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10 Wisconsin Books to Die For

Local Store Shopkeep

Get under the covers with your flashlight – these terrifying tales are all from Wisconsin – and all in The Local Store.

GHOSTLY TALES OF WISCONSIN
by Ryan Jacobson, $9
Why is Wisconsin called the most haunted state in the country? Find out in this chilling collection of supernatural stories, highlighting nearly 30 of the state’s spookiest spots. From a house so haunted it was featured on a national TV show to a road where a werewolf is said to reside – and much, much more – it’s all right here in this book. Don’t read it alone!

FAMOUS WISCONSIN GHOSTS & GHOST HUNTERS
by Hannah Heidi Levy & Brian G. Borton, $16.95
If you’ve ever loved a ghost story and are curious about the people who dig into those stories, then this book is for you. If you’ve ever just loved a good chilling tale, then this book is for you. If you’re curious about people’s opinions on ghosts and the like, then this book is for you.

MYTHS AND MYSTERIES OF WISCONSIN
by Michael Bie, $15
Unearth the mysteries, myths, strange happenings, and haunted places in Wisconsin’s history. This intriguing, lively, and easy-to-read collection of eerie stories will leave readers astonished at the secrets it reveals.

BADGER BONEYARDS: THE ETERNAL REST OF THE STORY
by Dennis McCann, $17
The bodies are buried, but the stories are not. From the ornate tombs of Milwaukee beer barons to displaced Chippewa graves and miniscule family plots, Badger Boneyards: The Eternal Rest of the Story unearths the stories of Wisconsin. Football great John Heisman is buried here, as is the state’s smallest man, a woman whose tombstone names her murderer, and the boy who would not tell a lie and paid the price.

SPOOKY WISCONSIN
by S.E. Schlosser, $13
Twenty-five creepy tales of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences in Wisconsin.

THE MOST GRUESOME HAUNTINGS OF THE MIDWEST
by Chad Lewis, $16
Chilling tales of murder, suicide and untimely death brought to you by the Midwest’s most famous legend tripper. Chad Lewis is a researcher, author, and lecturer on topics of the strange and unusual. He has a master’s degree in psychology and has traveled the globe in search of unique and bizarre stories and history.

GOT MURDER?
by Martin Hintz, $19
Ah, Wisconsin … land of beer, cows, and the Green Bay Packers. And also the home of Ed Gein, Jeffery Dahmer, and a host of other bloodthirsty maniacs. Got Murder? goes behind the bucolic Dairy State image to reveal shocking acts of mayhem in the dark corners of Wisconsin history, and asks the troubling question: Is it something in the cheese?

THE WISCONSIN ROAD GUIDE TO MYSTERIOUS CREATURES
by Chad Lewis, $15
Grab your camera and set off in search of Wisconsin’s most elusive creatures. This guide features on-site investigations into the Bigfoot of the northwoods and the vampire of Mineral Point to phantom chickens and werewolves that roam rural Wisconsin. Filled with witness drawings, eyewitness testimony, and mysterious photos, this guide provides the reader with directions to these bizarre places where you might just come face to face with Wisconsin’s most mysterious creatures.

NORTHERN FRIGHTS
by Dennis Boyer, $17
The northwoods of Wisconsin are filled with ghost tales, folk legends, and stories of supernatural happenings. Sit back and enjoy this book of legends as told by Native American storytellers and descendants of French, English, and other early pioneers to the north country.

DISPATCHES FROM THE DROWNINGS: REPORTING THE FICTION OF NONFICTION
by BJ Hollars, $30
Disturbed by stories of drownings in the river behind his home in Eau Claire, B. J. Hollars combed the archives of local newspapers only to discover vast discrepancies in articles about the deaths. In homage to Michael Lesy’s cult classic, Wisconsin Death Trip, Hollars pairs reports from late 19th- and early 20th-century journalists with fictional versions, creating a hybrid text complete with facts, lies, and a wide range of blurring in between. Charles Van Schaick’s macabre photographs from the era appear alongside the dispatches, further complicating the messiness of history and the limits of truth.