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More regional paranormal guides from Amberley Publishing, by multiple authors: Austin, Cadey, Cameron, Butt, English, Smith

Amberley Publishing is one of the most significant producers of regional paranormal books in the country, issuing them at a prodigious rate.  I’ve rounded up a few titles, but this is just a sample, and I would recommend visiting their website to see if there is one for your area, or an area you plan to visit.  You can find reviews of some of the other titles on this website.

 

Paranormal Anglesey, by Bunty Austin, 2013, ISBN 9781848683150

Paranormal Bath, by Malcolm Cadey, 2010, ISBN 9781848681767

Paranormal Eastbourne, by Janet Cameron, 2010, ISBN 9781848689961

Paranormal Leicester, by Stephen Butt, 2011, ISBN 9781848687523

Paranormal Surrey, by Marq English, 2011, ISBN 9781848688964

Haunted Wiltshire, by Sonia Smith, 2012, ISBN 9781848684027





Science, the Self, and Survival after Death: Selected Writings of Ian Stevenson, by Emily Williams Kelly (ed.)

From the publisher’s website: Ian Stevenson was a prominent and internationally-known psychiatrist, researcher, and well-regarded figure in the field of psychical research. Science, the Self, and Survival after Death is the first book devoted to surveying the entirety of his work and the extraordinary scope and variety of his research. He studied universal questions that cut to the core of a person’s identity: What is consciousness? How did we become the unique individuals that we are? Do we survive in some form after death? Stevenson’s writings on the nature of science and the mind-body relationship, as well as his empirical research, demonstrate his strongly held belief that the methods of science can be applied successfully to such humanly vital questions. Featuring a selection of his papers and excerpts from his books, this collection presents the larger context of Stevenson’s work and illustrates the issues and questions that guided him throughout his career.

 

Introduction
General Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
1. “Some of My Journeys in Medicine” (1989)
Part 1: New Ideas in Science
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
2. “Scientists with Half-Closed Minds” (1958)
3. “What Are the Irreducible Components of the Scientific Enterprise?” (1999)
Part 2: The Nature of Human Personality
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
4. “Why Medicine is Not a Science” (1949)
5. Excerpts from “The End of Patient Abuse in Medical Care” (1985)
6. Excerpts from “Psychosomatic Medicine. Part I. What We Know about Illness and the Emotions” (1954)
7. “Bodily Changes Corresponding to Mental Images in the Person Affected” (1997)
8. “Bodily Changes Corresponding to Another Person’s Mental Images” (1997)
9. Excerpts from “Comments on the Psychological Effects of Mescaline and Allied Drugs” (1957)
10. Excerpts from “Can We Describe the Mind?” (1980)
Part 3: Psychical Research - Principles and Methods
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
11. “Changing Fashions in the Study of Spontaneous Cases” (1987)
12. Excerpts from “Comments on Paper by Michael Scriven” (1962) 
13. “Thoughts on the Decline of Major Paranormal Phenomena” (1990)
Part 4: Research on the Question of Survival After Death: Reviews
and Representative Case Reports
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
14. “Sources of Evidence Supporting a Belief in Survival” (1969)
15. “Research into the Evidence of Man’s Survival After Death” (1977)
a. Apparitions
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
16. Cases 1- 4 from “Six Modern Apparitional Experiences” (1995)
b. Deathbed Visions
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
17. Cases 5-6 from “Six Modern Apparitional Experiences” (1995)
c. Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
18. “Cardiac Arrest Remembered” (1971)
19. Excerpts from “Comments on ‘The Reality of Death Experiences: A Personal Perspective’” (1980)
20. “The Case of Linda McKnight” (1998)
d. Mediumship: Drop-in Communicators
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
21. “A Communicator of the ‘Drop-In’ Type in Iceland: The Case of Gudni Magnusson” (1975)
e. Cases of the Reincarnation Type
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
22. Excerpts from “Reincarnation: Field Studies and Theoretical Issues”(1977)
23. “Some New Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation. IV: The Case of Ampan Petcherat” (1973)
24. “Three New Cases of the Reincarnation Type in Sri Lanka with Written Records Made before Verification” (1988)
f. Cases of the Reincarnation Type with Birthmarks and Birth Defects
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
25. Excerpt from Reincarnation and Biology (1997)
26. “Birthmarks and Birth Defects Corresponding to Wounds in Deceased Persons” (1993)
27. Case of Hanumant Saxena (1997)
g. Cases of Maternal Impressions
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
28. “A New Look at Maternal Impressions: An Analysis of 50 Published Cases and Reports of Two Recent Examples” (1992)
29. “A Case of Severe Birth Defects Possibly Due to Cursing” (1989)
h. Cases of the Possession Type
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
30. “A Case of the Possession Type in India with Evidence of Paranormal Knowledge” (1989)
i. Xenoglossy
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
31. “A Case of Secondary Personality with Xenoglossy” (1979) 
Part 5: Implications
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
32. Excerpts from “The Explanatory Value of the Idea of Reincarnation” (1977)
33. Excerpts from “Comments on ‘Is Outcome for Schizophrenia Better in Nonindustrial Societies? The Case of Sri Lanka’” (1979)
34. “The Significance of Survival for Our Present Life” (1969)
35. “Assumptions of Religion and Psychiatry” (1955)
Conclusion: Toward a Tertium Quid (Emily Williams Kelly)
Appendix: Publications of Ian Stevenson


