Ghost story magazines are a combination of literary and paranormal investigative journals that are printed or electronically published. Sometimes, they are both.
Classic Ghost Story Magazines
Ghost stories have been popular in magazines for years. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol remains one of the most popular ghost stories of all time. Published in book form in 1843, the ghosts in the story are actually of Christmas past, present and future. The timeless tale of revelation for Ebenezer Scrooge has influenced fiction and literature since its first printing.
Supernatural encounters and ghost hunters both real and imagined are the source for more modern ghost stories. Magazines and ezines on the subject matter offer fringe followers accurate and factual reporting to the best of the investigators' abilities. The mixture of fiction with fact in the magazines can muddy the water for some readers, but most true believers and those seeking to scientifically prove the existence of ghosts appreciate the differences.
Ghost story magazines are regarded as some of the most important influences in Victorian and Gothic literature. As early as 1818, the Blackwood family's Edinburgh Magazine printed horror fiction and was even satirized by Edward Allan Poe. The magazine remained in print until 1980 (over one hundred and fifty years). Scans of the magazine's volumes are actually available for searching online. Other great magazines that feature ghost stories include Bite Me, FATE, and Underworld magazines.
Bite Me Magazine
Bite Magazine features more than just ghost stories, it also includes many other supernatural creatures. In addition to coverage of horror movie and video releases, the magazine also interviews real life monster and ghost hunters. The magazine focuses on investigating spooky tales to find the truth within them. If you missed any issues, the magazine offers back-issues for you to check out.
Since 1948, FATE magazine has been publishing bi-monthly. The magazine focuses on fringe science and event reporting. From intensely personal mystic experiences to UFOs or paranormal investigations and true ghost stories, FATE magazine focuses on providing their readership with an authoritative and honest assessment of the paranormal and unexplained. The magazine's readers range from those seeking entertainment to those truly seeking answers and it is the goal of FATE magazine to deliver both. The magazine is available in print for subscribers.
Haunted Times was founded by Christopher Moon. Moon's first paranormal experience occurred as early as the age of seven. Since then, he's had regular experiences, leads ghost hunting seminars and more. The magazine is available online and as of late 2010 also offered a print version. A message on the website states that the print magazine is undergoing a transformation to digital delivery that should be available sometime in October 2010.
Ghost Voices Magazine focuses completely on hauntings and ghosts. The magazine uses articles on folklore, interviews with experts in the paranormal and science fields as well as investigations into ghost activity to provide a comprehensive experience for the ghost hunting enthusiast and curiosity seeker. Launched in 2009, the magazine offers both print and digital subscriptions.
The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), which is the subject of the Syfy channel television show Ghost Hunters, has its own print magazine. TAPS paraMagazine takes up where the show leaves off with interviews of other paranormal professionals, articles on hauntings and haunted places, team member profiles and more. Find out about the happenings with TAPS and TAPS Family members.
The Internet has increased access to many great paranormal magazines and investigative websites. While these niche magazines may have been difficult to find on the newsstand, the Internet allows even the most casual observer and curiosity seeker to find great resources.
Underworld Tales Magazine
Underworld Tales is the evolution of the original Underworld magazine founded in 1998 and discontinued in 2000. The magazine returned in 2004 as Underworld Tales. While much of the older content was lost to hard drive failure, the current magazine delights in being an online literary magazine. Horror fiction, dark poetry and true ghost stories make up much of the content. Fantasy and horror fans will enjoy the mixture of science fiction, mystery and truly ghoulish tales.
Beyond Investigation Magazine
Beyond Investigation is a digital magazine that offers interviews, ghost hunting tips as well as ghost stories from multiple cultures. The magazine is also the home of K-BIM, a paranormal talk radio show that airs on Wednesday evenings. You can also access archives and back issues of the magazine on the site.
Other Online Paranormal Magazines focusing on ghosts, hauntings and spiritual investigation include:
- After Dark (Coast to Coast AM)
- Fortean Times
- Hollow Vision Paranormal
- Paranormal Magazine - Exploring the World of the Unexplained
Most print magazines also offer subscribers online versions, and many are converting from print to digital-only publications. Digital delivery offers greater opportunities for ghost story magazines to reach a broader audience worldwide, and readers benefit from increased resources about ghosts and the paranormal.