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Spooky, Scary, Supernatural Reads!

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April 11, 2020

If you are anything like me, the unknown is a fascinating subject. Ghosts, UFOs, weird animals and weird experiences are all part of the supernatural. Below is a list of nonfiction books that deal with the supernatural; all are available from Wisconsin’s Digital Library. This is just a starting point, the digital library has many other books that deal with the supernatural.  Enjoy!

 


Book Cover: ABOMINABLE SCIENCE!: ORIGINS OF THE YETI, NESSIE AND OTHER FAMOUS CRYPTIDS

"ABOMINABLE SCIENCE!: ORIGINS OF THE YETI, NESSIE AND OTHER FAMOUS CRYPTIDS" by DANIEL LOXTON 

Available as an e-book

Humans have always been captivated by mythic and legendary beasts. Two investigators examine cryptozoology, presenting arguments both for and against the existence of unknown beasts. Taking on some of the most famous monsters, the authors analyze the sightings and other evidence and draw some conclusions.

Book Cover: A HISTORY OF GHOSTS: THE TRUE STORY OF SéANCES, MEDIUMS, GHOSTS, AND GHOSTBUSTERS

"A HISTORY OF GHOSTS: THE TRUE STORY OF SéANCES, MEDIUMS, GHOSTS, AND GHOSTBUSTERS" by PETER AYKROYD

Available as an e-book

Watching his family perform séances through a crack in the basement door led Peter Aykroyd to investigate the history of Spiritualism. Starting in 1848, when Spiritualism first developed, Aykroyd introduces famous mediums, sharing personal history with spirits and ghosts and weaving together a larger narrative about the role the paranormal has played in our culture.

Book Cover: UFO FILES: INSIDE STORY OF REAL LIFE SIGHTINGS

"UFO FILES: INSIDE STORY OF REAL LIFE SIGHTINGS" by DAVID CLARK

Available as an e-book

Drawing on formerly secret files in the British National Archives, Clark shares extraordinary reports from regular people alongside details of official investigations. Starting in the 1920’s with Metropolitan Police Starting with reports of aerial phenomenon to the conclusion of the British governments own Project Blue Book, Project Condign, this book shares remarkable stories of abductions, close encounters and crop circles.  

Book Cover: HAUNTED WAUSAU: THE GHOSTLY HISTORY OF BIG BULL FALLS

"HAUNTED WAUSAU: THE GHOSTLY HISTORY OF BIG BULL FALLS" by SHAWN BLASCHKA

Available as an e-book

Wausau has its own share of hauntings. Visit the Rogers Theater for haunting whispers; buy your cross country skis at Shepard and Schaller’s Sporting Goods and hear about their resident ghost or visit the Gillett home to learn about their acorn pyramid.

Book Cover: GHOSTLY TALES OF WISCONSIN

"GHOSTLY TALES OF WISCONSIN" by RYAN JACOBSON

Available as an e-book

Is Wisconsin the most haunted state in America? Read this book and decide for yourself! This collection features the scariest, most surprising ghost stories of the Badger State, including a haunted house so scary it was featured on television to a road where a werewolf resides. These stories are written for sharing around the campfire, so they are perfect for reading out loud.

Book Cover: MONSTERS AMONG US: AN EXPLORATION OF OTHERWORLDLY BIGFOOTS, WOLFMEN, PORTALS, PHANTOMS AND ODD PHENOMENA

"MONSTERS AMONG US: AN EXPLORATION OF OTHERWORLDLY BIGFOOTS, WOLFMEN, PORTALS, PHANTOMS AND ODD PHENOMENA" by LINDA S. GODFREY

Available as an e-book

Have you ever seen something you couldn’t explain? This book explores these otherworldly experiences and challenges your ideas of reality. The author is an expert in strange creatures and lore, reporting on bigfoots, werewolves, strange energy forms and other bizarre experiences. Godfrey leads the reader on a journey through the mystical and legendary information as well as the scientific research of these creatures and experiences and the myths that surround them.

Book Cover: GHOSTLY ENCOUNTERS: CONFESSIONS OF A PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR  

"GHOSTLY ENCOUNTERS: CONFESSIONS OF A PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR  " by JEFF SCOTT COLE AND JOHNATHON ROBSON

Available as an e-book

With new digital technologies, it’s not a surprise that people have used this new tech to investigate mysterious stories or events that have happened to them.  Like most people, Jeff Cole was intrigued by aspects of the paranormal—does the human spirit endure after the body dies? Are there such things as ghosts? These questions have led Cole on a journey in the world of hunting ghosts with an established team learning about the history of locations, exploring these places and experiences these hauntings themselves.

Book Cover: GHOSTS: A HAUNTED HISTORY

"GHOSTS: A HAUNTED HISTORY" by LISA MORTON

Available as an e-book

What exactly is a ghost? How are ghosts related to the human soul? Lisa Mortong researches history’s most enduring ghosts in a comprehensive book. She examines the shifting shape of ghostly phenomenon and related entities like poltergeist, wraiths and revenants.  She visits spirits of the classic world, including Ancient Egyptians belief in a five part soul, phantoms of the Middle Ages and the rise of Spiritualism at the end of the eighteenth century. This wide ranging informative book is an entertaining read about a cultural phenomenon that has lasted for thousands of years.


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