Science, the Self, and Survival after Death. Rowman & Littlefield, December 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1442221147


Haunted Lambeth, by James Clark

From the publisher’s website: Haunted Lambeth is a collection of real-life stories of apparitions and poltergeists from all across the London borough of Lambeth. Included are the ghost stories of Lambeth Palace, the terrifying tradition of the ‘Tomb of the Tradescants’, a ghost at The Old Vic Theatre, the dream house that haunted the entertainer Roy Hudd, supernatural echoes of Waterloo’s Necropolis Railway, the ghosts of Ruth Ellis and others at Streatham’s Caesar’s Nightclub. These stories have been collected and researched over many years, and come from a variety of sources including original newspaper articles, books and, as often as possible, personal communication with people directly involved.


Haunted Lambeth. The History Press, February 2013. ISBN: 9780752485775


Science and Spirit: Exploring the Limits of Consciousness, by Charles F. Emmons and Penelope Emmons

 

From the publisher’s website: Are you out of your body? At least part of you may be, if consciousness can extend beyond the brain in your skull. In Science and Spirit, authors Charles F. Emmons and Penelope Emmons explore some intriguing questions: What evidence is there for consciousness apart from the body, and what evidence is there for survival of consciousness after bodily death?

Through ethnographic interviews with scientists, observations at conferences, and visits to research institutes, they investigate the existence and meaning of ESP, out-of-body experiences, near-death experiences, reincarnation, spirit mediumship, lucid dreaming, and ghost experiences. In this study, they share a variety of scientific frames for looking at these questions and happenings, and they disclose their own paranormal experiences.

Science and Spirit uses a unique blend of strong academic and scientific theory and methodology and applies it to the examination of paranormal topics.

Charles F. Emmons is a sociologist at Gettysburg College. His books include Chinese Ghosts and ESP, At the Threshold, and Guided by Spirit. He appears on the Ghosts of Gettysburg television show, and he is a member of Exploring the Extraordinary and of the Society for Scientific Exploration .

Penelope Emmons, MSW, LSW, is a psychotherapist with a counseling and coaching practice in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She coauthored Guided by Spirit. Emmons has facilitated metaphysical workshops in the United States and Canada and is also a Mandala Assessment Research Instrument practitioner and instructor, a healer, and a spirit medium.


Science and Spirit. iUniverse.com, August 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1475942644


A Beginner’s Guide to Paranormal Investigation - reissue, by Mark Rosney, Rob Bethell and Jebby Robinson

From the publisher’s website: You've seen paranormal investigations on TV, but what is it like to do an investigation yourself? If you have ever longed to conduct a ghost investigation, look for UFOs or find evidence of cryptozoological species roaming in the wilds, then this book is for you. Aimed at the complete beginner, A Beginner's Guide to Paranormal Investigation shows you what you need to know in order to conduct effective paranormal investigations - from assembling your basic kit through to revealing useful methods and techniques that will help you to conduct effective investigations in a no-nonsense manner. Since paranormal investigation can be a costly pastime, this book also shows you how to investigate on a shoestring budget. Written by the members of Para-Projects - three experienced paranormal investigators with over thirty collective years' investigation experience, this book is packed with handy hints and tips, charts and illustrations that will equip you in your quest to seek out the unknown - and increase your chances of capturing evidence of the paranormal on film, video and audio. Good hunting.


