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Hauntings and horrors : the ultimate guide to spooky America
Cohen, Daniel, 1936-
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New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2002.
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213 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Describes the sighting of ghosts in various parts of the United States, including the ghosts of the famous, like Abraham Lincoln and Elvis Presley, the infamous, like gangster "Bugsy" Segal, and ordinary folks, like a young girl who haunts Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
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BF1472.U6 C6435 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BF1472.U6 C6435 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BF1472.U6 C6435 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This thrilling, chilling collection of stories about one hundred of America's most hair-raising locations will keep you up at night! Daniel and Susan Cohen take readers on a fascinating, phantom-filled tour of monster sightings, UFO landings, and hauntings from every state. From the ghost who reenacts her own fatal fall at the Octagon House in Washington, D.C., to eerie accounts of alien abduction in New Mexico, the authors explore each creepy location in a straightforward, utterly believable manner. The entries, complete with travel directions and telephone numbers, focus on places readers can actually visit. Part guidebook, part spooky-story collection, this is unbeatable reading for any fan of the supernatural.

Author Notes

Daniel Cohen was born Daniel Edward Reba in Chicago, Illinois on March 12, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. He worked at Time magazine and Science Digest before he began writing books. His books for children and teenagers dealt with ghosts, U.F.O.s, the occult, ESP, vampires, werewolves, conspiracies, cloning, weather, and the human genome. He also wrote biographies of the astronomer Carl Sagan and Jesse Ventura.

His only child, Theodora Cohen, was killed in the December 21, 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. He and his wife Susan Cohen exhaustively sought justice for their daughter and the 269 other victims of the bombing. They wrote several books together including When Someone You Know Is Gay and Pan Am 103: The Bombing, the Betrayals, and a Bereaved Family's Search for Justice. He died from sepsis on May 6, 2018 at the age of 82.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. Daniel Cohen, known for his many books on supernatural phenomena, returns to the subject in his latest title, written with his wife. This time, however, the result is a little different--a travelogue of reputedly haunted places across America, complete with notes about location and, sometimes, a resource address or phone number. To make it even easier for travelers, the Cohens have organized the sites by region. The Northeast and the South seem to fare best, home to more than half of the 101 places described. Kids may be disappointed that the text is so matter-of-fact (no sensational tellings here), but the selection is very good. A family can visit Houdini's grave in New York, swing over to New Hampshire to see the site of the first alien abduction, spend time with Harry Truman's ghost in Missouri, then venture west to Roswell, New Mexico. Illustrations, mostly photos, are scattered throughout; finished ones weren't available at the time of this review. Plenty of appeal. A bibliography is appended. --Stephanie Zvirin