Thursday, January 7, 2016

Book Review: Apparition Atlas by Daniel Diehl & Mark P. Donnelly ~ "The Ghost Hunter's Travel Guide to Haunted America"


Welcome to my review of

About the Book:

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.

Guaranteed to make you doubt everything you believe about death being the end of existence.

Book Details:

Title: Apparition Atlas

Author: Daniel Diehl & Mark P. Donnelly

Genre: Paranormal/Non-Fiction/Travel

Length: 540 pages

Release Date: September 1, 2015

ISBN-13: 978-1515263166

IMPRINT: Gaia’s Essence

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My Review:

Apparition Atlas is a very interesting travel guide.  The book has many features including help guides, rules, and listings by state.  The front of the book contains "A Beginner's Guide to Ghosts and Ghost Hauntings.  Following the guide is an index with a comprehensive list of Do's and Don'ts to help anyone from the novice to the expert in approaching the "art" of ghost hunting.  Please remember that the buildings included in the book may be owned privately and trespassing is a No-No.

The authors list the states alphabetically with the name of the haunted building, where it's located, and a description of the haunting(s) that take place.  There is a bit of history, if it's known, for each location.  At the end of each location, the authors included the address information, hours of operation, any fees that may be charged, along with a rating of haunting intensity.

One of the listed places is Andrew Jackson's Hermitage plantation.  My husband and I had the pleasure of touring the building and property - during the day - in Decempber 2009.  At the time, I wasn't aware that there were verified ghostly goings-on.  We didn't witness anything amiss nor did any of the tour guides mention hauntings.  Maybe one day we'll go back and do the haunted tour of Nashville and pop back by the Hermitage, just because.

As a Michigander, I was aware of all but one of the locations described in the book.  The haunted places listed are just a drop in the bucket of locations that are haunted in Michigan.  In Fenton, the Fenton Hotel is rumored to be haunted and I know a few people who've experienced things there.  I also know that there is a former monastery in Fenton that is haunted.

The Atlas is a very nicely put together state organized travel guide.  I recommend those wishing to use it actually purchase a hard copy of the book.  As much as I'm against writing in books, I would use the hard copy to make notes in about the places I planned to visit or did visit.  It would be a nice way to mark off where you've been, which places you've seen, any experiences you had, and if you agree with the rating of the haunting provided by the authors.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.



Meet 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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