March 5, 2014
Our two bestselling controversial history books are now available in ebook editions for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Apple. First and foremost we have Brad Steiger’s thought-provoking and pioneering work on the existence of a global prehistoric civilization, Worlds Before Our Own. We also have Patrick Huyghe’s provocative heretical history of who was first in the Americas, Columbus Was Last. In the months to come we will be issuing ebook editions of other reprinted works from the Anomalist Books stable. Next up, we’ll have Jacques Vallee’s definitive work on UFOs, his Alien Contact Trilogy: Dimensions, Confrontation, and Revelations.
February 13, 2014
Writing one great book is difficult enough. Writing a second that’s as good as the first is a hurdle that few writers manage to cross successfully. But Lyle Blackburn has done just that. The reviewers loved his first book, The Beast of Boggy Creek, and they are just as enthusiastic about Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster. In Cryptomundo, David Weatherly wrote: “Just as he did with the Legend of Boggy Creek, Blackburn gets to the roots of the Lizard Man reports, interviewing witnesses, going to the locations and generally leaving no stone unturned. It is, in fact, Lyle’s trekking through the Lizard Man’s territory that gives the book its driving energy, creating a page turner that any mystery novelist would be jealous of.” The blogger at Monsters and Magic calls the book “a stand out,” and writes: “Lizard Man is a fascinating read that will leave the reader with not only a thorough knowledge of the topic but also a real taste of the mystery surrounding the case.” And Lon Strickler of Phantoms & Monsters called it ”…an expertly crafted allegory that is informative as well as entertaining.” We are certain that you will love Blackburn’s latest tour de force as well.
December 31, 2013
If you are reading this you already know about The Mothman Prophecies, John Keel’s best known work thanks in large part to Hollywood which made a film out of his non-fiction cryptozoological thriller starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney. But few people are aware that Keel wrote a follow-up to that work entitled The Eighth Tower: On Ultraterrestrials and the Superspectrum in which he wraps up all the High Weirdness—beams of light, voices from the heavens, the “little people,” gods and devils, ghosts and monsters, and UFOs—into one Grand Unified Theory. This dark work, in which Keel pulls no punches, probes the ultimate question: Are we pawns in a celestial game? This new Anomalist Books edition of The Eighth Tower is now available in print for just $15.95—a far cry from the exorbitant prices ($128-to-$2,800) that the book has been going for on the used book market.
December 13, 2013
Reviewers agree that Karl Shuker’s Mirabilis: A Carnival of Cryptozoology and Unnatural History is a veritable cryptozoological feast. “In this gripping collection Shuker explores the farthest boundaries of natural history, which include some very wild areas indeed,” writes Peter Rogerson in Magonia. In his review in Fortean Times, Jerome Clark has one criticism of the book (too many exclamation points!), but otherwise finds it “blissful.” Calling “his writing is clear and concise,“ Clark explains that ”the startlingly prolific and well-versed Shuker—who unlike most cryptozoologists, has a doctorate in zoology—expounds with insight on mysteries of the animal realm. Much of the material seems unfamiliar even to those of us who know something of cryptozoology… As always Shuker’s breadth of arcane knowledge prompts an amazed and admiring shaking of the head.” And finally, writing for Mysterious Universe, Nick Redfern says that “Mirabilis is not just a commentary on case upon case, and creature upon creature. Instead, we see Karl putting on his Sherlock Holmes-style cape and deer-stalker hat, and actually trying to figure out—detective-style—what the many and varied baffling beasts under his microscope actually are. And there are plenty of them… A masterful and magical study of some of the wildest, biggest, weirdest, and freakiest critters said to haunt the darker corners of our world…”
October 25, 2013
What would Lyle Blackburn do for an encore? That question on everyone’s mind now has an answer. The second stop on the cryptozoological roadmap for the author of the bestselling book The Beast of Boggy Creek is almost a thousand to the east of Fouke, Arkansas: specifically Bishopville, South Carolina, home of a real-life “creature from the black lagoon.” Blackburn’s new book, Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster, is the story of a hair-raising, seven-foot-tall, scaly humanoid creature seen by numerous witnesses, investigated by local law officials, and covered by national news media. Now you can follow Lyle Blackburn and his partner, Cindy Lee, as they revisit the sighting locations, speak to the living eyewitnesses, and consider all possible theories in their search for the truth behind the Lizard Man encounters. Nick Redfern calls the book “an enthralling, chillingly atmospheric, and deeply revealing look at a strange and controversial legend.” Don’t miss it!
