Paranormal 101: Fortean Animals

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!

As evidenced by Paré’s 16th Century book On Monsters and Marvels, we have long been fascinated by the existence of mythical animals that seem just out of our reach. In Paré’s time, learned men didn’t know what to make of all the strange accounts returning from trips around the world. Even today we have our own catalogue of creatures: Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Jersey Devil, and the Chupacabra, to name a few. These are just a few books to get you started. Some are more imaginative than others, but there are plenty of stories of strange animals right in our own backyard. Linda Godfrey’s book is a great study on a werewolf legend just across the border. If you look hard enough, these “monsters” aren’t difficult to find.


Paranormal Illinois by Michael KleenInterested in the ghostly legends and lore of Illinois? Check out Michael Kleen’s book Paranormal Illinois. Paranormal Illinois presents in-depth and original research on some of Illinois’ most unusual tales, including the phantom lady of Kennedy Hill Road, the headless horseman of Lakey’s Creek, and the ghost of Ange Milner. Chapters on Archer Avenue, Manteno State Hospital, Ashmore Estates, Airtight Bridge, Devil’s Gate, and other infamous places present information and interviews never before seen in print. Fun, informative, and greatly entertaining, this painstakingly researched book leaves no ghost unturned.

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