NessieOn this day in 1933 on the rocky shores of Loch Ness, Scotland, one of the most famous snap shots was taken by an amateur photographer of an unknown animal. The photo didn’t reveal much more than what has become referred to as a head, but became the starting point for the search for the Loch Ness Monster. Later dubbed Nessie, a more kid friendly name, the creature has been the amateur and scientific study, reality TV fodder, movies and books.

But readers have been fascinated about monsters for years before Nessie. Classics like Frankenstein and Dracula became best sellers setting the stage for today’s less frightening Twilight series. In the United States we have several lake monsters including ‘Champ’ that have also been the source for books. The most popular of the cryptids has to be Bigfoot. It has become the source of hundreds of books, both scientific and fictive, spawned a reality show called ‘Finding Bigfoot’ which is in its third season and countless films dating back to the original Patterson film.

We at landmark books have some suggestions for those interested in reading about monsters. First check out Bulfinch’s Mythology, this is great material and the source of many of the legends which many urban legends have been based. Next take a look at H.P. Lovecraft, the original master of horror. His novels such as ‘Dagon’ and ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ are true classics. And of course the list would be incomplete without Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot’ and Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles. So as the nights get colder and darkness gets longer stop in and check our selection of gently used books for a scary read today!

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