Books & Reference

There are many useful books and other reference materials for researching Ohio’s history, haunts and other oddities. Below are a few of our favorites. You may click on the title’s name to be transported to either, where you may purchase the book, or the resource’s website. If you know of any good reference material, please send an email to .

Paranormal Books

GhosthuntersOnTheTrailThumb Ghosthunters: On the Trail…
John Kachuba
This book by OES friend John Kachuba is fantastic! John travels across the country as he investigates the paranormal and conducts interviews…including with the OES at the Athens Ridges in Chapter 13!
GhosthuntingOhioThumb Ghosthunting Ohio
John Kachuba
Another terrific book by John Kachuba! John visits several locations across Ohio, conducting investigations and documenting first-hand accounts of paranormal activity.
HauntedOhioThumb Haunted Ohio
Chris Woodyard
This was one of the first books to detail Ohio’s haunts and was the first in a series of five Haunted Ohio books. The series gives an in-depth look at haunts with the author’s personal experiences.
HauntedOhio2Thumb Haunted Ohio II
Chris Woodyard
The second book in a series of five about Ohio’s haunted locations.
HauntedOhio3Thumb Haunted Ohio III
Chris Woodyard
The third book in a series of five about Ohio’s haunted locations.
HauntedOhio4Thumb Haunted Ohio IV
Chris Woodyard
The fourth book in a series of five about Ohio’s haunted locations.
HauntedOhio5Thumb Haunted Ohio V
Chris Woodyard
The final book in a series of five about Ohio’s haunted locations.
GhostHunterGuideOhioThumb Ghost Hunter’s Guide to Haunted Ohio
Chris Woodyard
This guidebook takes you to many of the public locations mentioned in the Haunted Ohio series for those interested in checking them out.
ColumbusGhostsThumb Columbus Ghosts
Robin Smith
A terrific book that details some of the well-known hauntings in the Columbus metro area.
ColumbusGhosts2Thumb Columbus Ghosts II
Robin Smith
Robin’s second book detailing central Ohio haunts.
GhostStoriesOfOhioThumb Ghost Stories of Ohio
Edrick Thay
Another book about the haunted places throughout the state of Ohio.

Reference & Fictional Books

ForgottenColumbusThumb Forgotten Columbus
Andy Henderson
Written by our friend Andy from Forgotten Ohio, this terrific book details some of Columbus’s historical places in old photos.
WeirdOhioThumb Weird Ohio
Andy Henderson, James A. Willis, Loren Coleman
Another book that was co-authored by Andy. This book is in full color and covers strangeness across the entire state!
HistoryOfMoonvilleThumb A History of Moonville, Ohio…
William M. Cullen
This book provides a straight-up history of Moonville and tis legends without the fictional twist of the book below. The OES and our Moonville experience is detailed on page 51.
IncidentAtMoonvilleThumb An Incident At Moonville…
William M. Cullen
This fictional horror story is based on the history of Moonville. The OES and our real-life experience at Moonville is cited in Chapter 20 through a character’s preservation report.
SnookMurderBy4thEstateThumb Snook: Murder by the Fourth Estate
JT Guy
This work of fiction is based on the Doctor Snook murder, featured here. A terrific read!
ColumbusPostcards1898-1950Thumb Columbus, Ohio In Vintage Postcards
Richard Barrett
This book is filled with old postcards of Columbus from between 1898 and 1950.
GroveportMadisonTwpThumb Groveport & Madison Township
Richard Palsgrove
This book details the history of the only town in the world named Groveport.
GhostsOhiosHauntedLandscapesThumb Ghosts: Ohio’s Haunted Landscapes…
Randy McNutt
This book details some of Ohio’s ghost towns, forgotten places, haunted locations and lost arts. It is a very different read from the books above.
IndianMoundsOfMidOhioValleyThumb Indian Mounds of the Middle Ohio Valley
Woodward & McDonald
A great book that lists the history and gives the location of ancient earthworks in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
OffBeatenPathOhioThumb Ohio Off The Beaten Path
George & Carol Zimmerman
A guide to the hidden, yet interesting places throughout the state.
OddballOhioThumb Odd Ball Ohio
Jerome Pohlen
A guidebook to some of Ohio’s strangest places.