The Haunted Bookstore - Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Today, I got the chance to visit The Haunted Bookstore in Iowa City- local to me, since I live in the Amanas and can easily walk here from my art classes on Sunday mornings.
I took lots more photos than this, but this place was fucking huge. No walls were left uncovered in books. It takes up an entire strip of commercial space in downtown Iowa City and has everything from first editions to new releases. They have at least 20 shelves of each genre and more. Most books are in their original languages and print.
There are chairs in every corner and 2 cats, Sylvia and Cola, that roam freely around the shop. The cats often jump up and rest with people as they read within the store. I found myself in the science fiction wing with my nose in an X-Files encyclopedia.
The shop owner, Emily, was more than happy to let me feature her shop on my blog, unfortunately I was not able to get a photograph of her or her daughter that were at the shop that day. Sadly, a camera battery can only last so long in a maze of books. I found myself literally lost a few times, following the cats (who also followed me).
When I saw the inside of this place- the only thing I could think of was writing a story about it.
-Audrey A. Sandersfeld