April 25, 2016
We normally don’t boast (well, yes we do), but it’s well-recognized that Anomalist Books publishes some of the most important works of UFO research in the world. Our latest, Return to Magonia, by Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough, has been receiving high praise lately. About their investigations of cases in UFO history, folklorist Thomas E. Bullard says, in his review of the book in the Journal of Scientific Exploration: “This book is not intellectual candy to feed favorite beliefs or a sounding board for speculative theories. What this book is, is a work of serious scholarship. Seldom are such deep research, careful analysis, and stringent arguments found in the UFO literature, and Return to Magonia is exemplary both in the … research goals it undertakes and its success in carrying them out….This is fine work through and through, and exemplary of UFO research at its best.” Equally enthusiastic is the historian known as “Dr. Beachcombing,” who in his bizarre history blog review of the book says: “The book is a lot more than just a series of x-files cases….Chris and Martin have bottled the Fortean formula. Here is a natural science murder mystery: let’s solve it, or better still let’s fail to solve it an interesting way, leaving some flashes of the numinous on the horizon. There is also perhaps a hint of the underdog. The book was written by two part time researchers who pack more punch than many university teams in their use of astronomy, meteorology and the wealth of archive material on the internet…. What a fantastic book!”
March 25, 2016
Name one of the most influential paranormal books of the past 40 years? We think many would agree that it’s Mysteries of Time and Space by Brad Steiger, which is why we have reprinted the book with a new introduction by the now-famous author looking back on that 66th book of his. This classic book certainly influenced Nick Redfern, who writes in Mysterious Universe, that “Brad’s book opened my mind to a wide-range of enigmas – and ultimately played a significant role in spurring me on to do my own investigations and, eventually, writings, too.” Nick insists that his love for the book is not an exercise in nostalgia: “It’s still relevant today.” Brent Raynes, of Alternative Perceptions, echoes that sentiment: “There’s nothing obsolete, passé, or ‘old hat’ about Mysteries of Time and Space. It continues to stand as a thought-provoking landmark classic…” But what do new readers think of the book, you wonder? Brian Allan of Phenomena Magazine is one who had never read the book before, and he writes: “This book is erudite, impeccably researched and vitally, totally accessible…go buy it because it’s an opportunity not to be missed.” Do you have your copy yet?
October 27, 2015
We are proud to present one of the most impressive examples of UFO research in a long, long time: Return to Magonia: Investigating UFOs in History by Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough (with a foreword by Jacques Vallee). Using modern resources and tools, the authors have dissected more than 20 fascinating UFO cases from the last 500 years–all of them occurring before June of 1947. These are not mere reprints of stories from newspapers and other sources, but in-depth investigations into the who, what, where, and how of some truly remarkable sightings. It turns out that UFOs in history are as intriguing, as entertaining, and often as baffling as UFOs sightings are today.
October 14, 2015
Were talking The Bye Bye Man, the upcoming movie based on the story “The Bridge to Body Island” that appears in Robert Schneck’s The President’s Vampire: Strange-but-True Tales of the United States of America. The non-fiction story revolves around three Wisconsin college students who experience a series of terrifying events. The movie is being directed by Stacy Title and produced by Trevor Macy for Intrepid Pictures. It is set to start filming in November in Cleveland, according to Scene. Doug Jones (best known for his roles in Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth), Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas, and Lucien Laviscount have signed on to star in the horror-thriller, according to Variety. This is the first of two movies set to be made based on books published by Anomalist Books. Unfortunately, the option on a TV series based on Budd Hopkins autobiography, Art, Life and UFOs, did not materialize. Any interested parties should contact Anomalist Books to option this book or any of our other titles.
September 30, 2015
Materialism is under attack from multiple quarters these days, not the least of which comes from the podcast-in-a-book known as Why Science is Wrong … About Almost Everything by Alex Tsakiris, who is obviously being provocative by insisting on “Almost Everything” rather than simply “Consciousness” in the title of his book. But that’s because Tsakiris believes that consciousness is at the root of everything, or at least everything that is most important to human beings. Jeffrey J. Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion at Rice University says: “Alex Tsakiris has articulated in this feisty work what many of us in the academy have felt but have not quite had the courage to say. Alex writes as our conscience here, as he calls us all to balk against the silly and self-contradictory script that is reductive materialism.” In his review of the book in Fortean Times, Jerome Clark wrote: “What makes Tsakiris’s book so eye-opening and often hilarious is that it exposes hardline defenders of the old order as woefully, even militantly, ignorant. Tsakiris politely pushes them until they’re forced to confess as much, if they haven’t slammed down the phone by then…Tsakiris’s book isn’t fat and scholarly, but it’s smart and cheeky…” Ryan Ashton, who runs a Philosophical Commentaries blog, has some equally nice things to say about both the book and its author: Why Science is Wrong…About Almost Everything is a very interesting and thought-provoking read. It is also remarkably easy to read…The dialogue format and Tsakiris’s sharp questioning style also make me think of him as a modern day Socrates—a compliment of the highest order…Thanks to Alex Tsakiris for all of his great contributions to the philosophy and science of mind!”
