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rsz_elettersHow do you maintain your skepticism when your sense of wonder is being throttled by astonishing paranormal events? It’s not easy, but that’s exactly what James McClenon managed to do during his years-long investigation into a sitter group where he witnessed rapping sounds, table levitations, poltergeist phenomena, earthquake effects, and other startling physical events. The phenomena he witnessed grew to include ostensibly spirit-written messages found within a sealed container called a mini-lab specially designed to preclude the possibility of fraud. The group was known as the Society for Research on Rapport and Telekinesis (SORRAT), founded in 1961 by John G. Neihardt, the famous poet and author of the best-selling book Black Elk Speaks. The full story and context of this remarkable investigation is told in The Entity Letters: A Sociologist on the Trail of a Supernatural Mystery.

Now Available: Shadow Cats

February 15, 2018

SC-smIt’s not often that a researcher attempts to tackle a fortean mystery and manages to come up with a convincing evidence-based explanation. But that is exactly what Michael Mayes has done with regards to the black panther mystery in the United States. In Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America, Mayes examines every possible angle of this phenomenon and digs into the science for a truly fresh approach to an animal that science says does not exist. This fully illustrated, full-color book contains the best photographic evidence available on these large, black, long-tailed cats. It’s a book that Illinois State University zoologist Angelo Capparella says “brings a refreshingly scientific and analytical perspective to the gathering of extensive data and the assessment of large black cat sightings.” An essential volume for zoologists and cryptozoologists alike.

rd-smJohn Alexander’s new book, Reality Denied: Firsthand Experiences With Things That Can’t Happen—But Did, received more pre-publication praise (taking up four pages at the beginning of the book) than any book we have ever seen. It includes praise by people such as Raymond Moody, Eben Alexander, Larry Dossey, George Noory, Annie Jacobsen, and many others, as well as a foreword by Uri Geller. And post-publication the praise has continued. Editor Andrew W. Griffin of Red Dirt Report writes: “For Alexander, the ‘reality’ that most of us have come to know and accept throughout our lives actually is quite alien if given the opportunity to peer behind the veil that drapes over our sometimes drab and predictable existence…There is a lot to digest in Alexander’s book, one that had the spirit of exploration and adventure… A great addition to my library.” In his review of the book on the RVIS website, remote viewer Paul Smith writes: “A life-long explorer, [Alexander] has leveraged the skills learned in decades of military experience ranging from combat in Vietnam to consciousness research for the Pentagon, and his academic and civilian skills and experiences… to produce a book that, to say the least, debunks the debunkers… This is not just a book about these kinds of phenomena. This is a book that is deeply informed by someone who has actually ‘been there.’ Be prepared to change your mind.” And over at Mysterious Universe, Nick Redfern writes: “Reality Denied is a definitive supernatural road-trip…Alexander’s book reminds me of John Keel’s Jadoo, in the sense that this is one man’s quest to hit the road and understand the truth behind multiple, mysterious phenomena…John Alexander’s book gives us a great deal of material to ponder on—the most obvious and important being that there is far more to reality than meets the eye. Way more…”

bbc-coverLyle Blackburn has written three books on cryptozoology and fans and critics alike continue to sing his praises. Of his latest book, Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch, D.C. McGannon of The Monster Guys writes: “Lyle Blackburn shows his cards once more as not only an esteemed researcher in the field of cryptozoology, but also as an adept and careful storyteller—a modern day folklorist in his own right…Mr. Blackburn guides us into an unforgettable tapestry of chilling, first-hand experiences and long-term, respected research…With his trademark down to earth storytelling and the rich history and research to back up those stories, this offering by Lyle Blackburn should not be overlooked.” Even critics admit that Blackburn is “knowledgeable” and his books are “well researched,” as Jerome Clark does in his review of the book in Fortean Times. And Sharon Hill in her review on Doubt and About says: “I appreciated the solid descriptions of famous accounts like Honobia, Area X and the Myakka ape account. I’ve not seen these done in a popular book. Therefore, this book serves, as the author’s others, as a useful comprehensive source for the subject and a must-have reference for anyone interested in cryptozoology.” The fact that Lyle is an avid outdoorsman gives this book an added authenticity, as Nick Redfern notes in his review for Mysterious Universe: “Lyle is a skilled and atmospheric writer: he sets the scene, draws the reader into the stories, and provides captivating case after case. There is another reason why this book is an important one for Cryptozoology: Lyle is someone who spends a great deal of time in the woods, swamps and wild places in the South. In other words, most of the material presented in the book comes from Lyle’s own, personal investigations and interviews – which is always a good thing.” Indeed!

