Frighteningly Good Reads: Unbelievable and Zodiac

Are you joining up with Molly @ Silver Button Books for Frighteningly Good Reads? There's still one week until Halloween! I managed to surprise myself by reading not only the book I'd specifically set aside for Molly's very fun challenge, but another that had been on my shelves for awhile and is, arguably, the spookier... 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 →

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 →

A Sociologist Explores “The Science of Fear”

Book review: Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear, by Margee Kerr (Amazon / Book Depository) Last year I'd read enough spooky nonfiction to make a list for October, but this year I didn't have enough appropriate titles to compile one (though you can also terrify yourself by just browsing the "true crime" tab). But the positively wonderful... 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 →

Life After Death from a Scientific Perspective

October is naturally the perfect time for creepy, scary, haunty reading, so I'm reviewing some ooky spooky supernatural, paranormal-themed titles throughout the month. Personally, I find nothing scarier than some of the true crime cases out there, so delving into the supernatural side of things feels more light-hearted than sinister and I love Halloween-time for... Continue Reading →

“Insanity is a strange, peculiar thing.”

Book review: Not Just Evil: Murder, Hollywood, and California's First Insanity Plea by David Wilson (Amazon / Book Depository) Shortly before Christmas in 1927, a twelve-year-old girl was kidnapped from her school in Los Angeles. After a ransom was arranged with her father, Marion Parker's horrifically mutilated body was returned. Her killer, a young man named William... Continue Reading →

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