Wisconsin's Spooks, Spirits & Specters by UW-Richland Librarian Todd Roll

September 30, 2016

Haunted Wisconsin book
“Wisconsin may have more ghosts per square mile than any other state in America” Folklorist Robert Gard

The onset of autumn means that Halloween is not far behind and that means ‘tis the season for ghost stories. Apart from my daytime career as Academic Librarian for UW–Richland I have spent most evenings in the past 25 years researching ghosts and other paranormal phenomena throughout Wisconsin. What I discovered during this time is that Wisconsin has a wealth of ghost stories and haunted locations. Every corner of the state is filled with spooks, spirits and specters. Below is a list of some of my favorite books on the ghostly inhabitants of our state. Most can be found at your local library or can be requested via interlibrary loan.   

Haunted Wisconsin: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Badger State By Linda Godfrey, Stackpole Books 2010  ISBN 0811736369

Weird Wisconsin: Your Travel Guide to Wisconsin’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets by Linda Godfrey; Richard D. Hendricks; Sterling 2005 ISBN 0760759448

Haunted Wisconsin 3rd Edition Revised, by Michael Norman; University of Wisconsin Press, 2011 ISBN 0299285944

Haunted Summerwind: A Ghostly History of a Wisconsin Mansion by Devon Bell; Arcadia Publishing, 2016  ISBN 1625849700

The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations by Chad Lewis; Terry Fisk; Unexplained Research LLC, 2005 ISBN 0976209911

Driftless Spirits: Ghosts of Southwestern Wisconsin by Dennis Boyer; Owen Coyle; Big Earth Publishing, 1996 ISBN 1879483354

Northern Frights (Second Edition) by Dennis Boyer; Owen Coyle; Lisa Loucks Christenson Publishing LLC, 2005 ISBN 1932542271

Spooky Wisconsin: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Lore by S.E. Schlosser; Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 ISBN 1461746508

Famous Wisconsin Ghosts and Ghost Hunters by Hannah Heidi Levy; Brian Borton; Badger Books, 2005 ISBN 1932542280