NRJacques Vallee was kind enough to provide a foreword for David Booher’s new book, No Return: The Gerry Irwin Story, UFO Abduction or Covert Operation?  In it, Vallee writes: “I believe two major themes stand out from the insights we can derive from David Booher’s work: First, the virtue of a patient, long-term perspective on cases that seemed forever lost in amnesia or hidden in secrecy; and second, the critical need for an intelligent alternative to the shoddy, pop psychology of hypnosis that has come to masquerade for ‘research’ in numerous reports of UFO abduction.” That idea is echoed by Ron Westrum, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Eastern Michigan University, who calls this book “a model of a competent UFO close encounter investigation.” But it’s also more than that, as Nick Redfern notes in his review on Mysterious Universe: “Booher has written an absorbing, unbiased and genuinely fascinating story. It’s Booher’s own, personal search for the truth of a young man whose life was forever changed on a dark night back in the fifties. You should read this book.” Jerome Clark, in his review in Fortean Times, agrees: “No Return is admirable work, clearing up – to the limited extent possible – a curious case from the early UFO age, among the first to hint that even higher strangeness was lurking just over the horizon.”

Now Available: Monster Hike

November 22, 2017

MH-smSometimes, when you want to find out the truth, you have to go out there and find out for yourself. That’s just what Texas author Avrel Seale has done. Nevermind the naysayers—science, government, and mainstream society—there is no better knowledge than personal knowledge. In Monster Hike: A 100-Mile Inquiry Into the Sasquatch Mystery, Seale probes this controversial subject not just with boots on the ground in the Sam Houston National Forest, but on the page with curiosity and literary flair. If you are considering hitting the trailhead to find out for yourself, do yourself a favor and read this book before you go. A truly different Bigfoot book.

Now Available: Reality Denied

September 29, 2017

rd-smNo doubt you already know the name “John Alexander.” Alexander has had his finger in more paranormal pies (UFOs included) during the past several decades than anyone else we can think of, sometimes in an official military capacity. That’s right, we are talking about Army Col. John B. Alexander, now retired. He is best known as a leading advocate of the development of non-lethal weapons and of the military applications of the paranormal. And now he’s written a book about his remarkable personal experiences around the world. We have titled his not-to-be-missed autobiography of the anomalous, Reality Denied: Firsthand Experiences with Things that Can’t Happen – But Did. But you can call it John Alexander’s Jaw-Dropping Adventures, if you’d like, as that’s just what they are.

Now Available: No Return

July 24, 2017

NR“A terrific job of research…a marvelously constructed story…” says Whitley Strieber about the new book by David Booher of Wisconsin:  No Return: The Gerry Irwin Story, UFO Abduction or Covert Operation?  And rightfully so. David Booher has conducted a model UFO investigation into a long forgotten and neglected mysterious encounter, the true story of Nike Missile base technician Gerry Irwin. After stopping to investigate the crash of a blazing object, Private Irwin is found unconscious a day later in a field in Utah. What had happened to Irwin? Was he abducted by aliens? Or was he a pawn in a covert intelligence operation? A new investigation launched by Booher beginning in 2013 attempts to answer these and other questions, revealing along the way the ordeal of a man whose mind was ravaged by a confrontation with the unknown.

A Delicious Book

June 6, 2017

grufosRich Reynolds, whose often thoughtful blog posts on UFOs are worth reading by anyone seriously interested in the subject, had some very nice things to say recently about Grassroots UFOs: Case Reports from the Center for UFO Studies by Michael Swords in a post entitled “UFOs: There’s something to it, but what?” He writes: “I’d like to instill UFOs as phenomena, rather than a phenomenon…that UFOs are not just one thing but many things. That’s what’s so delicious about Professor Swords’ listing of CUFOS reports: they tell us that UFOs have a reality, not just an ephemeral existence in the minds of people, and that the UFO reality is multi-faceted…The CUFOS gathering, presented by Michael Swords, contains every kind of UFO sighting we UFO buffs are familiar with or have read/heard about: disks, cigar-shaped craft, weird lights, triangle-shaped vehicles, amorphous entities, et cetera. What intrigues is that the reports cited come from regular, normal folks, not ‘wackos’ or psychotics…at the core of UFO reports rests a mystery, one that belies mental illness or criminal intent; people don’t usually lie about what they’ve seen or think they’ve seen. Even misperception can be set aside. No group of human beings can misperceive within the quantity that UFO sightings supply. The odds are against it. Get the Swords book… and indulge yourself in a swelter of UFO sightings that indicate there’s something to UFOs, something real, unknown but tangibly real.”

outAllow us to blow our own horn here. The great science-fiction novelist William Gibson has just given Outbreak! The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior by Hilary Evans and Robert Bartholomew a big thumbs up in Mother Jones. “At 784 pages,” he writes, “a literal encyclopedia of the workings of rumor, fear, and the madness of crowds…The election of Donald Trump is best understood in terms of collective behavior. Familiarity with the weird and terrifying things we’ve done before, as a species, is essential to understanding what many of us, driven by fear and uncertainty, are doing now. Baffled by Trump’s popularity (such as it is)? Read Evans and Bartholomew on lycanthropy and laughing epidemics. Seriously.” Please note that the political spin on the review is Gibson’s, not ours. Thank you, Mother Jones!