Whether you’re a skeptic or a true believer, there’s something intriguing about the things that go bump in the night. Some of the most iconic movies feature paranormal happenings or unexplained abilities. Those interested in the paranormal are fascinated by ghosts, ghouls, demons, aliens and more—the paranormal encompasses anything easily dismissed as incompatible with the rules of known science. Yet the questions remain.
From paranormal kids films like the notable Goosebumps series, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and Beetlejuice to more mature options like The Conjuring, Midsommar, and Paranormal Activity, the paranormal is often explored in a range of horror movies and other media like books, comics, and podcasts.
But the realm of the paranormal is not limited to fiction only. There are entire swaths of paranormal researchers and lifelong searchers. From real-life accounts of hauntings and demon possession to a myriad of documentary-style ghost-hunting tv shows, we are drawn to the paranormal in search of answers. But will we ever find them?
If you’re a paranormal junkie or just curious about what could be out there, here are some intriguing places to start:
And once you’ve finished with these, explore the stories below for a fascinating deep dive into all things paranormal.
She wears a white gown, with piercing eyes as blue as ice.
By Gary Sweeney
Be nice to the new girl, or she might come back to haunt you.
Some report the phantom sounds of musket fire, others the pungent smell of blood.
Did this ancient German castle inspire Mary Shelley's famous horror novel?
Atop a hill in Dublin is an abandoned building, where men once made pacts with the Devil.
Don’t make any plans for tomorrow—you’re in for a restless night.
For the founders of the Stanley hotel, the music hasn't stopped ... even in death.
By Eric Olsen
"Sometimes I wish I never set foot in that hospital."
By Tim Nealon
Say goodbye to a good night’s sleep.
Pere Cheney went from a bustling lumber center to a ghost town. Was it the result of a witch's curse?
Whatever you do, avoid the "Death Chair."
By Gary Sweeney
"I open my eyes only to see a pale, eyeless boy…"
What would you sell to get what you want?