Paranormal & Unexplained Phenomena Books
The likes of dragons, vampires, pixies, witches and trolls have been popular for generations and A Field Guide to Fantastical Beasts will help you learn more about them.
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Exploring each beast's legacy and focusing on a film or book that has placed them into popular culture, this is an essential guide for anyone who finds these beings compelling. The text reveals all about each creature's natural habitat, appearance and traits.
Mermaids, gremlins, fairies and werewolves are also all covered in detail.
Head into the unknown and discover some beautiful, mysterious and mythical landscapes in The Un-Discovered Islands, a hardback packed with beautiful illustrations.
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An exploration of some of the world's strangest places, this book gathers together two dozen islands that were once believed to be real but no longer exist on the map. These islands are products of imagination, deception and simple human error.
From Atlantis to more obscure tales from all over the world, this is an atlas of legend and wonder that looks at ex-isles and forgotten lands from ancient history right up until the present day. Written by Guardian writer and 60 Degrees North author Malachy Tallack, this book features glorious full-colour artwork from Katie Scott.
Many people search to find a good and true ghost story in San Diego. It might surprise you to find that some tales you thought were true, may be created from misconceptions, distortions, and even made-up historic events. Find the scoop here as some of the "truths" of San Diego's most famous haunts are debunked and stories set straight via historical research. Just how haunted is the Whaley House? Was "Yankee Jim" really hung on the property, or can this and other Whaley tales be demystified? Is there still a ghostly gunslinger's poker game going on at the Horton Grand Hotel were the players real or not? The ghost story surrounding Albert Robinson and his burial and then subsequent haunting of Julian Hotel is disturbing but is it true? The reality and history of many haunted places can be far more titillating without the smoke and mirrors, exaggerations, and fabrications. So pull back the curtain to find out what's behind San Diego's ghostly origins.
The spirits of the Shakers are still active in their historic homes, meeting houses, and on the land where they once toiled, prayed, and sang. Shaker Spirits, Shaker Ghosts offers ghost hunter investigations, haunted tales from White Water Shaker village in Ohio, walkthrough village reports from psychics, and an interview with a Shaker scholar. Thomas Freese was immersed in their music for ten years when he performed with the Pleasant Hill Singers. At Shakertown in Mercer County, Kentucky, he heard, then recorded, true tales from both visitors and employees of Pleasant Hill. Ghostly singing is heard in the Meeting House, children are scared of moving tombstones in the graveyard, spirit figures walk the village lane, and ghosts enter guest rooms. Are you ready to have an encounter with a Shaker ghost? We thought so.
New mysteries, as well as variations on recurring ones, continue to surface on a weekly basis around the globe, from showers of frogs over Hungary to birds falling to earth in Arkansas. This compendious round-up of unexplained phenomena examines everything from the experiments being done with the Large Hadron Collider to classic maritime mysteries involving inexplicably missing crews, via UFOs, mediums, cryptozoology, panics, paranoia and a universe proving stranger in fact than we'd imagined.
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Enter the world of the werewolf, where superstition abounds and shape shifting is possible! Find out what to do if you or a friend turns into a werewolf or other were-beast. Learn the differences between Therianthropy and Lycanthropy, discover the medical conditions such as hypertrichosis, clinical lycanthropy, hirsutism, and rabies that might cause you to think you are a werewolf. Meet real killers who thought that they had reign over the supernatural and could bend their bones! Take a fantastic journey through the transformation of the werewolf in the graphic novel industry and look into the darkest minds of those who claim to be flesh eaters. Come along for one wild ride and remember you too can bark at the moon!
In Manchester Ghosts and Ghosts of Portsmouth New Hampshire, Renee Mallett took you on a tour of the Granite State's most haunted cities. Here, see more strange people, places, and points in history keeping New Hampshire unique. Part unusual history book, part offbeat travel guide, find out what New Hampshire has to do with Saturday Night Live, and visit odd tourist attractions, such as America's Stonehenge and the haunted High Hut of the state's tallest mountain. Whether you are on the trail of Marie Antoinette's lost diamond necklace or looking for the strange Blue Lady specter haunting one of Wilton's cemeteries, be prepared to shiver as you read about New Hampshire's weirder side.
