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SC-smThe work of Michael Mayes entitled Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America has drawn widespread praise from both advocates and critics alike. Sean Whitley, director of the documentary Southern Fried Bigfoot, says “It’s a hard-to-put-down investigation of the black panther mystery. Two paws up!” Reviewing the book for Mysterious Universe, Nick Redfern says that “..this is one of the best studies of the [black panther] phenomenon in the United States that I have read…Mayes does a good job of dissecting the eye-witness testimony… Some of the photographic data is impressive and eye-opening.” Writing for the Grayson • Olive Hill Quarterly, Jeremy D. Wells says that “the book is a compelling, confounding and comprehensive look at a phenomenon that captures the imagination and deserves more serious consideration.” Gerry Russell, writing for Magonia, says: “I was rather sceptical when I first started reading this book but I feel I am becoming a convert!… an exciting and worthwhile read.” But perhaps the highest praise has come from well-known skeptic Sharon Hill who writes: “”Mayes deserved congratulations for this bringing this book to print…there is no comprehensive volume on this topic so it deserved to be tackled…Mayes has a hair sample from a reported car collision but can’t get any experts willing to examine it. This is a shame. I do hope someone will step up and take a look…[the book] adopted a logical progression that was natural and comprehensible – exactly the approach that should be used to communicate to a lay audience…This volume usefully fills a niche in modern cryptozoological literature.” Congratulations, Mr. Mayes!

tl2Eric Wargo, the author of Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocausation, and the Unconscious, received the best pre-publication endorsement we could ever have hoped for. It came from Jeffrey J. Kripal, the J Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion at Rice University, and the author of Mutants and Mystics and Secret Body. “I will not be shy,” Kripal began, “I consider Time Loops to be the most significant intellectual work on a paranormal topic in the last fifty years…” Other reviewers have not been shy either, including precognition researcher Julia Mossbridge, who in her review in the Journal of Scientific Exploration wrote: “If I don’t make you want to buy Time Loops, I’ve failed…Wargo presents the hypothesis…that the unconscious mind is consciousness displaced backwards in time.” Others piled on the praise as well. Wargo, said Mitch Horowitz, a former editor-in-chief at Tarcher and a PEN Award-winning author, “succeeds gloriously in providing this century’s first historical and analytic overview of precognition and its causes.” The superlatives don’t stop there, but we will with these words from Jenny Randles, who in the journal Magonia wrote “This book could be a Newton-plus-apple moment…”

SAI-smThe work of Montana State University Professor Emeritus Ardy Sixkiller Clarke has drawn acclaim around the world. She brings to the field of ufology degrees in history, English, psychology, and educational leadership and a background as a professor, licensed therapist and psychologist, and social science researcher. On the heals of her bestselling books, including More Encounters with Star People: Urban American Indians Tell Their Stories, comes her newest book, Space Age Indians: Their Encounters with the Blue Men, Reptilians, and Other Star People.  This work—which is a product of Clarke’s personal access to the American Indian community—is, without a doubt, her most startling and eye-opening book to date.

jcoverStephen E. Braude, in his review of JOTT: When Things Disappear… and Come Back or Relocate – and Why It Really Happens in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, has the highest praise for the work of Mary Rose Barrington: “This book accomplishes the nearly miraculous achievement of being both substantive and highly entertaining… I’ve argued that we need fewer lab parapsychologists and more parapsychological naturalists, good observers (like the biological naturalist), who can record and systematize the subtleties of broad ranges of relevant phenomena and behavior…Barrington, in her book, plays this crucial role of the parapsychological naturalist, by looking at some unheralded peculiar events and then trying to incorporate them into the big picture. She focuses on a class of ostensibly paranormal phenomena that have received much less attention than, say, cases of apparitions and poltergeists. And she’s clear about why that is. The phenomena typically and all too easily get dismissed as merely a nuisance and are readily put out of mind…the best of these cases present real puzzles with serious ontological implications…” Robert A. Charman of Society for Psychical Research also strongly recommends the book: “The author… has applied her legal mind to investigating claims of objects that have disappeared and returned, or not returned, or have appeared for the first time, for which there appears to be no normal explanation such as memory lapse, absent mindedness, inadequate searching, third party trickery, deliberate deception, and so on…Barrington has over 180 cases of jott on file, grouped by similarity of occurrence into six categories…A lot of serious thought and much fascinating information has gone into the 190 pages of this book…”

fs4-frontJacques Vallee needs no introduction to this audience. His remarkable career cuts across so many fields of interest to anomalists–from UFOs to parapsychology to remote viewing and more. And we are lucky that he has been keeping a record of his life, work, and passions in a series of journals that begin back in 1957 and now stretch to the last decade of the 20th century. His latest volume, Forbidden Science 4: The Spring Hill Chronicles, The Journals of Jacques Vallee 1990-1999, brings the reader behind the scenes at the founding of the National Institute of Discovery Science, the closed door sessions of the Rockefeller Initiative, his lunch and dinner discussions with intelligence and government personnel, and his field study of several notable UFO close encounters, all told with the refreshing intimacy of a dairy entry. If you haven’t read the first three volumes—Forbidden Science 1, Forbidden Science 2, and Forbidden Science 3we recommend you start with those for the full adventure, though the latest volume will certainly fascinate and illuminate on its own.

