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Travelogue Of Horror Book Review

Travelogue of Horror Book

“Travelogue of Horror” has much to offer horror film fans.

In the “Travelogue of Horror” hardcover book, lifelong horror fan Tony Urban recounts his adventures in visiting famous horror film locations. Among his stops are a few “Friday the 13th” camp sites, several places in Maryland as seen in “The Blair Witch Project,” the infamous home from “The Amityville Horror,” the state hospital from “Session 9,” numerous locals from George A. Romero’s classic zombie films, the cabin from “Cabin in the Woods,” Tennessee “Evil Dead” spots, various Massachusetts locations from “Jaws,” sorority houses in Pennsylvania from “Sorority Row,” and much, much more.

In addition to exploring historically famous horror film locations, Urban also ventures to places where disasters took place, allegedly haunted spots, homes of serial killers, graves, the TAPS headquarters from “Ghost Hunters,” and yes, even Stephen King’s home.

Format wise, the book is comprised of numerous travel entries that are essentially like journal entries. Each one is accompanied by pictures, a story of the trip (or perhaps an attempt at trying to find a certain place), trivia, and exact addresses for locations.

In reading “Travelogue of Horror,” it becomes abundantly clear that Tony Urban is a well traveled and passionate horror film. Whether he’s geeking out about Stephen King or rambling about a scene that applies to a certain location, his enthusiasm for his interests is nothing if not infectious. Additionally, as a horror fan myself, I was also attracted to the subject matter. It’s simply fun to read about quests to locations from horror films I treasure.

On the downside, Mr, Urban is not the best of writers. Not only could he have gone into more detail about locations and his own feelings about his pilgrimages, but it would have been nice to see more pictures well. Also, I could have done without the whole paranormal and mythical creatures angle. I respect the fact that he has an interest in these subjects, but I was more than a little skeptical when the author ponders if he had any supernatural encounters.

Overall Thoughts: “Travelogue of Horror” is not a perfect book by any means, but it will appeal to horror aficionados to be sure.

December 10, 2014 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , , , ,

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