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New England s Scariest Stories and Urban Legends by Summer Paradis and Cathy McManus is a collection of ghost stories and legends from the northeastern United States The structure for most of the entries is presentation of the legend story followed by their experiences when they visited the site in question and other evidence for or against the legend There are also many interesting illustrations in the book showing the actual places One of my favorite stories from the book was Emily s Bridg New England s Scariest Stories and Urban Legends by Summer Paradis and Cathy McManus is a collection of ghost stories and legends from the northeastern United States The structure for most of the entries is presentation of the legend story followed by their experiences when they visited the site in question and other evidence for or against the legend There are also many interesting illustrations in the book showing the actual places One of my favorite stories from the book was Emily s Bridge In most of the stories associated with this bridge, the young woman hanged herself while waiting for her young love to meet her Supposedly some people have seen her on or near the bridge Others have experienced car problems or strange noises The authors met up with a group of paranormal investigators at the bridge by accident and had an interesting experience Another favorite of mine is the story of Mercy Brown, mostly because people feared that after she died she had become a vampire and was drawing on her father Investigators now think that perhaps she had Tuberculosis It seems though that her story was in part perhaps inspiration for Bram Stoker who had a copy of her story among his things While the stories are interesting, I think the book could have been better organized Perhaps by state or type of thing they were investigating As it is, it jumps around from state to state Otherwise organized it could also serve a little as a guidebook for people interested in visiting paranormal sites in New England that don t live as close as these authors do.Some of the stories haveof a creep factor than others, but that s to be expected in any anthology of this sort For example, the stories about Champ, the cryptid of Lake Champlain, are less creepy than interesting.Overall, it s a good book about some of the stories and legends in New England While there were some I recognized from previous reading, there was a different sort of coverage here Also there were a few legends that I hadn t heard yet I ve read a few books on New England s paranormal before, and was pleased to find some new stories I gave this book 3 stars I liked it, but it could have benefited from a different sort of organization This book was published June 28, 2014 by Schiffer Publishing.Disclaimer I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion My Thoughts On This Book As a fan of folklorist, Kathryn Tucker Windham and her 13 Ghosts series I thought this would be something along that line I enjoyed the stories for the most part I did not enjoy the way the book was put together It seemed like it was just thrown together I love to plan trips around odd things of interest My daughter and I have visited a few of these New England sites and really enjoyed ourselves so I was hoping for somethingIt was a good read, but not one th My Thoughts On This Book As a fan of folklorist, Kathryn Tucker Windham and her 13 Ghosts series I thought this would be something along that line I enjoyed the stories for the most part I did not enjoy the way the book was put together It seemed like it was just thrown together I love to plan trips around odd things of interest My daughter and I have visited a few of these New England sites and really enjoyed ourselves so I was hoping for somethingIt was a good read, but not one that left me sitting on the edge of my seat.Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley Publicity Group and Schiffer Publishing, in exchange for an honest review All opinions expressed are entirely my own Thank you for allowing me this opportunity Disclaimer ARC read via Netgalley I actually was pleasantly surprised by this little book This is a collection of urban legends or myths about New England The most well known starts the book off This would be the story of Champ, America s version of Loch Ness in fact, it seems at least every continent, if not country has one of these The sources used in this section range the gamut from older material tomodern sources There is even some science thrown in for good measure Champ is Disclaimer ARC read via Netgalley I actually was pleasantly surprised by this little book This is a collection of urban legends or myths about New England The most well known starts the book off This would be the story of Champ, America s version of Loch Ness in fact, it seems at least every continent, if not country has one of these The sources used in this section range the gamut from older material tomodern sources There is even some science thrown in for good measure Champ is probably the best known story outside of New England, and the other stories I was not familiar with at all There are, however, some variations of them in other sections New Jersey seems to have version of the Dover Demon and the Pigman Philadelphia has a variation of the throne mentioned in the chapter about the The Little People s Village And that chapter is actually a nice and surprising one I love reading books like these because of the folklore and history that are contained in them Too often, however, authors take some of the stories so seriously It has a ghost, it s scary and it must be true It s nice to see that Pardis and McManus don t check their brains out there The research involved their journeying to the places describe and checking out sources Sometimes, this means they debunk the story, or to beaccurate, tell the reader the true history I have to say that the weakest part for me of this book was the use of Wikipedia in the source listing I should note that it is my own personal dislike for the use of it as a source The book does not read like a reworded Wikipedia entry, and Pardis and McManus are at least honest in including While the book s tone and style are not quite up to the level of L.B Taylor Jr s great books about Virginia, it is an enjoyable read and nicely illustrated with photographs Crossposted at Booklikes A fun tour of odd New England places Some I ve been too, some are now on my list. Maybe because I ve never been east most stories didn t catch my attention They seemed kind of stale This is said to happen, this is why, this is what s believed to have happened, the end The interesting ones were too short and were simply ghost stories with no real background.I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *Download Book ☋ New England's Scariest Stories and Urban Legends ↠ Journey through New England s darkest places and readof its scariest stories and urban legends Explore mysterious cryptids like the Dover Demon, Pigman, the Sea Serpent of Gloucester, the Dublin Lake Monster, and the Derry Fairy Meet Champ, the legendary lake monster of Lake Champlain, and a fisherman who found himself thirty feet from the beast See the grave of Midnight Mary and the Desert of Maine, and judge for yourself if their curses are real Try to walk with the Leather Man and wonder why he chooses to walk alone Visit The House of the Seven Gables and The Shunned House, both famous in literature, and learn of ghosts that still linger there Cross Emily s Bridge in Vermont, creep over the alleged vampire Mercy Brown s grave in Rhode Island, and New England promises to scare you