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Haunted Heritage: A Definitive Collection of North American Ghost Stories    by Michael Norman & Beth Scott order for
Haunted Heritage
by Michael Norman
Order:  USA  Can
Tor, 2007 (2003)
Softcover, Paperback

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*   Reviewed by Sally Selvadurai

Haunted Heritage: A Definitive Collection of North American Ghost Stories is the third of four volumes in the Haunted America 'series of Americana occult folklore collections', none of which I had encountered before reading this one. The tales come from all over the United States and Canada, and range in time from historical to modern.

While the book has been extensively researched by the authors - via interviews, as well as delving into public records and family histories - the writing is slow and rather pedantic, with little sparkle. The stories do not particularly evoke the supernatural or paranormal, but rather seem monotonous, one running into another, all very much the same.

I would not recommend Haunted Heritage to someone like me, with only a casual interest in ghost stories, but its accounts of haunts and occult occurrences will likely be of interest to serious fans of the genre and of the Haunted America series.

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