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.
Hans Holzer was his name, contacting the dead was his game.
In 2014, a tourist's ghost photo went viral—cementing Loftus Hall's reputation as the most haunted house of the Emerald Isle.
Soon after moving into her historic Virginia home, author Katherine Neville realized she wasn't alone...
Grab your lantern and embark on these creepy ghost tours through haunted Chicago, spooky Savannah, and more.
It was an enviable abode—until Harold Perelson turned it into a house of horrors.
By Chris Mahon
Dying to go on your own ghost hunt? Better first stock up on your ghost hunting gear.
Step inside a suspected serial killer’s house of horrors—if you dare.
"The voice sounded close, yet at the same time, so far away. It was the most pitiful and horrifying cry I had ever heard."
These stories will haunt you long after you've turned the last page.
By Dave Adams
These eerily beautiful burial grounds belong on your bucket list.
Must-read tales of terror, chosen by the experts of the genre.
You never know what you'll encounter along this terrifying stretch.
Are these renowned American leaders now great American ghosts?
Be sure to pay your respects to Robert the Doll, or you might just regret it…
The bloodstain remains on the floor to this day—and several witnesses have claimed to see a black mist materialize from the spot and glide through the house.
By Gary Sweeney
These tales of paranormal horror will have you sleeping with the light on.
Home is where the horror is.
The legendary paranormal researcher investigated the infamous Borley Rectory.
Care to stay the night?
The ancient site's mysterious history is debated by archeologists and conspiracy theorists alike.
By Gary Sweeney