A Beginner’s Guide to Paranormal Investigation. Amberley Publishing, January 2013. ISBN: 9781445608983


Paranormal County Durham and Haunted Carlisle, by Darren W. Ritson

Paranormal County Durham

From the publisher’s website: County Durham, also known as ‘the Land of Prince Bishops’, is an area of outstanding beauty primarily recognized for its lead mining and its farming industries. With a combination of rolling hills, quaint little countryside villages, townships and a historic city as its capital, County Durham is a stunning region. The ghosts here are aplenty and they are festooned far and wide. We have ghostly galloping steeds and harrowing horseman silently making their way across the moors and hilltops; priests, monks and god-fearing men eerily frequent the many religious buildings that are scattered hither and thither around the county; poltergeists plague people and their places; old pubs and inns are bursting at the seams with long-dead patrons and ancient battles once fought here are being silently fought again much to the bewilderment of those that see them or indeed, hear them. So wherever you endeavour to go in the wonderful County Durham, whichever way you turn, you can be sure a ghost will lurk in almost every corner.

Haunted Carlisle

From the publisher’s website: This new book contains a chilling collection of eyewitness accounts and terrifying tales from in and around Carlisle which is sure to appeal to everyone interested in the supernatural history of the city.  Illustrated with over 60 pictures, these spooky stories include the headless spectre of Carlisle railway station, the phantom boy of Corby Castle, and the ghostly highwayman of Barrock Park, among many others. For those who dare to read it, Haunted Carlisle is guaranteed to make your blood run cold.

DARREN W. RITSON is a paranormal investigator and author who has studied the ghosts and legends of northern England for over twenty years. He is a member of the Incorporated Society of Psychical Research and regularly contributes articles to Paranormal Magazine, amongst others. His previously published works include The South Shields Poltergeist, Haunted Newcastle, Haunted BerwickHaunted Durham and Ghosts at Christmas. He lives in Howden, North Tyneside.


Paranormal County Durham: Amberley Publishing, June 2012. ISBN 9781445606507. Haunted Carlisle: The History Press, August 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0752460871


Ghosts of Neath, by Robert King

From the publisher’s website: his collection of chilling ghost stories tells of apparitions, manifestations and strange happenings in Neath's streets, cemeteries and alehouses. From tales of ghostly Arthurian Knights slumbering peacefully under a mountain to mysterious lights in the night skies, the author has collected these stories over a period of forty years, and many have never previously been published.

 Some of the spirits contained within are helpful and kindly, such as the mysterious fisherman who rescued a drowning man off Morfa Beach, whilst others are malicious and destructive, like the poltergeist that terrified a mother and a young son in their own home. Other tales are almost unbearably sad, including the apparition of a young woman who hanged herself after being jilted by her lover.


Ghosts of Neath. Amberley Publishing, October 2012. ISBN 9781445602462


Return Again: How to Do Your Own Past life Regression, by Georgina Cannon

From the publisher’s website: Discover your true purpose in this life, by exploring your past life in this do-it-yourself guide to past life regression. Award-winning hypnotherapist Dr. Georgina Cannon shows how we can consciously influence our future by better understanding our past in Return Again. Cannon offers a practical and accessible approach that anyone can use to discover:

Body and soul agreements

Planes of existence

Levels of understanding

Karma

Soul Mates--you may have more than one!

Past lives and your "interlife"--where you meet those with whom you have a soul contract to plan your next life

Cannon offers a step-by-step process with simple explanations and pragmatic exercises that readers can use to answer questions about their past and current lives. Return Again is an easy-to-use tool that anyone can use to live life to the fullest.

Dr. Georgina Cannon is an award-winning author, corporate speaker, international facilitator, and practicing consulting hypnotist who brilliantly and skillfully uncovers the powers of the subconscious mind-body connection. She is the founding director of the Ontario Hypnosis Centre, Canada's leading hypnosis training facility and clinic. She has produced numerous self-hypnosis CDs, DVDs, and videos and is a regular contributor to the Shirley MacLaine website. Dr. Cannon has appeared on REMFM, Talk Radio Europe, CBC-TV, REMFM/Talk Radio Europe, Slice TV and Vision TV, and has been featured in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star.


Return Again. Weiser Books, October 2012. ISBN: 9781578635283


Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness: Liminal Zones, Psychic Science, and the Hidden Dimensions of the Mind, by Daniel Pinchbeck and Ken Jordan

From the publisher:  There is a rising interest in regions of the mind often traveled solely by shamans, mystics, and visionary artists. In a recent survey by the National Science Foundation, a startling 60% of respondents agreed that “some people possess psychic powers or ESP.” People want to know—what exactly is at the farthest fringes of human consciousness? In the new anthology Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness a diverse group of authors set out to answer that question.

This collection of mind-bending essays from the online magazine Reality Sandwich draws readers deep into regions of the mind. In this extraordinary anthology, a wide range of both well established and emerging writers speak out about their encounters with the fringes of the conscious mind, from demons in sleep paralysis visions to psychic research conducted by the CIA.  Contributors include notable ESP researcher Russell Targ, parapsychologist Dean Radin, and anthropologist Alberto Villoldo.

