9 Incredible Paranormal Mysteries & Thrillers

Mysteries are exciting enough when they take place in the real world, but add in a paranormal twist and the stakes are even higher, as supernatural criminals stalk their prey and danger lurks around every corner. If you love thrilling stories full of things that go bump in the night, check out these nine fantastic books. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

Paranormal Thrillers & Mysteries: Our 9 Picks

Title Author
1. Spirited Mary Behre
2. Fell Jenn Ashworth
3. Uncharted Erin Cashman
4. The Doll Funeral Kate Hamer
5. Eli's Coming Darcia Helle
6. The Longest Con Michaelbrent Collings
7. Brownstone Burial Patricia Gulley
8. Witch and Famous Colleen Cross
9. The Precious Dreadful Steven Parlato

8 Great Paranormal Mystery Films

  1. The Ninth Gate (1999)
  2. Orphan (2009)
  3. Lady in the Water (2006)
  4. Topper Returns (1941)
  5. Lady in White (1988)
  6. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  7. The Uninvited (1944)
  8. The Lake House (2006)

A Scientific Approach to the Paranormal

In Depth

Good thrillers leave readers on the edges of their seats, constantly wondering what twists and turns await them. The presence of supernatural entities adds an extra layer of mystery and suspense as they force protagonists to confront otherworldly creatures in order to achieve their goals. With that said, here, in no particular order, are nine incredible paranormal mysteries and thrillers.

First up, at #1, we have "Spirited" by Mary Behre. Jules Scott has the uncanny ability to communicate with the dead, but she does her best to avoid getting caught up in their problems. When a ghost implicates her in a series of murders by leading her to places where deadly jewel heists have taken place, she's forced to help the spirit solve these heinous crimes. In order to do this, she'll need the help of detective Seth English, but first, she must prove her innocence and convince him that her powers are real.

Next, at #2, is Jenn Ashworth's "Fell." When Annette Clifford visits her childhood home at Morecambe Bay, she awakens the ghosts of her parents, who want to help her cope with her personal issues stemming from both the present and her childhood experiences. The story jumps back and forth through time as her parents remember the events that caused them to neglect their daughter, slowly revealing why Annette is as miserable as she is today.

The story jumps back and forth through time as her parents remember the events that caused them to neglect their daughter, slowly revealing why Annette is as miserable as she is today.

At #3 is "Uncharted" by Erin Cashman. This Y.A. novel tells the story of Annabeth, a seventeen-year-old girl who's struggling to cope with the tragic death of her mother. During the funeral of some family friends, she encounters the deceased couple's son Griffin, an old friend who's under police investigation for the deaths of his parents. When Annabeth's father mysteriously disappears, she starts her own investigation, inadvertently putting her life at risk and discovering shocking truths about her and Griffin's parents.

Next up, at #4, we have "The Doll Funeral" by Kate Hamer. After learning that her abusive guardians aren't her biological parents, Ruby, who has the power to see dead people, sets out into the Forest of Dean to find clues about her real family's whereabouts. Sick of the physical abuse, she leaves her adoptive parents behind and finds solace in an old mansion occupied by her friend Tom and his siblings. As Ruby goes on a journey of self-discovery, the story occasionally jumps back into the 1970s, showing the truth about why her mother abandoned her.

Next, at #5, is Darcia Helle's "Eli's Coming." Eli is a secretive man with mysterious powers and a dark history. When he falls in love with a woman named Amanda, his past finally catches up with him. One day, he's approached by a council of Native American tribesmen who ask him to hunt down his father, a dangerous man who's on the loose. To succeed, Eli must come to terms with his true nature, which could jeopardize his relationship with Amanda.

One day, he's approached by a council of Native American tribesmen who ask him to hunt down his father, a dangerous man who's on the loose.

At #6 is "The Longest Con" by Michaelbrent Collings. In an alternate reality, supernatural creatures use comic conventions, where many attendees dress up as their favorite fictional characters, to meet fellow monsters without attracting too much attention to themselves. Con organizers deploy agents known as Wardens to keep the peace during these events, and among their ranks is the author himself, Michaelbrent Collings. When a werewolf is murdered at FanFamFunComCon, Collings and his fellow Wardens are tasked with finding the killer before all hell breaks loose.

Next up, at #7, we have "Brownstone Burial" by Patricia Gulley. Set in 1963, the story is centered on Paulette Palinsky, a woman who moves to New York City in order to work as an airline reservations agent. In her new apartment, she encounters the ghost of a detective who needs her help in solving three murders that happened in 1947. She soon learns that the victims are all related to her landlord, and he doesn't appreciate her snooping around.

At #8 is "Witch and Famous" by Colleen Cross. Cendrine West is a journalist who comes from a long line of witches. She lives in Westwick Corners, a small town where magic users can freely practice their craft. When Westwick is visited by a Hollywood film crew, a murderer starts picking people off at an alarming rate. Now she, her witch aunts, and her boyfriend, who happens to be the town's sheriff, must find the killer before more innocent people die.

When Westwick is visited by a Hollywood film crew, a murderer starts picking people off at an alarming rate.

Finally, at #9, we have Steven Parlato's "The Precious Dreadful." Bored out of her mind, Teddi Alder joins a library writing group to keep her occupied over the summer. Things start out well for her, but as she continues writing, unsettling memories of her old friend Corey resurface. On top of that, a mysterious ghost girl starts appearing before her. Thinking that she's going insane, Teddi tries to dig deep into her suppressed memories in order to figure out what's going on.