It's summer, the sun is out... and my thoughts are already turning towards October and Halloween...
When I was a kid, my Mom had a nice, varied selection of books in her collection. One of them helped introduce me to the world of the paranormal... and haunted houses in particular- "Haunted Houses" by Richard Winer and Nancy Osborn.
In it, the two detail the tales surrounding some of the most famous haunted houses- such as the Winchester Mystery Mansion. They interview the home owners and caretakers of these places- and even spend the night at a few of them. The chapters are just the right length to whet your appetite for more, and offer a wonderful selection from houses to cemeteries, and buildings in between.
There is a bit of everything within the pages for everyone interested in hauntings. All with some wonderful black and white photographs illustrating the eerie locations, and even items involved.
I tend to grab this book to read every year (as well as it's sequels, "More Haunted Houses," and "Houses of Horror") as a way to prepare for the spookiness of Halloween. I'd recommend finding a copy, and giving it a read this year. A very solid "Good".