Grab your flashlight and camera to tour the spookier side of the Lehigh River Valley in Pennsylvania! Meet a mysterious pipe-smoking man at Wydnor Hall Inn, then help keep the Union and West End Cemetery beautiful with the "Lady in the Blue Dress." Sit down for a good meal at the White Palm Tavern, and perhaps the ghost of Emma will bring you a drink. Listen for the giggles of a redheaded ghost before he disappears behind the only tree in the Freemansburg Cemetery. Learn about the Shadow Figure of the Lake House Hotel who appeared to a group of over 20 ghost hunters! Explore the Lehigh Valley and beyond, seeking out glowing red eyes, phantom telephones, and apparitions of the young and old. The ghosts await you!
Why did hundreds of people line up, in the winter of 1980, bumper to bumper in rural Illinois, to catch a glimpse of a scantily clad phantom along Kennedy Hill Road? Did you know that a ghost of a homicidal mother still haunts the road near her former home? What is the real history behind Independence Grove and Devil's Gate? When these questions and more are answered, you will never look at the history of Illinois the same way. This painstakingly researched book leaves no ghost unturned.
Take a ghostly tour of New York's Hudson Valley and learn about its history, legends, and resident spirits. Meet the ghost of servant girl Anna Dorthea Swarts who was savagely dragged to her death by an enraged master. Visit historic Hugenot Street, one of the oldest and continuously inhabited streets in America, where every house is hauntedfrom a vicious "Axe Man" to a headless woman who wanders the streets. Read the elegy of Maria Deyo, who calmly murdered her three children and killed herself. Learn basic ghost hunting skills and visit the "guaranteed" haunted places for yourself!
Explore tales of legendary creatures that haunt New England forests, lakes, sea, and sky. Learn of blazing beaches and strange objects raining down from the heavens. Relive the terror of killer storms, tornadoes, and deadly infernos. The region has played host to cryptid creatures (sea and lake monsters, Bigfoot, satyrs, thunderbirds, and more). From frozen human hibernation to spontaneous human combustion, New England is where it's at!
Travel to Petersburg, Virginia, and the surrounding areas of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Prince George, Dinwiddie, and nearby Ettrick-Matoaca, Enon, and Chester to discover what spirits, monsters, UFOs, and legends await the unwary. Why are the Union and Confederate spirits still fighting the Civil War in the battlefields? Who is the lady in blue who haunts Weston Plantation House? Learn what the phantoms at Peter Jones Trading Post will do to keep from being photographed. Drink tea with runaway slaves still hiding on the top floor above the Blue Willow Tea Room. Are Edgar Allan Poe and his bride still on their honeymoon at Hiram Haines Coffee and Ale House? Why does the Goatman stalk young lovers? Meet the ghosts of Violet Bank Museum that greet guests at the house. Hauntingly active as they share space with the living, the dead refuse to give up their undead residency.
Skeptics of the supernatural will enjoy this humourous jaunt through the long history of scientific enquiry into paranormal and psychic phenomena. Telepathy, life after death, spirit communication, the astral plane, reincarnation, spoon bending: on the relatively rare occasions when scientists have tried to apply their methods to the paranormal, they've often ended up embarrassed - fooled by obvious Charlatans, deluded into making irrational and unsubstantiated claims, or frustrated in their attempt to find something that just isn't there. John Grant investigates the pseudoscience of spooky stuff to fascinating and often hilarious effect.
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The Earth Chronicles series, with millions of copies sold worldwide, represents the culmination of Zecharia Sitchin's 30 years of intensive research into the history and prehistory of Earth and humankind as recorded by the ancient civilizations of the Near East. Within these volumes, Sitchin--one of the few scholars able to read and interpret ancient Sumerian and Akkadian clay tablets--presents indisputable millennia-old proof of humanity's extra-terrestrial forefathers, the Anunnaki, who visited Earth every 3,600 years from their home planet Nibiru. This boxed set of hardcover collector's editions with enhanced maps and diagrams includes all 7 volumes of the Earth Chronicles series: The 12th Planet, The Stairway to Heaven, The Wars of Gods and Men, The Lost Realms, When Time Began, The Cosmic Code, and The End of Days.
