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New England's dark hills, fogbound coasts, and hidden villages have inspired generations of writers such as Hawthorne, Lovecraft, and King. But these authors' dark imaginings pale when compared to little-known but well-documented and true tales. In this delightfully spine-tingling tour of all six New England states, Citro chronicles the haunted history and folklore of a reNew England's dark hills, fogbound coasts, and hidden villages have inspired generations of writers such as Hawthorne, Lovecraft, and King. But these authors' dark imaginings pale when compared to little-known but well-documented and true tales. In this delightfully spine-tingling tour of all six New England states, Citro chronicles the haunted history and folklore of a region steeped in hardship and horror, humor and pathos....

Title : Passing Strange: True Tales of New England Hauntings and Horrors
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ISBN : 9781576300596
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Passing Strange: True Tales of New England Hauntings and Horrors Reviews

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    2019-07-13 00:26

    spooky stories from around New England fun and scary none really substantiated. A fun book for Halloween.

  • ElphaReads
    2019-06-18 23:03

    3.5I became downright obsessed with the LORE podcast this past Fall, devouring all of it in it's entirety in the course of about a month. When the show on Amazon dropped, Goodreads put out a list of books that Aaron Mahnke (the creator) put together. On this list was the book PASSING STRANGE by Joseph A. Citro, which brings a collection of folklore and strange happenings from New England. Having enjoyed LORE, I put out an ILL for it. New England has it's own strange brand of weird happenings. From Bigfoot sightings to ghosts to devils to aliens, the oldest part of our colonialized nation has a lot of crazy things to talk about. In PASSING STRANGE many of these stories are compiled and shared with those who may not be as familiar with them.I will admit that if I came upon a story that LORE covered thoroughly, I ended up just skimming it. But I did enjoy PASSING STRANGE for the most part. Citro writes in a way that really takes the reader in, and I really liked reading about stories that I had never heard of. I'm familiar with folklore and ghost stories from the South and the West, but New England was new to me. I especially liked the story of the Provincetown Phantom, which seriously sounds just like one of my favorite creeper stories Spring-Heeled Jack. I had no idea that a similar thing happened in New England (though perhaps it was covered on LORE. If so, I don't remember it). I also was supremely creeped out by the encounters with beings that look like what we would call The Grim Reaper, sans scythe. I wish that this had more source notes in the back as there was so much addressed here and only a couple pages, but it was clear that Citro did do his research and presented it well. PASSING STRANGE was a fun read, and it makes me kind of want to visit some of these places in New England. As I haven't explored much of it outside NYC, perhaps I will have to take my ghost loving butt thataway...

  • JohnB
    2019-06-23 03:09

    This is my favorite book. I love the mysterious tales of New England and how the author describes the scenes. I always wanted to go to all of the places when I lived in Boston, but I never got the chance.

  • Vinay Mehta
    2019-06-26 06:16

    Lot of anecdotal and researched stories that will keep you interested into reading this book. Again, nothing extra-ordinary that keeps the page turning but something that you can pick anytime, read for half hour and leave it for next time. Believe in every story with your own judgement and just enjoy the various and expansive list of topics discussed in this book.Liked the read but just don't believe in more than half of what is mentioned here.

  • The Irregular Reader
    2019-07-05 04:22

    A fantastic collection of stories and folklore from the Green Mountain State. Citro brings his usual humor and eloquent prose to these stories. A must-read for anyone interested in folklore or the supernatural!

  • Jen Garuti
    2019-06-29 23:19

    I loved this! Most of the stories in the book I'd never heard before and the telling of them was perfect!

  • Bunbun
    2019-06-16 02:23


  • Julie Armstrong
    2019-06-20 00:31

    It is an amusing book, which I owned years ago. I resisted it as research for writing literary gothic fiction.

