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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!

fs1-csfs2-csfs3-csWith these three volumes of journals you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at 20th century UFO research. And not just Vallee’s UFO investigations, but his day-to-day dealings with J. Allen Hynek and all the other major players in the UFO community. Vallee also played a crucial role in the early days of remote viewing research at SRI, as well as in the development of the internet. Yes, Vallee was there in the midst of it all. His journal entries are not only informative, but revealing, and always warm and personal. Forbidden Science 1: A Passion for Discovery, The Journals of Jacques Vallee 1957-1969 reveals how UFOs, in the midst of a proliferation of sightings in the 1960s, became a forbidden science. Forbidden Science 2: California Hermetica, The Journals of Jacques Vallee 1970-1979 continues his examination of UFO encounters, but also deals with the emergence of the Human Potential Movement, the development of the Internet, and the entrance, in secret, of parapsychology into the physics laboratory. Forbidden Science 3: On the Trail of Hidden Truths, The Journals of Jacques Vallee 1980-1989 concerns the increasing manipulation and disinformation that discouraged rational research into ufology, as well as the development of venture capital that led to great innovations throughout the world. This is the first publication of these journals in inexpensive (and corrected) trade paperback editions.

bdcoverIt’s the first ever book on supernatural smells. We are talking about Joshua Cutchin’s new book, The Brimstone Deceit: An In-Depth Examination of Supernatural Scents, Otherworldly Odors, and Monstrous Miasmas, of course. Greg Bishop of Radio Misterioso calls it “an instant classic” because “it articulates a refreshingly original approach to the paranormal and more importantly, how witnesses interpret their experiences.” Another thumbs up comes from Nick Redfern, who reviewed the book in Mysterious Universe: “The Brimstone Deceit is a gripping and eye-opening examination of how, why, and under what specific circumstances odors play notable – arguably, integral – roles in encounters of the paranormal kind…[In the process] Josh tackles such issues as psychedelics, altered states, stage-managed events (by who or what, is the big question), deception and manipulation of the witnesses, and much more.” Redfern then compares Cutchin’s approach to that of a well-known fortean master: “Josh goes down the path taken by John Keel, who came to believe that the many and varied unknown ‘things’ which intrude upon our world are somehow all part and parcel of something bigger, something interconnected.” Finally, we have Kyle Philson’s review, which appeared in Expanded Perspectives: “Joshua is like a breath of fresh air in this community. He continually looks at these fringe and Fortean topics from an entirely new angle…Once again Joshua Cutchin knocks it out of the park!”

bbc-coverDon’t think for a minute that the Fouke Monster (made famous by the horror movie The Legend of Boggy Creek) was a creature unique to Boggy Creek, Arkansas, or to the early 1970s. Similar creatures have been encountered for decades from Arkansas and Oklahoma down to Texas, over to Florida and all the southern states in between. This “Southern Sasquatch” is the subject of outdoorsman Lyle Blackburn’s well-researched and entertaining new book, Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch. His previous work led Fortean Times to acclaim: “Blackburn shows himself not only to be a first-rate researcher but a formidable writer.” We’ll venture that his new work is destined to be the cryptozoological book of the year.

illumWe knew from the beginning that Eric Ouellet’s Illuminations: The UFO Experience as a Parapsychological Event would be a controversial book that would please neither UFOlogists nor parapsychologists. We were right; step on toes and people scream. But even critics like parapsychologist Renaud Evrard, in his review of the book in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, admits that “the perspective he adopts has never been discussed so extensively,” that perspective being that “social psi” is actually at the core of the UFO phenomenon. Could UFO experiences be like poltergeist events? Evrard finds that Ouellet’s “‘political sociology’ of UFO experiences and alien encounters is not really convincing. The symbolic perspective, although it remains attractive, gives him too much freedom to approximate a scientific analysis.” Meanwhile, UFOlogist Jerome Clark, who says he’s been there, done that, and moved on from such a perspective, argues in his review of the book in Fortean Times that we should stop “dragging in creaky concepts such as macro-PK, on its best days a hugely speculative notion, to explain anything [about UFOs]. And let’s keep social stresses out of it too. There are always social streeses, and there is no empirically demonstrated reason to link them to UFO sightings.” But he doesn’t entirely discount the possibility, as he ends his review with these words: “Show me real evidence that macro-PK, working selectively through ‘social stresses,’ creates UFO events, and we’ll talk.” Finally, Peter Rogerson, in his review at Magonia, calls it an “interesting book” that “certainly evoked a feeling of nostalgia in me, because I was thinking on similar lines back in 1970!” But he seems to have now rejected that view because “we certainly don’t know that psychokinesis or morphic fields or other psi processes exist.” Obviously Rogerson is not up on the parapsychological literature of the past 50 years! But if we were back in the early 1970s, he admits, “this is a book which I would have probably given a rave review.” Finally we have the opinion of David Halprin, who is neither a UFOlogist nor a parapsychologist. In his review on his blog, he finds Ouellet’s book “challenging, lucid, at times brilliant.” He doesn’t think that “all of Ouellet’s arguments are equally convincing. But all are stimulating, all are provocative. All contribute to making this book one of the most fascinating UFO books I’ve read in a long time–-a vital contribution to the understanding of the UFO as a social and psychological phenomenon.”

