In this monthly segment, I will provide a list of books I think anyone interested in folklore, ghost stories, the unusual & the paranormal would enjoy. Most of these can be found on Amazon.com (often at discounted rates) or at your local library. Each list of books will be arranged by topic and will be accompanied by a short description highlighting some themes and commonalities. Enjoy!
- Bord, Janet and Loren Coleman. Bigfoot Casebook Updated. Pine Winds Press, 2005.
- Coleman, Loren. Bigfoot! : The True Story of Apes in America. Paraview Pocket Books, 2003.
- McLeod, Michael. Anatomy of a Beast: Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot. University of California Press, 2011.
- Meldrum, Jeff. Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science. Forge Books, 2007.
- Morgan, Robert. Bigfoot Observer’s Field Manual. Pine Winds Press, 2008.
No discussion of North American legends and lore would be complete without a discussion of Bigfoot. This cryptid, or something like it, has been spotted all over the continent for hundreds of years. Even Illinois has a wealth of Sasquatch sightings. In the face of this deluge of encounters, bolstered by the occasional hair or footprint, many brave souls have attempted to capture some definitive proof of this elusive creature. Is it real? Is it a myth? The above books represent a good cross section of the latest literature on the subject.
Interested in the ghostly legends and lore of Illinois? Check out Michael Kleen’s book Paranormal Illinois. Paranormal Illinois presents in-depth and original research on some of Illinois’ most unusual tales, including the phantom lady of Kennedy Hill Road, the headless horseman of Lakey’s Creek, and the ghost of Ange Milner. Chapters on Archer Avenue, Manteno State Hospital, Ashmore Estates, Airtight Bridge, Devil’s Gate, and other infamous places present information and interviews never before seen in print. Fun, informative, and greatly entertaining, this painstakingly researched book leaves no ghost unturned.