“Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places” By Colin Dickey

28953623“Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places”
By Colin Dickey
Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
Release date: 10-04-16
Publisher: Penguin Audio

Not so long ago Ghost Hunting was an interesting trend.  There were several TV shows dedicated to finding spirits.  They never set out to debunk the ghosts in question only to prove.  I jumped on that bandwagon for a bit, thinking it would be great to find that piece of evidence that would finally prove ghosts exist.  After a few years of hitting up some haunts all we discovered is that some prescription drugs don’t mix and create hallucinations, old buildings make noise, and our eyes and ears play tricks on us.

Colin Dickey sets out to explore this trend with some of the United States’ most reported haunted places.  It seems that all phenomenon has some explanation and can be debunked.   I think it all comes down to what you set out to do whether to prove or disprove, you will support your theory.  Dickey does bring up a lot of evidence to support that most of the reported hauntings simply prey upon our desire to explain and entertain.

Breaking it down this book is not necessarily about hauntings and ghosts so much as how haunting and ghost stories are ways we tell and deal with the stories of American history and culture. This is a fascinating exploration of the psychology and anthropology of our “haunted” United States.

This book takes some of the country’s best known haunted sites and proceeds to psychologically debunk them. In the downslide of the nations’s latest Spiritualism and Ghost hunting craze this is what we all need to bring us back to earth.  I’ve since sold all my ghost hunting tools.

Publisher’s Summary
An intellectual feast for fans of offbeat history, Ghostland takes listeners on a road trip through some of the country’s most infamously haunted places – and deep into the dark side of our history.

Colin Dickey is on the trail of America’s ghosts. Crammed into old houses and hotels, abandoned prisons and empty hospitals, the spirits that linger continue to capture our collective imagination, but why? His own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and “zombie homes”, Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. Some have established reputations as “the most haunted mansion in America” or “the most haunted prison”; others, like the haunted Indian burial grounds in West Virginia, evoke memories from the past our collective nation tries to forget.

With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living – how do we, the living, deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed, for whatever reason, haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made – and why those changes are made – Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone, crimes left unsolved. Spellbinding, scary, and wickedly insightful, Ghostland discovers the past we’re most afraid to speak of aloud in the bright light of day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark.

©2016 Colin Dickey (P)2016 Penguin Audio