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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 […]

Call for Papers - Fortean Approaches to the Study of Religion

Callf or Papers -Fortean Approaches to the Study of Religion Edited by Jack Hunter(Doctoral Candidate, Dept. Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Bristol) Overview: Over the course of four intriguing books (The Book of the Damned (1919), New Lands (1925), Lo! (1931), and Wild Talents (1932), Charles Hoy Fort meticulously collected hundreds of accounts of anomalous […]

Call for submissions: "The Paranormal and Popular Culture"

We are currently accepting proposals for essays for an edited volume entitled "The Paranormal and Popular Culture." Academic writers and independent scholars are invited to submit proposals spanning the wide range of topics on pop culture and the paranormal, and their connection to religion, including reflections on the full panoply of extraordinary beings (e.g. vampires, […]

Call for Submissions - "Paranormal Pop: Religion, Pop Culture, and the Supernatural"

Call for Submissions ROTHCO Press is accepting proposals for essays for an edited volume tentatively titled Paranormal Pop: Religion, Pop Culture, and the Supernatural, to be published in Summer 2015. Academic writers and independent scholars are invited to submit proposals spanning the wide range of topics on pop culture and the paranormal, and their connection […]

"Nova Religio" Focus on the Paranormal

Joseph Laycock has announced the publication of a special edition of a journal that focuses on the paranormal where he served as guest editor.     Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, Vol. 18, No. 1, August 2014 http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/nr.2014.18.issue-1 Table of Contents Approaching the Paranormal JOSEPH P. LAYCOCK Abstract: This issue of […]

Critical Considerations of "The Conjuring's" Ed and Lorraine Warren

As mentioned in a previous post, The Conjuring has generated a lot of discussion and controversy. One area that has received a lot of attention is its depiction of evil witches and the "darkness of witchcraft" in connection Christian conceptions of Satan and demonology. You can read my previous post, a guest essay by a […]

Heather Greene Guest Essay: The Conjuring and Horror Depictions of "Evil Witches"

The Conjuring has been the focus of a lot of discussion recently from a variety of perspectives: It surprisingly broke box office records in its debut weekend, beating out much bigger budget movies; Salon.com claimed it was a "right-wing, woman-hating film; two individuals responsible for producing the film stated that they hoped the film, with […]

Interview with David Hufford on "the Old Hag" in Paranthropology

The new issue of Paranthropology officially launches tomorrow, but is available now in Vol. 4, No. 3. I am pleased to have a contribution in the form of "From Sleep Paralysis to Spiritual Experience: An Interview With David Hufford." The essay can be found on pages 21-28, and the whole issue can be downloaded here. […]

ParaNorman: Animated Horror for Kids with an Adult Message

What do you get when you mix monster kid nostalgia with an appreciation for 1980s horror, an understanding of being an ostracized kid, and the use of stop-motion animation artistry? The answer: ParaNorman, a wonderful film that opened this weekend and which, in this reviewer's estimation, lives up to the many positive reviews it has […]

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