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Book Review: Haunted Onondaga County




Haunted Onondaga County was written by Neil MacMillan and published by the History Press in 2015. You can purchase it on Amazon/Kindle and you can visit the author on Amazon and on social media.


An open-minded presentation of ghostly tales, but the historical background of these events and places is where the author shines.


Onondaga County sits in the middle of New York State, or as most people refer to it; Central New York. It encompasses the city of Syracuse and is home to a rich and intriguing history, which includes tales of ghosts and other paranormal activity. Residents and historians of the area still recall the story of the blast that killed fifty men and injured over one hundred on July 12, 1918. It was a munitions plant for the war and today Split Rock Quarry is considered to be one of the most haunted in the country. Other haunted places that are covered in this book include Syracuse City Hall, the former Clay Hotel, the old Ancestor's Inn in Liverpool, NY, the Landmark Theatre, Jamesville Penitentiary and a treacherous curvy roadway in rural Onondaga where the "Ghost of Thirteen Curves" is said to reside. Local author and historian Neil K. MacMillan compiles several tales of ghosts and paranormal happenings in Onondaga County and invites us to consider if these tales are true, or just creations in our imaginations. This book interested me for several reasons. I have called Onondaga County home for more than forty years, I love local history; having written a local history book myself on Nedrow, New York, my hometown, and I have been a paranormal investigator since 2010. Neil MacMillan is primarily an historian and a creative writer, so if you're looking for a book that dives into promoting the belief and existence of ghosts, you've got the wrong book. What you will find is a very honest open-minded presentation of these ghostly tales and his considered opinions, but the historical background of these events and places is where the author shines. Legitimate paranormal investigators, such as I, should welcome a skeptical and honest review of reported paranormal cases and Neil MacMillan delivers in this respect. The writing is well structured, informative, entertaining and it's obvious the work he put into it, with the researching and photographs included, an effort that is appreciated and applauded. I loved it!


I give Haunted Onondaga County 4 out of 5 stars.


Neil MacMillan is a scheduled guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show #125 on October 24, 2022

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