I thought about writing this piece, originally, for Halloween, but in my haste I realized that none of these books revolve around that holiday. These books are my personal picks in my fight to expose that the world isn’t quite right. There is something else going on here and its deeper then we will ever realize. We’re coming into an age where the unknown is becoming a little more known, not fully understood, but known. So I present to you, the top 15 books on the paranormal.
15. Hunt for the Skinwalker by Colm A. Kelleher, and George Knapp
The events described in this astonishing book seem like they are out of science fiction. But according to the family affected by it, no, these events really happened. They range from enormous other worldly creatures, UFO sightings, dimensional portals opening in the sky, and small lights that evoked emotions in people to name a few. Scientists, which included Colm A. Kelleher, were called in to explore and study the phenomena occurring at this remote Utah ranch. Their scientific explanations are startling to say the least and frustrating at the same time. But this read will expand your understanding of what is possible in our modern world
14. Dark Woods: Cults, Crimes, and the Paranormal in the Freetown State Forest, Massachusetts by Christopher Balzano
The Freetown State forest makes up one point of the Bridgewater Triangle in Massachusetts, which is know as a hotbed of paranormal activity. Many deaths have taken place in the Freetown forest, which included body dumps from mob killings and satanic sacrifices. This forest also has its share of paranormal activity, and a large part of it comes from Native American spirits known to the area, as well as various other types of spirits, including the infamous puckwudgies. These mischievous spirits are first mentioned in Native American legends, and were featured on an episode of Paranormal State. All in all an excellent read, and I had my first paranormal experience while reading this book so its very personal to me.
13. The Book of the Damned: The Collected Works of Charles Fort by Charles Fort
Charles Fort is the guy that started it all. Many in the Cryptozoological community owe Charles Fort for their interest in the subject, and in fact, people in this field often associated themselves as Forteans. In these four books, Charles Fort explored many things, including Bigfoot, phantom frogs raining from the sky, the Loch Ness Monster, and various other supernatural occurrences. This omnibus rings in at over a thousand pages and will keep you entertained for hours!
12. The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel by Felicitas D. Goodman
Everybody remembers the film, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, but few know the true story that inspired it. This controversial case went to trial, and debated the existence of demons vs. neglect. This book is not an easy read and Goodman has spent years studying the anthropological implications of demons and demonic exorcism and applies the trade to this fascinating book. If you loved the film, check out the book.
11. Monsters in America by W. Scott Poole
Released earlier this year, W. Scott Poole delves into the psyche of the American and what the monsters manifested in our heads really mean. Poole believes that these beings are concoctions of the public imagination and reactions to cultural changes, and historic events. Its always good to have differing aspects and opinions in the paranormal field, and Scott Poole offers up a unique take on “our monsters” and revealing that the most dangerous monster may be ourselves.
10. Do Dead People Watch You Shower? by Concetta Bertoldi
This is a fun book and acts as a Q&A between the psychic/medium and the inquisitive person. The book is filled with commonly asked questions that the author receives about the other side, and is aided by the author’s wonderful personality and sense of humor. And the answer put forth in the title? Yes, they do, read the book for a further explanation as to why it doesn’t matter.
9. Ghosts Among Us by James Van Praagh
I fell in love with this book shortly after it came out. I blew through it and need to read it again. Van Praagh relates various paranormal experiences he’s had over the years. Experiences, which include seeing the ghost of Roy Orbison on a plane, being comforted by St. Michael before a Howard Stern interview and an encounter with Lucile Balls spirit. He also tries to bring a better understanding as to the needs and wants of the spirit world. Van Praagh has published many books and this is my favorite.
8. Night Stalks the Mansion by Constance Westbie & Harold Cameron
The skeptic becomes the believer stories are some of my favorites and this is one of them. The story of Harold and his family’s supernatural experiences in an 18th century mansion in Philadelphia is chilling and very intriguing. The Cameron family end up unearthing a rich and tragic past that is utterly heartbreaking. They are currently in development on a film version of this book.
7. The Ghost Files by Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson & Michael Jan Friedman
Part education and part case history of The Atlantic Paranormal Society, The Ghost Files combines Jason & Grant’s first two books together into one volume. In here you will find cases that long preceded the show Ghost Hunters and some cases from the show, which are explored more in depth here. I bought these as two separate volumes, but if you love the show, this is the perfect companion for you.
6. Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin
This book is disturbing to the readers very core. Hostage recounts five exorcisms that Martin had taken part in and does so in a straight forward and frightening fashion. When this book was published, it was very controversial to say the least. It was published around the time The Exorcist was released in theaters, and that very fact is addressed in this book. Also contained within its pages is a manual on how to do a proper exorcism. Proceed at your own risk!
5. Paranormal Obsession by Deonna Kelli Sayed
Sayed’s book is a thought provoking look on how paranormal investigation has impacted our culture and our history. More specifically how we experience history at haunted locations and how shows like Ghost Hunters impact our lives. Sayed also presents her experiences with the paranormal and has a unique take on it, being one of the few Muslims in the field of paranormal investigation. For lovers of the paranormal and for just the average joe, this is a must read!
4. Paranormal State: My Journey Into the Unknown by Ryan Buell & Stefan Petrucha
I have a huge amount of respect for Ryan Buell and his method of investigating. I have patterned myself in the method of helping the client and the spirit be where they need to be and I partially owe it to him. Ryan’s book delves into some of the most disturbing cases he has been involved in and ones that have never aired on A&E’s Paranormal State. Ryan has taken a long dark road that started in his youth, and he has taken those experiences and used to help people. I consider him the Batman of the paranormal field.
3. Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of the Ghost Adventure’s Crew by Zak Bagans
If you watch Ghost Adventures I’m sure you think that Zak Bagans is batshit crazy. He may come across as that on the show, but he is actually a very intelligent person and this book proves it. At the books core, Bagans attempts to use scientific theories to explain the paranormal and does so in a very well organized fashion. He also recounts what got him into the field and in depth experiences that we all watched on GA. Now all we need is a book from Nick and Aaron and we’re set!
2. Shadows of the Dark by John Zaffis & Brian McIntyre
Dubbed “the Godfather of the Paranormal,” I have had the privilege of being involved in an investigation with John Zaffis. This book details various investigations that Mr. Zaffis has been apart of over his 35+ year career. The most heartbreaking case recounted is that of Pat Reading. Pat had 16 exorcisms over the past 20 or so years, and will be featured in a full length book eventually. If you want to know how dark the paranormal can be, check this out.
1. The Ghost Hunter by Hans Holzer
Before the Godfather, and before many of the people on this list (with the exception of Charles Fort), was Hans Holzer. Holzer wrote about a great many subject, but ghosts were his most frequent subjects. His books often contained stories that he has collected from people all across the country and even beyond our borders. The Ghost Hunter is really what started it all, and guided Holzer on a 40+ year career in the paranormal business.
If there are any books that you think should be in here, leave a comment and let us know!