FunFact Book of Ghosts Cover

The Scholastic FunFact Book of Ghosts

Jenna Wolford Vintage

Here’s a book I read cover to cover MANY times: The Scholastic FunFact Book of Ghosts – Demons and spirits from the world beyond.

For a kid, it was less fiction and more like a guidebook of ghouls and apparitions. My brother recently acquired a copy after he asked me about the book. He vaguely remembered it and I found a tiny bit about it on the internet. You can buy this book on Amazon right now from some generous sellers for a mere $244.89. A drop in the bucket for us 70’s and 80’s nostalgians.

I was hoping to find some scans of the book but really there wasn’t much, so I thought hey, what better place to remedy that than the awesome Euclid Boo blog?!

But first I want to share the most memorable parts of this book for me personally.

poltergeists

I remember thinking to myself, “I can’t WAIT to turn 12 and see this sick increase in poltergeist activity!”

 

ghost demon dog black shuck

This demon dog terrified me, so much so at night, I was sure sometimes that our sweet-as-pie Norwegian Elkhound stared at me in a certain way

gef

Gef, the talking Mongoose. There’s some information about him on the web, it’s such a fascinating, freaky little tale.

The ghostly elevator, the spirit that reaches out for a coin on it’s grave, the riveter stuck in the hull of a ship, Tom Colley and Captain Kidd’s ghost… this 32-page book is full of goodness and really stunning illustration. Going back and reading it again I really see how much this book shaped my ideas (and fears) of ghosts and the supernatural.

Below is a gallery of the entire book, from title to back cover. Mouse over each page for a brief description, then click to see the page. Click again and it’ll get big enough to read in a popup lightbox. Enjoy!