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"The Conjuring 2" and Misinformation

Now that The Conjuring 2 is in theaters it has become the object of praise as well as critique. An article at iDigitalTimes offers the latter, particularly since the film is promoted as being "based on a true story," and that it involves the careers of notorious parapsychologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. (See my past […]

Critical Exchanges on the Paranormal

Today I came across an item that is a couple of years old, but it's worth taking a look at. It involves an essay by Jeffrey Kripal, who has been interviewed here at TheoFantastique previously on two occasions, once on his book on the paranormal and the sacred, and the second time on his book […]

Change of paranormal and conspiracy in 'The X-Files' Reboot

Jess Peacock, author of Such a Dark Thing, posted his Facebook criticism of last night's premier of the new The X-Files series reboot. In his view the dramatic shift in scrapping the reality of the UFO and abduction phenomenon in favor of a new set of conspiracies is akin to the 1980s television series Dallas […]

Newsweek: The CIA and ESP

Newsweek for November 20, 2015, has a cover story on the CIA and its research into paranormal activity. The essay, "Paranormal Activity: CIA Dimension," looks at the work of Edwin May, and his work in studying remote viewing for various U.S. government agencies for use in intelligence gathering. An excerpt: "Twenty years ago this month, […]

RUE MORGUE and the Ouija Board

Each year I look forward to the Halloween issue of RUE MORGUE magazine. This year's was a real treat given its cover story "Spirits, Demons, Superstition: 125 Years of the Ouija Board." There are several elements included in their coverage, including an overview, "Take Me to the Other Side" by April Snellings that also includes […]

New essay on the crystal skulls

I first heard the story of the mysterious crystal skulls when I was a kid in the 1970s through the television program In Search Of... Joseph Laycock has written an essay on them for Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief, Volume 11, Issue 2 (2015) titled "The controversial history of the crystal […]

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). […]

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 […]

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 […]

2nd call for submissions: "The Paranormal and Popular Culture"

Previously, a call for submissions was issued for a proposed volume, but we need a few more good abstracts to complete the volume. With this second call for submissions we are are looking for proposals for essays to be included in an edited volume entitled The Paranormal and Popular Culture. Academic writers and independent scholars […]

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