New Books and Media

GHOSTS: First-hand Accounts of the Supernatural, by Andy Owens

Publication Details: 4ward Books
Publish Date: August, 2021
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From the author's website: Most of us are fascinated by reports of ghosts and spirits, even if we do not believe them. This spinechilling collection of first-hand accounts are likely to unsettle even hardened sceptics. 

Who or what is responsible for the mysterious sounds in a train station’s signal box? A cave explorer has a potentially life-threatening encounter with an underwater ghost. An engineer watches the spirit of a former worker walk straight through two machines and then vanish through a factory wall. 

Further information at the author's website: Andy Owens

Houdini and Spiritualism, by Michael Solomon

Publication Details: Top Hat Press, ISBN: 9780912509198.
Publish Date: August, 2021
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From the back cover: Houdini’s crusade against fraudulent mediums brought him into conflict with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes and the spokesman for Spiritualism. And it pitted him against a rogues-gallery of rascals. Among them were Pierre Keeler, who produced ghostly messages on slates; George Valiantine and his shenanigans in the dark; the escape artist Nino; and the Reverend Mrs. Josie K. Stewart, pastor of the Independent Church of Truth and a master of sleight-of-hand. But his prime antagonist was Margery the Medium. “It is your wits against mine,” she told him. Was Margery a fraud? Did she despise Houdini—or admire him for his astuteness and manliness? And was Walter, her late brother, responsible for Houdini’s death? In this compelling history, the full truth about Spiritualism is at last revealed—by none other than Sherlock Holmes himself!

Druze Reincarnation Narratives: Previous Life Memories, Discourses, and the Construction of Identities, edited by Gebhard Fartacek

Publication Details: Peter Lang, ISBN: 9783631855362-
Publish Date: July, 2021
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From the back cover: This book follows the journey of Druze individuals who can remember their former lives and go on search for their previous families. For the Druze, an ethno-religious minority in the Middle East split between different nation-states, such cases and related discourses embody ambivalent bridges between personal, familial, and ethnic identities.

The contributions in this book, presented by Eléonore Armanet, Nour Farra Haddad, Gebhard Fartacek, Tobias Lang, Lorenz Nigst, and Salma Samaha, draw on ethnographic inquiries and illuminate the broad field of Druze conceptions of rebirth and group coherence against the backdrop of everyday challenges and recent conflicts in the Middle East and beyond.

The book is freely available on the publisher's website: Peter Lang.

Enlightenment: Memories of a Spiritual Circle, by Diana Morton

Publication Details: McFarlands Publishing, ISBN: 9780957510463.
Publish Date: July, 2021
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This book focuses on an intimate view of a small Physical Mediumship home-circle based on 10 years of transcriptions and audio tapes involved in a unique and special project. The ultimate goal was to fully materialise spirit forms in the light, using a new energy technique with which the Spirit world was excitedly experimenting. Very regrettably, the desired event never transpired completely. Apart from the new highly original format that this book well outlines, a direct line to Spirit was always maintained with advanced souls, predictions were given on the tenuous state of planet Earth and their purpose and wonderful expectations of their project are also skilfully presented in this dialogue.

Parapsychology and Religion, by Everton de Oliveira Maraldi

Publication Details: Brill, ISBN: 9789004465671
Publish Date: June, 2021
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From the publisher's website: “Parapsychology and Religion” is perhaps the most controversial research area in the psychology of religion. However, in recent decades, psychology of religion has witnessed a growing literature bearing on ontological issues including parapsychological topics such as distant healing and near-death experiences. This book argues that despite the methodological and theoretical controversies that still surround the field of parapsychology, the findings of research on alleged anomalous processes can inform the study of religious/spiritual experiences. Psychological literature on the paranormal is critically reviewed and it is argued that it became less a scientific endeavor and more an ideological program devised to denigrate paranormal believers and experiencers. This volume explores how an open-minded dialogue between parapsychology and psychology of religion might help us move beyond the present ideological disputes and reviewes the complex relations between parapsychology and religion over time as well as their implications for interdisciplinary research on religion and spirituality.

Further information at the publisher's website: Brill

Glimpses of Another World: Impressions and Reflections of an EVP Operator, by Anabela Cardoso

Publication Details: White Crow Books, ISBN: 9781786771339
Publish Date: May, 2021
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From the publisher's website: Glimpses of Another World: Impressions and Reflections of an EVP Operator is Anabela Cardoso’s third work.

