Written by: Drake Morgan
For the true horror aficionado, non-fiction is just as important as fiction stories. The non-fiction books explore the real world haunts, spooks, and monsters that the fiction writers make their own through their vivid imaginations. We all know that truth is stranger than fiction now don’t we? Check out these five fantastic works if you really want to know where your nightmares come from.
1) Embracing the Spirits: True Stories of My Encounters with the Other Side by Barbara Parks
Barbara Parks is a clairvoyant and explores paranormal phenomenon. In this fantastic book, she gives us an overview of some of her creepiest, scariest, and strangest cases.
2) Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums: Inside Abandoned Institutions for the Crazy, Criminal & Quarantined by Jamie Davis
Like Embracing the Spirits, Davis explores some of the most frightening places around for paranormal activity. This work goes behind bars into forgotten cell blocks, locked wards, and other places you don’t want to get caught once the sun goes down.
3) Vortex by Robert Dunbar
Dunbar’s latest work explores the origins of the many myths and legends that we all grew up with and that helped create our fear of the dark. From the Jersey Devil to the wolf motif in film, this collection of essays gives us insight into the monsters we fear and love.
4) Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction by S.T. Joshi
One of (if not the) premiere scholars on Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi gives us the ultimate compendium of Gothic horror. If you want to know where it all came from, this is the book to read.
5) The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis by Barbara Creed
This is an amazing analysis of horror films from a scholarly, feminist, perspective. Creed looks at horror films from Freudian theories of sexual differences that give the genre a whole new light.