As an author who occasionally dabbles in politics, I’m accustomed to criticism. Most of the time, I welcome criticism. Constructive criticism is important for personal and professional development. However, there are bitter and hate filled folks out there who feel the need to vent their hatred and inadequacy on others.
A common trope among the haters is that people interested in folklore, ghost stories, legend tripping, and the paranormal are responsible for vandalism, cemetery desecration, and other crimes at allegedly haunted sites. In over 15 years of attending conferences, events, tours, speaking engagements, and meeting fans, I have never once met anyone who advocated or condoned those activities.
Yet again, here we have a man who thinks, “Believing in haunting just another stupid thing for morons to go and ravage private property.” Bitter over vandalism at his parents’ grave in the 1970s, he decided to vent his anger at me by leaving a 1-star review on my book on Amazon.com. I wasn’t even born when the vandalism occurred (and neither were most of my readers), yet for some reason this man decided that my readers and I were responsible for this crime.
Despite the fact that one need not believe in ghosts to enjoy ghost stories, the man goes on to call my readers and I “individuals driven by ignorance” who “will not honor those that passed.” Funny, because most of the folks I know who are interested in this subject are also interested in local history and historic preservation. I have since asked Amazon.com to remove the “review,” but here is a screenshot.
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