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Titles of Interest: Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist

Title of interest – Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist: Alien Contact Tales Since the 1950s by Aaron John Gulyas (McFarland, 2013). Since the 1950s, men and women around the world have claimed to have had contact with human-like visitors from space. This book explores how the “contactee” subculture has critiqued political, social and cultural trends […]

Phantom Clowns, Bogus Social Workers, and Men in Black

                      Paul Meehan has been the focus of interviews here previously on the subject of UFOs and the paranormal in cinema. He has also contributed his own written articles from time to time, and below you will find his latest essay touching on phantom clowns […]

Open Minds: UFOs Invading Hollywood

Open Minds magazine features a cover story on “UFOs Invading Hollywood.” As the title indicates, it looks at the long and continuing history of Hollywood fascination with UFOs and aliens, and how the industry is trying to keep up with meeting public demand for narratives in film and television that include these elements. A preview […]

TheoFantastique Podcast: Erik Davis on Modern Esoterica in Popular Culture

TheoFantastique Podcast 2.3 is available, an interview with Erik Davis, author of Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica (YETI/Verse Chorus Press, 2010). Davis defines “modern esoterica” in his preface as “a no-man’s land located somewhere between anthropology and mystical pulp, between the zendo and the metal club, between cultural criticism and extraordinary experience, whether psychedelic, […]

Jeffrey Kripal – Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred

In my research on the paranormal I was fortunate to come across the work of Jeffrey J. Kripal. Kripal is the J. Newton Rayzor Professor in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He is the author of a number of books, which are mentioned below, including Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the […]

Bader, Mencken and Baker: Paranormal America

A visit to most bookstores, particularly large chain bookstores, will reveal a large collection of books that explore various facets of the paranormal. These phenomena and experiences are found throughout popular culture, and are frequently depicted in popular television programs and films. Recently, three scholars conducted sociological research that looked at those involved in the […]

Paul Meehan: Close Encounters and Remote Viewing

I am pleased to present another guest essay by Paul Meehan, author of Saucer Movies: A UFOlogical History of the Cinema (The Scarecrow Press, 1998), Tech-Noir: The Fusion of Science Fiction and Film Noir (2008), Cinema of the Psychic Realm: A Critical Survey (McFarland, 2009), and most recently, Horror Noir: Where Cinema‚Äôs Dark Sisters Meet […]

2011′s “Battle: Los Angeles” Expands 1942 UFO Military Incident

In the 1950s horror films changed course from the supernatural, the Gothic, and from the mad scientist cautionary tale to expressions of cultural fears of communism and cultural conformity through the metaphor of alien invasion. In the 21st century alien invasion continues to be a popular venue for the expression of our collective fears, but […]

Extraterrestrials and UFOs in the News

Two significant news stories surfaced over the last couple of days that involve extraterrestrials and UFOs. In the first story, several U.S. Air Force officers have come forward claiming that as recently as 2003 several bases with nuclear weapons were visited by and vulnerable to UFOs. As Gather.com reports: Claims of UFOs circling nukes and […]

UK National Archives Releases “British X-Files” Documents

The American media has picked up on the British government’s decision to release hundreds of previously classified documents related to UFO sightings. (For a BBC News report see here.) The files are a part of the National Archives. The story includes a link to the web page for the archives which includes PDF files for […]

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