RD-smCalling all forteans!  We have just published what may be the most important volume of fortean research since Charles Fort started it all exactly a century ago with the publication of his first and most influential work,  The Book of the Damned. That’s because Redemption of the Damned: Vol. 1 Aerial Phenomena by Martin Shough with Wim van Utrecht is a detailed re-examination of all 82 of that book’s anomalous observations in the fields of astronomy, meteorology, and atmospheric optics. The authors conduct a careful scientific investigation of these aerial mysteries of the past using the tools of the modern researcher. In the words of Bob Rickard, who has written the foreword to this huge (410 page), large format (8.27 × 11.69 inch), full-color book with more than 250 illustrations,  “It is the sort of study that true forteans have long hoped for and will welcome unequivocally as adding considerably to what we know of Fort, his work and its implication.”

Now Available: JOTT

October 3, 2018

jcoverYou are certain you left the envelope on the kitchen counter. Now it’s gone. No one else lives in the house. You look all over for it. The next day, you walk into the kitchen and there it is: the envelope is on the kitchen counter, right where you left it. Mary Rose Barrington calls this phenomenon JOTT, for Just One of Those Things. She has been collecting and categorizing various types of jott for more than a decade. Here for the first time, the phenomenon is given a book-length treatment, JOTT: When Things Disappear… and Come Back or Relocate – and Why It Really Happens, just published by Anomalist Books. These might seem like trivial incidents but when they resist conventional explanations–it’s your faulty memory, your faulty perception, your inability to report facts correctly–they have far-reaching implications. Bravo, Mary Rose, for bringing attention to these subtle rifts in the fabric of causality!

Now Available: Time Loops

August 10, 2018

tl2It’s been a dozen years and nearly 100 books since we started Anomalist Books. We’ve published many books that others have called “innovative” and “important.” But never have we published a book that we thought had the potential to be a game changer—until now. We firmly believe that Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocausatity, and the Unconscious by Eric Wargo is likely to be that book. Wargo has tackled the difficult issue of time and our very personal relationship to it. He proposes that we are actually four dimensional creatures, that our future affects our present, and that we have knowledge of that future (precognition), just as we have knowledge of the past (memory). It’s a bold, challenging work that has garnered advanced praise from such people as Rice University’s Jeffrey Kripal who says: “I consider Time Loops to be the most significant intellectual work on a paranormal topic in the last fifty years …. Not only does Eric Wargo show us how strong the evidence for precognition really is—already a major accomplishment. He gives us scientific, psychological, and interpretive tools for thinking about these phenomena in strikingly original ways.”

rsz_zz58d0655dNo, this has nothing to do with the subject that’s been so much in the news these days. As the subtitle to Joshua Cutchin’s new book, Thieves in the Night, makes clear, this is A Brief History of Supernatural Child Abductions. We are talking here about otherworldly beings who seek to steal that which parents hold most dear. Joshua Cutchin traces this primal concern from antiquity to the modern era—beginning with worldwide tales of faeries, changelings, spirits, demons, and monsters, before examining more contemporary phenomena such as Sasquatch kidnappings, alien abductions, and mysterious disappearances in national parks. Folklore, medicine, science, and spirituality all come together in this richly detailed work, producing a truly uniquely scholarly perspective on these thieves in the night. Another masterwork by the great Cutchin!

MH-smReaders of Avrel Seale’s new book, Monster Hike: A 100-Mile Inquiry Into the Sasquatch Mystery, see classic qualities to the book, tossing out associations to Walden Pond, Moby Dick, and Jack Kerouac. Andrew Griffin, in Red Dirt Report, writes: “There is something Walden-ish about Monster Hike that I did not anticipate when I first picked it up…I’m glad I read Monster Hike because I appreciated Seale’s honesty and wonderment, even at his age [50], when we are told that believing such creatures exist is plain silly. Seale gives us some positive philosophy, personal insights, a bit of Texas history and a sense that pushing forward is what keeps us all asking those big questions.” Nick Redfern cranks up the praise in his Mysterious Universe review: “It’s a witty, amusing and adventurous saga of one man’s quest to try and uncover the truth of what lies at the heart of the Sasquatch mystery…. In a highly entertaining fashion, [Seale] details the planning, hazards, and hopes that go with a road-trip in the dense woods and forests of East Texas…As the book progresses…we see Seale become a modern day equivalent of Captain Ahab, while the legendary white whale has mutated into a massive, hairy hominid…If—when he was hanging out at Big Sur in the 1950s—Jack Kerouac had encountered a Bigfoot and he was a bit older, this is the book he would have written.”