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The semester has just finished, and after reading so many books I’m not used to sitting around idle! So, here’s a wishlist dedicated to spooky and goth books I want to pick up from Aurellio Voltaire’s Paint it Black to Beyond the Veil‘s Mourning Photography.

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

“.. ghost stories reveal the contours of our anxieties, the nature of our collective fears and desires, the things we can’t talk about in any other way. The past we’re most afraid to speak aloud of in the bright light of the day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark.”

This book isn’t just a collection of ghost stories from around America. It’s a collection of tales that embody American history and each of the towns that they originate from. The author lets you revel in the mystery and interest of the original tales and then explains why it is we find it so frightening!

Reading extracts from this book, I can’t wait to get started. I love ghost stories, especially when it goes from Ghost Adventures type material into the view of the skeptic observer (and lover!)

A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusett by J.W. Ocker

In A Season with the Witch, Ocker travels to Salem during Halloween in order to create a unique and authentic image behind the historic site. It involves the author’s opinion on sights and events to do, interviews with everyone from psychics to shopkeepers and more!

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlyn Doughty

This book has been on a previous wishlist of mine (11 Gifts for the Modern Oddball) and it’s a shame I haven’t picked it up yet. Caitlyn Doughty actually already wrote another book about her travels around the world studying the most unique death practices around. But I’m much more drawn to her own person journey of discovery, and the lessons she’s learned finding her place within the death community.

Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem & Mourning Photography from The Thanatos Archive

This book first stumbled onto my radar while browsing Instagram. It’s such a beautiful book that, of course, I wanted to add it to my collection of pretty and morbid coffee table books. I’ve become interested in collecting Victorian cabinet cards, so I think this book would fit right in. This book is a collection of not just postmortem photography but documents everything about death practices in the Victorian period.

Paint it Black by Aurellio Voltaire

“Home decorating will never be the same. Close your curtains! Throw away your summery linens! Forget about those white eyelet pillow covers! And for Goth’s sake, buy some black lights! Voltaire is here to help you with your home decorating dilemmas, guide you through the hardware stores and decorating centers (which are so difficult for Goths to navigate), and lay it all out on the line about which shade of black goes with which shade of black.”

Today I started watching Aurellio Voltaire’s new Youtube series The Gothic Home Maker and I just couldn’t stop watching it. It made me want to check out his old book Paint it Black on the same topic. Even if it’s just for a humourous throwback.

Do you have a running list of spooky and goth books to buy? Let me know your absolute favourites in the comments!


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