The leaves are changing and the darkness comes earlier each night. Pumpkins and spiderwebs decorate front porches and the wind and rain patter on windows. October is definitely a great month for curling up with a scary book that can set your hair on end. Here are ten books to read this month to get you in the mood for Halloween.
Haunted Objects: Stories of Ghosts on Your Shelf by Christopher Balzano and Tim Weisberg (133.1 Balzano). This spooky collection of real life accounts and urban legends about purportedly haunted everyday items will make your hair stand up, and it might just make you look at the objects around your home a little bit differently. One particularly eerie tale tells of mechanical parts that were salvaged and reused after a plane crash in a swamp, and the paranormal activity that followed this tragic event.
Ghost Hunting for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started by Rich Newman (133.1 Newman). Have you ever watched one of those ghost hunter shows on television and thought about how much fun it would be to try it with your friends? This is the book you need to find your one haunted houses and restless ghouls. Newman, a professional ghost hunter, spices up this how-to guide with ghost stories from his own investigations.
Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz (617.092 Aptowicz). This biography of flamboyant surgeon and collector Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter (he added the umlaut to his name just for show) looks at one of the truly eccentric figures in the history of American medicine. Dr. Mütter made great advances in surgical techniques and medical ethics, but he was most known for this extensive collection of medical oddities, many of which are still on display at Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum.
City Magick: Spells, Rituals, and Symbols for the Urban Witch by Christopher Penczak (133.43 Penczak). When we think of witchcraft, we usually picture clearings in the dark woods, meadows under moonlight, or perhaps a swamp in the bayou. We don’t usually think of highrise apartments and office buildings. Penczak aims to change that with this guide for the witch who finds him or herself in a metropolitan area, providing spells and ideas for practicing witchcraft everywhere from skyscrapers to nightclubs.
Ghosts of the World by Diane Canwell and Jonathan Sutherland (133.1 Canwell). This extensively illustrated book goes around the world to find stories of hauntings and paranormal activity from numerous cultures, settings, and time periods. If a book with fascinating photographs and ghost stories involving everything from tribal animism to Elvis Presley sounds interesting to you, check this book out.
Zombies: A Field Guide to the Walking Dead by Dr. Bob Curran (398.21 Curran). This book has nothing to do with a popular AMC television show, but anyone who loves television zombies should take the next step and check out this fascinating book. Curran looks at zombie lore across history and different cultures, including Haiti, Egypt, and Scandinavia, and tries to get to the truth behind “true” stories of the reanimated bodies.
Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night: Facts, Fictions, and First-Hand Accounts by Varla Ventura (398.24 Ventura). Ventura takes the reader from the ancient hills of Ireland to the dark forests of Germany to explore stories and legends of vampirism, lycanthropy, and human of monsters of various other forms. Hear a banshee song one morning? Beware: these melodies announcing a death a day or two away!
Creepy Crawls: A Horror Fiend’s Travel Guide by Leon Marcelo (791.43 Marcelo). This is the ultimate travel guide for any fan of horror films and fiction. Marcelo provides shooting locations for classics such a Night of the Living Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the locations of the graves of horror icons like Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, and various other creepy locations around the world. This is a must-read for fans of the horror genre on screen or in print.
Stubborn Spirits by Rita Arnold (133.1 Arnold). Darke County’s own Rita Arnold branches out from her popular Ghosts of Darke County series to relay tales of hauntings from around Ohio. One particularly creepy chapter tells of the ghostly occurences at several old Montgomery County hospitals. Arnold even includes one tale from Darke County just to stay in touch with the our local ghosts.
Spooky & Bright: 101 Halloween Ideas from Country Living (394.2646 Spooky). Need a break from all the scary stuff and want to browse some clever, crafty Halloween ideas for your home? This new book provides ideas for everything from pumpkin carvings to darkly elegant home decor to spooky dessert treats. The perfect book to help you prepare for a Halloween party or trick or treaters, or just to get you in the mood for the season!
These and many other spooky books can be found throughout the Greenville Public Library. If a book you’re interested in is checked out you can always reserve the book at the reference desk and be notified when it’s returned. When checking out be sure to let your librarian know you heard about these books on Fourth & Sycamore!
All text © David Nilsen 2014.