Frighteningly Good Reads: Will Storr vs. The Supernatural

Have you read anything spooky scary this month for Molly's Frighteningly Good Reads? My second book for the event this year quickly became one of my favorite frightening reads: Will Storr vs. The Supernatural: One Man's Search For the Truth About Ghosts. British journalist Will Storr begins this undertaking into supernatural research with the idea... Continue Reading →

Spooky Nonfiction for Frighteningly Good Reads 2021 @ Silver Button Books

October is upon us! (But we're almost hitting 80 degrees in New York City this weekend, so it does feel a bit...less than autumnal.) Still, that means it's time for the annual celebration of all reads spooky and scary from Molly @ Silver Button Books: Frighteningly Good Reads! I'm not much for reading challenges because... Continue Reading →

A Housewife’s Haunting

The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story, by Kate Summerscale Some events are so dark that to find them is an act of imagination as much as memory. In 1938, as a storm gathered on the continent and Europe braced for something coming, yet unknown but surely terrible, in England a 34-year-old housewife... Continue Reading →

The Mysterious Haunting of West Germany

Review: A Demon-Haunted Land, by Monica Black (Bookshop.org) To understand something about how one type of society began the process of becoming a very different one, this book looks at two distinctive but related forms of postwar haunting. One plagued individuals, beleaguered souls who sought spiritual respite -- who wanted to be healed, transformed, or... Continue Reading →

Spooky Scary Nonfiction for Halloween and Frighteningly Good Reads: The Frighteners and Damnation Island

It's Halloween month! What spooky scary nonfiction might you be reading? I mean yes -- real life is scary enough, especially this year, but perhaps you're distracting from the everyday horror and existential angst with some nonfiction about less-present scariness? Just me? The wonderful Molly at Silver Button Books is again hosting Frighteningly Good Reads,... Continue Reading →

7 Spooky Nonfiction Books for Halloween

Every autumn I find myself looking for at least a few spooky-themed books to read as Halloween approaches. It's a little trickier with nonfiction, especially if you avoid the more unquestionably accepting/woo-woo ones, but there are still plenty of possibilities if you like your creepy stories full of truthiness! With Halloween weekend upon us, here's... Continue Reading →

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