Creepy California: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Golden State

Creepy California: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Golden State

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Creepy California: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Golden State

Creepy California: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Golden State

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Synopsis

Beneath California's scenic landscape lies a strange and dark side, full of spine-tingling tales and frightful imagery. Creepy California: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Golden State explores the disturbing and macabre stories of unexplained deaths, intentional live burials, true crimes, and ghosts who haunt the Pacific Coast. This spooky collection includes the extraordinarily odd, like the account of a coroner, who "borrowed" the stylish clothes of one dead man and even sold the corpse's head to a doctor for scientific research, and the paranormal, like the tale of a haunted, two-story house in San Francisco that was moved across town in an effort to dislodge its ghostly tenants. The attempt failed, and the San Francisco Chronicle commented that "the neighborhood has been kept in a constant dread and torment by unearthly groans, mysterious lights, and agonized shrieks emanating from their dread habitation."

An intriguing and frightful look at the disturbing side of the state, Creepy California promises to send chills down your spine and keep you looking over your shoulder.

Excerpt

There are many guidebooks to california that inform tourists about the state’s justly famous wonders, but the information in these books is incomplete. For example, we hear about the wonderful Sequoia National Forest. But regarding the subject of California’s trees, why do we never hear about the lonesome Fort Bragg resident who carved a family for himself out of wood?

California is proud of its movie industry, but the guidebooks neglect to tell us about the ten-year Hollywood conspiracy, which included actress Carole Lombard, to spare an elderly woman from learning that her son had died in a bizarre shooting accident.

We are familiar with the state’s many first-rate institutions of higher learning, yet the topic of Stanford’s secret collection of occult memorabilia never seems to come up.

California guidebooks that want to give readers an impression of the residents’ personality mention the individualistic streak—some would say downright eccentricity—of many Golden Staters, which has become a national cliché. However, the guidebooks are softballing matters. As far back as 1888, a mental health expert predicted California would be entirely populated by lunatics within twenty years or so.

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