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Travelogue of Horror by Tony Urban

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Here is a travelogue for those whose idea of a perfect vacation doesn’t involve amusement parks and tourist traps, a guidebook for fans of horror and the macabre. Ride along with the author to ghoulish destinations, such as where fright flicks like Friday the 13th and Jaws were filmed, Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home, UFO crash sites, and macabre graves, to name a few. See the sites in over 70 vivid color photos. Fifteen states were visited from Maine to Georgia in search of iconic filming locations from movies such as The Exorcist, Silence of the Lambs, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Evil Dead. Along the way, monsters were hunted, vampire graves tracked down, a strange mix of paranormal and odd locations across the Eastern US were visited, and Stephen King was met. Hitch a ride, but remember that you never know what you might find–or what might find you!

Tony Urban was a child raised with horror movies. Later on he decided to look into the locations where the different movies were filmed. Along the way there were other locations that were added to the list to visit. This is a compilation of his adventures, the different locations, and trivia that go along with each trip.

You will follow with him as he visits Friday the 13th, Jaws, Cabin in the Woods, Blair Witch Project and many others. It’s great that Urban has specific scenes he is looking for and even years later there are still some remnants of the original area. Of course no movie is filmed solely in one location so you will also go from the main location to the other houses, churches, buildings, and sites that were also used.

I love this book. It has all the classic horror movies and other side trips. You get a feel for the author as he talks about visiting the different locations with his mother. You also hear the not so great side stories, like when he is chased off private property that he stumbled upon looking for a certain cabin. All the little tidbits about the movies also add to the story. There are the little known facts that really bring the movie to life.

Travelouge of Horror doesn’t just follow the movies. There are other locations that are in this book too. Jeffery Dahmer’s house, Stephen King’s house, and searches for Bigfoot. But the best part is the writing style is just like someone talking about their adventures over a beer. It’s so easy to get sucked into this book and harder than heck to put it down. I kept thinking about other possible locations he could go next after I put the book down before finishing it.

This book is designed like a coffee table book. But compared to those standard stuffy books, this one will be well thumbed through. For those of use that love horror movies and such, this is the book you need to add to your collection. Plus you will keep coming back to it even after you finish reading it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Travelogue of Horror or to purchase it be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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