If you like spooky spirits, Victorian ghost stories, occult detectives, things that go bump in the night and the rich and meticulously-researched history of all of the aforementioned, here's a website you need to bookmark immediately: The Merry Ghost Hunter by author/researcher/blogger Tim Prasil.
Some of the content you'll find there includes:
- A chronological bibliography of early occult detectives: If you like vintage ghost stories, you've probably heard of John Silence and Thomas Carnacki, but Prasil provides the lowdown on dozens more early ghostbusters.
- Unearthing the unearthly: Prasil's blog on his research into early supernatural fiction.
- Reviews of current supernatural fiction and interviews with authors
- Spectral Edition: News stories about ghosts appearing in American newspapers between 1865 and 1918
- Help for the Haunted: An introduction to Vera Van Slyke, an occult detective whose cases Prasil details in his writings.
That should be more than enough to whet your appetite for The Merry Ghost Hunter website.
But you might not want to read it in the middle of the night. In an empty house.