Organized into sections covering psychic phenomena, synchronicity, lucid dreaming, shamanism, and near death experiences, Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness is more than a series of snapshots of psychic experiences. It ties together its disparate topics to form a larger picture of what these non-ordinary states of consciousness might have to tell us about the nature of reality itself.

DANIEL PINCHBECK is the editorial director of Reality Sandwich and cofounder of Evolver.net.  He is the author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism, among other works.  KEN JORDAN is the publisher and executive producer of Reality Sandwich and Evolver.net and has written for Wired, Index, and The Paris Review.  Pinchbeck and Jordan have coedited two other anthologies, Toward 2012 and What Comes After Money? Both live in New York City. For more information, please visit www.realitysandwich.com and www.evolver.net.

EVOLVER EDITIONS is a collaboration between North Atlantic Books and Evolver, LLC.

EVOLVER EDITIONS presents leading voices of the transformational movement, the new spiritual counterculture that explores humanity's most visionary potential and the tangible, pragmatic steps we can take to access it.


Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness. Evolver Editions, September 2012. ISBN 978 1 58394 488 2


Ghosts of York, by Rob Kirkup

From the Publisher’s website: Regarded by many as the most haunted city in the world; York has over 500 individual spirits and is therefore the perfect destination for five paranormal investigators from Newcastle gathering evidence to answer a question as old as time: Do ghosts actually exist?

Allow Rob Kirkup to be your guide on an epic ghost hunting adventure; a year-long quest which will see ten of York's most active venues investigated. Nothing could prepare the team for what they would encounter. From a very unwelcoming phantom at one of the city's premier tourist attractions who literally pushes the team out of 'its” lair, and an angry toilet-dwelling ghost at one of the country's top museums, to the tragic shade of a young girl who speaks to our team at the former site of York's gallows, where many hundreds were executed, including the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin. It's guaranteed to be one hell of an adventure, so utterly terrifying in fact that not all of the team will stay the distance.

Illustrated with over 60 photographs, this book is the ultimate ghostly guide to the scariest city on Earth.


Ghosts of York. Amberley Publishing, August 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1848682368


The Labyrinth of Time: The Illusion of Past, Present and Future, by Anthony Peake

From the publisher’s website: In The Labyrinth of Time Anthony Peake explores the relationship between consciousness and reality and in the process puts forward an amazing hypothesis that can explain many enigmatic phenomena, including déjà vu, precognition, near-death experience and altered states. Central to Peake's hypothesis is a new understanding of the nature of time and a radical updating of the theories of two of the twentieth century's most original thinkers, Peter Ouspensky and J.W. Dunne. Peake then looks at the concepts of time and how they have shaped our thinking as individuals through the prism of science, philosophy and literature. Featuring a cutting-edge account of modern time theory, covering 'time-slips', precognitive dreams and the elasticity of time during moments of extreme stress, near-death experience and certain stages of hypnotic trance. The Labyrinth of Time is as compelling and persuasive as Peake's groundbreaking Is There Life After Death? and The Daemon.


The Labyrinth of Time. Arcturus Publishing, April 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1848378681


Haunted Hostelries of Shropshire, by Andrew Homer

From the publisher’s website: Haunted Hostelries of Shropshire offers a fascinating insight into some of Shropshire’s most haunted pubs, inns, hotels and licensed establishments. It comes as no surprise that the dramas and tragedies played out over the years within the walls of these properties should result in such convincing accounts of ghostly activity.

Within these pages you will find many new stories of hauntings, together with a fresh look at some of the more traditional tales. An overriding theme throughout this book is the sheer amount of seemingly paranormal activity which is regularly being experienced by both staff and customers alike.

You will discover accounts of phantom children, poltergeists, spectral animals, a cheeky bottom pinching ghost and how a jealous highwayman from long ago still makes his presence felt. Find out which haunted rooms to stay in, or indeed avoid for an undisturbed night’s sleep.

The majority of these haunting stories have been gathered at first hand from the people who have experienced the phenomena for themselves. Visit the licensed properties included here for yourself and who knows, perhaps you will have a ghostly experience to add to the rich heritage of Shropshire’s haunted hostelries.


Haunted Hostelries of Shropshire. Amberley Publishing, June 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1445602011


The Internationalization of Ayahuasca, by Beatriz Caiuby Labate, Henrik Jungaberle (eds.)

