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“An Extraordinary Book”

October 21, 2020

ssss-frontThose are the words of the late oceanographer Paul LeBlond describing the new book by researcher and historian David Goudsward, Sun, Sand, and Sea Serpents. Likewise Magonia editor John Rimmer calls it “an important book” and “an excellent read.” Why is it so good?  Jerome Clark, in Fortean Times, explains: “What makes this book stand apart from the competition is the author’s deep research, critical intelligence and knowledge of recognised, if sometimes obscure, animal life.” But maybe Ulrich Magin, in Network for Cryptozoology, sums it up best: “Goudsward’s book is highly recommended—a book that confirms rather than refutes the existence of the sea serpent, precisely because so many known sightings find a sober explanation, which makes the rest of the unexplained cases stand out all the more clearly.”

mmr-smHow is it possible to improve on the only indisputably definitive work on mystery cats in existence? Well, Karl Shuker has done just that. His very first book, Mystery Cats of the World, is a classic of the cryptozoological literature that’s now highly sought after by collectors and lauded by cryptozoologists and mainstream zoologists alike for its scrupulously scientific, objective analyses. Now, after more than 30 years, Shuker has delivered Mystery Cats of the World Revisited: Blue Tigers, King Cheetahs, Black Cougars, Spotted Lions, and More, a fully illustrated, updated, greatly-expanded edition of that original work that examines many new mystery cats reports as well as revisits those previously featured in the original 1989 edition. This beautiful new book is more than 400 large-format pages long with more than 80 illustrations and weighs a hefty 1.5 pounds. So just what are these enigmatic cat-like animals that have been glimpsed in wild and lonely areas of the world?

dpWe don’t know anyone who can pick an idea apart better, exposing its faults and highlighting its values, than philosopher and parapsychologist Stephen E. Braude, whose books The Limits of Influence, The Gold Leaf Lady, and Immortal Remains are classics in the field. In his latest work, Dangerous Pursuits, Mediumship, Mind, and Music, Braude does what he does best on issues of mediumship, super psi, multiple personality, and survival. And he caps off this volume with an excursion into the language of jazz improvisation, noting of course its links to psi. None other than Stanley Krippner found the book “a delight to read and to contemplate,” while Charles Tart entered an altered state, calling it “Excellent!”

smileOur newest book is subtitled “Miracles in an Age of Disbelief.” We think that at this perilous moment in time everyone—including disbelievers—would welcome a miracle. While we can’t make that happen, we can offer you philosopher Michael Grosso’s examination of miracles in Smile of the Universe, in which he looks beyond religion and science to better understand the parapsychological roots of miraculous phenomena. Prepublication reviewers love the book: “a tour de force,” says David E. Presti, professor of neurobiology, University of California, Berkeley, and Stafford Betty, Ph.D. in theology, calls the book “a brilliant and inspiring reading adventure.” Oh, and if you’re wondering about that title: The word miracle is rooted in a Sanskrit syllable smi, from which we get the English word smile. So a miracle refers to a smile induced by certain sensations of awe, beauty, and wonder. Let the universe smile upon us. Please.

ssss-frontDon’t think for a minute that this is just another sea serpent book.  Sun, Sand, and Sea Serpents manages to be not only a hard-nosed look at sea serpent reports from Florida, the lower eastern seaboard, and the Caribbean, but one of the most fun reads in the history of the genre.  Why?  Because author Dave Goudsward knows how to tell a story, going back to the original sources and interviews to get the facts straight, the science right, and the background for the proper perspective. And some of the stories he tells are real doozies. Sometimes the sea serpent is not the most unbelievable part of the story. After reading this book, you will likely never look at a sea serpent report in the same way again.

Brilliant and Informative

November 21, 2019

fs4-frontThose are the words of Dr. Diana Pasulka, author of American Cosmic, writing about our recently published book, Forbidden Science 4: The Spring Hill Chronicles, The Journals of Jacques Vallee 1990-1999. She continues, “Science is finally catching up with Vallee’s speculations, laid bare in Forbidden Science where this venture/adventure is documented, inextricably linked to discovery.” In Magonia, Jenny Randles said, “Here as reader you get what really happened day by day from a true giant of the UFO field.” And John Alexander, writing in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, said: “The rich tapestry of this chronicle reveals background material on a vast array of topics. What is guaranteed is that you will learn things about subjects you never knew existed…This is a veritable Who’s Who in the study of UFOs and other phenomena…it is mandatory reading.” But perhaps Jerome Clark summed it up best in Fortean Times: “As a unique original thinker, and the smartest guy in most rooms where ufologists congregate, Vallee is formidable…His contributions to UFO study equal anybody’s in their scope and insight…Forbidden Science 4 is a commendably open portrayal of the man, his strengths and flaws in full, brave view. If you care about this subject, you had better read it.”

