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!
- Brown, Alan. Haunted Places in the American South. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002.
- Brown, Alan. Stories from the Haunted South. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004.
- Buxton, Geordie. Haunted Plantations: Ghosts of Slavery and Legends of the Cotton Kingdoms. Charleston: Arcadia, 2007.
- Coleman, Christopher K. Dixie Spirits: True Tales of the Strange and Supernatural in the South. Nashville: Cumberland House, 2002.
- Domine, David. Phantoms of Old Louisville: Ghostly Tales from America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood. Kuttawa: McClanahan, 2006.
- Roberts, Nancy. The Haunted South: Where Ghosts Still Roam. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1988.
The past ten years has seen an explosion of books on ghostlore from all over the country. In my opinion, Illinois has been ground zero in this renaissance. Authors have overturned every rock to document our ghost stories. But now, this passion has traveled to every corner of the country. Our books for this month focus on the haunted South. The southeast has some of the oldest settlements in the country, and the history of the South is filled with romance and tragedy. Generally, Southern culture lends itself to interesting storytelling. There are plenty of books on individual cities, but these are a few that deal with the region in general.
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.