The following links are free online scholarship on the topic of the supernatural (parapsychology, folklore, etc.) and the occult. This page is a “living document” as I come across new resources during my own research quite often. I will continue to update and reorganize content as the page becomes more populated.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to add more resources to the library, notice a broken link, or a resource that is no longer free access. I would love for this to be a community project, so do not hesitate to reach out.
Academic Journals & Books
Esotericism, Art, and Imagination is a uniquely wide- ranging collection of articles by scholars in the field of Western esotericism, focusing on themes of poetry, drama, film, literature, and art.
Supernatural Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Art, Media, and Culture is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the academic study of representations of the supernatural, the speculative, the uncanny, and the weird across periods and disciplines.
Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore by Diane E. Goldstein, Sylvia Ann Grider, Jeannie Banks Thomas (Book)
Online Magazines & Journals
Public Domain Review is an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas.
Please email me your state’s online archives!
Hoosier State Chronicles provides access to digitized newspaper articles from all over Indiana.
Indiana Memory is a collaborative effort to provide access to the wealth of primary sources in Indiana libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions.
Indiana State University Folklore Archives is the largest accessible university-based folklore repository in the Midwest, and scholars from ISU and other universities—including Indiana University, Penn State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Wisconsin—have used it for research on books and articles, as well as for sustaining a personal interest in Indiana’s folk culture.
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Psi Encyclopedia is a new collection of articles and case studies about psi research, the scientific investigation of psychic phenomena. It’s a work in progress, being created by the Society for Psychical Research in London.
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia.
Short Ghost Stories & Anthologies
Ghost Stories & Anthologies
- “15 Creepy Short Stories You Can Read Online For Free, If You Need A Good Scare,” Bustle (This is a great list.)
- Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James (“Lost Hearts” is one of my favorite stories!)
- Twenty-Five Ghost Stories, W. Bob Holland
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
- Famous Modern Ghost Stories by Dorothy Scarborough et al.
- Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn
- J. S. Le Fanu’s Ghostly Tales, Volume 1 by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu / Volume 2 / Volume 3 / Volume 4
- Wandering Ghosts by F. Marion Crawford
- Great Ghost Stories by Joseph Lewis French
- The Best Ghost Stories by Arthur B. Reeve and Joseph Lewis French
- Three Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens
- The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories by Algernon Blackwood
- Present at a Hanging and Other Ghost Stories by Ambrose Bierce
- “The Ghost” by William Douglas O’Connor
Christmas Ghost Stories & Anthologies
- 5 Holiday Ghost Stories That Are Actually Surprisingly Creepy, Bustle
- 4 Eerie Olde Holiday Ghost Stories, The Lineup
- 5 Forgotten Christmas Ghost Stories, Paris Review
- The 7 Best Christmas Ghost Stories To Scare Yourself With This Winter, Bustle
- Guardian Weekend magazine’s Christmas ghost stories
- Told After Supper by Jerome K. Jerome
- A Christmas Carol in Prose; Being a Ghost Story of Christmas by Charles Dickens