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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Weird Encounters - Joanne M. Austin

Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman are fairly well-known in New Jersey as oddity hunters, and they became even better knwon as they collected more for their Weird U.S. series. They have many partners in their line of work. Weird Encounters is a collection of "True Tales of Haunted Place" compiled by Joanne M. Austin.

If you have a particular area of interest when it comes to haunting, you're sure to find it here. Haunted Houses, Historic Haunts, and Hostel Environments. Creepy Cemeteries, Workplace Wraiths, Educated Entities, and Institutional Apparitions. All can be found here. While many are available for visitors, some are restricted as private residences or even undisclosed locations to protect the residence.

A group of teenagers play with a Ouija board and are led to the misspelled name of 'Phebe' that they later find out may not be so strange as they originally believed. The staff at Monterey's Hotel are friendly and so is the resident repairman, who just happens to be an apparition. If you visit Hawaii be careful when picking up hitchhikers, as the Fire Goddess Pele is known to hitch a ride with friendly drivers. King's Island Amusement Park is a great place to spend a fun-filled day of rollercoasters and other fantastic rides. It's never had an accident, so why are there so many ghosts hanging around the park? In an undisclosed ranch in Nevada, you may be able to catch a glimpse of an unattached pair of legs climbing up the stairs.

There are plenty of other strange and spooky stories in this book. Whether you're just curious to read about hauntings or looking to seek an adventure of your own, this book will be good entertainment.

Recommended Reads:
Weird Hauntings compiled by Joanne M. Austin
Alligators in the Sewer and 222 Other Urban Legends by Thomas J. Craughwell

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