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!
- Barefoot, Daniel W. Haunted Halls of Ivy: Ghosts of Southern Colleges and Universities. John F. Blair, Publisher, 2004.
- Mott, A.S. Haunted Schools: Ghost Stories & Strange Tales. Edmonton: Ghost House Books, 2003.
- Swayne, Matt. Haunted Valley… The Ghosts of Penn State: Ghost stories and haunted tales of Penn State. Seattle: CreateSpace, 2008.
- Thuma, Cynthia and Catherine Lower. Creepy Colleges and Haunted Universities. Atglen: Schiffer Publishing, 2003.
- Tucker, Elizabeth. Haunted Halls: Ghostlore of American College Campuses. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2007.
The study of campus lore at colleges and universities around the country has exploded in recent years. With the increasing accessibility of higher education, more and more Americans find themselves at college every year. Because of the high turnover rate of students, these stories offer a great example of how folklore is made and disseminated. Stories that might take decades to develop appear in just a few years. Most of us spend upwards of fifteen to twenty years in the American public education system, from preschool to graduate school. With so much time spent strolling these halls of learning, it is no wonder than many schools have a ghost or two. While much more remains to be written, the above books provide a nice overview of the current literature.
Interested 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.