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Once again, in his 27th book, Hans Holzer embarks on a ghost hunt, this time in the haunted Southland. He ranges from Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida to Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and the Carolinas, to Georgia and Louisiana and Maryland in quest of spectres, seeking out unusual places and unusual people.

From reports by reputable witnesses, Professor Holzer has gathered here firsthand accounts of psychic experiences; of ghosts seen or heard; or rickety houses and stately mansions whose otherworld inhabitants share the appointments with flesh-and-blood people.

Dixie, with its romantic moods and old-world charm, is particularly prone to harbor phantoms, such as the Gray Man of Pawley's Island, South Carolina, who warns of impending disaster, or headless Joe Baldwin and the famed Maco light of Wilmington. In perhaps the most chilling account, a Tyler, Texas, family suffers years of agony at the hands of a particularly destructive poltergeist. Insects come from nowhere to literally rain on them in their home, and heavy objects are seen to move through space.

The phantoms of Dixie are neither legendary nor figments of the imagination. They are the spirits of restless people who once lived out their normal lives, but died in distress or terror. If you are a psychic, and if you chance to visit some of the colorful places Hans Holzer describes in this book, perhaps you too will partake of the spine-tingling experiences these Southerners have lived through.

©1972 Alexandra Gargiulo (P)2017 David N. Wilson

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Good Collection of Reported True Ghost Stories

I really like original and true ghost stories. I have listened to a few different styles of true account tellings and this one was middle of the road. My favorite so far are the stories from Ed and Loraine Warren because they provided much more information about the hauntings and even went into the resolution. This was more just about the hauntings themselves and told from a here are the facts type of telling versus a campfire ghost story telling. While this comes off as these are completely real I feel quite a few of them every town has as their urban legend.
Pam Dougherty did a great job narrating the story and I would be happy to listen to more stories told by her.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Not For Me

I really wanted to like this collection of true ghost stories. I kept waiting for the stories to become compelling, scary, spooky or even just a little bit creep-inducing. But they never got there. This is some of the driest 'true paranormal' material I've ever come across. That said, Pam Dougherty delivers a performance that almost makes it worth it. I wouldn't recommend this collection to my friends, there is much more interesting 'true' paranormal content out there.

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  • 12-18-17

Excellent narrator but dry material

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Well... I'm finding myself unsure what to make of this book. Pam Dougherty has a wonderful voice and she somewhat kept my interest throughout this collection of short ghost stories. The problem was that they feel more like a college textbook than actual ghost stories. I believe that was what Hans Holzer was attempting to do, but I kept finding my mind wondering away from the stories being told, rather than listening with rapt attention.

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Enjoyable even though I don’t believe

Nor do I know the south very well but I did enjoy the stories nonetheless.

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An excellent read

I knew Hans Ozark was a celebrity ghost expert from the 50s and 60s. So when I seen his book I was so excited to listen to it and I was not disappointed. I love anything to do with history including historical ghost. These ghosts are not necessarily historical but from the time they were written until now makes them historical there’s a really good stories going from each southern state to another I need story better than the last. I think if you were more into modern ghost stories and gotcha entertainment maybe this isn’t for you if you are into real ghost stories I want to hear true accounts read this book it’s excellent!

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  • Alan Preece
  • 01-21-20

A good read for the more credulous.

The book follows a collection of "true" supernatural events and it's an enjoyable listen to those of us who are either believers in such things or who are more on the credulous side, which I consider myself to be. I think its particularly well read with a southern accent that helped me along with the more (ahem) "difficult to believe" portions of the narrative. I've been wanting to get to read a Holzer book for some time as I remember him fondly from the Amityville books of my youth and it was what I was expecting.