September 28, 2015
It seems that Peter Costello’s In Search of Lake Monsters had a great influence on people who first read it when it first appeared years ago. Both Glasgow Boy, who runs the authoritative Loch Ness Monster website, and Nick Redfern in his review of the book at Mysterious Universe, both admit that it had an impact on their interest in cryptozoology during their formative years; Redfern even avows that “it remains one of my cryptozoological favorites.” But, as Redfern says: “It’s important to note that the resurfacing of Costello’s book is not an exercise in nostalgia. Anomalist Books are very careful and discerning when it comes to the issue of what should be republished…. This is a book that is important, entertaining, revealing, and thought-provoking.” Indeed, this classic book is more than a mere reprint: the new edition contains a new Afterword by the author, an Introduction by Loren Coleman, and a Preface by Bernard Heuvelmans, the “father of cryptozoology” who had a great influence on Costello himself. “For me personally,” writes Glasgow Boy, “the force of the book’s argument remains. I may not agree with [Costello’s] identification of the various animals described, but that there is a case to be answered rather than rejected remains.”
September 25, 2015
Joshua Cutchin’s A Trojan Feast: The Food and Drink Offerings of Aliens, Faeries, and Sasquatch has been widely praised, but two reviews of the book in particular stand-out. The first, written by Jerome Clark, appeared under the title “Otherworldly Dining” in Fortean Times (#329). “Joshua Cutchin boasts an impressively original concept for a book on anomalies: fortean food…” writes Clark. “What Cutchin has done is to survey a fairly staggering range of literature on folklore, anthropology, food science, psychedelics, ufology, and cryptozoology, seeking people’s claims to have consumed something—food, liquid, pills—in the course of an extraordinary encounter… [Cutchin] is a fortean in the fullest and finest sense. He has ideas, and they’re creative and provocative ones, but he doesn’t insist they’re certainly, or even probably, true. He thinks the entities in these narratives are in some sense ‘real’ but that our perceptions of them are filtered through culture. Most forteans these days hold to some version of that hypothesis, but he is among the first to imagine that the food allegedly consumed in these alleged encounters is a drug akin to DMT, able to alter brain molecules and manipulate the senses…Cutchin keeps his head secured in a keen fortean appreciation of uncertainty and ambiguity, not to mention the likelihood that these phenomena are way beyond our understanding. A splendid job all around.” The other noteworthy review, which appeared in Mysterious Universe, comes from Nick Redfern, who calls this “the definitive study of an aspect of the paranormal that has, until now, been vastly unappreciated and consistently misunderstood…[Cuchin shows that] the usually bland nature of the food provided by today’s extraterrestrials has its parallels in the food of the faeries, which was made to appear and taste enriching and delicious—but, in reality, was nothing of the sort: it was all a ruse. As for why such theatrical games are played, this gets to the heart of the puzzle. Cutchin suggests that food offerings become a part of the experience because the phenomenon—which is so strange and alien and to the point of being almost beyond comprehension—’prefers symbolism and mythology as the currency of conversation.’ This is a very important statement that is absolutely central to the overall story…[Cutchin] suggests that the theater of entity food is designed to ease the shock of encountering the unknown. That’s to say, we are shown something to which we can relate, which comforts us, and which calms us: food. The nourishment from beyond, then, is ‘a symbolic vehicle to facilitate interaction.’…A Trojan Feast absolutely nails it…this is a fantastic piece of work.”
September 4, 2015
No one does books like Dr. Karl Shuker. His knowledge of zoology is encyclopedic. To call his research “thorough” is an understatement. He prizes evidence above all else. And he does it all with wonder, curiosity, and humor. That just about summarizes his latest work for Anomalist Books: A Manifestation of Monsters: Examining The (Un)usual Suspects. Check out that extraordinary cover painting–every one of those creatures is featured in the book, which by the way contains a great foreword by American cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard. If you liked Karl’s previous work for us, Mirabilis: A Carnival of Cryptozoology and Unnatural History, you are sure to love this one as well.
August 25, 2015
Could the UFO experience be a type of outdoor poltergeist event? Normally, parapsychology and UFOlogy just don’t mix, despite the decades-long efforts of some highly respected researchers to call attention to the paranormal or parapsychological aspects of UFO events. But what if UFO experiences are the result of large-scale, unconscious, psychic forces? In his new book Illuminations: The UFO Experience as a Parapsychological Event, sociologist Eric Ouellet offers a novel approach to a phenomenon that has thus far resisted all other efforts to explain it—supported by a wonderful foreword by Jenny Randles. Combining research in parapsychology, sociology, and UFOlogy, Ouellet provides a thought provoking reassessment of several well-known UFO cases, including the Washington, DC, UFO wave of 1952, the Betty and Barney Hill abduction of 1961, the Rendlesham UFO incident of 1980, and the Belgian UFO wave of 1989-1991. While not claiming to have the final solution to the UFO mystery, he offers much food for thought and a refreshing outlook on a stubbornly elusive phenomenon. Ouellet is a professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada, and at the Canadian Forces College (Canada’s Joint Staff and War College). He has a Ph.D. in sociology from York University (Toronto, Canada), and he is the liaison officer for Canada with the Parapsychological Association. One more question to ponder: Could a UFO feed on the emotions of the witnesses in order to take form?
July 6, 2015
We have just released a raft of our best-selling books in reasonably priced, laminate hardcover editions. They are now available from both Amazon US and Amazon UK and other resellers such as Barnes and Noble online.
These books will only be available in hardcover editions for a limited time.