Folklore + Spooky Stuff

By recklesstea

By recklesstea

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Mary Roach

$16.95 $15.59


Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

Mary Roach

$16.95 $15.59


The Men Who Stare at Goats

Jon Ronson

$17.00 $15.64


Them: Adventures with Extremists

Jon Ronson

$18.00 $16.56


Fairies: A Dangerous History

Richard Sugg

$14.00 $12.88

Recommended, with reservations -- Sugg actually believes in literal fairies, and the tone of the book is a bit odd in places as a result.

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places

Colin Dickey

$18.00 $16.56


The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries

W. Y. Evans-Wentz


TBR -- also in the public domain

The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny

Susan Lepselter


Recommended! Poke around online -- used to be legally free to read. Really lovely, although not necessarily a "beginner" folklore book.

The European Folktale: Form and Nature

Max Luthi


Recommended! A bit on the dry side, though.

The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings (Revised)

Jan Harold Brunvand


Recommended! Great intro to contemporary legends.

The Weird and the Eerie

Mark Fisher

$14.95 $13.75


Folklore Rules: A Fun, Quick, and Useful Introduction to the Field of Academic Folklore Studies

Lynne S. McNeill


TBR, but I've heard good things. Supposedly another great intro to folklore.

Western Esotericism: A Concise History

Antoine Faivre



International Legend Tripping: Adventure Outside the Box

Robert C. Robinson

$18.95 $17.43


Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live

Bill Ellis


Recommended! Not really an intro folklore book, but really good.

The Terror That Comes in the Night: An Experience-Centered Study of Supernatural Assault Traditions

David J. Hufford


Recommended! A really important book in academic folklore. Interdisciplinary. Don't read it before bed. Yes, I'm absolutely serious.

The Myth of Moral Panics: Sex, Snuff, and Satan

Bill Thompson and Andy Williams