bdcoverRemember Joshua Cutchin, the crazy guy who decided to investigate the food and drink offerings of aliens, fairies, and Sasquatch in that remarkably scholarly yet fun-to-read book  A Trojan Feast? If you do, you might wonder what could he possibly do next? Well, wonder no longer.  Just released is his new book, The Brimstone Deceit: An In-Depth Examination of Supernatural Scents, Otherworldly Odors, and Monstrous Miasmas, which is equally scholarly (100 pages of endnotes and bibliography!) and probably even more fun to read, because hey, there’s something mighty smelly around here! And there is an amazing coincidence in the titling of the book, which the author details in a blog post: How a profound synchronicity led to the title of The Brimstone Deceit. The name of the game? Manipulation! Here is what our Greg Bishop, author of Project Beta, another fabulous book, thinks about Joshua’s new work: “The Brimstone Deceit can rightly be called an instant classic because it articulates a refreshingly original approach to the paranormal and more importantly, how witnesses interpret their experiences. Joshua Cutchin carefully builds his case with fascinating, startling, and entertaining accounts from throughout history to show us that when it comes to UFOs, Bigfoot, and other High Strangeness, the nose may really know what has been knocking at our doors for millennia.”

N-coverFor many people, the long awaited English translation of Bernard Heuvelmans’ Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman is finally satisfying a 42-year itch, and how rewarding that has proved to be! Just how important is the case of the Minnesota Iceman to cyprtozoology? Jerome Clark, in his review in Fortean Times, finds the perfect analogy. “In one way,” he writes, “the Minnesota Iceman episode is the Roswell incident of cryptozoology: a glimpse of what at  first seemed proof of an extraordinary anomaly before the evidence was snatched away, to fade into secrecy, confusion, and endless dispute… [But] with the Minnesota Iceman, the ostensible evidence’s existence was known and studied almost immediately by zoologists. They concluded that the body encased in ice was of a recently slain hairy man with pre-modern characteristics.” Nick Redfern in his review of the book at Mysterious Universe also ranks the case as one of the most important in cryptozoology:  “…this is an excellent study of one of Cryptozoology’s biggest and most enduring enigmas: that of the Minnesota Iceman….as [Bernard Heuvelmans and Ivan Sanderson] follow the trail, the pair comes across not unlike monster-hunting equivalents of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson…the story is so entertaining that you don’t actually have to be a fan of Cryptozoology, at all, to read it. Anyone and everyone with an interest in how and why people pursue enigmas will find Neanderthal to be highly engaging reading…A tale of a man-beast, models and mystery, Neanderthal is one of the most entertaining books I have read in a long time – and for many reasons!”

We have just released the ebook edition of one of our biggest and best books, UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry by Michael Swords, Robert Powell, et al. It’s available from Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, and more.

We have also released the ebook edition of our newest book, More Encounters with Star People: Urban American Indians Tell Their Stories by Ardy Sixkiller Clark.

And available for the first time this month as laminated hardcover editions are Return to Magonia: Investigating UFOs in History by Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough from Amazon or Barnes & Noble; and A Manifestation of Monsters: Examining The (Un)usual Suspects by Karl Shuker, also from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. These hardcover editions will only be available for a limited time, so get yours now.

moreenounctersProfessor Ardy Sixkiller Clarke’s new book, More Encounters with Star People: Urban American Indians Tell Their Stories, is an eagerly awaited follow-up to her bestselling first book, Encounters with Star People: Untold Stories of American Indians. But unlike the first book, this one features the stories of American Indians who live off the reservation. And unlike almost all other books of UFO sightings, Clarke experience of interviewing the witness becomes part of the story. In the process she becomes part UFO investigator, part journalist, part therapist, and part friend. The result is an authenticity that is unequaled in the UFO literature. Don’t miss it!

N-coverFinally! It’s here: Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman by Bernard Heuvelmans. It’s taken 42 years for the only full-length story of the Minnesota Iceman to appear in English. That’s rather curious since the Minnesota Iceman is the most popular topic in the field next to the Patterson Bigfoot film. And Heuvelmans’ book about the frozen corpse of an extremely hairy man-like creature being exhibited in the Midwest in the late 1960s/early 1970s is a riveting read. The zoologist’s detailed inquiry into the origin of the specimen triggered a bizarre adventure involving the FBI, the Smithsonian, the Mafia, the Vietnam War, drug smuggling, Hollywood, and a secretive millionaire, giving much of the account the flavor of a detective story. We have Paul LeBlond to thank for translating the book, Philippe Marlin at Editions de l’Oeil du Sphinx for permission to publish this translation, and Loren Coleman for writing an amazing afterword that fills in the story from 1974 to 2016.