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Doug Higley
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I just posted my book 'Scary Dark Rides' online to read free. 100 years of Spooks, Fantasy and Adventure! It has sold out 8 printings with fantastic reviews...I got tired of re-printing it and being asked for it daily...so if you like the Dark Rides and Carnival/Theme Park stuff...go to my site LionPoint.com and read the book 'on me'!!
Enjoy!

Doug

(Images will be online in a week or so but the Entire text is there!
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Daniel Santos
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Thank you Mr. Higley for being such a munificent person. Seems interesting talking about the "WHY" for scary rides Smile. I like how you compare the 'Beyond the crash doors...' to a little movie in the beginning. When I get a chance to, I will read the whole thing. Well done!


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Doug,
Thanks for the book! Most generous.
I've been on your site before. I love your work!

tom
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Hi Doug,

I love your book, I just wish it were longer, or there was more to it... When is part two coming out? (hint hint)

We have some things in common....

1. We both love dark rides.
2. We both live in California and can brag to our peers that we rode samll world before they did.
3. We both loved the old Coney Island (before the gangs came in)
4. We both remember old rides that are gone now.

I teach my physics class a major unit on roller coaster physics, so material like yours is fun for me.

Many dis-agree with me saying it is not a dark ride per se, but I love Star Tours. Of course I loved the ride that used ot be where star tours is now too.

See you at Disney Land one day
Cliff
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Doug Higley
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Thanks Cliff! (and Daniel and T above!)
The book (to me) is just the right size. It used to be a bit longer when I first wrote it...but over the years, I trimmed it to be lean and as entertaining as I could make it for everyone...dark riders and non riders.
Once I get the images up you'll see a lot more!

I rode Small World at Disneyland in 1978 when I first visited DL...but had ridden it in 1964 at the World's Fair in NY! 'Cause I'm an older fart than you I probably got you beat!

While I HATED school, (and rarely attended...so am self educated...can't you tell?) I loved learning on my own. I always wished I had taken basic Physics. I'm reading a GREAT book online now (and he put it up Free to read) by David Darling (UK Astronomer, Physicist etc.)...next time I go back to read more, I'll get you the links!
He also compiled a MAJOR (as in BIG TIME MAJOR!) Astrophysics, Space etc. Encyclopedia...a truley awesome undertaking. I'll get you that link as well.

OK...here are the links

Encyclopedia: http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/ETEmain.html


Book: Zen Physics (Entire text! free) Kind of mystical stuff but interesting.
http://www.daviddarling.info/works/ZenPh......t_1.html

Book: Deep Time (1st 4 chapters)http://www.daviddarling.info/works/DeepTime/DeepTime_front_1.html
This one will blow you away! "The Journey of a Particle from the Moment of Creation to the Death of the Universe and Beyond."


He also has a few of his other books on line as well and some chapter selections from the current books. His new 'Teleportation' book is awesome...deals with the impossibilty factors etc.

Later
Doug
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drwilson
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Doug,

I had a hard time finding the book at your site; finally I did a Google search and got there from a review. Thanks so much for posting Scary Dark Rides, and I just love the idea of the audio version, please post when that's ready!

I fondly remember those moments from my childhood, just as the car hit the swinging wooden doors and you were going inside. There was that moment of thinking, it's too late to back out now! What if it's TOO SCARY! WHAT'S GOING TO BE IN HERE?

You just have to love the art on these things!

Thanks again for putting this online!

Yours,

Paul
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What a great little read and a wonderful trip down memory lane! I love Dark Rides (maybe not as much as you obviously do!). I've done the odd Haunted House (walk thru kind)but never even dreamed of doing a ride version.

Have you checked out:

http://www.hauntcon.com
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Doug Higley
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Paul: Hard time? What site did you go to?? It's Not on the 'critter' site...
you must have found some old stuff advertising the book. I had it out along WITH the audio version. Don't have time to mess with all that these days though makin' CDs and all...that's why I put it on line as a freebie.

It's right on the front page of http://LionPoint.com
My main site, which is where I prefer folks enter from.

Glad you liked it. I'll be adding all the Art and Images from the book soon as I can break away from making Dark Museum Ensembles and Shrunken heads...Atomic Fish and freakin' Mummies! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Doug
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Might mention for all those who hate downloading eBooks (like me) it is NOT an eBook. It is simply on line to read. I set it up to be just 18 clicks putting two or more pages per click. Easy as pie and no downloads!

:)

Doug
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This is the sort of reading I love. There's nothing better than the little things, those things that appear to be tiny thrills but are in actually the backbone of the experience of wonder. It's why I love magic. That said, would I be able to get a hard copy of this if I so desired?
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Well thanks Grimm!! I put it on line because I have been sold out again and just don't have the time to mess with re-printing it...Self publishing that is...If some company wants to 'pick it up' and release it that's fine with me...they can just plunk down a check...Smile
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Hello Doug,

Michael Baker might want to add one to the scary rides. He rode with me to the PMZZ lunch in the rocket city and wondered if we changed time zones. I enjoyed the trip and chatting with him. I'm glad he didn't walk back!

Of course nothing should scare a guy who is known as Halloween Magic.

Keep writing!

Bob
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Michael Baker
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Sounds like I'm being peeled away a layer at a time. Good morning, Bob!

Doug, I haven't had a chance to read your book yet, but definitely will.

Re haunted houses: I work a month-long Halloween gig each year that is huge, and may possibly find a use for your talents. Let me get my ducks in a row and I'll send along the needed info, both ways.

~michael
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Ok, Doug... The tension got the best of me, so I spent some time this morning and read your story. Loved it!!! Far to much to say on this forum, but I will be sending you a private message or email very soon!!! LOVED IT!!!

~michael
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Doug Higley
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Just imagine if it had the 100 exclusive images that were in the printed version! Smile

Thanks for the kind words.

D
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