• by Colin Dickey
  • Narrated by Jon Lindstrom
  • 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Not about ghost stories

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I thought this book was going to be about ghost stories. I was wrong. Returning it.

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- Amazon Customer

Bitter Disappointment !

This is the first book (of many) purchased, that I have ever been disappointed to the point of regret. I now long for the spent credit I used to purchase this book. I gain some comfort in knowing I can possibly save someone else from the purchase. It was a painfully difficult book (I never finished it), to make sense of. You will anticipate the history of ghost stories, but what you will get are lengthy commentaries upon which the writer imposes his opinion as to how the behavior of mankind had cultivated such atrocities from slavery to prostitution he injects his opinion. Don't misread this......slavery was (and is) an indisputable abomination! I just thought I was purchasing a book for entertainment and not for a lesson in morality.
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- Dianna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio