With the cooler weather setting in, the nights are getting longer, the days getting shorter and it's the perfect time to curl up on the couch with a good book.
The magical mystical tour of Exploring the Magic of Halloween and the Spirit of Fall continues! We've delved into a brief history of Halloween and the legend of enchanted apples as well as the ancient tradition of celebrating November 1st as the New Year, while planting seeds and bulbs in the Fall to help manifest our dreams. We also discussed hosting a scary movie film festival and shared ways to create your own traditions.
Keeping that in mind, the Magical and Mystical Inspired Tip to consider today is....
Expand Your Paranormal and Supernatural Research Library
Here's some that have caught my attention lately that make great additions to your reading list this fall....
1. Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters and Beasts from the Darkside by Brad Steiger (Visible Ink Press)
For five decades, Brad Steiger has been investigating the paranormal and reporting on his findings. He's been a guest on the Explore Your Spirit Show many times and is a treasure trove of information on poltergeists, hauntings, vampires, the occult and dealing with the dark side. His latest book, Real Monsters chronicles interactions with shadow people, swamp creatures, bigfoot, aliens, ghosts and goblins. What I especially like about Brad's work is that he interviews hundreds of people to get first hand accounts of experiences which he includes with his research and historical accounts. Be warned, you may find an account of a haunting experience in your own local area, as I did when reading The Beast of Bolivia.
2. Monsters: A Bestiary of Devils, Demons, Vampires, Werewolves and Other Magical Creatures by Christopher Dell (Inner Traditions)
Exploring the battle between good and evil and order and chaos, author Christopher Dell suggests that each culture connects with monsters on a deep level within our psyche. Within each myth and religious story, there is archetype of the hero and the monster he or she must battle and overcome. Dell covers the earliest prehistoric renderings through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to modern day science fiction and the new trend of romantic horror. Most intriguing in the Monsters book is the vivid imagery of the beasts and monsters. Each page offers striking artwork that brings the creatures to life and I found myself enjoying looking at even the most grotesque beast as they were so intricately displayed.
3. Ghost Hunting in Your State by various authors (Clerisy Press)
Clerisy Press has created America's Haunted Road Trip, a series of Ghost Hunting books state by state in the US. Each year they release more books and eventually will cover all 50 states. Currently available are Ghost Hunting Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, Kentucky, New York City, Southern California and Florida. Each book is full of travel information on every haunted location for those brave enough to make the journey in person and for paranormal researchers who are interested in exploring haunted sites in each state. Coming in 2011, my book with Clerisy, Ghost Hunting North Carolina will be available in stores.
4. Dark Fairies by Dr. Bob Curran (New Page Books)
Dr. Bob explores the origins of fairies, from the sprites and maenads of classical times to the relations between fairies and humans across the ages. His reports find that some fairies are dangerous and not friendly to mankind. Dr. Bob will be on the Explore Your Spirit Show on Tuesday, October 26th at 8pm EST as I discuss his Dark Fairies book and research. Tune in to the show to learn about the history of fairies.
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