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Jamie Davis with Sam Queen ‘Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums: Inside Abandoned Institutions for the Crazy, Criminal & Quarantined’ Review


Written by: Drake Morgan

This is a non-fiction work focusing on a number of locations with very dark histories. Jamie Davis takes us inside insane asylums, prisons, hospitals, and schools known for their rather sinister occupants and eerie pasts. These abandoned locales have decayed, but the specter of what they were remains in the corridors, peeling paint, and shadows around every corner.

Davis and his paranormal investigator friend Sam Queen gave each location a thorough going-over. They brought in the latest equipment to test for sound, vibrations, temperature, and the other elements associated with hauntings. Each chapter is dedicated to a single location. Davis does an excellent job of giving us a history without delving too far into trivial details. Pictures bring these dark places to life as well. Real-life accounts compliment the images and we begin to feel the shadows taking shape as we explore alongside Davis and his team. These places are open to the public and each chapter concludes with current information on tours.

Davis and Queen give us the kind of details that give life to the ghosts and phantoms in these decrepit places. Their histories are horrific enough, but through the lens of the paranormal, they become monstrous and intriguing. The sites were well-chosen and the book is a fascinating look into the world of paranormal research.

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Rating: 5/5

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3 Comments on Jamie Davis with Sam Queen ‘Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums: Inside Abandoned Institutions for the Crazy, Criminal & Quarantined’ Review

  1. a nonfiction book…interesting Drake. You bring a different aspect to the table here with this one . Good deal …I can imagine that these places could prove to be intense , given the places selected already have a history and then it is brought home with pictures of each place. Thank you for this one….Vitina


  2. Pat Nelson // July 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm // Reply

    Jamie, I understand Chapter 5 is about the Yorktown Memorial Hospital. If it follows the pattern of the last “ghost hunters”, it will be a crock of BS. Never, ever did a murder take place in the hospital. The made for TV documentary was filled with half-truths and downright lies. I knew the doctors and nurses who worked there as well as the nuns. I spent most of my life in and around that building until it closed. You do the people of Yorktown, its nurses, and its doctors a disservice if this drivel is taken as fact. Perhaps some of the place you write about have unexplained things happening, but not the Yorktown Memorial Hospital.


  3. Reblogged this on jamiedaviswrites and commented:
    I don’t think it is wrong to celebrate good press.


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