Weird N.J.: Your Travel Guide to New Jersey's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

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For over a decade, Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran, publishers of Weird New Jersey magazine, have been traveling the highways and back roads of New Jersey, camera and notebook in hand, searching for the odd, the offbeat, and the just plain weird places and people that make the Garden State the truly bizarre place that it is.

Visit places like Midgetville and Albino Village. Go off the beaten path and look for Pig Lady, the Cookie Jar House, and ...

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Overview

For over a decade, Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran, publishers of Weird New Jersey magazine, have been traveling the highways and back roads of New Jersey, camera and notebook in hand, searching for the odd, the offbeat, and the just plain weird places and people that make the Garden State the truly bizarre place that it is.

Visit places like Midgetville and Albino Village. Go off the beaten path and look for Pig Lady, the Cookie Jar House, and the original Jersey Devil.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
There's much more to New Jersey than highways and diners, and Sceurman and Moran do their part to exalt the state's lesser-known virtues in this "journal of strange travels," which goes far beyond the legend of the Jersey Devil. The book, which sheds light on "slightly offbeat or left of center" oddities of the Garden State, is a kooky compilation of roads less traveled, unexplained phenomenon and unsolved mysteries. The authors divide their work by subject, so there are chapters on strange roads (including Franklin Lakes's "gravity road," where cars in neutral travel uphill "as if forced by unseen hands"), local heroes and villains (such as Wyckoff's Midnight Walker, who's been scaring Bergen County teenagers for years) and eccentric abodes (like Richie and Leila Zorzi's Kendall Park home, which boasts a bowling ball collection on the front lawn). In a more serious vein, the book also devotes a good chunk of pages to more unusual aspects of New Jersey's history. The magazine-like format, perked up with numerous photos, perfectly suits the subject's quirky nature. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760739792
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Series: Weird Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 383,839
  • Product dimensions: 9.12 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Local Legends
Ancient Mysteries
Fabled People and Places
Unexplained Phenomena
Bizarre Beasts
Local Heroes and Villains
Personalized Properties
Roadside Oddities
Roads Less Traveled
Garden State Ghosts
Cemetary Safari
Abandoned in New Jersey
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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Love it!

    I love this book! Brought it to school one day, and all of the students gathered around me, wanting to read it. My friend pointed at one of the ghost stories listed about a route that was nearby. He said he saw the little ghost boy! We were all amazed. It's pretty much fun if you're bored with friends and want to visit one of these places!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    If you live in N.J. CHECK IT OUT!

    Loved it! I have several of Mark and Marks books.
    We are going on vacation to N.J. and i needed the book to help us
    find the cool and different places to go.
    Keep up the good work guys!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2010

    Fun & Educational

    This book Weird NJ which I understand is also published for other states is a great book for both kids and adults. My son is a new driver and armed with this book and a GPS him and a friend were able to explore local sites that were fun but not too far out of the way. It is educational teaching about the town you live in and its history, some of which they were already taught in school so a little familiarity went a long way. It was fun as there are "haunted" houses for them to visit, history buffs would enjoy the war history and yet there is just interesting everyday sites to visit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2007

    A fan of the mags. From N.J.

    The book has some of the things from the magizines and more it is awsome to go to some of the places and see the things for yourself. It is so great.I am saving to get the second one I hope it is just as good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2006

    I am speechless

    its just so... good. What more is there to say? From the Boiardo estate to midgetville, it covers it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2005

    You'l read it over and over

    Great book,I took it on vacation two years in a row to Punta Cana & Florida, never get tired of it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2005

    Scary, yet so true.

    New Jersey, best known for Oil refineries, Bruce Springsteen, and Great Pizza, also has ghosts and Legends. I thought as a child growing up in Ringwood (Passaic County), that the woods were a scary place full of ghosts gremlins, and assorted other creatures (Satan Worshipers, Neo-Nazi's KKK Members etc). Not only did our woods have these types but everywhere where there are trees, old houses, insane asylums, ponds, lakes, or mysterious stone couches, there lies a mysterious tale. The great thing about this book is the stories that people relate are all so similar, yet slightly different. I loan this to all my friends and family from New Jersey, as well as people who like local fokelore, ghost tales, etc. But the main thing is everything in this book it true. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    THE BEST!!!

