Apparently this site comes up if one searches for “paranormal nonfiction book reviewers”. Good to know. Thanks to that fact I was contacted by Jamie Davis, writer of Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums. Jamie wrote this book last year, but as she gets ready for her second book she asked if I would be interested in reviewing Haunted. My interest in the paranormal has ebbed and flowed over the years. Currently in a down phase I’m pleased to say that Jamie’s book has rekindled my interest.
Haunted Asylums, Prisons and Sanatoriums is a simple yet brilliant idea for a paranormal book. We have all watched the reality shows on television. Men, women, college students and pets travel the country to investigate allegedly haunted places. But how would us common folk go about doing the same? This book gives all of the information for a number of the most popular haunted sites in the country. Contact information, schedule, and best of all – price. Any one who has even the smallest itch to investigate can find out exactly how to do so from this book.
For each location Jamie and her investigative partner Sam give a play by play of their entire experience. The pre investigation, the events of the night, and any side stories that may have also occurred. Its a fascinating look at all that goes into planning and executing an investigation.
Jamie and Sam have some very scary experiences. I read this book over two nights and for the sake of my sleep that may have been a mistake. There’s nothing like reading a story about the author waking up to see some thing looking back at her to keep the reader up all night.
The transcripts of Jamie and Sam’s EVP sessions were engrossing. My only complaint is the lack of any pictures. I know that’ my jaded TV watching self speaking and such evidence is not that easily obtained. Still, what a cherry on the top of this page turner it would have been. Maybe in the next book.
To Jamie’s credit the most interesting and scary parts of the book in my opinion was the history she gave of each location. The worst of human kind is represented at every location and it is heart breaking to read. Not only the murders and suicides and assaults among those imprisoned. But also the lack of humanity shown by those who locked them up. Who cares about the health of these people right? The violence, rats, over population and more will sort everything out.
Jamie makes an excellent point towards the end of the book. If an investigator is open to experiences, experiences will happen. That goes along well with my current theory on the paranormal. The more I believe in such things, the more it will present itself to me. At 11PM and right before bedtime I don’t believe in any of it. However, in broad daylight I truly believe Jamie and Sam experienced many things that cant be explained and wrote a damn fine book about their experiences.
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