Review: Haunted Surry to Suffolk

Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Locations Along Routes 10 and 460

By Pamela K. Kinney

Product description:

Take a journey along Virginia’s scenic Routes 10 and 460 eastbound to enjoy the lovely countryside and metropolises that spread around these two roads. Most of all, discover that some historical houses, plantations, battlefields, parks, and even the modern cities, have more than touristy knickknacks, ham, and peanuts to offer. Many have ghosts!

Bacon’s Castle has spirits haunting it since the 1600s. Stay in a cabin overnight at Chippokes Plantation State Park and you might find you have a spectral bedfellow. The city of Smithfield has more to offer than the world’s oldest ham; it also has some very old phantoms still stalking its buildings. Take a ghost tour of Suffolk and see why the biggest little city is also one of the spookiest. Discover the myths and legends of the Great Dismal Swamp and see what phantoms are still haunting the wildlife refuge. And if that’s not enough, Bigfoot and UFOs are part of the paranormal scenery. These and other areas of southeastern Virginia are teeming with ghosts, Sasquatch, UFOs, and monsters. See what awaits you along 460 south and 10. No matter which road you take, the phantoms can’t wait to SCARE you a good time.

My thoughts:

Haunted Surry to Suffolk was very hard for me to put down, because I love this kind of book. Kinney takes us on another ride to haunted locations and this book was an entertaining as her last book Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area.

I have to say that almost all of the ebook was interesting but the chapter Bigfoot and UFO Encounters from Surry to Suffolk was excellent. It was just packed with dozens of legends and stories. I wish that Kinney had spent more time on them.

Those who live in the area and tourists who visit claim they see wispy white things, especially around the lake, but no doubt what they saw could be foxfire, a substance given off when certain fungi decay wood. Again, maybe they did see something. The place can be eerie, especially if shrouded in fog or mist. And besides spirits, you might run into Bigfoot or fairies. Do take care and don’t strike out alone in the woods and head off the designated trails, for you never know who or what you might meet. You might encounter more than animals and birds in the Great Dismal Swamp, and the haunts and Bigfoot are waiting to welcome you, even if it means taking the portal to Hell.

The pictures are excellent but I didn’t see the anomalies that she circled. I guess it’s just part of my doubting nature. As I understand it, the pictures will be in black and white, as opposed to the free review copy provided to me from the author, which were in color. Sadly, that will take a little something away from the reader’s experience.

I’m giving Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Locations Along Routes 10 and 460 4 1/2 stars out five. If you live in the area or plan to travel there, this book is a must-have.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pamela K. Kinney. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: Virginia’s Haunted Historic Triangle

Virginia’s Haunted Historic Triangle by Pamela K. Kinney. I used the initial M rather than K and I do apologize.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Schiffer Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

In my mailbox: Virginia’s Haunted Historic Triangle

Virginia’s Haunted Historic Triangle by Pamela K. Kinney

I want to thank Schiffer Publishing ( https://www.schifferbooks.com/ ) and Pamela Kinney ( https://pamelakkinney.com/AboutMe.php ) for the free review copy — you rock. Due to our rainy Florida weather, the poor mailman had to carry this book to my door rather than cram it into the mailbox — no wonder he hates me.

I plan to do a video thumb-through of this book soon… BTW, you can see my review of Kinney’s Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area ( link ).

Living Runes: Theory and Practice of Norse Divination

Living Runes: Theory and Practice of Norse DivinationLiving Runes: Theory and Practice of Norse Divination by Galina Krasskova
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All in all, I really enjoyed Krasskova’s book. I read “The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic” by Edred Thorsson not that long ago so the material was something that I was familiar with, though I enjoyed Krasskova’s explanations. I guess if I were to put my finger on what I enjoyed the most, I’d have to say the poetry.
Her poem for the rune “Gar” ( page 153 ) was powerful and really moved me. I give “Living Runes” a “thumbs up” and I feel that her book serves as an excellent companion to Thorsson’s “The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic”.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Review: Top Secret Alien Abduction Files: What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know

Top Secret Alien Abduction Files: What the Government Doesn't Want You to Know

Top Secret Alien Abduction Files: What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know by Nick Redfern
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, I admit it, I love Redfern’s work. There,now you know my bias, I feel much better. Seriously, I do enjoy his work. Top Secret Alien Abduction Files has that Kolchak The Night Stalker vibe. Even the font used clacks in my mind like an old typewriter.
It’s 22 chapters are broken up into nice-sized chunks for easy reading and it has a plump Bibliography to help you with your own research. It’s a perfect read before the new MIB movie…
I enjoyed every minute of it and strongly recommend this one for your home paranormal library.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Disinformation Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Review: Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition

I liked “Water Witchcraft”, I went threw it rather quickly (in an afternoon). It’s nicely written and easy to read. It’s Celtic vibe really appealed to me. I think that this is a book to consider adding to your esoteric home library.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad

Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad by Witchdoctor Utu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I guess that I have to admit that on my first read of Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad I didn’t care for it, but I loved Utu’s coverage of history. Clearly the author has a love of history. Since I enjoy history, I returned to the book over and over and eventually realized just how brilliant it really is …
It’s an interesting introduction to a magic system. Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad seems so fresh, new, and different from the dozens of other introductory magic books out there.
I guess you could say that I came for the history and stayed for the spirits.
*hat tip* to Witchdoctor Utu …

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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My thoughts of The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic

It’s so big I have to peek around it…

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: Besom, Stang & Sword

My thoughts of “Beson, Stang & Sword” by Orapello and Maguire.

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Review: Storytelling Alchemy

Storytelling Alchemy: Write Your Own Happy EndingStorytelling Alchemy: Write Your Own Happy Ending by Renee Damoiselle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All in all, I thought it was an excellent book. I liked the writing style of the author and more importantly I came away liking the author. That being said, at first, I was uncomfortable with her and her definition of alchemy “a magickal term for transforming lead into gold” page 9. I thought that her definition was too simple and fru fru. I was prepared to dislike the book and found myself quibbling about everything she said. I was letting her words and my ego get in the way of what she was trying to say. Eventually, I decided to give the book a fair chance and I came away really liking it.
I guess, at some point, I felt that I heard her voice.
If you give “Storytelling Alchemy” a chance, I think you’ll turn your lead into gold.
*Disclaimer* I want to thank Weiser Books for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.

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