September 16, 2012

Review - America's Haunted Universities (Matthew L. Swayne)

America's Haunted Universities examines some of the most haunted locales in the country--U.S. university campuses. From haunted libraries to doomed dorms, journalist Matthew L. Swayne has scoured universities across the country to bring readers the most comprehensive look available at ghost encounters at these bastions of higher education. This guide explores the strangest and most enduring stories with first-hand accounts, historical analysis, and a re-telling of classic legends.
Readers will find stories about long-dead college faculty who still appear in a spectral sense on American campuses, coeds who met untimely ends, a haunted elevator, the carnivorous Penguin man, the ghostess with the mostess, and a poltergeist named "Monkey Boy," as well as many other chilling and bizarre entities and encounters.


Review
There is more than one reason why you should be carefully choosing the University you want to attend. Some might be a good choice career-wise, but then there's all that poltergeisting which might be a bit annoying when you're trying to learn for exams.
Encounters of the spooky kind have apparently scared students throughout the years and in America's Haunted Universities Matthew L. Swayne now presents a collection of paranormal events in dormitories and classrooms, and of course libraries too.
Tongue in cheek and wildly entertaining, the author isn't trying to proof that these places are actually haunted, but instead he compiled a mix of unexplained occurrences that are often based on folktales and urban legends of the haunting kind. Of course a few real ghost stories might have slipped in as well, but maybe it's just an old building settling that explains the eery creaking and moaning in the walls at night.
I must admit I was happy to see that the author doesn't try to convince readers that all those ghostly encounters are the real thing. Though you're free to take every word at face value, if you wish.
While the book claims to be a comprehensive collection, to me it seemed a rather haphazard assortment of incidents, some all too brief, maybe a paragraph long, while others were more extensive. Apart from that, however, this has been a truly amusing read for me.
In short: A hauntingly fun read!

3/5 Trees

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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