Saturday, January 7, 2012

Review - Hell House & Other True Hauntings from Around the World by Alison Rattle and Allison Vale

Hell House & Other True Hauntings from Around the World by Alison Rattle and Allison Vale
Released: January 1, 2005
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 208 pages
Format: Hardback
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5
The chilling title of this hair-raising volume refers to the real-life Hell House of New Orleans—a mansion haunted by the ghosts of tortured and murdered slaves. But that’s only one of the 43 forbidding locations documented within these pages. Bold readers are invited to go on a world-spanning tour of haunted places, to meet ghosts, apparitions, and spirits such as the Windigo of the remote Canadian forests, which possesses unwary travelers and compels them to eat human flesh. Here also are such horrors as the moving coffins of Barbados, the Hungry Ghosts of China, and other bizarre manifestations of the spirit world. Truly a feast of shudders and thrills for all fans of the supernatural.
I have always been a sucker for a good ghost story but the true ones are so much more scarier such as the ones in this book some of which I have heard of and some new to me but made my toes curl beneath me and shivers run up my arms nonetheless! They are not just stories we have come to know from aroun the United States but also from all around the world. One in particular was set in Jamaica and told of the ever feared duppy which is believed to be the shadow of a dead person and most folks in the region spread the blood of white chickens around their home to ward off this evil.

I loved everything about this book..the cover is just awesome resembling an old timey book with a skull like image and two bulging red eyes popping from the center. Then the pages on the inside are lightly tinted giving you the feeling of reading an older book and has beautiful photographs and illustrations to depict each of the stories within.

It will make a fine addition to your library if you like to be a bit creeped out or just simply enjoy ghost stories. But remember to keep a light on and a cover to duck under when you begin reading!


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