Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Review: Haunted Cemeteries of New England by Roxie J. Zwicker

Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: PublishingWorks (September 25, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933002824
ISBN-13: 978-1933002828
Summary: (from Amazon)
The old graveyards of New England offer a fascinating glimpse into the region's history and haunted past. Join author Roxie Zwicker as she invites the curious into some of the most fascinating burial grounds of New England.
Cross through the iron gates and overgrown fields to discover the mysterious stories and dramatic stone carvings. In this book you will visit the forgotten burial ground in the Connecticut woods that is quite alive with spirits.
Discover the legends of Old Burial Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where chilling stories set the scene of this final resting place. Read about the wizard of Marblehead, who would use the burying ground to cast spells and enchant the weather.
The collection of photographs shows remarkable gravestones and scenic cemeteries that will enrich the journey. Also unearth some of the unusual superstitions, epitaphs, and burial customs of Old New England. Step into the outdoor museums of stone and visit with the dead. You may find that you won't want to leave.
My Review:
I was attracted to this book for the subject matter because I'm fascinated by the paranormal. I was given the opportunity to review this book and jumped on the chance.
The introduction itself caught my attention because you can tell that the author has a passion for what she does. The book was very informative and covered probably every historical cemetery in the New England area. Each section held a good amount of information but not so much as to overload you.
The photography was wonderful also and very interesting. There were several pages of color and black and white photos with nice descriptions of what you were seeing.
There was a section including interesting epitaphs that you can find on some of the resting places, and a section on superstitions which contained write ups on some familiar and not so familiar ones.
Overall I really enjoyed this book (especially having visited the New England states and several graveyards in my teenage years. I also think that this book would be a fantastic guide for someone venturing to the area and wanting to visit some of these sites and learn some history.
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  1. Great review. I too love a good "story" of a haunting...always wonder if it's real or not (can't help it). Sounds like an interesting read for fans of the subject or perhaps those soon to visit the area! Thanks for sharing....and happy reading!

  2. I'm on the hunt for this one! Thanks for the review...

  3. Great Review.. This is something I would be intresting in buying.. thanks

  4. PW gave me a copy of this book to giveaway last October during my Halloween Blog Party Giveaway. I was so excited. I got a chance to peruse it before I sent it off to my winner...who ended up LOVING it! (A better person couldn't have won. She's a TOTAL nut for cemeteries. I was super psyched I pulled her name out of my magic Halloween Hat.) It was fun to read your review!

  5. Great review! If anyone is interested in purchasing HAUNTED CEMETERIES, you can visit and get 20% off with the coupon code: BLOG! If you're interested in a digital edition, it will be up on the site soon.

  6. Thank you so much for a wonderful review of my book - It took 7 years of travels and passion to write it.

    If you like the pictures, I have more on my New England Curiosities facebook page. We just couldn't fit them all in the book.

    Best Wishes!

    Roxie J. Zwicker