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.
May 13, 2013
Our big, very popular, scholarly book, UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry by Michael Swords, Robert Powell, et al., has received the recognition it deserves from Choice, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries. The review, authored by R. Fritze of Athens State University, appears in the February 2013 issue. It states, in part: “The bibliography of the UFO phenomenon is vast but often dreary. This straightforward study of the limited topic of government responses to sightings of UFOs…is an exception…Their narrative is firmly based on the available sources. The writing can be dense and sometimes convoluted, reflecting the military sources that form the evidence. A useful resource of the study of a controversial topic.” Summing up the review are these much-appreciated words: “Recommended. All levels/libraries.”
May 10, 2013
The reviews of our expanded reprint of John A. Keel’s first book, JADOO, are in, and they contain nothing but superlatives and flattering comparisons to some very well known literary figures, past and present. First up we have Nick Redfern, writing in Mysterious Universe: “What is Jadoo about? Well, if I was to say to you: ‘Try and imagine a story that is part-Raiders of the Lost Ark, part-Kerouac, part-Bukowski, part-The Da Vinci Code, and part-Hemingway and you have Jadoo,’ maybe that would help…If you want to learn about what the man who made Mothman famous (and who, in turn, was made famous by it) was doing long before Point Pleasant, West Virginia, dragged him, magnet-like, into its creepy confines, then buy and read Jadoo.” Next up is Micah Hanks writing in the Gralien Report; in Jadoo, he says, we see Keel, “the skeptical journalist as he meanders the fringes of civilization…Jadoo chases Keel’s life of mystery and strangeness back to it’s humble beginnings, and shares with us all the tragedy, humor, hardships, and enigmatic wonder of a young adventurer whose notes on life in other parts of the world might challenge the finest American journalism of his day, easily on par with the likes of Hunter Thompson and Jack Kerouac.” Wow.
May 9, 2013
Robert Cracknell is a British psychic who won fame in the 1970s and 1980s as a psychic detective, and his book The Lonely Sense: The Autobiography of a Psychic Detective “makes for interesting reading” writes reviewer Robert McLuhan in the Spring 2013 issue of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. McLuhan concludes his overview of the book with these words: “…readers who acknowledge the genuineness of psychic functioning, either from experience or from responsible research, may be willing to acknowledge that Cracknell is a psychic of uncommon ability. It’s true that his descriptions show the ambiguities and complexities involved in detection work, for instance having to persuade skeptical policemen to follow up apparently nonsensical hunches and often coming up with predictions that prove to be accurate but that however do not necessarily contribute directly to a resolution. However, in these and other ways the book provides valuable insights into a psychic’s inner development and the realities of life in the public eye.”
It’s a science that keeps a low profile. But its results have the potential to change the face of science itself. The science is parapsychology and its findings have been put to use in fields from archeology to medicine. Who are the men and women of parapsychology? Who are the brilliant, talented individuals who have spent most of their lives exploring the mysteries of consciousness? Why did they choose to enter such a controversial field of science? Why did they persist in their investigation and risk being ostracized by many mainstream scientists? What advice do they have for young people entering the field? The answers to these questions and more can be found in this new book entitled Men and Women of Parapsychology, Personal Reflections, Esprit Vol. 2, edited by Rosemarie Pilkington. The book contains mini-autobiographies of 21 pioneering researchers from the United States and Europe, including Larry Dossey, Stanley Krippner, Stephen Schwartz, Charles Tart, Rex Stanford, Russell Targ, Roger Nelson, and John Palmer. This work is the second in a series edited by Rosemarie Pilkington, the first being Esprit, Men and Women of Parapsychology, Personal Reflections, Vol. 1, which features the stories of 12 other notable researchers.