The best paranormal books 📚

Browse the best books on the paranormal as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

By Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan

Why this book?

It’s not often a world-famous scientist does a great job explaining the scientific method to the general population. Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan teach how to think critically about extraordinary claims. In other words, what’s valid and what’s not. What’s sound logic versus flawed thinking. As Carl famously stated, “…Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

From the list:

The best books on critically analyzing paranormal and other extraordinary claims

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Book cover of Monster

Monster

By Frank E. Peretti

Why this book?

Based on my own experiences, choosing a fictional novel about Bigfoot is difficult because most writers portray the creature in the most bizarre way. However, Monster by Peretti is a rare example of an engaging story where Bigfoot is portrayed based on authentic and believable research. I thoroughly enjoyed the intricate web of mystery that was woven throughout the plot.
From the list:

The best books to believe in Bigfoot

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Book cover of The Repository of Lost Souls: Twelve Tales from the Heart

The Repository of Lost Souls: Twelve Tales from the Heart

By Jane Roberts-Morpeth

Why this book?

I read this tiny collection of stories after chatting to the author on social media, and it's what got me reading again after two years of barely reading a thing.

Nostalgic, atmospheric, and vivid, these stories are sometimes stomach-churningly brutal. Even though a lot of them deal with the supernatural, it's the most mundane of situations that are the most anxiety-inducing. They took me right back to my own Northern childhood, with all the mystery, boredom, wonder, and terror it entailed. A very emotional collection with as much heart as heartbreak, wrapped up in chiming prose.

From the list:

The best books to warm your heart and freeze your soul

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The Coldest Touch

By Isabel Sterling

Why this book?

I love seeing how contemporary authors can move vampires into the modern age. The Coldest Touch does this with a cast of very flawed characters dealing with complicated feelings (i.e. a budding romance between a human and a vampire). As if that wasn’t enough, there is a Death Oracle. I mean, who doesn’t love a doomed future with some characters trying to change the odds? 

From the list:

The best YA books about non-sparkly vampires

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Fateful

By Claudia Gray

Why this book?

Werewolves on the Titanic. I know. It sounds crazy, but I’m telling you it works. I was so engrossed in this story! I was skeptical about how the author would blend the tragedy, the historical time period, and werewolves together but she pulled it off exceptionally. I loved Tess and Alec. The last section of the book had me on the edge of my seat because I knew (as we all do) that the Titanic was about to sink. 

From the list:

The best YA books with werewolves

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Book cover of Our Trespasses: A Paranormal Thriller

Our Trespasses: A Paranormal Thriller

By Michael Cordell

Why this book?

There are many negatives about this book that told me to stay away. For me, the subject that deserved to be highlighted is forgiveness. The way the author weaved it into this story was perfect. The topic does not fit with the genre, and though paranormal and suspenseful, forgiveness ties it over for me.

Our Trespasses’ negative was the paranormal side of the book. I’m not a big fan of the genre but once my interest was piqued, I really enjoyed the book. In the end, it wasn’t that big negative, but it made me hesitant to read at…

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The best books with provoking plotlines

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