From the editor’s website: The Internationalization of Ayahuasca is composed of 27 articles (almost 500 pages) and is divided in three parts: “Ayahuasca in South America and the world”, “About medical, psychological and pharmacological Issues: is the use of ayahuasca safe?” and “The expansion of the use of Ayahuasca and the establishment of a global debate on ethics and legalization”. The book brings together the work of scholars from different countries and academic disciplines to offer a comprehensive view of the globalization of this Amazonian brew. It presents a rich array of reflections on the complex implications of this expansion, ranging from health, spiritual and human rights impacts on individuals, to legal and policy impacts on governments. As ayahuasca drinking becomes an increasingly established practice beyond the Amazon in the early 21st century, Labate and Jungaberle have put together a collection that is an unprecedented contribution to a growing field of research. It is a must-read for people interested in the present and future of ayahuasca, as well as in spirituality, ethnobotany, social science theory, contemporary religious and ritual studies, therapeutic potentials of psychedelics, and international drug policy.

 

From the publisher’s website: This is a fascinating compilation of medical, psychological and sociological papers on the spread of ayahuasca use ... in Brazil and in several European countries (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands), as well as the USA. ... Highly recommended for serious students of this subject. (Ralph Metzner, Ph.D, Psychologist and author of Sacred Vine of Spirits – Ayahuasca)

The Internationalization of Ayahuasca provides reliable information that has never before appeared in print, ranging from the rain forests of the Amazon to the churches in Western Europe. ... Like it or not, ayahuasca has left the jungle and is here to stay! Read this book and you will understand the importance of its arrival on the global scene. (Dr. Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., Alan Watts Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University)

The contributors provide a detailed consideration of the legal situation of ayahuasca ... as well as a multidisciplinary assessment of the health implications of its use. The Internationalization of Ayahuasca is a must-read for anyone attempting to understand the global implications of ayahuasca today. (Dr. Michael Winkelman, M.P.H., Ph.D., Author of Shamanism -A Biopsychosocial Paradigm of Consciousness and Healing)


The Internationalization of Ayahuasca. LIT Verlag, March 2012. ISBN-13: 978-3643901484


‘Fortune Telling’ and Handcuff Secrets, by Harry Houdini

From the publisher’s website:

Fortune Telling (The Houdini Hearings)

A must for any Houdini fan! This amazing book contains page after page of colourful first-person testimony from Houdini, sparring with the world of spiritualists as well as sometimes-sceptical congressmen during the 1920s fortune-telling hearings in Washington D.C.  Absolutely fascinating...a new light on Houdini!

Handcuff Secrets

Houdini reveals secrets of his lockpicking, handcuff escapes, straitjacket techniques, and more! An unbelievable treasure-trove of Houdini's methods and  Houdini's stories of his imitators.  Dozens of illustrations.

(Handcuff Secrets is also available as part of the CD set Houdini Unbound: The Houdini Research Collection from the Miracle Factory.)

See www.miraclefactory.net for further details of both titles.


‘Fortune Telling’ and Handcuff Secrets, by Harry Houdini. Available as PDFs from The Miracle Factory, 2012.


The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses: From Pagan Folklore to Modern Manifestations, by Claude Lecouteux

From the publisher’s website: What poltergeist accounts through the ages reveal about our own worldviews:

• Provides a wide array of case studies from ancient Greece and Rome to medieval Europe to the modern world

• Explores the relationship between poltergeists and troubled adolescence

• Looks beneath the Christian adulteration of pagan practices to reveal the hidden ancestral beliefs tied to poltergeists and haunted houses

Stories of poltergeists and their mischievous and sometimes violent actions – knocking, stone or chair throwing, moving objects with invisible hands, and slamming or opening doors – are a constant through the ages. What changes is how we interpret this activity. For our pagan ancestors this phenomenon was caused by helper spirits whose manifestations revealed their unhappiness with a household. The medieval Christian church demonized these once helpful spirits and held exorcisms to expel them from the houses they haunted--which proved effective less than half the time. The Age of Enlightenment cast these incidents as clever hoaxes, and many still believe this today. But poltergeist manifestations continue to appear and often defy attempts to debunk them as pranks. What then is behind this phenomenon?

Exploring accounts of poltergeists from ancient Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, and the modern world, Claude Lecouteux finds that while our interpretations of poltergeists may change, the manifestations always follow a similar course and evolution. He shows how modern scientific studies of poltergeist manifestations have found a strong tie between these visitations and the presence of a troubled adolescent in the house. Looking beneath the Christian adulteration of pagan practices to reveal the hidden ancestral beliefs tied to poltergeists and haunted houses, the author shows how these unhappy spirits serve as confirmation of the supernatural beings that share the earth with us and of our relationship with the natural and unseen world, a relationship we must take care to keep in balance.


The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses. Inner Traditions, April 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1-59477-465-2