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!
- Bannatyne, Lesley. Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History. Pelican Publishing, 1998.
- Bannatyne, Lesley. Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night. Pelican Publishing, 2011.
- Chavez, Jerry. Haunted House Halloween Handbook. McFarland & Company, 1997.
- Kelley, Ruth Edna. The Book of Hallowe’en. Various, 1919.
- Nardone, Tim. Extreme Halloween: The Ultimate Guide to Making Halloween Scary Again. Perigee Trade, 2009.
- Rogers, Nicholas. Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night. Oxford University Press, 2003.
I’ve always loved Halloween, but when I was a kid, all we had for decorations were fake spider webs, window decals, and whatever we made ourselves. I remember stuffing a pair of my dad’s pants and an old sweater with crumpled up newspaper to make it look like a dead body. Lately, however, there has been an explosion of high quality costumes and decorations, and interest in the holiday is at an all time high. The books listed above represent a good cross section of history, crafts, and fun to make anyone fall in love with Halloween all over again.
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.