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Strange Dimensions featuring interview with David Hufford on sleep paralysis

I am pleased to recommend Strange Dimensions: A Paranthropology Anthology edited by Jack Hunter. This volume is a celebration of four years of the Paranthropology Journal, and collects together 16 of the best articles from the last two years (the first two years were covered in Paranthropology: Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal, published in 2012). […]

Artificial intelligence and religion

There has been a good bit of discussion lately on artificial intelligence in connection with religiosity. The Daily Mail has a piece titled "Will artificial intelligence be religious? Researchers say robots could someday be converted to a faith." This includes positive and negative aspects. On the latter, the piece states If artificially intelligent robots could […]

Titles of Interest - Ghosts, Spirits and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies

Matt Cardin of The Teeming Brain is a good friend and colleague in all things fantastic. I am pleased to announce one of his latest book projects, Ghosts, Spirits and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies (ABC-CLIO, 2015). This fascinating work provides a complete overview of paranormal phenomena, including the beliefs, attitudes, and notable […]

Titles of Interest - Beyond the Monstrous: Reading from the Cultural Imaginary

Beyond the Monstrous: Reading from the Cultural Imaginary (Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013), edited by Janice Zehentbauer and Eva Gledhill Twenty-first century’s fascination with monsters in popular culture is not new. Throughout history, many of the world’s cultures have created beings they deem ‘other’ and ‘monstrous,’ beings which, many scholars agree, ultimately reveal humans’ own fears about […]

Titles of Interest - The Monster Stares Back: How Human We Remain through Horror's Looking Glass

The Monster Stares Back: How Human We Remain through Horror’s Looking Glass (Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2015), edited by Mark Chekares and Marcia Heloisa When we look at monsters from a safe distance, it is nothing but a glance. To preserve our pristine human identity, whenever we find the monstrous Other, we search for difference, not similarity. […]

Patheos Book Review: The Paranormal Conspiracy

A volume at the Patheos Book club recently caught my attention. It is The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth About Ghosts, Aliens and Mysterious Beings (Chosen Books, 2015) by Timothy Dailey, Ph.D. An excerpt from the book and an interview with the author are available at Patheos. From time to time we explore the paranormal at […]

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