Following on from Electronic Voices: Contact with Another Dimension? and Electronic Contact with the Dead: What do the Voices Tell Us? in this book the author shares her thoughts and ruminations on Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC), the phenomena whereby allegedly deceased communicators relay messages and images to the living via radio equipment, televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices. It’s a subject Anabela has devoted her life to in recent decades.

The communication is both fascinating and mysterious and the wisdom meted out by higher dimension human and nonhuman intelligences is profound. Glimpses of Another World is a memoir and a how-to-do ITC manual rolled into one and essential reading for those pondering the possibility of an afterlife.

Further information at the publisher's website: White Crow Books

A Quest for Wisdom: Inspiring Purpose on the Path of Life, by David Lorimer

Publication Details: AEON Books, ISBN: 9781913504762
Publish Date: April, 2021
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From the publisher's website: A Quest for Wisdom is a wide-ranging volume which brings together 25 of David Lorimer’s highly acclaimed essays. Among the significant thinkers featured here are many who have shone their light on his path, and which can provide enriching nourishment for readers on their own life journeys. The essays explore philosophy, meaning and spirituality; consciousness, death and transformation; and responsibility, ethics and society. Perceptive and illuminating, they examine the nature of life and death, questions of meaning and purpose, and the challenge of how we can live more harmoniously together. David hopes that readers will be inspired, as Dr Albert Schweitzer put it, in our common task ‘to become more finely and deeply human.’

Review by Gary Lachman.

Clairvoyage: Stories from a highly-sensitive life, by Stephanie Milanowski

Publication Details: Independently published, ISBN: 9798734802083
Publish Date: April, 2021
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A collection of stories from my life as a highly-sensitive, unwitting clairvoyant, clairaudient, clairsentient, and claircognizant. Can you hear what other people are thinking? How about using telepathy to communicate with others? Or have you ever been visited by a deceased relative? CLAIRVOYAGE is about artist and graphic designer Stephanie Milanowski experiencing all these things and more.

J.B. Rhine. Letters 1923–1939: ESP and the Foundations of Parapsychology, edited by Barbara Ensrud and Sally Rhine Feather

Publication Details: McFarland, ISBN: 9781476684666.
Publish Date: April, 2021
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From the publisher's website: During the 1930s a new approach to exploring human consciousness began at Duke University with Professor J. B. Rhine’s experimental research on extra-sensory perception, or ESP. His findings on telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis challenged conventional disbelief. Rhine’s findings and his first popular book, New Frontiers of the Mind, ignited excitement and controversy—among not only scientists but the public at large.

Rhine’s letters chronicle his efforts to find reliable evidence of psychic ability, from the séance room to psychic animals and finally to a university research laboratory. Covering the years 1923–1939, they reveal a gripping story of groundbreaking research, told in the words of the main player as he worked with his team, subjects, critics and supporters alike.

Further information at the publisher's website: McFarland

Reincarnation as a Scientific Concept: Scholarly Evidence for Past Lives, by K.S. Rawat and Titus Rivas

Publication Details: White Crow Books, ISBN: 9781786771278
Publish Date: April, 2021
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From the publisher's website: Reincarnation as a Scientific Concept focuses on the question of whether reincarnation should be recognized as a serious subject by the contemporary scientific community. After a historical overview of the psychical research into reincarnation memories, the authors present well-documented cases that have been studied by scholars from East and West.

Further information at the publisher's website: White Crow Books.

After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond, by Bruce Greyson

Publication Details: St. Martin's Essentials, ISBN: 9781250263032
Publish Date: March, 2021
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From the publisher's website: The world's leading expert on near-death experiences reveals his journey toward rethinking the nature of death, life, and the continuity of consciousness. Cases of remarkable experiences on the threshold of death have been reported since ancient times, and are described today by 10% of people whose hearts stop. The medical world has generally ignored these “near-death experiences,” dismissing them as “tricks of the brain” or wishful thinking. But after his patients started describing events that he could not just sweep under the rug, Dr. Bruce Greyson began to investigate.

Further information at the publisher's website: St. Martin's Essentials.

Cleaning the Coincidence Closet: Exploring the 'Inexplicable', by Denise Thompson-Slaughter

Publication Details: Lulu, ISBN: 9781678058999
Publish Date: March, 2021
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Inspired by the author's personal experiences, this book is a thorough survey of parapsychology, the scientific studies done in the field, and possible explanations for its various phenomena suggested by quantum physics, medicine, psychology, and spirituality research. Thompson-Slaughter takes us a big step forward in closing the gap between science and religion, showing that they may be simply different aspects of the same awe-inspiring whole.