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For over a decade unsuspecting visitors to the Old Jail Museum in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, have reported unusual experiences within the walls of this jail-turned-museum. This book is a compilation of these first-hand reports.


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For over a decade unsuspecting visitors to the Old Jail Museum in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, have reported unusual experiences within the walls of this jail-turned-museum. This book is a compilation of these first-hand reports.

15 review for Ghosts Of The Molly Maguires

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I cannot resist ghost stories. This is an interesting read for anyone into the paranormal world.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert Beveridge

    Betty Lou McBride, Ghosts of the Molly Maguires?: A Decade of Strange and Unusual Happenings in the Old Jail, Jim Thorpe, PA (Maverick Publishing and Distribution, 2006) There are dumb reasons for self-publishing, and there are reasons for self-publishing that are not so dumb. The former are usually embraced by those who don't do their research and are convinced that all those rejection slips have nothing to do with an inability to pace, awful grammar, or (in the case of poetry especially) just t Betty Lou McBride, Ghosts of the Molly Maguires?: A Decade of Strange and Unusual Happenings in the Old Jail, Jim Thorpe, PA (Maverick Publishing and Distribution, 2006) There are dumb reasons for self-publishing, and there are reasons for self-publishing that are not so dumb. The former are usually embraced by those who don't do their research and are convinced that all those rejection slips have nothing to do with an inability to pace, awful grammar, or (in the case of poetry especially) just turning out pure crap, but that those stupid editors just don't know they're holding the best manuscript EVAR in their hands. The latter are usually embraced by those who either have done their research or have an instinctive feel for it; you've got a vertical-market nonfiction book that you're planning on selling most of the copies you print at your own place, and getting a few up on Amazon for the armchair travelers who might never get to your place but want to experience it anyway. (Note to self-publishers of non-fiction travel-like books and dont have an Amazon seller account: there is a much more sizable population of armchair travelers out there than you think there are. Why do you think Bill Bryson is a perennial bestseller?) Ghosts of the Molly Maguires?, a roster of odd happenings at the Old Jail, is the perfect type of book for a self-publishing venture, and Betty Lou McBride, who bought the Old Jail in the mid-nineties and turned it into one of Jim Thorpe's most notable tourist attractions, did the sensible thing in writing it up herself and sending it to a local printer for the grunt work. No points off for that from this camp. Of course, the downside of self-publishing is that you're not going to get professional editing assistance when putting your manuscript together, and there is some evidence of that here (most notably in the repetition between anecdotes; you can expect that in the letters from visitors, but in the body of the book, it's a little jarring), but whoever took on the proofreading duties took their job seriously. A self-published book that isn't riddled with typos is always a pleasure, and so is one that's studded with pictures like a Christmas fruitcake with candied cherries. I hadn't read the book before visiting the Old Jail, so I can't tell you whether you can get a sense of the geography of the thing just from the pictures, but I think you can; a very good thing for the armchair traveler, though I do suggest heading up to Jim Thorpe sometime when you're not doing anything on a weekend and checking it out. Fun stuff, that. And as befits such a thing, the marketing model is just right: you can pick it up in the Old Jail's gift shop and a store or two in town, and there are a few copies on Amazon for those who live too far away. A lot of self-publishers could learn a trick or two from Betty Lou McBride. As for the rest of the populace, this will obviously be of more interest if you're a fan of real-life hauntings, but given the popularity of shows like Ghost Hunters (and, if you're as old as I am, One Step Beyond), who isn't? Worth your time. ***

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