Wishlist Wednesday: The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

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The Amityville Horror Jay AnsonThe Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

Details: Mass Market Paperback, 300 pages
Published: 1978 by Bantam Books

Synopsis: On December 18, 1975, a young family of five moved into their new home, complete with finished basement, swimming pool, and boathouse. Twenty-eight days later, they fled in terror, leaving most of their belongings behind. — The fantastic story of their experiences was widely publicized on network television, newspapers, and national magazines. But the Lutz family never disclosed the full details to the media. Now, their own carefully-reconstructed memories — and independent interviews with local clergy and police — reveal their entire harrowing story.

George and Kathleen Lutz were aware that the house had been the scene of a mass murder — Ronnie DeFeo, 23, was convicted of shooting his parents, brothers, and sisters. But it seemed an ideal home for them and their three children, and the price was right. On the day they moved in, a priest invited to bless the house was told by an unseen voice to “Get out!” At his rectory, he began to suffer a series of inexplicable afflictions. Meanwhile, alone in their new home, the Lutz family were embarking on the most terrifying experience of their lives. It began when their five-year-old daughter boasted of her new playmate, someone — or something — named “Jodie.”

THE AMITYVILLE HORROR is an unforgettable book with all the shocks and gripping suspense of THE EXORCIST, THE OMEN, or ROSEMARY’S BABY — but with one vital difference! As the author reports, “To the extent that I can verify them, all the events in this book are true.”

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Wishlist Wednesday: Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

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Dr. Mütter's Marvels A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine Cristin O'Keefe AptowiczDr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Details: Hardcover, 371 pages
Published: September 4th 2014 by Avery

Synopsis: A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities

Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools—or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century.

Although he died at just forty-eight, Mütter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools, and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed, which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time.

Brilliant, outspoken, and brazenly handsome, Mütter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life. He wore pink silk suits to perform surgery, added an umlaut to his last name just because he could, and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum.

Award-winning writer Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz vividly chronicles how Mütter’s efforts helped establish Philadelphia as a global mecca for medical innovation—despite intense resistance from his numerous rivals. (Foremost among them: Charles D. Meigs, an influential obstetrician who loathed Mütter’s “overly” modern medical opinions.) In the narrative spirit of The Devil in the White City, Dr. Mütter’s Marvelsinterweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the “P. T. Barnum of the surgery room.”

Wishlist Wednesday: Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials by Marc Aronson

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Witch-Hunt Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials Marc AronsonWitch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials by Marc Aronson

Details: Paperback, 288 pages
Published: August 1st 2005 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Synopsis: Salem, Massachusetts, 1692. In a plain meetinghouse a woman stands before her judges. The accusers, girls and young women, are fervent and overexcited. The accused is a poor, unpopular woman who had her first child before she was married. As the trial proceeds the girls begin to wail, tear their clothing, and scream that the woman is hurting them. Some of them expose wounds to the horrified onlookers, holding out the pins that have stabbed them — pins that appeared as if by magic. Are they acting or are they really tormented by an unseen evil? Whatever the cause, the nightmare has begun: The witch trials will eventually claim twenty-five lives, shatter the community, and forever shape the American social conscience.

Wishlist Wednesday: My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

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My Best Friend's Exorcism Grady HendrixMy Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Details: Paperback, 336 pages
Published: May 17th 2016 by Quirk Books
Buy it: Book Depository

Summary: Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act…different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?

Wishlist Wednesday: Highway to Hell (Zombie Apocalypse #2) by Max Brallier

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Highway to Hell Zombie Apocalypse Max BrallierHighway to Hell (Zombie Apocalypse #2) by Max Brallier

Details: Paperback, 416 pages
Published: August 2nd 2016 by Gallery Books
Buy it: Book Depository

Summary: The sequel to the “pick-your-own-path” adventureCan You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?, which the Florida-Times Union hailed, “may just be the best thing to happen to literary zombies since Max Brooks”—for fans of the blockbuster phenomenon The Walking Dead.

You’ve probably read your fair share of zombie stories. But this time it’s different. In a horrific and hilarious cross-country road trip (or rather, suicide mission), you must overcome obstacles of every kind to save zombified America from utter collapse.

You’re inside your prison cell, waiting to be released. Your name is Jimmy El Camino, and you’re a badass—in fact, you’re asupreme badass. Rambo with style. Snake Plissken with a failing liver. You’ve killed more men than cancer. But more men than the zombie apocalypse? That’s questionable.

Your mission? Drive your heavily armed 1967 El Camino from New York City to San Francisco in order to save the world. Along the way, you’ll encounter Ring’s Most Wonderful Circus Show; you’ll battle zombies gladiator-style; you’ll be forced to deal with lunatics. And every step of the way, an army of drivers in armored vehicles is hot on your tail—because there is one man, the mayor of New York, who will stop at nothing to keep this apocalypse of the undead alive.

Wishlist Wednesday: Hauntings and Poltergeists: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide by Loyd Auerbach

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Hauntings and Poltergeists A Ghost Hunter's Guide Loyd AuerbachHauntings and Poltergeists: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide by Loyd Auerbach

Details: Paperback, 144 pages
Published: October 28th 2004 by Ronin Publishing

Synopsis: Explains the theories behind ghostly phenomena from the perspective of parapsychology. Covers whether or not anyone can prove the existence of ghosts. What these hauntings and poltergeists are are and what they tell us about human experience.How knowledge of parapsychological lab research enhances understanding of apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists, both from the perspective of an investigator and the people who encounters them. How investigators can recognize and enhance their psychic abilities. Written by a world-renowned ghostbuster, Loyd Auerbach.

Wishlist Wednesday: Something Wicked: A Ghost Hunter Explores Negative Spirits by Debi Chestnut

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Something Wicked A Ghost Hunter Explores Negative Spirits Debi ChestnutSomething Wicked: A Ghost Hunter Explores Negative Spirits by Debi Chestnut

Details: Paperback, 240 pages
Published: July 8th 2016 by Llewellyn Publications
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

Summary: Forget what you know or think you know about negative entities. Unless you are one of the few who have encountered a demon, it’s almost impossible to grasp the depth and scope of such pure evil and how these creatures can enter someone’s life and completely turn it upside down. Something Wicked explores the topic of negative energies, dark forces, and exorcisms with fresh eyes so that you may come to your own conclusions.