Urban Legends: 666 Absolutely True Stories That Happened to a Friend...of a Friend? of a Friend

Urban Legends: 666 Absolutely True Stories That Happened to a Friend...of a Friend? of a Friend

by Thomas J. Craughwell

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ISBN-13: 9780316470100
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/19/2017
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 436,767
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Thomas J. Craughwell is an author and problem solver. He traced the evolution of Manhattan urban legends (Alligators in the Sewer); sorted out fact from fiction in old wives tales (Do Blue Bedsheets Bring Babies?); identified the patron saints of bloggers, vegetarians and hangovers (This Saint Will Change Your Life); and resurrected a long-forgotten story from 1876, when a gang of hapless Irish immigrant counterfeiters tried to kidnap the body of Abraham Lincoln--and almost got away with it (Stealing Lincoln's Body). Tom lives in Bethel, Connecticut.

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Urban Legends: 666 Absolutely True Stories That Happened to a Friend...of a Friend...of a Friend 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
PatriciaUttaro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Urban Legends: 666 Absolutely True Stories That Happened to a Friend...of A Friend...Of A Friend - I can't help it. I love urban legends and tales of the weird and macabre. The 001's and 398's are my favorite sections of non-fiction. And this collection of UL's didn't disappoint. Sure, there was the ubiquitous "spiders in the beehive" but also plenty that I'd never heard before, like "The Slasher Under the Car" which involves frat boys with a shoe fetish making pledges hide underneath cars. When a woman wearing a tasty pair of shoes stands next to the car, the pledge slashes her ankles, causing her to fall to the ground in fear and pain, while he slides out from under the car and makes off with the shoes. Lots of light, amusing reading here folks.
gwentastic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is really three of Thomas' books smooshed together. I was pretty disappointed when I got it because I had two of them already and was planning on using this as airport reading.It's still a great read though. Fun, entertaining. It also isn't quick to debunk a story, this book gives you an idea where the story may have come from. Personally when I buy Urban Legend books I'm not looking for the author to tell me how stupid and wrong the story is. So this one is a really good read.
bragan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This collection of urban legends contains not just the usual poodle-in-the-microwave, killer's-hook-on-the-car-door and spiders-in-the-hairdo tales, but also ghost stories, UFO sightings, e-mail scams, celebrity rumors, and just about anything else you can think of that could possibly come under the "urban folklore" heading. They're told very simply and without any attempt at analysis or verification/debunking, except for a short introduction and the occasional note about where a story originated or what variations exist. I think the author makes a bit of a mistake by making up lots of dialog for these stories, though, as it's very stilted and puts the style somewhere between the casual "so, then the guy goes" speech that you'd get with actual oral retellings and a genuine attempt at literary dramatization. It's not a very comfortable middle ground.Still, I found the first hundred pages or so fun to read, even though I'd already heard a lot of these before. Some of them are such great stories, with such perfect little ironic twists, that you can't help almost wishing they were true. After a while, though, I found myself getting rather bored. I don't know if that's because the best stories are to be found towards the front of the book and the editor started scraping further towards the bottom of the barrel after that, or if it's just that there's a limit to how many of these I really want to read, even in bite-sized chunks.
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