James Caskey,
Haunted Savannah: The Official Guidebook to Savannah Haunted History Tour
(Bonaventture, 2005)

If ever I needed an excuse to visit Savannah, besides its historical streets and beautiful structures, this would be it. This book breaks the shiver barrier with a great big boom!

James Caskey is a true ghost-hunter. Most welcome is the fact that he has interviewed virtually all of these contemporary eyewitnesses himself, most at the sites of the hauntings, making the stories even more eerie and credible. The author is an excellent narrator and knows how to tell a frightfully good story.

Caskey has really done the legwork involved in researching the historic sites he details in his book, giving a good feel for the places involved. His history is very interesting and well researched, and as for the wee bit of folklore included, Caskey is not afraid to debunk some of the vague but persistent legends of Savannah. Several of the tales included in the book, involving such varied subjects as pirates, gangsters and (of course) haunted houses, are undocumented legends, but he identifies them as such, and has still spent a fair amount of legwork researching their origin and likelihood.

The last story, a personal account of the author's own experience, is the most eerie story of all. What he has witnessed in an inn on Tybee Island will have you feeling around the corner for the light switch before sticking your head into a dark room and checking your cellar door to see if it is closed. Absolutely SPOOKY.

It is no wonder Savannah is known as one of the most haunted places in the U.S. Its storied history is overflowing with tragedy, tradition and a host of interesting characters. The haunted locations just don't seem to end. Even though this book is more than satisfying, you'll wish it was even longer!

book review by
Lee Lukaszewicz

21 April 2012

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