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With more than 250 original full-color photographs, Michael Tellinger documents thousands of circular stone ruins, monoliths, ancient roads, agricultural terraces, and prehistoric mines in South Africa. He reveals how these 200,000-year-old sites perfectly match Sumerian descriptions of Abzu, the land of the First People--including the vast gold-mining operations of the Anunnaki from the 12th planet, Nibiru, and the city of Anunnaki leader Enki. With aerial photographs, Tellinger shows how the extensive stone circle and road complexes are laid out according to the principles of sacred geometry and represent the remains of Tesla-like technology used to generate energy and carve immensely long tunnels straight into the Earth in search of gold--tunnels that still exist and whose origins had been a mystery until now. He reveals, with photographic evidence, that the human civilization spawned by the Anunnaki was the first to create many totems of ancient Egypt, such as the Horus bird, the Sphinx, the Ankh, and large pyramids, as well as construct an accurate stone calendar, at the heart of their civilization, aligned with the Orion constellation. He explores how their petroglyphs, carved into the hardest rock, are nearly identical to the hieroglyphs of Sumerian seals. Mapping thousands of square miles of continuous settlements and three urban centers--each one larger than modern-day Los Angeles--Tellinger provides the physical proof of Zecharia Sitchin's theories on the Anunnaki origins of humanity.
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Journey through the paranormal from prehistory to the planets and our future, with over 50 bizarre cases of ghosts, poltergeists, demons, cryptids, UFOs, and other out-of-the-ordinary phenomena. Based on CBS and WOON 1240 radio scripts broadcast by a world-famous father-and-son team of paranormal investigators, their research has revealed bizarre connections not only between seemingly unrelated occurrences but also between the paranormal and our everyday lives, the history of our species, and our possible future as a race. Meet inter-world parasites that might be farming your family or community, encounter disappearing buildings, and ghosts of people who are not dead. Push the boundaries as you find out what the Bible and other ancient documents might really mean, and what UFOs, invisible friends, and those footsteps in the attic could really be. Explaining the paranormal is not the problem. It is handling the explanations. Everything you know is wrong.
Join author Timothy Befus on his 13-year tour throughout the Hawaiian Islands gathering firsthand accounts of people who have come face to face with the supernatural. Here, find 20 tales that include encounters with Pele and faceless spirits, ancient haunted temples and spirits coming back from the dead, guardian spirits of remote valleys and the restless ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors. These stories offer an unique, terrifying, and unusual glimpse into the folklore of Hawaii. Meet the old woman who asked for a ride, only to disappear upon reaching her destination. Experience that last moment before death with 40 owls and a dying woman. See the two long-dead children, still hanging from the tree where theyd been executed. Island images accompany the tales prompting you to understand that exotic locations have encounters from the unknown just like those in your own backyard.
It's easy to say ghosts exist or don't exist. Anyone can do that. Trying to figure out the why or what is a different story. Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans, host of the popular Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures, pulls from his years of experience with paranormal activities and unexplained phenomena to provide an evenhanded look at a divisive subject. Addressing all the major issues and theories of the field in an impartial way, Dark World is a must read for paranormal enthusiasts, those who don't believe and anyone who's ever wondered about things that go bump in the night.
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What if the tales from the Old Testament and other ancient writings, such as those from Sumer, Babylon, Egypt, and Greece, were not myths or allegory but accounts of actual historical events? Known for his ability to read and interpret ancient Sumerian and Akkadian clay tablets, Zecharia Sitchin (1920-2010) took the words of our most ancient ancestors as fact and, through decades of meticulous research, showed that they revealed a coherent narrative about the true origins of humanity and civilization. Drawing both widespread interest and criticism, his Earth Chronicles series of books, beginning with The 12th Planet, detailed how humanity arose after the arrival of the Anunnaki ("those who from Heaven to Earth came"), alien "gods" who created modern man in their own image and imparted gifts of civilizing knowledge. Each piece includes an introduction by Sitchin's niece, offering context and insight into Sitchin's passionate work. These introductions reveal the man behind the theories, a world traveller known for his scholarship, dry humour, and precisely chosen words. If his theories are true, as Sitchin wholeheartedly believed, then this collection presents some of the most important knowledge we have of our origins and future.
