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dpPhilosopher Stephen Braude’s books are known for their original and penetrating insights, and his latest book, Dangerous Pursuits: Mediumship, Mind, and Music, says psychologist Stanley Krippner, “is no exception.” Hoyt Edge, writing in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, calls Stephen Braude “…the most prolific of the late 20th- and early 21st- century philosophers writing about parapsychology, and his work in the philosophical aspects of parapsychology has been the most influential in this field for the past several decades…” Braude, says psychologist Charles T. Tart, is “not afraid to wrestle with complexities others skim over…like mediums who cheat sometimes, or just what is this ‘person’ that we think might survive death.” In his review of the book in Fortean Times, Tom Ruffles notes that “Braude’s rigorous approach is a corrective to shallow thinking in psychical research, and there is much of value here for anyone wishing to delve into the topics in more depth than is often the case in the literature.” But don’t think for a minute that this is another dry philosophical tome. “The author’s wit, honesty, and tenacity shine throughout his writings…” writes Kenneth C. Turner in his review of the book for the Journal of Parapsychology. For Ruffles, the first and final essays, in particular, are “really ‘on the edge’ – exploring areas about which we seldom think.”

Available Now: Cosmic Rain

December 1, 2023

CosmicRainForty years ago, world-renowned University of Iowa space physicist Louis A. Frank found evidence that would lead to a startling discovery: Every minute several huge “snowballs” break up as they approach the Earth and deposit a large cloud of water vapor in our upper atmosphere. His conclusion, based on data from the Dynamic Explorer 1 spacecraft acquired at the limits of detection, created a storm of controversy among scientists. This is the story that was told in the first edition of this book, The Big Splash, published in 1990. But the story does not end there. Less than a decade later, Frank’s discovery of these previously undetected small comets was confirmed when images were received from cameras aboard a different spacecraft named Polar. The news of this “vindication” of Frank’s provocative theory in 1997 made the front pages of several large metropolitan newspapers, including The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Washington Post. Cosmic Rain: The Controversial Discovery of Small Comets—a large format, full color, greatly expanded edition of The Big Splash—tells this never-before-told follow-up, in Frank’s own words, of the confirmation of the existence of small comets and the harsh criticism he faced from colleagues for upsetting so many scientific applecarts in the process.

mmr-sm“At long last,” George M. Eberhart begins his lengthy review of Karl Shuker’s Mystery Cats of the World Revisited: Blue Tigers, King Cheetahs, Black Cougars, Spotted Lions, and More in the Summer 2021 issue of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. “After 31 years, the first book by noted British zoologist and cryptozoologist Karl Shuker has been expanded and updated. Mystery Cats of the World  first appeared in 1989 and was the only book to review feline cryptids worldwide. In this 2020 edition, Shuker repeats this admirable achievement, and in the process gives us a solid overview of current knowledge of felid evolution, taxonomy, and genetic variation. In fact, the only feline mystery cat he does not describe is Hello Kitty. This edition will leave you purring with cryptozoological delight.”

ROTD2It took nearly a century for anyone to begin a detailed examination of the events Charles Fort described in that now classic work, The Book of the Damned. And now just a couple of years after the release of the work that began that reexamination—Redemption of the Damned: Vol. 1 Aerial Phenomena—Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht have completed Volume 2 of that monumental workRedemption of the Damned, Volume 2: Sea & Space Phenomena—this time focusing on events that took place on the sea and in space. As George Eberhart, the former senior editor of American Libraries, writes in the Foreword: “Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht use an arsenal of 21st-century tools, both online and in archives, to deconstruct and reconstruct the astronomical, meteorological, and oceanographic anomalies that Fort has puzzled us with since 1919. Yes, Fort cherry-picked his facts to tell a good story, as the authors point out. Nonetheless, they manage to extract the marrow from many of these old bones, and in doing so, take Fort to a new level of relevance.” No one who calls himself or herself a true fortean should be without the knowledge revealed in the two volumes of this essential reference work.

