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Friday, May 3, 2013

Paranormal Day

So today is Paranormal Day, when paranormal enthusiasts can share their real-life paranormal encounters. Or just read about them.

    

The Other Side: A Teen's Guide to Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal by Marley Gibson, Patrick Burns, and Dave Schrader. This is an excellent guide for teens who want to get into ghost-hunting. It's full of practical advice on equipment, places to start looking, what to look for, and how to connect with others.

Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, and Roxyane Young. This book examines many types of mysterious creatures (such as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster) and makes the case for and against them. It does a great job at examining similar stories around the world (Bigfoot gets around!) The best part is where it examines mythical creatures that turned out to be real.

Encyclopedia Horrifica: The Terrifying TRUTH! About Vampires, Ghosts, Monsters, and More by Joshua Gee. This is a fun look at all things paranormal and the facts and legends surrounding them. It's sadly out of print, but still available at many local libraries and worth looking for.

    

Unexplained: An Encyclopedia of Curious Phenomena, Strange Superstitions, and Ancient Mysteries by Judy Allen. An excellent first look at all sorts of unexplained things-- ESP, crop circles, ghosts, vampires, and more.

Real Vampires, Night Stalkers and Creatures from the Darkside by Brad Steiger. Steiger chronicles the scarier vampire lore and legends from around the world, as well as real-life stories of cannibals and blood-drinkers. He has many books along these lines, including Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside and Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places.

America's Haunted Universities: Ghosts that Roam Hallowed Halls by Matthew L. Swayne. You'll want to check out this collection of ghost activity at many colleges before deciding which one to attend. (Would a haunted campus be a plus or minus in your book?)

    

Shadowland by Meg Cabot. Susannah talks to dead people and helps them move on to the other side. When she moves to California she discovers that her bedroom is haunted by a super-hott (but super-dead) guy and the ghost of the most popular girl at school SERIOUSLY does not want to move on. Especially once Susannah starts dating her boyfriend. The first in a series, follow it with Ninth Key.

Scepter of the Ancients by Derek Landy. Thanks to Stephanie's dead uncle, she now owns a house that holds a magical artifact that some serious bad guys want. Luckily, Skulduggery Pleasant, a walking, talking, sharply dressed skeleton is around to protect and train her. The first in a seriously fun and exciting series, you'll want to have Playing with Fire on hand.

Unnatural Creatures selected by Neil Gaiman. This collection of short stories focuses on mythical and imaginary creatures both comforting and terrifying. Authors include E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, and Nnedi Okorafor.

What paranormals will you be reading today?

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