Nantucket Ghosts: 44 True Accounts
A plump comma of land 22 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket has punctuated the history of the United States out of proportion to its size. It was one of the most prosperous whaling ports in the world and produced an impressive number of politicians, philosophers, abolitionists, suffragettes, inventors, writers, and scientists. Today, Nantucket Island has just more than 10,000 year-round residents -- and a sizeable population of very real ghosts. The 44 tales in this book were collected as oral history over a 15-year period and were originally published by Down East Books in the two volumes Nantucket Hauntings and The Ghosts of Nantucket. The variety in these accounts is remarkable. Some of the spirits are benign, even protective; others terrorize the humans who encounter them. All are memorable. Nantucket is a "corner of the world that is hard to leave or forget," says author Blue Balliett. Perhaps that is as good a reason as any for such a large collection of ghosts.
"Some of the spooks here are friendly and benevolent, some others, not so much.... Regardless of whether you swallow the ’true’ part or not, these still make for interesting reading." --Library Journal