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What are Supernatural Thrillers?
Supernatural thrillers often contain elements of multiple genres ... weird fiction, fantasy, horror, vampire fiction, ghost stories, crime fiction, psychological suspense, supernatural mysteries, and paranormal thrillers. Books or movies that fall into this category are typically spooky, weird and unnerving.
Supernatural Thrillers Spanning Multiple Genres
Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal Fantasy, Psychological Fiction, Suspense, and Thriller.
Experiencing a miraculous recovery two days after being told she's dying, Bibi becomes obsessed with the idea that she has been spared in order to save someone else, a notion that prompts her entry into the world of crime and conspiracy.
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Genres: Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller.
Detective Gabriella Versado investigates after disturbing displays that fuse the bodies of murder victims with those of animals are uncovered in abandoned Detroit buildings.
A Time of Torment by John Connolly
Genres: Crime Fiction, Horror, Supernatural Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller.
Private investigator Charlie Parker descends upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and will face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder. This is the 14th book in the Charlie 'Bird' Parker series.
Fellside by M.R. Carey
Genres: Fantasy, Ghost Stories, Horror, Supernatural Mystery, and Thriller.
Confronting the possibility that she might be forced to spend the rest of her life in a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, Jess Moulson discovers that the prison is haunted by the ghost of a little boy who imparts a chilling message.
The Seeker : a Mystery at Waldon Pond by R.B. Chesterton
Genres: Gothic Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal Thriller, and Psychological Suspense.
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
Genres: Horror, Paranormal Fiction, Psychological Suspense, and Thriller.
Coming of age in an old farmhouse, nineteen-year-old Ruthie begins a search for her agoraphobic mother and discovers the century-old diary of the farmhouse's long-ago resident, a grieving mother who died under mysterious circumstances.
I Remember You : A Ghost Story by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Genres: Ghost Stories, Horror, Supernatural Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller.
A tale based on a true story finds three friends targeted by a malevolent presence while trying to renovate an old house in the Icelandic Westfjords, while a local doctor uncovers an elderly suicide victim's obsessions. By the internationally best-selling author of The Day Is Dark.
The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Psychological Suspense, and Thriller.
Taking the case of an extraordinary young patient in her mental health unit, child psychologist Anya observes the sensitive boy's manifestations of deeply disturbing symptoms linked to his mother's destructive tendencies.
The Damned by Andrew Pyper
Genres: Ghost Stories, Horror, Suspense, and Supernatural Thriller.
A man's success with a memoir about his near-death experience in a fire that claimed his twin sister's life is overshadowed by memories of his twin's psychopathic nature and her vengeful ghost. By the #1 internationally best-selling author of The Demonologist.
The Cypress House by Michael Koryta
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal Fiction, Suspense, and Thriller.
A journey to Florida's coast becomes an inescapable nightmare in the newest supernatural thriller from international bestseller Michael Koryta. When Arlen Wagner awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill believes him, and the two abandon the train, hoping to escape certain death. They continue south, but are soon stranded at the Cypress House--an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady--directly in the path of an approaching hurricane. But the storm isn't the only approaching danger.
Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Fiction, Suspense, Teen Fiction, and Thriller.
Charlotte is a sixteen-year-old Oracle who is not supposed to interfere with her visions of the future, but when she foresees a classmate's murder, she realizes she must break the rules to stop the killer. This is the first book in the Charlotte Westing Chronicles.
The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal Fiction, Suspense, and Technothriller.
Enigmalogist Jeremy Logan who specializes in investigating inexplicable phenomena probes strange happenings at the Newport, Rhode Island, mansion that houses the Symposikon think tank. This is book 4 in the Jeremy Logan series.
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar
Genres: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Paranormal Fiction, Suspense, Teen Fiction, and Thriller.
A paranormal suspense novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things--fears, memories, scars, even love--and his family's secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing.
Mind Games by Kiersten White
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Fiction, Suspense, Teen Fiction, and Psychological Thriller.
Seventeen-year-old Fia and her sister, Annie, are trapped in a school that uses young female psychics and mind readers as tools for corporate espionage—and if Fia doesn't play by the rules of their deadly game, Annie will be killed. This is book 1 in the Mind Games series.
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal Fiction, Suspense, and Thriller.
While working on a project translating letters from sixteenth-century Prague, high school senior Nora Kane discovers her best friend murdered with her boyfriend the apparent killer and is caught up in a dangerous web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all searching for a mysterious ancient device purported to allow direct communication with God.
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Supernatural Thriller Movies
This is my favorite type of movie to watch right around Halloween.