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Ghostland : an American history in haunted places

Author: Colin Dickey
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Dickey, piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and "zombie houses", embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living -- how do we deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dickey, Colin.
Ghostland.
New York : Viking, 2016
(DLC) 2016044819
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Dickey
ISBN: 9781101980194 1101980192
OCLC Number: 936619826
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiii, 320 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Anatomy of a haunting (New York, NY) --
The secret staircase (Salem, MA) --
Shifting ground (St. Francisville, LA) --
The endless house (San Jose, CA) --
The rathole revelation (Georgetown, NY, and Bull Valley, IL) --
The family that would not live (St. Louis, MO) --
A devilish place (Richmond, VA) --
Baby (Reno, NV) --
Passing through (Los Angeles, CA) --
Melancholy contemplation (Moundsville, WV) --
The stain (Danvers, MA, and Athens, OH) --
Awaiting the devil's coming (Charleston, SC, and Douglas County, KS) --
Our illustrious dead (Shiloh, TN) --
The wind through Cathedral Park (Portland, OR) --
The wet grave (New Orleans, LA) --
Among the ruins (Detroit, MI) --
Hillsdale, USA --
Epilogue: Ghosts of a new machine (Allendale, CA).
Responsibility: Colin Dickey.

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Dickey, piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and "zombie houses", embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living -- how do we deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes are made to those facts and why, Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone and crimes left unsolved.

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