The Hallowe’en Special

This week Librarian Sally Hughes talks ghost-busting and all things spooky…

With Hallowe’en upon us it’s the perfect time to point you in the direction of our most ghoulish collections here at Central Library.

The first place to be is right here at our The Supernatural  research guide. You can find all these books on our online catalogue, items are held in the Local and Family History Library and the Information and Research Library if you dare to read in person….(you can also see a full list of all our research guides).

One of my personal favourites, although not much to look at, is Lord Halifax’s Ghost Book. There are macabre tales aplenty in here including those from Yorkshire and even one about a Vampire cat, what’s not to like? There’s already an excellent past blog post on this book should you wish to learn more. 


If you’re looking for something a little more contemporary in the same vein you could try Jeremy Dyson’s titles The Haunted Book or Never Trust a Rabbit, both collections of short unsettling tales. Dyson of course is a Leeds-born and educated writer and director of The League of Gentleman fame and most recently the British horror film Ghost Stories, some of which was filmed in Leeds and Yorkshire.

There are always whisperings around Central Library that this 134-year old building could be haunted… There are hidden corners, secret passageways, huge vaulted safe doors and Victorian toilets still in existence here. Read more about a couple of odd or unseen features of Central Library or why not visit us and join one of our Heritage Tours? You can find upcoming dates on Ticketsource or via our latest Events programme.


We’re not stopping the haunted happenings here at Central Library after 31st October either….


We will be screening cult classic GHOSTBUSTERS in the beautiful Local and Family History Library on Thursday 15th November, we’ll have a licensed bar – including limited availability of of Tiny Rebel’s very-appropriately themed Stay Puft Marshmallow Porter in 330ml cans – and a ghost busting experience behind the scenes from 5.30pm, with the screening starting at 7pm. Get your tickets here quick, don’t miss out!

Happy Hallowe’en!

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