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!
- Baker, Tom. Haunted Indianapolis: And Other Indiana Ghost Stories. Schiffer Publishing, 2007.
- Marimen, Mark. Haunted Indiana, Volume 1. Thunder Bay Press, 1997.
- Marimen, Mark and James A. Willis. Weird Indiana. Sterling Press, 2008.
- Osborne, Stephen. South Bend Ghosts: And Other Northern Indiana Haunts. Schiffer Publishing, 2009.
- Sankowsky, Lorri. Ghost Hunter’s Guide to Indianapolis. Pelican Publishing, 2008.
- Willis, Wanda Lou. Haunted Hoosier Trails. Clerisy Press, 2002.
When I was a young man, my grandparents, aunt and uncle, and cousins lived on two adjacent farms in rural Indiana. A small cemetery sat at the periphery of my uncle’s farm, and I have many fond memories of visiting that place. Deep in the woods, two rows of nameless headstones told a story of an area devastated by the influenza epidemic of 1919 – a past that had been all but forgotten. Indiana is filled with such places. Ghosts of the past creep around every nook and cranny. The books listed above are but a sample of the work that has been done to compile the folklore and legends of the Hoosier State. From the Manitou Monster to the Osceola Poltergeist, you won’t want to miss these tales.
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.