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Drake’s Quick Picks: Top Five Non-Fiction Horror

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.

About The Overseer (1669 Articles)
Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

3 Comments on Drake’s Quick Picks: Top Five Non-Fiction Horror

  1. Love this list. I want to read every one of them. More recommendations please.


  2. Well, that first Amazon gift card I got for Christmas is about to be spent! Thanks for the list.


  3. I love ‘Haunted’ reads!


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