Paranormal, Supernatural

There is sometimes a fine line between paranormal and horror, but there are also some distinct differences, so I created two different resource pages. Some materials appear in both, but in general, here are the differences, at least in my opinion: Horror is often fantastical, and meant to be scary. (I am not referring to the horrors of war or natural disasters, or that type of experience.) No one actually believes that Godzilla or Frankenstein's Monster, or the Creature from the Black Lagoon actually exists, but they can be scary all the same. Paranormal can be scary, but not necessarily. The Exorcist was one of the scariest movies I've ever seen in my life. But what makes paranormal scary, is that it is close to reality, if not reality itself. Possessions do happen. But so do paranormal activities that are not scary, but are beautiful. A visitation from an angel is paranormal, as is communion with a loved one that has passed on, but most people would not be terrorized by those experiences. For people, like myself who do Shamanic work or other types of metaphysical activities, paranormal becomes more "normal" rather than unusual.

I have included everything from my reviews that has that sense of normal activities juxtaposed with happenings that seem to come from another world. Some are really creepy, such as The Return, or borderline creepy, as in the House of the Seven Gables, or filled with beautiful, loving spirits, as are the tales in Some Chinese Ghosts. The non-fiction section includes books on real metaphysical activities.You may mouse-over the images to obtain more information.

The Grave-Digger's Death

The Lantern Ghost

Books with CD-ROM
120 Great Victorian Fantasy Paintings
Japanese Ghosts and Demons

The ghost of a maid.

Non-Fiction
Magic and Mystery in Tibet
The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies
The Shaman: Voyages of the Soul. . .from Siberia to the Amazon

Vision

Plays
Dr. Faustus
The Recognition of Śakuntala

Ghost

Fiction
The Beckoning Fair One
The Blithedale Romance
Congo
Dracula
Eaters of the Dead
The Great God Pan and The Hill of Dreams
The House of the Seven Gables
The Jewel of Seven Stars
Kai Lung's Golden Hours
The Lair of the White Worm
The Mystery of Cloomber
The Mystery of the Sea
Nordic Hero Tales from the Kalevala
The Parasite
Phantastes: A Faerie Romance
The Return
Saving Fish from Drowning
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Three Impostors
The Turn of the Screw

Fiction (Collections)
The Beast in the Jungle and Other Stories
Best Ghost and Horror Stories (Bram Stoker)
The Best Supernatural Tales of Arthur Conan Doyle
Black Spirits & White: A Book of Ghost Stories
The Canterville Ghost and Other Stories
Chelkash and Other Stories
Classic Ghost Stories by Wilkie Collins. . . and Others
The Country of the Blind and Other Stories
Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
Great American Ghost Stories: Chilling Tales by Poe, Bierce, Hawthorne and Others
Great Horror Stories:Tales by Stoker, Poe, Lovecraft and Others
Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque
The Necklace and Other Short Stories
An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories
The Overcoat and Other Short Stories
Some Chinese Ghosts
The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories
Three Tales
Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories

Island of the Dead

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