Paranormal Fiction is often described as Fantasy or Occult Fiction. The word
occult comes from Latin occultus (hidden), referring to the
'knowledge of the secret' or 'knowledge of the hidden' and often
meaning 'knowledge of the supernatural', as opposed to 'knowledge
of the visible' or 'knowledge of the measurable', usually referred
to as science.
The modern term's meaning is often imprecisely translated and used as a term for 'secret
knowledge' or 'hidden knowledge', in the sense of meaning 'knowledge meant
only for certain people' or 'knowledge that must be kept hidden'. For most
practicing occultists, however, it is simply the study of a deeper spiritual
reality that cannot be understood using pure reason or material science.
also incorporates into its plots scientifically unexplainable phenomena such
as Big Foot, Ghosts & Hauntings, Crop Circles, Loch Ness etc.
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