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This “fun primer on California’s macabre and eccentric history” explores true crimes, paranormal reports, and other curious tales from the Pacific Coast (Paul Koudounaris).
California has many famous wonders—the beaches, vineyards, and glamorous neighborhoods are all well documented in guidebooks. But there are darker wonders here as well—the kind seldom shared with outsiders. In Creepy California historian Kevin McQueen explores strange tales of unexplained deaths, intentional live burials, true crimes, and ghosts who haunt the Pacific Coast.
From the uncanny to the outright paranormal, this chronicle of oddities includes the story of a coroner who “borrowed” the stylish clothes of a dead man and then sold the corpse’s head to a doctor; a rare look inside Stanford University’s secret collection of occult memorabilia; the tale of a haunted, two-story house in San Francisco that was painstakingly moved across town in an effort to dislodge its ghostly tenants; a profile of a lonesome Fort Bragg resident who carved a family for himself out of wood; and many others.
An intriguing look at the Golden State’s bounty of unsettling curiosities, Creepy California promises to keep you guessing what other mysteries lurk in the fog.