Weird California: Your Travel Guide to California's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

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Sterling Pub., Mar 1, 2006 - Travel - 298 pages
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What’s weird around here? That’s a question Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman have enjoyed asking for years—and their offbeat sense of curiosity led them to create the best-selling phenomenon, Weird N.J.  But why should they stop at New Jersey when there’s so much that’s peculiar, odd, and utterly nutty across the whole U.S.? So the two Marks—along with several other writers with a taste for the strange—have focused on some key locales, giving each of them the full “New Jersey” treatment. Spanning the breadth of the country, from New York to California, these are travel guides of a sort, but to the kind of places voyagers will never find on their everyday maps. Instead, they’re chock-full of local legends, crazy characters, cursed roads, and bizarre roadside attractions. So come along and join the fun: Some of what’s out there is disturbing, some hilarious, but all of it is unforgettably…weird.


Praise for WEIRD N.J.:

“They are the chroniclers of the creepy, bards of the bizarre…From abandoned asylums to colorful real-life characters past and present, to folk stories of ghosts, monsters, and aliens, Mr. Sceurman and Mr. Moran have created a journal of New Jersey’s unwritten history.”—The New York Times.


“Enough with the head-severing mobsters of Jersey. The state is packed with far more evil than TV could ever invent—from satanic Klan rallies to time-traveling tree farmers. And Weird N.J. has the pictures to prove it.”—Rolling Stone.


“Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran see their native state as others do not. For them, it is a demented Disneyland of worldly, and otherworldly, delights.”—The Boston Globe.


“If it’s the offbeat, paranormal or downright weird that you crave…there could be no better place”—USA Today.



Praise for Weird U.S.

Weird U.S. is delicious armchair reading. Who can resist an ax-wielding man in a bunny suit, a home shaped like a giant shoe, cannibal albino villages, midget colonies, passages to hell or close relations of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster?”—San Francisco Chronicle.


Weird U.S. is a marvelous work of entertainment and the basis for a truly unique vacation.”—Library Journal.


“Kudos to Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman…This is the book by which future explorers will chart their road trips in pursuit of the meaning of this nation.”—New York Press.

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User Review  - garcia6690 - LibraryThing

I was surprised by how much I didn't know about the state I have lived in for more than 40 years. I thought it was very interesting, lots of nice pictures and seems no matter where you live in California there is something weird close by! Read full review

Awesome book!

User Review  - Jabberwalk - Borders

Since I live in California, it's nice to have a book that cover the local legends. I wish there are more ghost stories in it, but that's OK. Overall, it's a great buy! ~Jabberwalk Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Mark Moran is an antiques dealer and author, and contributinMark Moran is an antiques dealer and author, and contributing editor for Antique Trader Weekly. Heas written many antiqug editor for Antique Trader Weekly. Heas written many antiques and collectibles references including Warmanas McCoy Pottes and collectibles references including Warmanas McCoy Pottery, Warmanas Cookie Jars and Warmanas Fiesta. ery, Warmanas Cookie Jars and Warmanas Fiesta.

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