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!
- Alaspa, Bryan. Ghosts of St. Louis: The Lemp Mansion and Other Eerie Tales. Schiffer Publishing, 2007.
- Gilbert, Joan. Missouri Ghosts: Spirits, Haunts and Related Lore. Pebble Publishing, 1997.
- Gilbert, Joan. Missouri Ghosts, 2nd Edition. Mogho Books, 2001.
- Offutt, Jason. Haunted Missouri: A Ghostly Guide. Truman State University Press, 2007.
- Prosser, Lee. Missouri Hauntings. Schiffer Publishing, 2008.
- Tremeear, Janice. Missouri’s Haunted Route 66. The History Press, 2010.
Like Ohio and its Mansfield Reformatory, Missouri can boast of being home to one of the most famous haunted places in America: The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis. The mansion was once home to the offices of the Lemp Brewery, but the Lemp family themselves were said to be cursed. The mansion is now a restaurant and inn, and has been featured on television shows such as Ghost Hunters and MTV’s FEAR. Moreover, St. Louis is one of the oldest cities in the Midwest, making it the perfect city for ghostly tales. Missourians have always been known as skeptics (hence, the “show me” state), but plenty of them believe in ghosts, and there are plenty of books on the subject to prove it. The ones listed above are just a small sample.
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.