Another three months have passed, which means its time for another quarterly update on my yearly spooky reading! Ya’ll know I love to read anything and everything I can in the paranormal non-fiction genre. As a paranormal investigator and researcher, I’m always trying to learn as much as I can about this field, and exploring books from a variety of viewpoints in a variety of different topics is a great way to accomplish that. As a blogger, it’s also a great way to get new ideas for content to share with you all. And, as a paranormal enthusiast, I just love reading a good, spooky ghost story!
Unfortunately, this quarter wasn’t a great one for me. I only got around to eight paranormal nonfiction titles (and my general reading list wasn’t much better). I managed to get a couple of gems, though, so let’s take a quick look!
1. Living Among Bigfoot, by Tom Lyons: This is the first in a whole series of books about one gentleman’s encounters with Sasquatch. I found this as a free download, and while it was a quick, enjoyable read, I probably won’t pick up any more in the series unless they become available for free as well. I’d just rather get the whole story in one volume, as opposed to a bunch of REALLY short (more like essays) books.
2. Strange Creatures From Time and Space, by John Keel: John Keel is one of those authors you just HAVE to read if you research anything Fortean or strange. Keel has a very distinct style of humor to his writing, and each of his books, while usually overlapping heavily with his others in the content department, are full of really interesting cases of high strangeness and Keel’s theories as to why these events are happening.
3. Queen Victoria’s Other World, by Peter Underwood: I love Peter Underwood’s collections of ghost stories from various places around the British Isles. This book is a little different…instead of focusing on ghostly tales of haunted locations, it takes a look at the life of Queen Victoria and her interest in Spiritualism and the occult. There are also quite a few haunted places and ghost stories thrown in, with the note that no doubt Queen Victoria would have been familiar with this tale since she lived at this location, or visited it, or so forth. That part felt a little…forced for content…but it was still an interesting read.
4. Freak Files: The Unexplained Tales, by Gia Scott: A free ebook download I found on Amazon. Not terrible, but nothing to write home about. Just a quick read about some spooky stories.
5. Real Celebrity Ghost Stories, by Sherri Granato. See above, but focusing on celebrities, lol.
6. Life After Death, by Hans Holzer: I love me some Hans Holzer. He was the author who inspired me as a kid to be a ‘ghost hunter’ in the first place, so I’m always thrilled when I come across one of his books. I found Life After Death at Goodwill and flew through the battered old paperback, loving the stories of people who claim that they have proof that life doesn’t end with bodily death.
7. Mermaids: The Myths, Legends and Lore, by Skye Alexander: Ironically, I came across this book at a thrift store right as the whole Little Mermaid controversy was reaching a head. This is a beautiful little book filled with the origins of the mermaid myth, the mermaid in popular culture, and, well…anything and everything else you could want to know about mermaids. It gets super repetitive at times, but it was a fun read.
8. The Grafton Monster, by George Dudding: George Dudding is a prolific writer of all things paranormal, especially strange things going on in the Mountain State! I try to collect as many as his works as possible, so when I saw him at the 2022 Mothman Festival, I decided to pick up The Grafton Monster. My husband is from Grafton, so it’s a topic that I love discussing with him, as he knows so much about the general area and his mom was living in the area at the time of the sighting. This was a fun book on a subject that there just isn’t a whole lot of information available on.
So there ya have it! That’s what I’ve been reading lately, but I’d love to hear what paranormal nonfiction books you’ve been reading and loving lately. Join me over on Theresa’s Haunted History of the Tri-State Facebook or let me know in the comments below!
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