A Season with the Witch The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem Massachusetts

Author: J. W. Ocker
Publisher: The Countryman Press
ISBN: 1581575548
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Edgar Award-winning travel writer spends an autumn living in one of America's spookiest tourist destinations: Salem, Massachusetts Salem, Massachusetts, may be the strangest city on the planet. A single event in its 400 years of history—the Salem Witch Trials of 1692—transformed it into the Capital of Creepy in America. But Salem is a seasonal town—and its season happens to be Halloween. Every October, this small city of 40,000 swells to close to half a million as witches, goblins, ghouls, and ghosts (and their admirers) descend on Essex Street. For the fall of 2015, occult enthusiast and Edgar Award–winning writer J.W. Ocker moved his family of four to downtown Salem to experience firsthand a season with the witch, visiting all of its historical sites and macabre attractions. In between, he interviews its leaders and citizens, its entrepreneurs and visitors, its street performers and Wiccans, its psychics and critics, creating a picture of this unique place and the people who revel in, or merely weather, its witchiness.

Poe Land The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe

Author: J. W. Ocker
Publisher: The Countryman Press
ISBN: 1581576765
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Winner of the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical! Follow the footsteps of the father of American horror fiction. Edgar Allan Poe was an oddity: his life, literature, and legacy are all, well, odd. In Poe-Land, J. W. Ocker explores the physical aspects of Poe’s legacy across the East Coast and beyond, touring Poe’s homes, examining artifacts from his life—locks of his hair, pieces of his coffin, original manuscripts, his boyhood bed—and visiting the many memorials dedicated to him. Along the way, Ocker meets people from a range of backgrounds and professions—actors, museum managers, collectors, historians—who have dedicated some part of their lives to Poe and his legacy. Poe-Land is a unique travelogue of the afterlife of the poet who invented detective fiction, advanced the emerging genre of science fiction, and elevated the horror genre with a mastery over the macabre that is arguably still unrivaled today.

Hidden History of Salem

Author: Susanne Saville
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614237905
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Salem, nestled along the rocky coast of Massachusetts, has long been synonymous with witches, despite efforts to emphasize other aspects of the city's rich history. In this fascinating collection of stories, author Susanne Saville sheds light on the forgotten moments of this noteworthy New England community. Discover Salem's profitable "Age of Sail," the important role coffeehouses played during the American Revolution, the scandalous life of Richard Crowninshield Jr. and the unforgettable writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. These revealing stories will not leave the history of Salem in the shadows for long.

Haunted Salem

Author: Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 9780811744218
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• Full story of historic witch hunts • Guide to haunted inns and historic houses • Curses, spells, and bewitchments • Accounts of magic, spell-casting, and witchlore • Ghost and burial superstitions • Profiles of publicly accessible places that have reports of haunting activity

Salem

Author: Dane Anthony Morrison
Publisher: Northeastern University Press
ISBN: 1555538509
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How is a sense of place created, imagined, and reinterpreted over time? That is the intriguing question addressed in this comprehensive look at the 400-year history of Salem, Massachusetts, and the experiences of fourteen generations of people who lived in a place mythologized in the public imagination by the horrific witch trials and executions of 1692 and 1693. But from its settlement in 1626 to the present, Salem was, and is, much more than this. In this volume, contributors from a variety of fields examine Salem's multiple urban identities: frontier outpost of European civilization, cosmopolitan seaport, gateway to the Far East, refuge for religious diversity, center for education, and of course, "Witch City" tourist attraction.

The Martians are Coming

Author: Alan Gallop
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445612534
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Orson Welles' 1938 radio production of The War of the Worlds is now remembered as one of the most sublime, if accidental. hoaxes ever concocted. This is what really happened.

The New England Grimpendium

Author: J. W. Ocker
Publisher: The Countryman Press
ISBN: 1581578628
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An insider’s guide to wicked, weird, and wonderful New England. A rich compendium of macabre and historic New England happenings, this travelogue features firsthand accounts of almost 200 sites throughout New England. This region is full of the macabre, the grim, and the ghastly—and all of it is worth visiting, for the traveler who dares! Author J. W. Ocker supplements directions and site information with entertaining personal anecdotes. Topics include: Legends and personalities of the macabre Infamous crimes and killers Dreadful tragedies Horror movie locales Notable cemeteries and gravestones Intriguing memento mori Classic monsters

Salem s Witch House

Author: John Goff
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614232865
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Though located on Massachusetts's scenic North Shore, Salem is often remembered for its less than picturesque history. The "Witch City," as it is internationally known, is home to numerous landmarks dedicated to the notorious trials of 1692. Of these, the Witch House is perhaps most significant; this former residence of Judge Jonathan Corwin, whose court ordered the execution of twenty men and women, is the town's only true historic tie to the trials. It was here that Corwin examined the unfortunate accused. There is, however, more to this ancient building than its most famous occupant. From wars and death to prosperity and progress, local author John Goff searches beneath its beams and studs to find stories of those who called this place home.

Death and Douglas

Author: J. W. Ocker
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781510724570
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A warm and beautifully written--but also dark and macabre--middle grade novel about a boy whose family runs the local small-town funeral home.