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A Fortean Obituary

August 18, 2011

We’ve been putting this off, and the longer we’ve put it off, the longer the list has grown. It began on July 8, 2011, with the death of Bill Corliss. We’ve known Bill for 40 years and have every one of his remarkable Sourcebook Project volumes on our shelves. His collection of scientific anomalies, which represents just a small fraction of what science doesn’t know, has served as an inspiration to us. One day his work will get the recognition it deserves.  Then on July 27, 2011, Hilary Evans passed away.  We not only co-authored a book with Hilary some years ago, but we are proud to have been the publisher of his last two books:  Outbreak! Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior (with Robert Bartholomew) and SLIders: The Enigma of Streetlight Interference (SLI). Hilary’s mind was as sharp as a tack all the way to the end; in fact, he had another book all fleshed out in his mind, a book which unfortunately now we’ll never get to see. Then on August 12, 2011, Bob Girard passed away in Florida. Bob was the owner of a mail order book company called Arcturus Books, and he would badger his clientele into enlightenment by insisting they purchase and read the books he offered on UFOs, cryptozoology, the paranormal, and ancient history. We bought many books from Bob over the years, and he was the primary mail-order seller of Anomalist Books since 2005, when we opened for business. We will miss these three friends, these three great fortean men. Update: We did not want to add to this dark list, but on August 21, our friend Budd Hopkins, whom we have known for more than 30 years, passed away. We are glad to have worked with him and publsihed his brilliant autobiography just two years ago: Art, Life and UFOs: A Memoir.