A fairly dull collection of gruesome tales that seemed preoccupied with "evil" spirits and haunting. Even things that seemed fairly innocuous, or non-threatening were ascribed threatening or ominous properties. Some of the history was interesting, and I liked that the author talked a lot about the culture, and economics of the region. I think it gave people unfamiliar with the area a better idea of the setting these stories are grounded in. I think a little less sensational approach would have made the book feel a little more authentic, and less tabloid news story.