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This list is obviously not exhaustive. If you are aware of a book that ought to be included, please let me know about it. Include a scan of the cover and publication details as below, or - even better - send me a copy!

Note: we are NOT selling these books, (except Spooked!) just letting you know they exist. All of these books should be available in New Zealand through your local library.


cover of Unexplained New Zealand Unexplained New Zealand
Ghosts, UFOs & Mysterious Creatures.
by Julie Miller & Grant Osborn.
Reed Publishing NZ Ltd, 2007.

Useful reference to many paranormal locations in NZ, arranged geographically. Also good sections on UFOs and cryptozoology. Very readable. Appendix on ghost hunting techniques and equipment.
Builds on the research presented in Ghost Hunt (below).

Available in bookshops.
239 pages, softcover.
Black & white illustrations.


cover of Ghost Hunt Ghost Hunt
True New Zealand Ghost Stories.
by Julie Miller & Grant Osborn.
Reed Publishing NZ Ltd/TVNZ, 2005.

Whatever you think of the TVNZ series that this book relates to, the research and historical backgrounding on each of the ten investigation sites makes it a valuable reference source.

Available in bookshops.
171 pages, softcover.
Colour + B&W; illustrations.


cover of Oddzone Oddzone
Paranormal phenomena, alien abductions, animal mysteries, psychics and mediums and other weird kiwi stuff.
by Vicki Hyde.
New Holland Publishers NZ Ltd, 2006.

Vicki Hyde is the current Chair Entity of New Zealand Skeptics. This book provides an ideal balance to Unexplained NZ (above), as it covers much of the same territory from a different viewpoint. Essential reading for anyone interested in the paranormal in this country.

Available in bookshops.
175 pages, softcover.
B&W; illustrations.


cover of Where No Birds Sing Where No Birds Sing
Tales of the Supernatural in Aotearoa.
by Grant Shanks, with Tahu Potiki.
Shoal Bay Press Ltd, 1998.

This is a must read! A collection of accounts of paranormal experiences from a wide range of New Zealanders, told as much as possible in each person's individual voice. Tahu Potiki provides the vital Maori perspective.

175 pages, softcover.
Out of print.
Comes up on TradeMe quite often.


cover of When the Wind Calls Your Name When the Wind Calls Your Name
Tales of the Supernatural in Aotearoa.
by Grant Shanks & Tahu Potiki.
Shoal Bay Press Ltd, 1999.

The follow-up to Where No Birds Sing, so consider it Volume II. Also a must. These account make one aware of the uniqueness of the paranormal in NZ, with an emphasis on outdoor locations (we don't have as many old buildings as other countries) and Maori issues such as tapu places and objects.

152 pages, softcover.
Out of print.
Comes up on TradeMe quite often.


cover of The New Zealand Mysteries New Zealand Mysteries
by Nicola McCloy.
Whitcoulls, 2005.

This is a totally different book to the 'New Zealand Mysteries' by Robyn Gossett, shown below. It has a range of magazine-style chapters on paranormal & historical mysteries, including good entries on Larnach Castle, NZ's haunted theatres and the Brooklyn Dodger.

112 pages, softcover.
Heavily illustrated.


cover of The New Zealand Ghost Book The New Zealand Ghost Book
by Robyn Jenkin.
AH & AW Reed Ltd, Wellington, 1978.

Fast becoming a collectors' item. Robyn Jenkin did all this well before the current wave of interest in the paranormal. This is a brilliantly researched collection of accounts, covering a range of types of paranormal experience.

164 pages, hardcover.
Black & white illustrations.
Out of print.
Comes up on TradeMe occasionally.
Also try second hand bookstores.


cover of New Zealand Mysteries New Zealand Mysteries
by Robyn Gossett
1st ed. AH & AW Reed Ltd, Wellington, 1970.
This ed. Bush Press Communications Ltd, Auckland, 1996

1st ed. was published under author's name of Robyn Jenkin, see The NZ Ghost Book, above. 1996 ed. exstensively updated. Covers a range of mysterious stories, cryptozoology, UFOs, ghost towns etc.

208 pages, softcover.
Black & white illustrations.

Comes up on TradeMe occasionally.
Also try second hand bookstores.


cover of Strangers in our Skies Strangers In Our Skies
UFOs Over New Zealand
by Mervyn Dykes.
INL Print Ltd, Hutt Valley, 1981.

Becoming hard to find.
NZ holds a high place in the world when it comes to UFO sightings, beginning with the Great Airship Scare of 1909, perhaps the world's first significant modern UFO case. Also a chapter on the Kaikoura sightings of 1978.

192 pages, softcover.
Black & white illustrations.
Out of print.
Comes up on TradeMe occasionally.
Also try second hand bookstores.


cover of Tapu Tapu and other tales of old New Zealand
by D.W.O.Fagan.
AH & AW Reed, Wellington, 1952.

Difficult to find these days.
Not strictly paranormal, but many of these true accounts dating from the 19th century have a supernatural theme. "The Accursed Lake" and some of the other stories are chilling.

96 pages, hardcover.
Black & white illustrations.
Out of print.
Has appeared on TradeMe.
Also try second hand bookstores.


cover of Spooked - Exploring the Paranormal in New Zealand by Jo Davy & James Gilberd SPOOKED - Exploring the Paranormal in New Zealand
by Jo Davy & James Gilberd.
Random House NZ, 2011.

As well as documenting Strange Occurrences' paranormal investigations around NZ, the authors interview people with different takes and experiences of the supernatural, and weigh up arguments and ideas from all sides; skeptics, mediums, a parapsychologist, a ghost tour guide and others. Techniques and equipment used in investigations are discussed, and there is a thorough analysis of photography of the paranormal.

Available in bookshops, $39.95.
304 pages, softcover.
Black & white & colour photos & illustrations.


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