BOOK REVIEW: “Haunted Salem” by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Haunted Salem by Rosemary Ellen Guiley (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: Haunted Salem: Strange Phenomena in the Witch City 
  • Author: Rosemary Ellen Guiley
  • Publication: Stackpole Books *site currently renovating* (Mar. 7, 2011)
  • Pages: 138
  • Genre: New Age/Metaphysical, Travel
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

With Salem’s hectic Witch Trials history, its ghost stories only make the town more of a supernatural hot spot. Bridget Bishop and Giles Corey are many of the witch trial victims who reportedly haunt the city. No hotel, restaurant, or cemetery is safe.

Ghost researcher Rosemary Guiley  includes Marblehead, Lynn, and Danvers in her list of haunted towns since they share their own history of ghosts thanks to the Salem Witch Trials. She  acknowledges an interesting perspective about Salem’s highly active spiritual activity: ley lines. First referred by archaeologist Alfred Watkins, these lines are a system of natural energy circulating all over the world.

I wonder if these lines had any effect of the people during the trials when they were pointing fingers at each other and acting all crazy.

This book made me want to drive to Salem. Originally, I was interested in Salem’s thriving modern Wiccan/Pagan community but its ghostly side makes it even better! Salem is a playground for ghost hunters and those interested in anything related to witchcraft.

If you have a chance to venture to Salem, make sure you pick up Haunted Salem as you go!

Have you read this book or any other haunted city book?

Have you been to Salem?

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