In this monthly segment, I will provide a list of books I think anyone interested in folklore, ghost stories, the unusual & the paranormal would enjoy. Most of these can be found on Amazon.com (often at discounted rates) or at your local library. Each list of books will be arranged by topic and will be accompanied by a short description highlighting some themes and commonalities. Enjoy!
- Godfrey, Linda. Haunted Wisconsin: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Badger State. Stackpole Books, 2010.
- Godfrey, Linda and Richard D. Hendricks. Weird Wisconsin. Sterling, 2005.
- Lewis, Chad and Terry Fisk. The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations. Unexplained Research, 2004.
- Norman, Michael. Haunted Wisconsin. University of Wisconsin Press, 2011.
- Strub, Sherry. Wisconsin’s Ghosts. Schiffer Publishing, 2009.
Our neighbor to the north has some of the most interesting ghost stories and legends in the Midwest. From the Beast of Bray Road, to Bloody Bridge Bridge, to the Devil’s Punch Bowl, Wisconsin more than holds its own against the best and scariest tales Illinois has to offer. If you live within a few hour’s drive, I highly recommend visiting some of the places described in the books listed above. While you’re there, make sure to sample some of the local beer and cheese – who knows what spirit might happen to sit down next to you!
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.