Are ghost hunters and paranormal investigators the real deal or just a big bunch of frauds? Is paranormal investigation actually legit or just a whole bunch of hooey? Well, we can’t say for sure since we really aren’t experts in the field, but what we can guarantee is that our compilation of some of the best books about this subject will definitely make your Halloween even spookier…
Greta and the Ghost Hunters
This side-splitting and touching book is a great read for you and your kids (just don’t read it out to them at bedtime) or as a giveaway for the neighborhood kids if you’re running low on candy. It also kind of reminded me of this show called ‘Ghosts’ that I watched a while ago. It follows Greta Woebegone, who is quite the skeptic. She’s just been hit by a car. Don’t worry, she survives. But the trauma leads to her being able to sense the presence of ghosts, and she can communicate with them too. She encounters a bunch of spirits at her ancestral home, including her grumpy grandad, a plague victim named Percy, and a sinister spirit in her cellar. She must now save them from their fate at the hands of an exorcist while they reciprocate the favor by preventing her grandmother from being sent to a nursing home.
William James, a philosopher, and professor of psychology at Harvard, put his career and reputation on the line in the nineteenth century along with a group of other eminent scientists just to prove the existence of inexplicable otherworldly forces, the spirit world and find empirical evidence of psychic phenomena with the help of science, at times risking safety and even sanity.
If you’ve seen movies such as The Conjuring, Amityville, or Haunting in Connecticut, you’re probably already aware of Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were renowned demonologists. This book is a compilation of all their most infamous cases, such as teen girls trifling with Satanism with unexpected fatal consequences and their journey to haunted locations such as the backwoods of Tennessee and the grounds of the US military academy at West Point as they investigate paranormal events.
This manga has been the recipient of honors such as the Japanese international manga award and Freeman book awards for children and YA literature on East and South Asia. It follows two young foreigners traveling to remote corners of Japan and the countryside, encountering strangers who regale them with tales from the spirit realm. They are equipped with an ancient camera that has the unique power to capture images of Yokai- mischievous but downright dangerous spirits that lurk in the wait for their prey and which lure them in via trickery.
Zak Bagans is the founder of Haunted museum, one of the best tourist attractions in Las Vegas if you’re taken in by all things occult. He is also a paranormal investigator who produced and presented The Travel Channel series ‘Ghost Adventures’ and in this book, he spills insider secrets of the ghost hunting world and gives readers a peek into the history of the same. If you’re an aspiring paranormal investigator yourself, this book also contains tricks of the trade such as setting up cameras, scouting haunted locations as well as dealing with the most unyielding or relentless spirits. It also contains hair-raising real-life cases from Bagans’ casebook of horrors. It also delves into communicating with the spirit realm and using modern science to study paranormal activity. We’d highly recommend getting your paws on a copy of this one, or you’ll be missing out big time!
Another essential read for the kids, this book is part of a series by Cornelia Funke. It centers around Tom, who is stuck at home with his horrid sister Lola. Of course, that’s the least of his problems as he befriends a gooey ghost named Hugo after wandering into the cellar, only to realize that his new pal is being hunted down by an even more slimy but incredibly revolting rival ghost. Tom must enlist his family friend, who happens to be in the ghost hunting trade, to rescue Hugo from this sticky situation.
This contemporary fiction novel is set in the year 1926 at Borley Rectory- a hotspot for paranormal activity in England. Sarah Grey has just landed a job assisting Harry Price, who is London’s most infamous ghost hunter. Harry is equal parts brilliant and equal parts neurotic and plain bizzaro and is put on the case of the haunted Rectory. He has never left a case unresolved, but this particular haunting might just prove to be his undoing….
The Atlantic Paranormal Society (or TAPS, if that was a mouthful to say) is the brainchild of Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, plumbers by profession who moonlight as ghost hunters along with a group of men and women who all know their A to Z of ghost hunting. Together they also host the Syfy channel show Ghost Hunters that has a huge fan following. This book contains stories of their most infamous cases; they investigate paranormal events with the help of modern science and the latest technology such as EMF recording gadgets and thermal imaging cameras and the results of each case. Funny, fascinating, and an insightful look into the spirit realm, this is a must-read if you’re a fan of TAPS and all that they do.
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