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Is San Diego's renowned Tenth Avenue Theater home to an unlikely cast of ghosts-and if so, what has kept the spirits of the dead bound to this venue of entertainment and illusion? From reports of a child's tragic death on the premises to a suicide stemming from overwhelming guilt, there is grief, turmoil, and unfinished business lingering within the walls of this former church. Alex Matsuo, an actress by day and a ghost hunter by night, was granted unlimited access to the haunted property where she has performed as both an actor and a director. Investigating the popular and thriving theatre she has always considered home, Alex unravels the turbulent history of the building in order to find out why the ghosts of the Tenth may want to stay forever.
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Our pagan ancestors knew that every forest has brownies and fairies, every spring its lady, and every river malevolent beings in its depths. They told tales of giants in the hills, dragons in the lakes, marshes swarming with will-o'-the-wisps, and demons and wild folk in the mountains who enjoyed causing landslides, avalanches, and floods. They both feared and respected these entities, knowing the importance of appeasing them for safe travel and a prosperous homestead. Exploring medieval stories, folk traditions, spiritual place names, and pagan rituals of home building and site selection, Claude Lecouteux reveals the multitude of spirits and entities that once inhabited the land before modern civilization repressed them into desert solitude, impenetrable forests, and inaccessible mountains. He explains how, to our ancestors, enclosing a space was a sacred act. Specific rites had to be performed to negotiate with the local spirits and ensure proper placement and protection of a new building. These land spirits often became the household spirit, taking up residence in a new building in exchange for permission to build on their territory. Lecouteux explores Arthurian legends, folk tales, and mythology for evidence of the untamed spirits of the wilderness, such as giants, dragons, and demons, and examines the rites and ceremonies used to gain their good will. Lecouteux reveals how, despite outright Church suppression, belief in these spirits carried through to modern times and was a primary influence on architecture, an influence still visible in today's buildings. The author also shows how our ancestors' concern for respecting nature is increasingly relevant in today's world.
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How could multiple ancient cultures, spanning both years and geography, have strikingly similar creation myths and cosmologies? Why do the Dogon of Africa and the civilizations of ancient Egypt, India, Tibet, and China share sacred words and symbols? Revealing the existence of a long-forgotten primal culture and the world's first center of higher learning, Laird Scranton shows how the sophisticated complex at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey is the definitive point of origin from which all the great civilizations of the past inherited their cosmology, esoteric teachings, and civilizing skills, such as agriculture, metallurgy, and stone masonry, fully developed. Scranton explains how the carved images on Gobekli Tepe's stone pillars were the precursors to the sacred symbols of the Dogon, Egyptians, Tibetans, and Chinese as well as the matriarchal Sakti cult of ancient Iran and India. Scranton reveals how Gobekli Tepe's enigmatic "H" carvings and animal symbolism, symbolic of stages of creation, was presented as a kind of prototype of written language accessible to the hunter-gathers who inhabited the region. He shows how the myths and deities of many ancient cultures are connected linguistically, extending even to the name of Gobekli Tepe and the Egyptian concept of Zep Tepi, the mythical age of the "First Time." Identifying Gobekli Tepe not only as the first university but also as the first temple, perhaps built as a civilizing exercise, Scranton definitively places this enigmatic archaeological site at the point of origin of civilization, religion, and ancient science.
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Zak Bagans has been all over the world embracing the mysteries that others shun because he has always felt the need to run toward the scary parts of life instead of away from them. During his travels he has learned more about this world and the one that awaits all of us far more than anyone should. He has been given a spiritual key that unlocks unknown doorways and what he experiences when he opens them seems to be letting him know that he shouldn't. Come along for the ride.
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Steeped in legend and mystery, the dramatic coastline of North Cornwall is riddled with stories of hauntings throughout history. The eerie wilds of Bodmin Moor, the haunted historic castles and of course the spirited, rugged coastline all have terrifying tales to tell. Michael Williams has been at the heart of some incredible investigations, and shares here some of the most chilling accounts of hauntings. Including previously unpublished accounts of ghostly activity, this is a treasure trove of original material and re-examined cases. It unravels stories which will send a shiver down the spine of anyone interested in the rarely advertised scary side of North Cornwall.
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