16 Top Rated Books About Ghosts, Spirits, and the Unexplained

From first-person experiences to historical accounts, we've found a paranormal book for everyone.

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We compiled a list of the top-rated paranormal books on Amazon. Whether you want to conduct your own paranormal investigations or learn about the ghosts that haunted 19th-century America, we've found a book for it all.

America's Most Haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places by Theresa Argie and Eric Olsen

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America's Most Haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places

America's Most Haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places

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Theresa Argie and Eric Olsen via Amazon

A journalist and paranormal investigator examine asylums, jails, homes, and hotels in search of paranormal activity. Buy It

The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel

The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies

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John Keel

Journalist and Ufologist John Keel dives into a 13-month period in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, when the Mothman began lurking around town only to disappear after the collapse of a bridge spanning the Ohio River. Buy It

Cops' True Stories Of The Paranormal: Ghost, UFOs, And Other Shivers by Loren Christensen

Cops' True Stories Of The Paranormal: Ghost, UFOs, And Other Shivers book cover

Cops' True Stories Of The Paranormal: Ghost, UFOs, And Other Shivers

Cops' True Stories Of The Paranormal: Ghost, UFOs, And Other Shivers

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Loren Christensen via Amazon

Retired cop Loren Christensen interviewed officers working in several law enforcement fields and compiled their on-the-job stories into an anthology of the unexplained. Buy It

50 Real American Ghost Stories: A journey into the haunted history of the United States – 1800 to 1899 by MJ Wayland

50 Real American Ghost Stories: A journey into the haunted history of the United States – 1800 to 1899 book cover

50 Real American Ghost Stories: A journey into the haunted history of the United States – 1800 to 1899

50 Real American Ghost Stories: A journey into the haunted history of the United States – 1800 to 1899

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MJ Wayland via Amazon

Dive into some familiar ghost stories and learn new tales about some of the spirits on the minds of 19th century Americans. Buy It

National Geographic Guide to the World's Supernatural Places: More Than 250 Spine-Chilling Destinations Around the Globe by Sarah Bartlett

National Geographic Guide to the World's Supernatural Places: More Than 250 Spine-Chilling Destinations Around the Globe book cover

National Geographic Guide to the World's Supernatural Places: More Than 250 Spine-Chilling Destinations Around the Globe

National Geographic Guide to the World's Supernatural Places: More Than 250 Spine-Chilling Destinations Around the Globe

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Sarah Bartlett via Amazon

In the first National Geographic book on the supernatural, astrologist Sarah Bartlett explains the origins of notorious cryptids, discusses UFOs, and provides lots of information on haunted places every paranormal enthusiast should see. Buy It

Between Death and Life: Conversations with a Spirit by Delores Cannon

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Between Death and Life: Conversations with a Spirit

Between Death and Life: Conversations with a Spirit

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Delores Cannon via Amazon

A hypnotherapist who specializes in past-life experiences compiles what her subjects experienced when they died, and the similarities are eerie. The book also touches on ghosts, guardian angels, God, and the devil. Buy It

The Everything Ghost Hunting Book: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Exploring the Supernatural World by Melissa Martin Ellis

The Everything Ghost Hunting Book: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Exploring the Supernatural World book cover

The Everything Ghost Hunting Book: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Exploring the Supernatural World

The Everything Ghost Hunting Book: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Exploring the Supernatural World

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Melissa Martin Ellis via Amazon

This comprehensive guide helps novice paranormal investigators get ready to conduct their own inquiries into the ghosts and spirits that may be around them. Buy It

Life with the Afterlife: 13 Truths I Learned about Ghosts by Amy Bruni

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Life with the Afterlife: 13 Truths I Learned about Ghosts

Life with the Afterlife: 13 Truths I Learned about Ghosts

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Amy Bruni via Amazon

The co-host of Kindred Spirits reflects on how her contact with the dead influences how she lives and how she interacts with spirits in the course of her work. Buy It

Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items by JW Ocker

Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items book cover

Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items

Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items

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JW Ocker via Amazon

The items in this book have spawned countless horror and fantasy movies, but what is truth and what is fiction? Buy It

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

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The Amityville Horror

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Jay Anson via Amazon

The Lutz family knew what had gone on in their new home the year prior—an entire family was brutally murdered by one of their own. They may have gotten a good deal on the home, but the angry spirits within were more than they bargained for. Buy It

Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter by Josh Gates

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Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter

Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter

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Josh Gates via Amazon

Monster Hunter Josh Gates has traveled the world in search of the supernatural. Now he offers his reflections on the journey that took him to more than 100 countries. Buy It

Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Saints, Angels, Fairies, Demons, and Ghosts by Judika Illes

Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Saints, Angels, Fairies, Demons, and Ghosts book cover

Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Saints, Angels, Fairies, Demons, and Ghosts

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Judika Illes via Amazon

Author Judika Illes spares nothing in her catalog of more than 1,000 supernatural entities from around the world. Buy It

True Ghost Stories: Real Haunted Hospitals and Mental Asylums by Zachery Knowles

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True Ghost Stories: Real Haunted Hospitals and Mental Asylums

True Ghost Stories: Real Haunted Hospitals and Mental Asylums

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Zachery Knowles via Amazon

Peruse 13 chapters of ghost stories from the most haunted hospitals and mental asylums around the world. Buy It

Weird Ghosts: True Tales of the Eeriest Legends and Hair-Raising Hauntings Across America by Joanne Austin, Mark Moran, and Mark Sceurman

Weird Ghosts: True Tales of the Eeriest Legends and Hair-Raising Hauntings Across America book cover

Weird Ghosts: True Tales of the Eeriest Legends and Hair-Raising Hauntings Across America

Weird Ghosts: True Tales of the Eeriest Legends and Hair-Raising Hauntings Across America

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Joanne Austin via Amazon

There’s a big of everything in this fully illustrated book detailing haunted sites around America. Some of them are open to the public—and the addresses are included. Buy It

Ghosts In Print: An Assemblage Of Spirits, Spooks, & Specters From Newspapers Of Old by Adam Benedict

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Ghosts In Print: An Assemblage Of Spirits, Spooks, & Specters From Newspapers Of Old

Ghosts In Print: An Assemblage Of Spirits, Spooks, & Specters From Newspapers Of Old

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Adam Benedict via Amazon

Just how bad does a haunting have to be to make the newspaper? Read more than 200 newspaper articles about hauntings during the 1800 and 1900s. Buy It

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