Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #53: Tomes of Terror by Mark Leslie

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 

Dundurn  Available
September 27, 2014
This week I am waiting on a nonfiction paranormal book entitled Tomes of Terror: Haunted Bookstores and Libraries by Mark Leslie. I suppose it only qualifies as nonfiction if you believe in ghosts. The publishing company is selling it as nonfiction so the people who told the stories to Mark Leslie must have believed in the hauntings. 

It reminds me of the old Borders store I worked at. Many of us believed the store to be haunted. Books would fall off the shelf for no reason. The shoplifting alarms would go off after hours by themselves if certain music was played. If you were walking down the hall towards the backroom, sometimes you would see the doors to the backroom move by themselves as you approached. And sometimes when you were working alone in the backroom it would sound like someone else was working in the room with you when no one else was there.The ghost never did anything really bad, just sometimes was annoying. We did have one employee quit over it though. She said that she didn't need that meaning the ghost.

Goodreads  has this to say about the book: Throughout history, books have inspired, informed, entertained, and enriched us. They have also kept us up through the night, thrilled us, and lured into their endless depths. "Tomes of Terror" is a celebration and an eerie look at the siren call of literature and the unexplained and fascinating stories associated with bookish locations around the world. Mark Leslie's latest paranormal page-turner is a compendium of true stories of the supernatural in literary locales, complete with hair-raising first-person accounts. You may even recognize a spectre of your local library lurking in these true stories and photographs. If you have ever felt an indescribable presence hanging about a quiet bookshop, then you ll enjoy these fascinating and haunting tales.

So, I am curious what kinds of experiences other people have had in other supposedly haunted bookstores and libraries. Have you ever had any experiences in either of those kinds of locations? Feel free to email me. If you email me, please put the name of the book as the subject so I know it isn't spam. Thanks!

And what book are you waiting on this week? Please leave a title or a link in the comments. Thanks for sharing!


  1. Nice to hear you're waiting for this, Laura. FYI, I would LOVE to get some more details from you regarding your own experiences at Borders - I have started to gather stories for a follow-up to this one (there can never be enough books that focus on bookstores and libraries, IMHO)

    1. Absolutely true that there can never be enough books that focus on bookstores and libraries.

  2. New to me but sounds good and hope you get a chance to read it soon!