Digging through the bookshelf this morning, I decided to think a bit about what books I would recommend as a starting point for those who wanted to dig more deeply into paranormal topics. Consider the following list a work in progress. Some of these are no longer in print and really hard to find although sometimes you can get them fairly inexpensively on Half or the like.
My epic, awesome interview with Tim Binnall (of Binnall of America) is now available HERE. It’s over two hours of great conversation, as Tim is one of those fellows with whom one can just talk, which I did.
This was a huge amount of fun, and it’s a testament to my respect for Tim as a host that I struggled into my campus office while on sabbatical just so he could interview me over a phoneline rather than Skype. I don’t do that for just anyone…!
In my continuing effort to write here a bit more in 2014 than I did in 2013 (and 2012, and 2011…) I thought I’d muse a bit on something I discovered yesterday as a means of warming up my fingers before diving into today’s work on ENDLESS WEATHER.
I suppose it’s an example of that phenomenon that once you notice something, you start to see that thing everywhere. Last Friday, I had a long conversation with Tim Binnall (of Binnall of America) for an upcoming installment of BoA Audio, about The Chaos Conundrum (still $6.99!). One of the questions that came up was about the archaeoacoustics phenomenon–which, honestly, I’m surprised hasn’t had wider exposure before now. We talked about it in the context of hauntings and “ghost” hunting of course, as I do in the book.
Last night, doing some background reading for the new book project, I came across the following passage in the first volume of “Valdemar Valerian’s” Matrix series.
I’d read the Matrix books, albeit several years ago, but I was astonished that I’d overlooked this connection to the archaoeacoustics/”stone tape” idea. This example seems to limit the time period during which sounds (and images?!) could be recalled, but it’s an interesting synchronicity.
Also part of my very fun conversation with Binnall was a discussion of the late Bill Cooper and his continuing influence in UFOlogical and conspiracy circles. I have a whole chapter in TCC about Cooper and his influence on me and others as well.
Despite being dead and gone for over a decade and–especially–despite his renunciation of the literal truth of the UFO conspiracies he had once championed, he remains a prominent figure. His 1991 book Behold a Pale Horse continues to be in print–and is available in Kindle format, as well as audio book. Crucially for Cooper’s legacy, BaPH is one of the few “classic” UFO texts that I can consistently find on the shelves of brick-and-mortar bookstores. Its popularity (at least on Amazon) is shown by its sales figures and rankings in a variety of categories (this is for the Kindle version):
- #3 in Occult/UFOs
- #3 in Astronomy & Space Science/UFOs
- #5 in Astronomy & Space Science/Astrophysics & Space Science
So–a book which is made up largely of re-purposed conspiracy material (including the Protocols of the Elders of Zion) is selling better than, among others, Einstein’s Cosmos: How Albert Einstein’s Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time by Michio Kaku. Now, a lot of that is due to the way in which Amazon categorizes books (and allows publishers to dictate the categories). Still, it’s a telling thing about “the field.”
I’ll have info on the BoA episode to you when it’s available.
Just posted this very evening is my appearance on the Bruce Collins Show. This was a fun one to do, as we delved more deeply into the religious and spiritual side of the topics covered in The Chaos Conundrum than some of my other interviews have. In particular, we spend more time on what I term the Para-evangelical fringe– topics like the serpent seedline, human-demon hybrids and other ephemera, especially the way it echoes earlier “Satanic ritual abuse” conspiracy theories and panics. I had a nice conversation with Bruce and it was a change of pace from begin so focused on the UFO stuff.
So, yesterday, my copy of Posthuman Blues, Vol. II (the collected 2005-2006 writings of the late Mac Tonnies) arrived in the mail. I’ve devoured it over the past 12 hours and enjoyed it greatly Expect a full write-up by the end of the week. Offhand, it filled me with a bit of nostalgia I’d have written something by now, but it’s the end of the semester and between grading, meetings, and gearing up for my upcoming sabbatical (and its attendant project), my time is limited.
Full disclosure, PHBv2 is published by Redstar, who published my recent The Chaos Conundrum (on sale for $6.99!). I paid my own money for the book though, so no bias or bribery here! Also, I’m kind of geeked to be featured on the back cover blurbs (pulled from my introduction to Volume 1), possibly the only time I’ll be in the same group as Cliff Pickover and John Shirley.
Speaking of the sabbatical, I’ll be writing a bit about that and what I’ll be working on over the next few months. It certainly won’t be a vacation!
Now, back to grading and drinking too much coffee.
I recently appeared with Jim Harold on his UFO Encounters podcast with the first interview about The Chaos Conundrum. He very kindly is allowing me to share it with you. I urge to to go check out Jim’s Paranormal Plus Club for more great audio, as well as his excellent free podcasts.