In these posts, I will provide a list of books I think anyone interested in the paranormal would benefit from reading. Each list will be arranged by topic and will be accompanied by some notes of my own. Enjoy!
- Brandon, Trent. The Book of Ghosts. Zerotime Publishing, 2003.
- Eason, Cassandra. Ghost Encounters: Finding Phantoms and Understanding them. London: Blandford, 1997.
- Evans, Hilary and Patrick Huyghe. The Field Guide to Ghosts and Other Apparitions. New York: Quill, 2000.
- Finucane, R.C. Ghosts: Appearances of the Dead & Cultural Transformation. Amhurst: Prometheus Books, 1996.
- Kaczmarek, Dale. Illuminating the Darkness: The Mystery of Spook Lights. Oak Lawn: Ghost Research Society Press, 2003.
It didn’t take long for researchers to try and apply the same kind of categories used for the natural world to the supernatural one. What followed was an entertaining variety of characterizations for the dozens of “types” of ghosts, modeled after the patterns that seemed to emerge in ghost encounters.
Listed above are several books that do a good job of investigating and imagining ghostly phenomenon. Some are more creative than others, but all are interesting. I reviewed R.C. Finucane’s work last year, and that is a good place to start because he examines ghostly manifestations from a historical perspective.
Trent Brandon’s work is one that I use frequently in our trivia section. His book is creatively illustrated and wonderfully imagined. As all the books presented in this new section, however, it should be approached with healthy skepticism.