As a child, I was convinced that my parents took longer to get ready in the morning than I did because they were aliens. Being an alien takes time, after all. They had to zip up their human suits, tuck their tail into the suit and try to get rid of any green skin residue that might get left behind in the process.
It was the only logical explanation.
I waited for the day that Richard Stack of the TV Show, Unsolved Mysteries, would make his way to my small Illinois town so that I could finally tell my story and share my truth with the world.
Sadly that day did not come, but since Unsolved Mysteries is now back with its 15th season on Netflix, some sense of hope in my heart has been restored. I can also confirm that after watching all 6 episodes while ignoring my basic human needs, at least one episode focuses on unexplained phenomena. True crime is great and all, but why worry about that when ancient aliens are lurking among us.
Cue the Unsolved Mysteries theme song…
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Here are a few books to get you in the spooky mood as you enjoy the latest Unsolved Mysteries season.
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places
by Colin Dickey
Dickey, piqued by a house hunt in LA that revealed derelict foreclosures and “zombie houses”, embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places.
With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living—how do we deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed haunted?
Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story but also to how changes are made to those facts and why, Dickey paints a vision of American history left out of the textbooks, a vision of things left undone and crimes left unsolved.
The World of Lore: Dreadful Places
by Aaron Mahnke
Sometimes you walk into a room, a building, or even a town, and you feel it. Something seems off—an atmosphere that leaves you oddly unsettled, with a sense of lingering darkness. Join Aaron Mahnke, the host of the popular podcast Lore, as he explores some of these dreadful places and the history that haunts them.
Mahnke takes us to Colorado and the palatial Stanley Hotel, where wealthy guests enjoyed views of the Rocky Mountains at the turn of the twentieth century—and where, decades later, a restless author would awaken from a nightmare, inspired to write one of the most revered horror novels of all time.
Mahnke also crosses land and sea to visit frightful sites—from New Orleans to Richmond, Virginia, to the brooding, ancient castles of England—each with its own echoes of dark deeds, horrible tragedies and shocking evil still resounding.
Filled with evocative illustrations, this eerie tour of lurid landmarks and doomed destinations is just the ticket to take armchair travelers with a taste for the macabre to places they never thought they’d visit in their wildest, scariest dreams. This volume includes some of the best stories from the Lore podcast, such as “Echoes,” “Withering Heights,” and “Behind Closed Doors,” as well as rare material.
Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power
by Pam Grossman
A whip-smart and illuminating exploration of the world’s fascination with witches. Podcast host and practicing witch Pam Grossman (The Witch Wave), delves deeply into why witches have intrigued us for centuries and why they’re more relevant now than ever.
I Know What I Saw: Modern-Day Encounters With Monsters of New Urban Legend and Ancient Lore
by Linda S. Godfrey
Which came first, the monster or the myth? Journalist Linda Godfrey investigates present-day encounters with mysterious creatures of old. The monsters of ancient mythology, folklore and more contemporary urban legend have long captured the popular imagination. While most people in America today relegate monsters to just that—our imaginations—we continue to be fascinated by the unknown.
Linda Godfrey is one of the country’s leading authorities on modern-day monsters and has interviewed countless eyewitnesses to strange phenomena. Monsters evolve, taking on both new and familiar forms over time and across cultures. In this well-researched book, Godfrey explores uncanny encounters with werewolves, goatmen, Bigfoot and more.
In more than twenty-five years spent “chasing” monsters, Godfrey has found that it often remains unclear whether the sightings are simply mistaken animals, hoaxes or coincidence. When all the speculation is said and done, one question remains for fans and researchers: are the creatures “real,” or are they entirely “other-world?”
Godfrey suspects that it isn’t an either/or question—our reality operates on a scale from dense matter to realms the human eye cannot see. As Godfrey investigates unexplained phenomena, her search for answers will fascinate casual observers and enthusiasts alike.
Unexplained: Real-Life Supernatural Stories for Uncertain Times
by Richard MacLean Smith
In every corner of this earth, there are secrets, hidden in the dark edge of the woods, nestled in the cold stars and staring out from a stranger’s eyes. Whether they be demonic possession or an unsolved murder, the unknown has always haunted our dreams. Smith offers up ten tales of real-life events that continue to evade explanation—and shows how they provide a connection to our own beliefs in science, superstition and perception.
Enjoy what you’ve read here? Check out Part 1: True Crime for more unsolved mysteries.