
    2019-02-06 17:52

    I love a good ghost story. This book is a collection of ghost stories from around Savannah, which themselves aren't really very scary, mostly being of the "waiters claim to hear footsteps from unoccupied floors of the building" variety. The real standout feature is the author's attention to historical detail. For each location, he starts off with the local legends associated with the building/haunting, then delves into which parts of those stories are true and which are total fabrications based on his research. He states explicitly in the forward that this book was written for tour guides to finally get their facts straight, dammit, and his clear aggravation with tour guides that just make shit up and perpetuate obviously untrue stories is pretty amusing. Anyway, the combination of well-researched Savannah history and eyewitness ghost stories (no matter how tame they might be) makes this a fun little read.

  • Dustin
    2019-02-02 16:55

    I absolutely loved this book, and it was hard for me to put it down! Savannah, GA is one of my favorite cities. It's history, and sheer beauty, are captivating. During my last visit I took one of it's famous "ghost tours", and was left wanting to know more. I did not want to just know the legends, I wanted to know the truths, and this book did an outstanding job of giving them to me in a format that kept me interested at the turn of each page. One of the book's best assets - in my opinion - is that in a few short pages per chapter every major landmark throughout the historical district is covered. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in those things that go bump in the night throughout Georgia's most beautiful city. Fantastic job James Caskey! I look forward to your future publications.

  • Sarah Kazee
    2019-02-03 20:06

    This book was really good. I just returned from Savannah a couple weeks ago (where I bought the book in the first place.) I bought it because we took a couple tours during the day but never got around to the haunted tours. I thought the book would be the next best thing but I think the book was better if you really want to know the truth and history. It even corrected a couple things my husband and I were told on our tour that weren't related to hauntings. If you are visiting Savannah or just like ghost stories this is a must read before you go and if you have been you should definitely read it just to see how much history was edited while you were there.

  • Reid
    2019-02-05 22:55

    My wife and I visited Savannah for our honeymoon and took several "ghost tours". After reading this book I realized that A) I wish I'd taken Mr. Caskey's tour, B) much of what some of the ghost tours told us was, in fact, bunk, and C) I wish I'd read this BEFORE visiting the city. The amount of research and dedication that was put into this book lifts it above a mere "paranormal" book. Not all of Savannah's hauntings are of the literal kind. Haunted Savannah is an excellent read that only whets my appetite to return to that dusky jewel of a city.

  • Anne Heitmann
    2019-02-12 16:10

    This was our group's go to book for our visit to Savannah. Not only does it provide the entertainment value of good ghost stories, it is also meticulously researched. The historical context provided for each "haunting" makes this an illuminating read for believers and non-believers alike. We also often used the book to plan where to eat. The map included in the front of the book made navigating Savannah's haunted history spots very easy.

  • Lynette
    2019-01-31 18:47

    This is the first book I've read on hauntings in Savannah, and I thought it was wonderful! I'm a history buff, and there is a LOT of history recounted in this book. In addition to telling ghost stories, Caskey does a great job of debunking stories that have no basis in fact. I want to go down to Savannah now and see all of these places!

  • Yashira Muñoz
    2019-02-18 20:50

    Friends gave me this book as a gift and is also autographed so that make it extra special ( my first autographed book yay!!!!!). The special-ness of this book is not gonna hold me back from an honest review, So here we go!!!!!...Keep reading the review on my blog

  • Linda
    2019-02-07 19:51

    loved it love savannah my fave place to visit

  • Cheyenne
    2019-02-01 15:44

    I found this book really informative and intriguing the whole way through. :)

  • Aaron Badgley
    2019-02-09 18:49

    Extremely well researched, easy read, well written, historical, excellent

  • Jimmie
    2019-02-04 21:56

    Love his books.

  • Chris
    2019-01-25 17:05

    Not the best ghost folklore collection, but not the worse either. Bonus points for correcting stories and doing research.

  • Danielle Vandehaar
    2019-02-16 18:57

    Delightful book, but just go visit Savannah yourself.

  • Doug
    2019-01-22 18:02

    Fun read...If you are going to visit Savanah, Fort Pulaski is worth the drive and the aura of the place is ... special.

  • Nancy Freeman
    2019-01-28 17:06

    Truth or notMost fascinating. Such different stories from what is told in Savannah. Stories change from generation to generation. Fiction or non