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Piercing the Veil: Examining San Diego's Haunted History

"Many people search to find a good – and true – ghost story in San Diego. It might surprise you to find that some tales you thought were true, may be created from misconceptions, distortions, and even made-up historic events. Find the scoop here as some of the ""truths"" of San Diego's most famous haunts are debunked and stories set straight via historical research. Just how haunted is the Whaley House? Was ""Yankee Jim"" really hung on the property

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  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    It wasn’t what I was expecting, but that doesn’t mean it was bad., June 27, 2014
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    I like a good ghost story. It doesn’t necessarily have to be true, it just has to be creepy enough to raise the hackles on my neck.

    The positives about Piercing The Veil are that it’s very well-written and extremely well-researched. The author has gone to great measures in order to peel back layers of myths and falsities to present the truth and histories behind many of the supposed hauntings in the San Diego area.
    The “negative” was that I was left with most of the mystery and intrigue surrounding these stories stripped away to usually reveal nothing of real consequence. Now this being a “negative” is purely a matter of personal opinion; it all depends on what one is expecting from this book in the first place. I think I was expecting more of a tone of “not all of what you’ve heard is true, but some is,” or maybe a few hauntings getting completely debunked yet others being at least a possibility. But in each chapter, the truth behind every myth is laid open and the mystique behind these supposedly haunted places is completely dispelled in the harsh light of truth. To be totally honest, in some ways I kinda wish I hadn’t read the book at all because of what I state in the first two sentences of my review.

    So how can I give 5 stars for a book I kinda regret reading? Well, I’m not going to rate the book lowly because of my false expectations. I should have known from the title alone that it’s specifically meant to cut through all the BS and hoopla surrounding the stories and just present the facts. It does exactly that — and it does it in a well-presented way — so I definitely can’t fault it for that. It would be like voluntarily watching a show that explains all the tricks behind a magician’s act, and then lamenting that you can’t enjoy the act any more because you know how it’s all done. If you go looking for the truth, you can’t blame the person who presents it to you for doing so.

    There are plenty of readers who want this type of book… they want the truth and the facts, and they will definitely find them in this book. I guess I didn’t realize until after reading this that I’m more the type who enjoys stories of hauntings and ghosts for entertainment value and therefore I don’t necessarily want that veil pierced.

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  2. 2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Finally! A book that reveals the true back stories., February 3, 2013
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    I just finished reading this book and I’m bummed it’s over. This is the first book I read about hauntings and the paranormal that was not based on a bunch of old handed down stories and urban legends. This guy really knows his stuff and goes into great detail explaining how these stories become distorted over time. I hope he comes out with another book on a different area. I actually learned allot and had a great time doing so. Way to go you nailed it Charles.

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    Hard to put down, November 2, 2012
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    An enteresting history from the eyes of the author and so refreshingly honest too. Now making plans to visit the places written about. Have lived in San Diego,and heard stories of Hotel Del. ect. Thank you for this in deepth look of that wonderful city.

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