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!
- Brake, Sherri. The Haunted History of the Ohio State Reformatory. The History Press, 2010.
- Coleman, Loren and Andy Henderson. Weird Ohio. Sterling, 2006.
- Kachuba, John B. Ghosthunting Ohio. Clerisy Press, 2004.
- Stansfield, Charles Jr. Haunted Ohio: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Buckeye State. Stackpole Books, 2008.
- Woodyard, Chris. Haunted Ohio: Ghostly Tales from the Buckeye State. Kestrel Publications, 1991.
One of my favorite websites devoted to the paranormal outside of Illinois is Dead Ohio. They have done a splendid job of documenting every strange and unusual story and place in the Buckeye State, including more than two dozen crybaby bridges. Ohio is also home to one of the most famous haunted places in the United States: Mansfield Reformatory (The Ohio State Reformatory). Mansfield was the setting of The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and has been featured in television shows such as Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, and Scariest Places On Earth. Listed above are just a few of the books covering dozens of different legends and lore from Ohio, from the Granville Inn to the Vernon Manor Hotel.
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.