Boston Ghosts, Myths, Murders and Legends: A Spooky Read Just in Time for Halloween

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New book from local author Taryn Plumb and Globe Pequot press explores Boston haunts.

It is a collection that is bound to keep readers up at night – or at least compel them to sleep with the lights on.

The Boston area is rich in history, architecture, education and innovation – but it also teems with stories of ghosts, mysterious happenings, mythical beings, and all-around creepy and unexplained lore.

Just in time for Halloween, artful storyteller Taryn Plumb explores the spookier side of the Hub and its environs in “Haunted Boston: Famous Phantoms, Sinister Sites, and Lingering Legends,” available now from Globe Pequot Press.

Among the book’s tragic, terrifying and unsettling tales: Fort Warren’s mysterious lady in black; the deadly Cocoanut Grove Fire (and the wandering souls some say it left behind); the enduring hold of the victims of the Salem Witch Trials; and the deadly compunctions of serial killer “Jolly Jane” Toppan.

Plumb also takes readers along on ghosts hunts of Concord’s Old Manse, as well as on journeys through the lost village of Dogtown, the baffling “Bridgewater Triangle”, and numerous cemeteries, abandoned asylums, and many other frightening, chilling, and just plain bizarre locales.

It is a collection that is bound to keep readers up at night – or at least compel them to sleep with the lights on.

Taryn Plumb is a freelance writer based in the Boston area whose topics have ranged from ghosts and goblins to the intricacies of finance (which subject frightens you more?). She has been a regular contributor to The Boston Globe and The Boston Business Journal. This is her first book, which she has dedicated to likes of Clive Barker and Stephen King, “the sick, sordid, and imaginatively gruesome minds who have spun horror and fear.”

Review copies, photos and interviews are available for media upon request. “Haunted Boston” can also be purchased at all major online retailers, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.

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