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Throughout the week I’ve mostly been focused on scary stories from the fiction world: after all, Hallowe’en is all about the scary stories we tell ourselves. But there’s a non-fiction side to the paranormal and spooky as well. Believe in it or don’t, people have written countless books about the folklore, spirituality, and science behind the things we see in horror films and in the Hallowe’en decorations aisle at your nearest Wal-Mart. Here’s a sampling.

A skeleton reading

Image via Monster Bash News.

THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (books on 2012 and apocalyptic prophecy)

  • 2012: Extinction or Utopia? Doomsday Prophecies Explored by Allan J. Danelek
  • The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truths Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History by John Major Jenkins
  • Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation into Civilizations End by Lawrence E. Joseph
  • Apocalypses: Prophecies, Cults, and Millennial Beliefs Throughout the Ages by Eugen Weber
  • How To Survive 2012 by Patrick Geryl

CORPSE WATCH (books on death and the rituals that go with it)

  • Bury the Dead: Tombs, Corpses, Mummies, Skeletons, and Rituals by Christopher Sloan
  • Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial by Penny Colman
  • Earthly Remains: The History and Science of Preserved Bodies by Andrew Chamberlain
  • In Search of the Immortals: Mummies, Death, and the Afterlife by Howard Reid
  • Modern Mummies: 20th-Century Wonders and Beyond by Michael Martin
  • R.I.P: The Complete Book of Death and Dying by Constance Jones
  • You Wouldn‘t Want To Be an Egyptian Mummy: Disgusting Things You‘d Rather Not Know! by David Stewart

THE GHOSTLY HEREAFTER (books on hauntings and apparitions)

  • Entities Among Us: Unseen Forces that Affect Our Daily Lives by Catherine Bowman
  • An Experience of Phantoms by D. Scott Rogo
  • Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond by Hans Holzer
  • Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side by James Van Praagh
  • I‘m Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted by Jennifer Finney Boylan
  • We Are Their Heaven: Why the Dead Never Leave Us by Allison Dubois
  • When Ghosts Speak: Understanding the World of Earthbound Spirits by Mary Ann Winkowski
  • Young Ghosts by Daniel Cohen

PARANORMAL POWERS (books on psychic ability)

  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Being Psychic by Lynn A. Robinson
  • Deception and Self-Deception: Investigating Psychics by Richard Wiseman
  • Nostradamus: A Life and Myth (The First Complete Biography of the World‘s Most Famous and Controversial Prophet by John Hogue
  • The Psychic Tourist: A Voyage into the Curious World of Predicting the Future by William Little
  • Ruth the Truth’s Psychic Guide: A Step-by-Step Guide to Developing Your Psychic Powers by Ruth Urquhart
  • Supersenses: Our Potential for Parasensory Experience by Charles Panati
  • Whose Hands Are These? A Gifted Healers Miraculous True Story by Gene Egidio

THE WITCHING HOUR (books on witchcraft through the centuries)

  • Demonolatry: An Account of the Historical Practice of Witchcraft by Nicolas Remy
  • Hunting for Witches: A Visitor’s Guide to the Salem Witch Trials by Frances Hill
  • The Practice of Witchcraft Today: An Introduction to Beliefs and Rituals by Robin Skelton
  • Witchcraft in America by Peggy Saari
  • Witches and Witch-Hunts: A History of Persecution by Milton Meltzer

VAMPIRE FEVER (books on the vampire mythos)

  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Sucking Through the Century, 1897-1997 by Carol Margaret Davidson
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vampires* by Jay Stevenson
  • The Monster with a Thousand Faces: Guises of the Vampire in Myth and Literature by Brian J. Frost
  • Vampires: From Vlad the Impaler to the Vampire Lestat by Anna Szigethy
  • Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula by Christopher Frayling
  • The Vampire Book* by Sally Regan

(*Indicates books recent enough to potentially include mention of Twilight. Realistically, it’s probably important to a lot of potential vampire-book readers.)

 

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