Title: Apparition Atlas by Daniel Diehl and Mark P. Donnelly
Genre: Nonfiction – Nonfiction – Paranormal/Travel
Length: 540 pages
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Ravenswood Publishing
Rating – 4/5
Have you ever had an encounter with a ghost? Would you like proof that the deceased continue to visit the world of the living? Do you have the courage to stand face-to-face with visitors from the afterlife?
‘Apparition Atlas: The Ghost Hunter’s Travel Guide to Haunted America’ provides seekers of truth with a definitive guide to more than 200 publicly accessible, verified haunted locations in all fifty states. Introductory chapters discuss the many different types of apparitions and explain everything the novice ghost hunter needs to know to search for things that go bump in the night.
Sometimes the spirits of the dead manifest themselves by slamming doors or through blood chilling screams; other times they come as glowing orbs of ectoplasm that float through walls, and occasionally they appear in their human form – fully formed, semi-transparent and terrifyingly real. Let us take you on a journey to places where close encounters with the departed occur with frightening regularity.
Good morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Apparition Atlas by Daniel Diehl and Mark P. Donnelly. I would like to give a huge thank you to the authors and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Apparition Atlas is a nonfiction book that, just as the title suggests, serves as a reference book compiling locations across the United States where possible paranormal activity occurs or, has occurred in the past.
I have always had a keen interest in the paranormal, especially in the literature on the subject. Ever since I can remember ghost stories and the like have always been circulated in my family and I always begged my parents to buy me various books of ghost stories that specially featured areas around my hometown. So it really came to no surprise to me that when I read this book description I was instantly interested.
This is the second book I have read from this author duo and I really enjoy the research and thoughtfulness that is put into their books. This book was no different in that respect. I really enjoyed reading it.
I thought that the introduction was really interesting. As someone who would love to go ghost hunting someday, I found it informative and helpful. I really liked the format of the book as it goes state by state with a map of the United States and the specific state at the beginning of each states section. I love that the information is specific and not exhaustive making this a really great, portable reference. I love the information that is given about each location like the spook factor which is measured in skulls and the hour of operations. Each location also has its own page dedicated not only to the information about it but also its corresponding stories of paranormal encounters. So interesting! I would also like to add that I stayed up really late reading this book while my husband and dog were asleep next to me and we usually leave a light on in the other room, well that light totally shut off while I was reading it and I was spooked!
I ended up giving this book a four star rating. I was hoping there would be a little more from the authors at the end of the book because I really enjoy their style but overall I enjoyed this and will probably refer to it in the future when I visit some of these states! If you are interested in ghost hunting anywhere in the United States this would be a great book to have.
About the Authors
Daniel Diehl – Daniel Diehl has been an author, writer and investigative historian for thirty-five years. For nearly twenty years Diehl has been involved in writing for publication and documentary television production. Mr. Diehl’s work has won awards from the Houston (Texas) Film Festival, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (US) and the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Arts Foundation. Working alone and as a part of the multi-award winning team of Daniel Diehl and Mark Donnelly, Diehl has produced work in two main categories; trade publication and television documentary scripts. His canon of work includes twenty non-fiction books (which have been translated into ten foreign languages), one previous work of fiction and scripts for more than one hundred and seventy hours of documentary television primarily for A&E Network, The History Channel, History International, Biography Channel and Discovery Network.
Mark P. Donnelly – Mark P. Donnelly is an historian, author, screenwriter, duelist, bon vivant, and constant gentleman. He has authored, co-authored or ghost written over 20 titles in several countries and has scripted and/or produced nearly 200 hours of historical television programming. He can frequently be found traveling throughout the north-eastern US giving lectures and presentations at themed events as well as teaching historical swordsmanship and western martial arts. He currently resides in central Pennsylvania where he enjoys life with his wife and family.
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