Episode 016 - Supernatural and Paranormal Non-fiction
By Book Club for Masochists
Just in time to miss Halloween, this episode has us reading Supernatural and Paranormal Non-fiction. And by “reading” we mean “not reading”, as several of us fail to finish any books. Thankfully, we can blame everything on gremlins. Plus wolfmen, ghosts, mermaids, dramatic readings, and special guests. Your hosts this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Inti Dewey | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup Recommended (thanks entirely to Jessi) Ghosts: A Haunted History by Lisa Morton National Geographic Ultimate Guide to Supernatural Places by Sarah Bartlett Haunted Hotels by Jo-Anne Christensen The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Paranormal by Nathan Robert Brown Read Yurei: The Japanese Ghost by Zack Davisson The Little Book of True Ghost Stories by Echo Bodine Mermaids 101: Exploring the Magical Underwater World of the Merpeople by Doreen Virtue Did Not Finish On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears by Stephen T. Asma Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids by Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero Sex & the Paranormal by Paul Chambers Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena from the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory by Stacy Horn Will Storr vs. The Supernatural: One Man's Search for the Truth About Ghosts by Will Storr Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Living Americans by Malachi Martin Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America by Linda S. Godfrey The Strange Case of Hellish Nell: The Story of Helen Duncan and the Witch Trial of World War II by Nina Shandler The Enigmas of History: Myths, Mysteries & Madness from Around the World by Alan Baker Haunted Girl : Esther Cox & the Great Amherst Mystery by Laurie Glenn Norris Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable-And Couldn't by Steve Volk Links/Other Supernatural vs. Paranormal Normcore, Superflat, and Supernormal? What Anna means by Scary Stories and More Scary Stories is the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series by Alvin Schwartz XKCD ruins Matthew’s ability to believe Nazis and the Occult The Spear of Destiny Hellboy's World: Comics and Monsters on the Margins by Scott Bukatman references Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner Alien languages in Futurama (not specifically mentioned, but a good example) A Ghost Story by Matthew Murray Aokigahara: The Japanese Suicide Forest Koro: The "overpowering belief that one's genitalia are retracting and will disappear" (women did it) The dangers of Dungeons & Dragons The sad life of Rosemary Kennedy Hellish Nell’s story in the format that Matthew prefers A compendium of paranormal askReddit discussion threads The magic sound introducing our guests is "fairy magic wand" by Robinhood76 from freesound.org. Questions What colour of the rainbow did you cross over into Atlantis on? What appeal factors for the paranormal/supernatural genre did we miss? How could cataloguing be altered to make things more ‘findable’? Can you draw our Guardian Gremlins for us?