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West Virginia’s Dark Tourism

Tony Urban

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West Virginia is famous for its mountains, nature, and scenery, but it’s also a treasure trove for tourists who prefer to visit history’s darker and stranger side. Hitch along with the author as he visits over 60 West Virginia strange and spooky landmarks, including the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and haunted Moundsville State Prison. Learn about Charles Manson’s childhood hometown, the “Hillbilly Black Dahlia,” and serial killer Harry Powers, whose story inspired Night of the Hunter. Haunted houses, colleges, and cemeteries, otherwordly alien encounters, cursed amusement parks, and more are explored in detail. You’ll even discover Bat Boy’s cave, Sasquatch’s hideouts, werewolf country, and read about the time Teddy Roosevelt went monster hunting. Each location is complete with visitor information and a bounty of odd history.

Size: 9 1/8″ x 8 1/8″ | 101 color photos | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350078 | Binding: hard cover

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A professional photographer, writer, and fan of weirdness (both real and imagined), Tony has traveled thousands of miles in search of oddball history, hauntings, aliens, and monsters. His photography has been published in books and magazines worldwide.