smileFunny how things happen, like publishing a book on miracles in a year as fraught as 2020. But Michael Grosso’s Smile of the Universe: Miracles in an Age of Disbelief is certainly not your run-of-the-mill book of miracles. David E. Presti, professor of neurobiology at the University of California, Berkeley, says that “Michael Grosso has written a sophisticated philosophical and scientific analysis of miracles—a universal phenomenon perhaps never-before investigated so thoroughly in such a sober and open-minded manner.” Bob Ricard, in his review the book in Fortean Times, writes: “Grosso discusses in detail an extensive range of phenomena with which ‘science’ has failed to engage, except to argue that they have no reality or causation within the ‘scientific’ doctrines of physicality and materialism…Grosso’s prose is clear, methodical, and open-minded, and like Fort, exhorts us to have confidence in questioning limitations set by others, because ‘miracles violate nothing but intellectual provincialism.'” And Michael Peter Langevin, editor of The Echo World, sees in this tale of “unexplainable, documented occurrences” Grosso’s underlying optimism: “In this wonderful book Michael puts forth the premise that the transformation of society and human nature is possible.”

mmr-smHow is it possible to improve on the only indisputably definitive work on mystery cats in existence? Well, Karl Shuker has done just that. His very first book, Mystery Cats of the World, is a classic of the cryptozoological literature that’s now highly sought after by collectors and lauded by cryptozoologists and mainstream zoologists alike for its scrupulously scientific, objective analyses. Now, after more than 30 years, Shuker has delivered Mystery Cats of the World Revisited: Blue Tigers, King Cheetahs, Black Cougars, Spotted Lions, and More, a fully illustrated, updated, greatly-expanded edition of that original work that examines many new mystery cats reports as well as revisits those previously featured in the original 1989 edition. This beautiful new book is more than 400 large-format pages long with more than 80 illustrations and weighs a hefty 1.5 pounds. So just what are these enigmatic cat-like animals that have been glimpsed in wild and lonely areas of the world?

“An Extraordinary Book”

December 1, 2023

ssss-frontThose are the words of the late oceanographer Paul LeBlond describing the new book by researcher and historian David Goudsward, Sun, Sand, and Sea Serpents. Likewise Magonia editor John Rimmer calls it “an important book” and “an excellent read.” Why is it so good?  Jerome Clark, in Fortean Times, explains: “What makes this book stand apart from the competition is the author’s deep research, critical intelligence and knowledge of recognised, if sometimes obscure, animal life.” But maybe Ulrich Magin, in Network for Cryptozoology, sums it up best: “Goudsward’s book is highly recommended—a book that confirms rather than refutes the existence of the sea serpent, precisely because so many known sightings find a sober explanation, which makes the rest of the unexplained cases stand out all the more clearly.”

dpWe don’t know anyone who can pick an idea apart better, exposing its faults and highlighting its values, than philosopher and parapsychologist Stephen E. Braude, whose books The Limits of Influence, The Gold Leaf Lady, and Immortal Remains are classics in the field. In his latest work, Dangerous Pursuits, Mediumship, Mind, and Music, Braude does what he does best on issues of mediumship, super psi, multiple personality, and survival. And he caps off this volume with an excursion into the language of jazz improvisation, noting of course its links to psi. None other than Stanley Krippner found the book “a delight to read and to contemplate,” while Charles Tart entered an altered state, calling it “Excellent!”

smileOur newest book is subtitled “Miracles in an Age of Disbelief.” We think that at this perilous moment in time everyone—including disbelievers—would welcome a miracle. While we can’t make that happen, we can offer you philosopher Michael Grosso’s examination of miracles in Smile of the Universe, in which he looks beyond religion and science to better understand the parapsychological roots of miraculous phenomena. Prepublication reviewers love the book: “a tour de force,” says David E. Presti, professor of neurobiology, University of California, Berkeley, and Stafford Betty, Ph.D. in theology, calls the book “a brilliant and inspiring reading adventure.” Oh, and if you’re wondering about that title: The word miracle is rooted in a Sanskrit syllable smi, from which we get the English word smile. So a miracle refers to a smile induced by certain sensations of awe, beauty, and wonder. Let the universe smile upon us. Please.

ssss-frontDon’t think for a minute that this is just another sea serpent book.  Sun, Sand, and Sea Serpents manages to be not only a hard-nosed look at sea serpent reports from Florida, the lower eastern seaboard, and the Caribbean, but one of the most fun reads in the history of the genre.  Why?  Because author Dave Goudsward knows how to tell a story, going back to the original sources and interviews to get the facts straight, the science right, and the background for the proper perspective. And some of the stories he tells are real doozies. Sometimes the sea serpent is not the most unbelievable part of the story. After reading this book, you will likely never look at a sea serpent report in the same way again.