Scary season used to mean the make-believe fun of Halloween. Nowadays it seems to mean this all-too-real, ongoing crisis in world history.
While there’s no escaping the scary these days, you might enjoy curling up with the comfy sort of scare that actually makes you feel more alive. These books, all written by your Clark County neighbors, are guaranteed to provide seasonal thrills and chills while you stay healthy and safe. Happy Halloween!
Ear for fear
A city as old and weird as Vancouver is bound to accrue ghosts.
For example, there’s the downtown parking structure at Sixth and C streets. Historian and author Pat Jollota was approached by a parking patron who became convinced the place must be haunted after repeatedly feeling “sheer terror” there. Jollota recalled that the site used to be an auto body shop where a boy lost his life in a tragic fire in 1995.
“I seem to be the town’s ear for such things,” said Jollota, who explores dozens of spooky stories in “Haunted Vancouver, Washington,” published by The History Press. It’s a revision of “Darkness Next Door,” a previous book that spanned all of Clark County. The new volume focuses on the city only, updating oft-told tales and adding new ones.