New on Our Shelves

October 15, 2014 on 4:17 pm | In Article | No Comments


The end of every summer, people bring the library boxes of used books.  This year was no exception.  Along with all the fiction, science fiction, mysteries and westerns are a good amount of paranormal books.  I was very pleased to be able to add these to our collection.

There are a huge variety of titles out there and it would be impossible for the library to buy them all.  It is a nice surprise to open a box of donations and find like-new titles.  We received books on everything from Bigfoot to poltergeists.


You might enjoy reading The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses by Claude Lecouteux.  This book states it covers from pagan folklore to modern manifestations.

From the back cover:


Stories of poltergeists and their mischievous and sometimes violent actions—knocking, stone or chair throwing, moving objects with invisible hands, and slamming or opening doors—are a constant through the ages.  What changes is how we interpret this activity.  For our pagan ancestors poltergeists were seen as helper spirits whose negative manifestations revealed their unhappiness with a household.  The medieval Christian church demonized these once helpful spirits and held exorcisms to expel them from the houses they haunted—which proved effective less than half the time.  The Age of Enlightenment cast these incidents as clever hoaxes, and many still believe this today.  But poltergeist manifestations continue to appear and often defy attempts to debunk them as pranks.  What then is behind this phenomenon?

Exploring accounts of poltergeists from ancient Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, and the modern world, Claude Lecouteux finds that while our interpretations of poltergeists many change, the manifestations always follow a similar course and evolution.  He shows how modern scientific studies of poltergeist manifestations have found a strong tie between these visitations and the presence of a trouble adolescent in the house. Looking beneath the Christian adulteration of pagan practices to reveal the hidden ancestral beliefs tied to poltergeists and haunted houses, the author shows how these unhappy spirits serve as confirmation of the supernatural beings that share the earth with us and of our relationship with the natural and unseen world, a relationship we must take care to keep in balance.

Claude Lecouteux is a former professor or medieval literature and civilization at the Sorbonne.  He is the author of numerous books on afterlife beliefs, including The Return of the Dead and The Secret History of Vampires.


When looking for something to read regarding our haunted library, there are a couple choices.  On our shelves are Ghosts on the Range by Debra Munn, Wyoming Ghost Stories: eerie true tales by Debra Munn, and Wyoming Curiosities: quirky characters, roadside oddities, and other offbeat stuff by Dina Mishev.

These and many more are perfect for this time of year.  Happy reading!!

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