Halloween Reads at the Library

It is that time of year again! The leaves are changing and the weather is dramatically fluctuating between warm and astonishingly cold as Fall tries to get its footing. The perfect time to curl up under a blanket and read something eerie. If you’re looking for a good non-fiction book to read in honor of Halloween then this is the list for you.

Here are a few of the books in our collection that are excellent for this season:


    The devil’s disciples : makers of the Salem witchcraft trials by Peter Charles Hoffer

  The specter of Salem : remembering the witch trials in nineteenth-century America by Gretchen A. Adams

  Witchcraft narratives in Germany : Rothenburg 1561-1652 by Alison Rowlands

  Whores of the devil : witch-hunts and witch-trials by Erik Durschmied

  Witch hunters : professional prickers, unwitchers & witch finders of the Renaissance by P. G. Maxwell-Stuart

  Werewolves, witches, and wandering spirits : traditional belief and folklore in early modern Europe by Kathryn A. Edwards



  Possessions : the history and uses of haunting in the Hudson Valley by Judith Richardson

  Specters of the self : thinking about ghosts and ghost-seeing in England, 1750-1920 by Shane McCorristine

  The house of the seven gables, a romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne

  The supernatural in society, culture, and history edited by Dennis D. Waskul and Marc A Eaton



  Demon possession in Elizabethan England by Kathleen R. Sands

  Discerning spirits : divine and demonic possession in the Middle Ages by  Nancy Caciola


True Crime

  Death in the air : the true story of a serial killer, the great London smog, and the strangling of a city by Kate Winkler Dawson

  Death in the Haymarket : a story of Chicago, the first labor movement, and the bombing that divided gilded age America by James R. Green

  Mary Jane’s ghost : the legacy of a murder in small town America by Ted Gregory

  Serial killers : psychiatry, criminology, responsibility by Francesca Biagi-Chai

  Jack the Ripper : the definitive history by Paul Begg

  Leopold and Loeb : the crime of the century by Hal Higdon

  The notorious Mrs. Clem : murder and money in the Gilded Age by Wendy Gamber

  Killer on the road : violence and the American interstate by Ginger Gail Strand

  Jack the Ripper and the London press by L. Perry Curtis

  Death in Beijing : murder and forensic science in Republican China by Daniel S. Asen

  The invention of murder : how the Victorians reveled in death and detection and created modern crime by Judith Flanders

  The infamous Harry Hayward : a true account of murder and mesmerism in gilded age Minneapolis by Shawn Francis Peters

  The secret poisoner : a century of murder by Linda Stratmann

A bit of everything else

  The Martians are coming! : the true story of Orson Welles’ 1938 panic broadcast by Alan Gallop

  The secret history of the world : as laid down by the secret societies by Mark Booth

  The black death by Joseph Patrick

  Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds by Charles Mackay

  The great cat massacre : and other episodes in French cultural history by Robert Darnton

  The secret token : myth, obsession, and the search for the lost colony of Roanoke by Andrew Lawler

  Mummies, cannibals, and vampires : the history of corpse medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians by Richard Sugg

  Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night by Nicholas Rogers

  Spook : science tackles the afterlife by Mary Roach

  Not your average zombie : rehumanizing the undead from voodoo to zombie walks by Chera Kee

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