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Unexplained and Just Plain Crazy

Unexplained, aliens, ghosts, weird stuff, and of course the category defying label of WTF.

Team Edward or Team Jacob

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A Clutch Of Vampires
McNally
1974

Submitter: We recently went through a remodel that meant for a LOT of weeding. This lovely book was among the ones to go. My coworkers, knowing I love (non-sparkling) vampires right away handed it to me. It’s perfect for my personal library, but not a public one. Besides the yellow pages and black and white pictures, there’s just been a lot more written about vampires in fiction, folklore, and even science. With the latter my favorites are “Vampires, Burial, And Death” by Paul Barber and “Vampire Forensics” by Mark Jenkins.

Holly: Vampires did become trendy for a while there, between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight. In my library, vampire fiction is still pretty popular. I even came across one called “Amish Vampires in Space.” A first I thought maybe people who are into the more classic idea of vampires would actually go for “A Clutch of Vampires,” but Submitter him/herself seems to fall into that category and is calling it out. So, update your vampire books, everyone!

 

 

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Psychic Pets

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Psychic Pets: The Secret World of Animals
Wylder
1978

Submitter: The eyes of the dog and cat on the cover are very disturbing.  If glowing ink had been on offer from the publisher, I’m sure this book would have used it. Inside there are few pictures, none of them seemed to “capture” phychic-ness, in my opinion.  I have included the one picture of a human, mostly because of his illustrious credentials: Director of the Duke University Parapsychological Laboratory and leading American authority on animals with psychic powers. Ahem.

Holly: Whatever those pets on the cover are picking up on is freaking them out. A book like this can work in a public library as something fun (or even serious to those who are into that sort of thing – I make no judgments!), but they aren’t generally meant to last 38 years. Weed and replace!

 

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Ancient Aliens in the Bible

The Bible and Flying SaucersThe Bible and Flying Saucers
Downing
1968

One of my secret guilty pleasures is occasionally watching the show Ancient Aliens. It’s probably because of that guy with weird hair. I am also a big fan of ghost stuff, Bigfoot, the Mystery Spot, and all other types of “unexplained”  phenomena. You will be happy to know that my family of engineers/scientists mock me constantly about this.

Anyway, this is one of those books that puts forth the idea that flying saucers have been around and were part of some of the major Biblical miracles: parting the Red Sea, the Resurrection, angels, etc. This is considered a seminal work in the UFO reading world. My particular copy was well used and checked out often. (This book came from a college library). You can read the entire book in pdf form here. This kind of material is popular and fun for a public library and worth collecting.

As a public librarian, I have had a few patrons over the years that have told me the stacks were haunted, or that they really were sure they saw a ghost in their house. (I also love this stuff for my reluctant young readers.)  In Michigan, we have had our fair share of Bigfoot sightings, haunted places and Detroit’s own demon Nain Rouge. Naturally, we should have a collection that reflects this interest. I also like telling Holly that I intend to haunt her after I’m dead.

Beam me up!

Mary

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