Lesley Bannatyne

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Lesley Pratt Bannatyne is an American author who writes extensively on Halloween, especially its history, literature, and contemporary celebration. She contributed the World Book Encyclopedia[1] entry for Halloween and appears as a commentator on the annual October screening of “Haunted History of Halloween” on the History Channel. Bannatyne is also a freelance journalist who’s covered stories ranging from druids in Somerville, Massachusetts to relief workers in Bolivia.[2] She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a degree in English.

Bannatyne's Halloween. An American Holiday, An American History was published in 1990 and, "ushered in a new era of scholarly interest in Halloween.[3]" Quoted as "A foremost authority on Halloween" by Charles F. Rosenay in his review of her latest book "Halloween Nation", Lesley has written five books on Halloween ranging from a children's book, Witches Night Before Halloween, to her latest Halloween Nation which shows the holiday through the eyes of its celebrants. The book was nominated for a 2011 Bram Stoker Award.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  2. ^ Bannatyne, Lesley. International Charity with a Personal Touch. Christian Science Monitor, November 29, 2007, p. 1.
  3. ^ Morton, Lisa (2013). Trick or Treat (Reprint ed.). England: Reaktion. p. 171. ISBN 978-1780231877.


  • [1] Pelican Publishing Company Author Bio
  • [2][permanent dead link][3][permanent dead link] Lesley Bannatyne_journalism
  • [4] Bram Stoker Awards
  • [5] Guinness World Record
  • [6] Denver Post interview with Lesley Bannatyne by David Harsanyi
  • [7] Washington Post (Terry Sapienza) Halloween interview of Lesley Bannatyne
  • [8] Interview by Harvard Gazette
  • [9] "Monster Love" by Lesley Bannatyne, Pangyrus Literary Magazine
  • [10] "Halloween. A History" by Lesley Bannatyne

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