  • Myles
    2019-07-01 23:21

    Dad bought me this book when I was 9 or 10, I had really gotten into Mysterious New England which had been a random gift from my grandmother on Christmas, so he got all excited about getting me every single weird New England book out there. And you might know just how many of those books there are. Passing Strange stuck out to me for a couple reasons, first was the great variety of stories: Citro avoided most of the stuff that appears in the dozens of other creepy New England books. Citro makes an effort to keep the stories he's writing down sounding like tall tales and legends that the kind of old-time Yankees that don't exist anymore used to tell around wood-stoves in the back of general store. This approach keeps up a fast pace and allows him to easily segue from one story to another with very little wasted transition times. I also used to be blown over by the amount of sources he listed in the back of the book, pages and pages. In college I found a copy of Olcott's People from the Other World in the library and had a great time reading that.But, now, a degree and years later, reading the Passing Strange for the first time since high school, I got more and more irritated about how flimsy so many of these accounts are. For instance, in the section on banshees, a couple pages are devoted to two girls waking up at a slumber party, seeing a figure outside their house and getting, like, really, really scared. Citro tries to bulk up his stories, but by going for the really fringey and bizarre he's not left with too much ground to stand on. I know that's not the point of these collections, you're supposed to be willing to believe - and some of the stories here still creep me out, such as Dover's Frail Phantom - but it just bothers me when he flat-out makes shit up or ignores facts in favor of what he thought would make a better story. He takes Jemima Wilkinson, a really fascinating 18th century religious nut, and only uses the hur hur she was a slut slander published against her with some lip service pasted onto the end. Urgh, whatever.Nostalgia takes this up a notch still, but I won't be recommending this as enthusiastically as I used to.

  • Lee L.
    2019-07-13 03:10

    From the title of this book, I was expecting mostly ghost stories. However, this book is unique in its genre, and I was very pleasantly surprised! Although many of the stories in this book are older, this author's ability as a raconteur quickly overcomes the boundaries of time. These tales are superbly told by a master at his game. Joseph A. Citro, in his own words, claims to be an "anthologizer." That is exactly what he does here, and he does it well.The author's ability to narrate a captivating tale is the epitome of the classic New England story-teller, wry humor included. His prose breathes invigorating life into these stories, most of which are "off the beaten path." He will at times make you shiver, and at other times scratch your head. Gathered for your inspection are some of the most creepy, bizarre, and, in some cases, well-documented strange happenings from across the region. Joseph A. Citro has set himself apart as a top-notch investigator of odd history and unsolved mysteries, a true "Bard of the Bizarre." I am especially a fan of the stories about the sightings of the "Yankee Bigfoot." There were some pages I couldn't turn fast enough.This collection peeks into lots of New England's nooks and crannies, and should be included in any ghost story, folklore, or mystery-filled library. These strange tales are engrossing, well varied, and unique. I would love to sit down with the author over a roaring campfire, late at night, with only the forest winds howling . . .

  • Alissa
    2019-07-03 07:28

    Has been one of my favorite books ever since I was a teenager. I have always adored scary stories. Citro describes chilling tales and mysteries of the history of New England. "'Mr. William Rose dug up the body of his daughter and burned her heart, for she was drawing energy from other members of the family.' -The Providence Journal, 1874 reported in the village of Placedale, Rhode Island" (Passing Strange)"Before Connecticut residents suspect I'm accusing them of providing aid and comfort for the Devil, let me hasten to add that other New England states have reported demonic activity, too." (Joseph Citro - Passing Strange)"From the moment of its birth, New England has been a weird place. Maybe weirder than Old England. Since day one, Yankees have, with alarming regularity, experienced odd encounters - on land, sea, even in air." (Joseph Citro - Passing Strange)

  • Malia Ebel
    2019-07-16 00:30

    I enjoy compilations of "true" ghost stories, so I was excited about this one which is based in New England. However, I found most of the tales to be pretty bland, and not at all scary. In general, the vignettes were too short to really draw me in, and lacked sufficient detail to give them punch. Growing up in New England, I definitely heard scarier tales at campfires than I read in this book.

  • Gregory Love
    2019-07-01 04:24

    Do you know what's good about "Passing Strange"?.......its strange. Joe Citro writes like a person I knew forever that tells interesting stories. I personally don't know the guy, his appeal is that good. I hate that before I know it the book finished. Sad it had to come to an end and left wanting more strange.

  • Marianne Thomas
    2019-06-26 06:23

    What a thrill to read! I'm a sucker for stories of regional hauntings. If you are, you'll enjoy the book.