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!
- Bunson, Matthew. The Vampire Encyclopedia. Gramercy: Gramercy, 2000.
- Konstantinos. Vampires: The Occult Truth. Woodbury: Llewellyn, 2002.
- McNally, Raymond T. In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires. New York: Mariner Books, 1994.
- Ramsland, Katherine. The Science of Vampires. Berkley: Berkley Trade, 2002.
- Summers, Montague. The Vampire in Lore and Legend. New York: Dover Publications, 2001.
- Summers, Montague. Vampires and Vampirism. New York: Dover Publications, 2005.
Ever since the Twilight series completed the de-balling of vampires and vampirism, I have felt compelled to educate my peers on the more traditional view of these creatures of the night. After all, vampires began as something to be feared—not to be sympathized with. Vampires were the aristocrats of supernatural horror. They didn’t glow when sunlight hit them… they were destroyed. Unfortunately, I know more than a few people who have read every Twilight book but who have never heard of Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror or Carmilla. To rectify this, I have listed a few of the basic resource books that anyone aspiring to learn more about vampire lore will find informative.
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.