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Electricity of the Mind
The Anomalist 14: A Nonfiction Anthology

by Ian Simmons, ed.

Trade Paperback, 176 Pages, 6 Illustrations

$14.00, ISBN: 1933665394

Genre(s): Cryptozoology Paranormal Fortean Historical Mysteries

With this issue, The Anomalist seeks to provide sudden jolts of illumination to spark the imagination. Electricity of the Mind is instant CPR for the head. In this issue...

Theo Paijmans mines the rich seam of digital newspaper archives to look at anomalies in a new way, by mapping the geographical distribution and dispersion of the account of the anomaly event through time and through various newspapers, tracking the mutations and elaborations that set in as the story spreads.

Researcher Ulrich Magin ventures into a previously neglected corner of Earth Mysteries, taking us on a tour of out-of-place volcanoes across Europe, and the wonderful and diverse tales of their origins.

What happened in Hetlerville? Dwight Whalen explores a forgotten tale of bizarre visions  that brought vivid omens of the First World War to the skies of Pennsylvania in 1914.

Cameron Blount examines the implications of archaeological relics of Peru's mysterious Moche culture , what they might tell us about their relationship with the neighboring Nazca culture and about the perils of prematurely classifying objects and images as 'mythological'.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was more than just a Romantic Poet – he had a lasting and deep interest in the supernatural and long promised, but never actually wrote, a definitive tome on the subject. Mike Jay explores Coleridge's fragmentary writings in this area and some of the ideas this volume might have eventually contained.

Paranormal enthusiasts are becoming increasingly technological, with all kinds of sensors being employed to help detect anomalous phenomena, but no amount of gadgetry will help if you don't know how to use it. Bryan Williams, Annalisa Ventola and Mike Wilson provide a basic primer for exploring temperature and magnetic fields in cases of haunting.

Patrick Gyger runs the Swiss science fiction museum, but is an expert on European witchcraft, and uses the 'Black Books' of Fribourg to understand the mindset behind witch trials in the late 15th Century.

Aeolus Kephas takes a look at the similarities between two of the 20th Century's most popular and charismatic 'literary shamen' Carlos Castaneda and Whitley Strieber, who, while seeming very different on the surface, share more than just chequered reputations.

Many esoteric knowledge systems rely on biological energies not known to science. John Caddy attempts to find a common root to all these energies and speculates on how they might have originated and evolved.

Are there still Thylacines out there? Chris Payne takes a new mathematical approach to trying to determine whether this is at all likely, and if it is, when we might expect to get a definitive answer to the question.

Publisher of the journal  Strange Attractor, Mark Pilkington has had a long association with the makers of Crop Circles, and here he takes a look back into the prehistory of crop art and reveals a thought provoking precursor from the movies.

Politics and the occult go back a long way together and writer Gary Lachman has done more than most to explore this hidden linkage with his book Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right and the Radically Unseen and shares his notes that expand on key themes from that volume.

Parapsychologist Richard Wiseman has an abiding interest in stage magic and recounts some tales from his extensive research and experience in this area, including his discovery of the first ever film of a magic trick.

Tim Cridland is best known for his startling human blockhead act for the Jim Rose Sideshow Circus, but here he takes a long, hard, critical look at the career of leading skeptic James Randi and some of the inconsistencies it seems to contain.

About the Author:

Guest Editor Ian Simmons is a science communicator and regular contributor to the Fortean Times, for whom he has also written several books and edited Fortean Studies 7. He lives near Newcastle Upon Tyne in the United Kingdom.

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What they're saying:

"This latest Anomalist anthology offers a wide range of short(ish) articles to stimulate the fortean imagination...The most contentious contribution is a piece by ‘Aeolus Kephas’ exploring the implications of treating anthropologist Carlos Castaneda and alien abductee Whitley Strieber as genuine witnesses of shamanic phenomena, conduits for superior intelligence. This is an intriguing thought experiment, but I still suspect The Teachings of Don Juan and Communion are ingenious fiction rather than travelogues from the Land of Magonia. However, this anthology deserves a place on every fortean’s bookshelf." — Paul Sieveking, Fortean Times

 "Texts contain hidden secrets, and new technologies are helping to unearth them. Older texts may contain the strangest stories and the ones that require the most textual analysis to help tease out their meaning," wrote Peter Rogerson of Magonia in atempting to link most of the contents of this volume of essays to a common theme. "As always in the Anomalist the good stuff far outweighs the dross, and recommended to all Forteans and explorers of the matrix of ghosts."


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