Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places is a travelogue in sixteen essays. The author and co-editor of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology embarks on a coast-to-coast, ghost-to-ghost tour of the U.S., investigating sightings from Salem to Los Angeles, down to the Mississippi Delta and up to Detroit. He explores the usual locales — haunted houses, cemeteries, prisons — alongside less predictable places, like a Toys "R" Us store. But whatever the paranormal activity may be, Dickey pays equal attention to the psychology and cultural significance behind it; he's more interested in what hauntings say about the living than the dead. Here he discusses how the macabre has shaped our nation with Rest in Pieces author Bess Lovejoy.
More than any actual history, it's often folklore that defines a nation, and nothing captures regional color like a ghost story. Colin Dickey's