Nonfiction — Gettin’ Scary!

My attempts to find some new-to-me nonfiction regarding the supernatural to coincide with Halloween wound up being a bust……Why in the world did I not just go to my personal library to begin with?!?!  😀

It’s not a secret that I love Halloween.  It’s not for the candy or the overpriced decor.  There has always been something about the darker side that intrigues me.  Yes, I do believe in ghosts and spirits, and I believe in a lot of things that can’t be explained away with a scientific experiment.  Those are the main reasons that the following books still capture my attention (and imagination) to this day, especially during this haunting time of year……..

Leslie Rule and her mother, the late true-crime author Ann Rule, always talked about living in haunted houses throughout their lives.  Leslie takes these experiences to another level by seeking out other haunted places and trying to figure out the who and why behind the hauntings.

These books do not go in-depth into ghost hunting, but Leslie does offer her own personal experiences at various places throughout the United States, as well as lists of other places that have similar hauntings.  She talks to people who have experienced the unexplained as well as giving some of the legitimate backgrounds, not just the rumors, surrounding certain places.  And even though the photos throughout both books are questionable at best, they add to the overall creepiness and authenticity.


Haunted Heartland  by Beth Scott and Michael Norman reads more like an anthology of urban legends than true paranormal stories.  However, who’s to say what is really true when it comes to ghostly encounters?  These stories focus on Middle America, from Minnesota to Missouri.  One of the reasons I peg this more as “legend” is the lack of personal accounts from the authors.  But hey, some of these tales still creep me out to this day.


Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, if you want to curl up on a dark, stormy autumn day and feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, then I recommend checking out any of these books.

Do you have a favorite ghost story, “real” or not, you’d like to share?  Feel free to comment, I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

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