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.
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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.
Through end of December, you can snag The Chaos Conundrum for only $6.99 right here!
Also, there’s now an easily listenable Youtubified version of my recent interview on Where Did the Road Go? with Seriah Azkath. It’s embedded below for your convenience.
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.
Nick Redfern has nice things to say about the new book over at Mysterious Universe, including:
I should note that Gulyas has a fine writing style; it’s one that is various parts sly humor, engaging wit, imagination, and the ability to craft and weave a fine, gripping story. This alone makes The Chaos Conundrum a book that not only massively informs, but which highly entertains, too.
So, with that all said, what do we get from reading Gulyas’ book? Let’s take a look. The book is not exactly an autobiography, nor is that the intention of the author. It does, however, contain several chapters that are, at the very least, semi-autobiographical, in the sense that Gulyas uses personal experiences to help get his points across. And they are points very well made.
The Chaos Conundrum: “‘A compelling and very personal look at the impact the paranormal has had on the way we view ourselves and the world in which we live.'”
NOW AVAILABLE from the Redstar books online store, on Amazon in a few days, and in e-book versions as soon as we possible can. Nick Redfern, prolific author on the paranormal calls it, in his foreword, “A major contribution to paranormal research and observation.”
(I, of course, would never doubt the judgement of Nick Redfern
Writer and filmmaker Paul Kimball (who, through his wonderful work in editing the book, knows as much about what’s in it as I do), says that it is “A compelling and very personal look at the impact the paranormal has had on the way we view ourselves and the world in which we live.”
Personally, I’m excited to have this out there. It’s an eclectic book, but Paul Kimball’s edits and suggestions made the book much more cohesive and compelling that it might otherwise have been. It was the most thorough editing relationship I’ve had since graduate school and the book is much stronger for it.
There are some photos, ranging from a strange radio tower in downtown Flint to a family picture from 1932. I look at everything from Roswell (ugh!) to the connections between religion, the paranormal, and extremist politics. The best way I can describe this book (and one that I’ve used in conversations with friends) is that The Chaos Conundrum is what you’d get if you sat me down, bought me a beer and said, “Okay- what do you think about all of this?”
That said, it’s not what you’re expecting. Honestly, it’s not what I was expecting when I started writing it. But, in a way, it’s the sort of book I’d wanted to write for a very long time.
BUY IT HERE! (From Redstar)
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To the right is the cover to my new book, due out in time for the holiday shopping season.
I’m excited about this one, not least because it contains a foreword by Nick Redfern, one of the greatest authors on paranormal issues in the world today (not hyperbole, seriously). From the foreword:
Aaron Gulyas’ The Chaos Conundrum is a thoughtful, and thought-provoking, compilation of papers on a wide variety of paranormal phenomena. Or, as it’s collectively known in circles where the unusual is typically the usual: profoundly weird stuff. A cursory glance at the titles of the essays, and their attendant subject matters, might make some readers assume they are stand-alone pieces with no connecting or unifying parts. Well, those souls would be wrong. Actually, they would be dead wrong.
The connection is not so much the issues and topics that Gulyas places under his supernatural microscope. Rather, it is the fact that the essays all invite us to do one thing: address and consider alternative theories, paradigms, and ideas to those that the established figures of the paranormal would prefer we adhere to.
I invite you to indulge yourself in the work of a man who has made a major contribution to the domain of paranormal research, writing and observation.
Read it, consider it, and learn from it. Just don’t be an ostrich about it.
See, that’s pretty dang cool, right there.
This is a pretty diverse collection of essays on everything ranging from UFOs to religion to achaeoacoustics, which is pretty interesting. I also get to talk a bit about Gray Barker, who I touched on briefly in Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist. As I wrote about here, a couple years back, visiting the collection of his papers in West Virginia was an incredible experience and it was nice to be able to write about his work and its effect on me from a more personal perspective.
This one has been a much more intensive and compressed writing experience and the editing has been a really nice experience, with Paul Kimball of Redstar providing some great insights.
At this point, I’m thinking this may be my last (or close to my last) word on the paranormal for a while (at least in this particular form). I’m really looking forward to this one hitting the streets.