September 13, 2013
If there is one reason Ardy Clarke’s Encounters With Star People has turned out to be a bestseller, it’s probably because of the unique point of view the author offers on the phenomenon. And that’s because no one other than the author “can lay claim to the particular constellation of contacts, skills, and knowledge that make possible Encounters With Star People. Indian communities tend to be closed to outsiders, but over more than two decades, Clarke’s cross-tribal ties and sympathetic personality led her to a thousand informants willing to relate their sometimes highly strange UFO experiences,” states Jerome Clark in his review of the book in Fortean Times, which he concludes by saying: “Whatever you make of these accounts, you’re likely to enjoy this unusual book…” Not surprisingly, Peter Rogerson at Magonia views the book as “an interesting example of cultural assimilation…” but admits that “some of these stories may be based on anomalistic personal experiences…” We’ll let Micah Hanks, who straddles these two points of view in his review the book for Mysterious Universe, have the last word: “It is very interesting to see a thorough study of American Indian tales as they relate to the stories of Star People and related phenomenon, but not entirely having to do with the conventional notions of “Native American mythology” associated with legends that may, in truth, only bear some relation to UFOs today (keeping in mind, all the while, that many modern tribes still maintain the view that present day UFO phenomenon actually is a manifestation or, perhaps, even a continuation of known visitations that occurred in the ancient past). Whether the mythos surrounding UFOs necessarily plays into a more complex, modern counterpart involving actual visitation by extraterrestrials is anyone’s guess; but the stories Clarke relates in her Encounters With Star People nonetheless inspire a lot of questions about the present day phenomenon. It is a field of study which, if anything, remains rife amidst the Native cultures in modern day America, and certainly points to some pervasive element underlying our legends and folklore that could, at very least, have some strange physical counterpart.”
August 29, 2013
Just as many audiophiles still prefer vinyl records to digital downloads for their music, some book buyers prefer hardback books to trade paperbacks or (horrors!) ebooks. In an effort to please this discriminating audience, we are making a selection of titles from the Anomalist Books catalog available in hardback editions. Those who have held these laminate hardbacks (no dust jacket) in their hands agree that the books are rock solid and beautiful. But please note: these hardback editions will only be available for a limited time.
August 13, 2013
Continuing the Anomalist Books tradition of publishing the best books in the field of cryptozoology, we are proud to present our latest title: Mirabilis: A Carnival of Cryptozoology and Unnatural History written by none other than one of the world’s foremost cryptozoologists, Karl Shuker. His extensive knowledge of zoology and his ceaseless pursuit of the facts guarantees that anything mysterious will eventually either be revealed as mundane-though-curious or truly anomalous. This large format paperback is chock full of illustrations and references. So don’t delay: the many miracles and marvels of Mirabilis await you, ready to scintillate, spellbind, and stultify your senses!
June 11, 2013
A few men, but so far no women, and not all of them parapsychologists, have reviewed Men and Women of Parapsychology, Personal Reflections, Esprit Vol. 2, edited by Rosemarie Pilkington. It’s “a superb release,” says fortean Nick Redfern, in his review of the book on Mysterious Universe, “that makes for fascinating reading…The  authors share with us not just their thoughts, data and theories relative to parapsychology, but also their inner-most memories and life-experiences that helped sculpt them into the people they are today. It’s seldom that you see both angles so successfully fused into one, but [this book] skillfully achieves exactly that.” And Tom Ruffles of the Society of Physical Research praises the “excellent idea of Pilkington’s to gather reminiscences” of some of the field’s “older workers, while there was still time,” to produce a book that “tracks those who make a significant contribution to the subject, and who well deserve to have their achievements noted.” And Carlos Alvarado, who in his review of the book, writes: “Dr. Pilkington has contributed much to the field by bringing these autobiographical materials together. Similar to the first volume [Esprit, Men and Women of Parapsychology Personal Reflections, Volume 1 ], she continues here to remind us of the personal face of parapsychology. The field, like any other human activity, is not only research, methodology, theory, and publications, but a dynamic gestalt of wishes, aspirations, human courage and perseverance, not to mention difficulties and disappointments. Pilkington’s presentation, and her authors’, help the reader to unveil the different levels on and themes to which all these people contributed to parapsychology.”
May 15, 2013
You can count the number of must-read UFO books on one hand, but there is no doubt that John A. Keel’s Operation Trojan Horse is one work that deserves that honor. Anomalist Books has just reprinted Keel’s classic study of UFOs. This edition, authorized by the estate of John Keel, largely follows the original book, first published in 1970. A few corrections from the “updated” 1996 edition have been included, but we chose not to reprint the grumpy preface to the 1996 book or the few hastily added sentences that were little more than a failed attempt to make the book appear new. These tacked-on “updates” were not only unnecessary, they actually diminished the power of the original work, tainting it with an aging writer’s bitterness and negativity. Put simply, the original Operation Trojan Horse is a brilliant deconstruction of the UFO mystery. And its message is one that UFO researchers have largely still not come to grips with more than 40 years later. Those with an interest in this subject who choose to ignore this book, do so at their own peril.