SC-smThe work of Michael Mayes entitled Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America has drawn widespread praise from both advocates and critics alike. Sean Whitley, director of the documentary Southern Fried Bigfoot, says “It’s a hard-to-put-down investigation of the black panther mystery. Two paws up!” Reviewing the book for Mysterious Universe, Nick Redfern says that “..this is one of the best studies of the [black panther] phenomenon in the United States that I have read…Mayes does a good job of dissecting the eye-witness testimony… Some of the photographic data is impressive and eye-opening.” Writing for the Grayson • Olive Hill Quarterly, Jeremy D. Wells says that “the book is a compelling, confounding and comprehensive look at a phenomenon that captures the imagination and deserves more serious consideration.” Gerry Russell, writing for Magonia, says: “I was rather sceptical when I first started reading this book but I feel I am becoming a convert!… an exciting and worthwhile read.” But perhaps the highest praise has come from well-known skeptic Sharon Hill who writes: “”Mayes deserved congratulations for this bringing this book to print…there is no comprehensive volume on this topic so it deserved to be tackled…Mayes has a hair sample from a reported car collision but can’t get any experts willing to examine it. This is a shame. I do hope someone will step up and take a look…[the book] adopted a logical progression that was natural and comprehensible – exactly the approach that should be used to communicate to a lay audience…This volume usefully fills a niche in modern cryptozoological literature.” Congratulations, Mr. Mayes!

tl2Eric Wargo, the author of Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocausation, and the Unconscious, received the best pre-publication endorsement we could ever have hoped for. It came from Jeffrey J. Kripal, the J Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion at Rice University, and the author of Mutants and Mystics and Secret Body. “I will not be shy,” Kripal began, “I consider Time Loops to be the most significant intellectual work on a paranormal topic in the last fifty years…” Other reviewers have not been shy either, including precognition researcher Julia Mossbridge, who in her review in the Journal of Scientific Exploration wrote: “If I don’t make you want to buy Time Loops, I’ve failed…Wargo presents the hypothesis…that the unconscious mind is consciousness displaced backwards in time.” Others piled on the praise as well. Wargo, said Mitch Horowitz, a former editor-in-chief at Tarcher and a PEN Award-winning author, “succeeds gloriously in providing this century’s first historical and analytic overview of precognition and its causes.” The superlatives don’t stop there, but we will with these words from Jenny Randles, who in the journal Magonia wrote “This book could be a Newton-plus-apple moment…”

SAI-smThe work of Montana State University Professor Emeritus Ardy Sixkiller Clarke has drawn acclaim around the world. She brings to the field of ufology degrees in history, English, psychology, and educational leadership and a background as a professor, licensed therapist and psychologist, and social science researcher. On the heals of her bestselling books, including More Encounters with Star People: Urban American Indians Tell Their Stories, comes her newest book, Space Age Indians: Their Encounters with the Blue Men, Reptilians, and Other Star People.  This work—which is a product of Clarke’s personal access to the American Indian community—is, without a doubt, her most startling and eye-opening book to date.

jcoverStephen E. Braude, in his review of JOTT: When Things Disappear… and Come Back or Relocate – and Why It Really Happens in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, has the highest praise for the work of Mary Rose Barrington: “This book accomplishes the nearly miraculous achievement of being both substantive and highly entertaining… I’ve argued that we need fewer lab parapsychologists and more parapsychological naturalists, good observers (like the biological naturalist), who can record and systematize the subtleties of broad ranges of relevant phenomena and behavior…Barrington, in her book, plays this crucial role of the parapsychological naturalist, by looking at some unheralded peculiar events and then trying to incorporate them into the big picture. She focuses on a class of ostensibly paranormal phenomena that have received much less attention than, say, cases of apparitions and poltergeists. And she’s clear about why that is. The phenomena typically and all too easily get dismissed as merely a nuisance and are readily put out of mind…the best of these cases present real puzzles with serious ontological implications…” Robert A. Charman of Society for Psychical Research also strongly recommends the book: “The author… has applied her legal mind to investigating claims of objects that have disappeared and returned, or not returned, or have appeared for the first time, for which there appears to be no normal explanation such as memory lapse, absent mindedness, inadequate searching, third party trickery, deliberate deception, and so on…Barrington has over 180 cases of jott on file, grouped by similarity of occurrence into six categories…A lot of serious thought and much fascinating information has gone into the 190 pages of this book…”