    MY DAUGHTER AND I LOVE WEIRD NJ. WE USE THE BOOK AND HIGHLIGHT AND DATE WHEN WE VISITED OR TRIED TO VISIT. AN EXCEPTIONAL BOOK FOR ANY TRIVIA OR FACT FAN. THE ZINES ARE GREAT ALSO!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    Absolutely Needed

    It's a really neat book. Instead of wandering around and buying old Weird NJ magazines you can read all the weird stuff right here. Each time to read an article on something (like ghosts, or odd findings) you understand it a bit more cleary. It's also really funny when you happen to live in the same town there is a legend or ghost. You must get it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2004

    Great Book!

    As a Jersey girl all my life, I enjoyed reading every story/legend in their book. I could relate to a number of areas of the state and thought it was a brilliant idea to write about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    Great to spook the kids!

    I've been reading the magazine for years and then bought the book. While camping in South Jersey, I read spooky stories to the kids at night around the campfire. It freaked them out! By the end of the night all 4 of them were in our tent! Now I plan to buy Weird US !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    Weird NJ rocks!!!!

    Before I picked up and read Weird NJ, New Jersey was just any other state. This book opened up a whole new world known as weird New Jersey. With the New Jersey Devil and Midgetville, Weird NJ is a must-have for all readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    You Don't Know What You Miss Until Your Gone!

    I really didn¿t know what I was missing until I was gone and go I went ¿to Florida. Weird NJ reminded me of some things I have seen or heard of and took for granted when I was growing up there. I used to set out to get lost some Saturday mornings searching for the places and things like those chronicled in Weird NJ. This book is a great collection of New Jersey¿s back road, down home history. New Jersey is a small state bursting at its¿ seems with myths, lore and bizarre reality and Mark and Mark bring it all together in Weird NJ. From New Jersey and don¿t know much about it? READ THIS BOOK!!!! Thanks for the book guys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2003

    Must Buy!

    This is a great book to own!!! If you live in Jersey like me, and haven't heard of these guys, then do you'll definetely be surprised, and interested in all the sites this book chronicles. Chances are this book will touch upon a story or location that is right by where you live, such as where I live in Belleville (Lady in White). Trust me you won't be disappointed as you'll come to learn the 'weird' happenings that make our state one of a kind. You might even read about things you've already heard about or seen living in NJ. BUY IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2003

    All the Letters That Couldn't Fit in the Magazine.

    Well, its all come down to this. Mark and Mark have done the best thing for the fans of the magazine, write a book. The book holds a ton of letters that never made it into the magazine and some that did. This is both a book for fans of the magazine and for those who just love the state of New Jersey. Its a must see so check it out. Its really worth a look.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    Awesome

    I've been reading the Weird NJ magazines since I was 7 years old, currently 16, and have loved every single issues thru all these 9 years. Needless to say, the book really caught my eye. I was randomly walking thru Barnes & Noble bored and stumbled across it. I literally thought I was going to have angina pains or pass out, but luckily I stayed in tact to pick it up. My eyes were so fixated on the cover that my sister, who I was with, said I looked possessed. And I was, because it was Weird NJ. Not ONLY Weird NJ, but a BOOK ABOUT IT! When I got home I couldn't put it down. I'm already past page 100, and this is my second day of owning it. Alright enough of this, I'm going to read now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    I LOVE WEIRD NJ!

    This book is GREAT! If you love Weird NJ the magazine, you'll love this! Hell, if you love Jersey, you will totally enjoy this book! Weird NJ will look great on your coffee table and definitely will spark many a debate!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    Truth IS stranger than fiction!

    Well I know that this book won't even be released for another couple of weeks yet, but I just wanted to be the first to chime in with my review. I work at a small radio station in central Jersey and we received and advanced media copy of the book for review. I've been a huge fan of the magazine for years now, so when I saw the book come across my desk I almost had a heart attack! I didn't even know there was going to be a book. I hid for the rest of the day in the stock room and bathroom and under my desk so that I could read the book. I couldn't put it down! I even brought it home with me that first night (which is toatally against staion policy). Anyway, all I can say is this: if you know the magazine, you'll LOVE the book, and if you've never seen the magazine, you might just drop dead when you see the book and realize what you've been missing all these years. The beauty of Weird NJ is that all of this stuff they write about it real, to some degree, it's not just made up. It makes me kind of proud and a little bit freaked out that I live in this very messed up state. Enoy!

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