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The Anomalist Book Awards

& Book List 2002

Another year. Many more books for anomalists. And a few really good ones--thus these awards. But since I've been busy editing books for three book imprints (see Paraview Publishing), I have even less time this year than last for reviewing books. To compensate for this, I have starred those books I personally recommend. But I must point out one standout category this year--cryptozoology--where just about all the books are worth getting: Mysterious Creatures, our award winner in reference; a new edition of a Loren Coleman classic, Tom Slick; Coleman's superb treatment of the mothman as cryptozoology, Mothman and Other Curious Encounters (which I edited); Karl Shuker's The New Zoo, a completely updated and expanded version of his classic work, The Lost Ark; and more. A few new categories make their appearance this year, including one that serves as a catch all--Otherwise Unorthodox. Happy reading! --PH

Anomalist Book Award Winners for 2002


Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology

by George M. Eberhart

This new reference work leaves me speechless, unable to grasp the proper superlative. Words like incredible, monumental, important are all true, but don't do it justice. Put it this way, if Bernard Heuvelman's On the Track of Unknown Animals put cryptozoology on the map, then George Eberhart's Mysterious Creatures will launch a thousand ships in search of the many and varied wondrous beasts that are said to hide from man. This book--actually two beautiful, illustrated, hardback volumes, which total more than 700 pages--contains the descriptions of 1,085 unknown animals from Abnauaya, the Wild man of West Asia, to Wyvern, the dragon of Wales and England. The information for each entry is helpfully broken down into as many as twelve categories: Etymology, Variant Names, Physical Description, Behavior, Tracks, Habitat, Distribution, Significant Sightings, Present Status, Possible Explanations, and Sources. In addition, Eberhart provides brief descriptions of the forty major cryptid categories these 1,085 unknown fall into. But that's not all. The book also contains thorough geographical and crytipd indexes, introductory articles by Henry Bauer, Jack Rabbit, Loren Coleman and Eberhardt himself, an annotated list of Lake and River Monsters, and more. Every serious cryptozoologist should have this book. Unfortunately, it's an extremely expensive reference work. I would strongly urge the publisher to issue a cheaper paperback volume that all cryptozoologists could afford and use to further our study of the world's mystery creatures.


Faith, Madness and Spontaneous Human Combustion

by Gerald N. Callahan

Gerald Callahan, a professor of immunology at Colorado State University, sees connections between seemingly unrelated things and events. What is a book by an immunologist doing on the Anomalist Awards list, you ask? Basically, it's here for Callahan's daringly original suggestion that our immune system might be responsible for a host of paranormal phenomena, such as déjà vu, spontaneous human combustion, and ghosts. How? You'll have to read this personal and poetic book for the details, but essentially his working hypothesis is that these phenomena may be byproducts of our immune systems' attempts at distinguishing "self" from "not self" in order to keep our bodies from being consumed by the microbial world. Many scientists are more imaginative than we generally give them credit for, but few are daring enough to tackle anomalous subjects. Callahan is one and deserves our attention—and applause for a wonderfully provocative book.


Investigating the Paranormal

by Tony Cornell

Some books are infused with authority by their unflinching quest for the truth. This is one of those books. Tony Cornell has been researching hauntings, poltergeists and mediums for 55 years. He knows his stuff. Each of the case studies that make up this highly entertaining book is a detective story in itself, illustrating the techniques, strategies and technologies Cornell employs in his common sense investigations of the paranormal. He's always careful to separate interpretation from experience, even when he's standing right next to two trustworthy witnesses as they witness a ghost in broad daylight. As such, it serves as the perfect textbook (without the dry presentation) for conducting psychical research. Cornell, who is the vice president of the Society for Psychical Research, is neither believer nor debunker, and while he discovers that many of these phenomena have non-paranormal origins, in the end he remains genuinely puzzled over those cases that truly hint at a deeper level of reality.


Shockingly Close to the Truth: Confessions of a Grave-Robbing Ufologist

by James W. Moseley and Karl T. Pflock

You'll either love this book or your hate it. I think it's the literary equivalent of a grade-B sci-fi flick—a thoroughly enjoyable insiders' look at the golden age of UFOlogy. Much of it is not pretty, sometimes it's rather sad, but it's the unvarnished truth. You have to give Moseley a lot of credit for his honesty—even if some of it comes a little late. This book provides some much needed perspective—something newcomers to the field need a good dose of to avoid sounding like dummies. I think that Moseley, who loves to kick up mud in the UFO swamp, actually comes closer to the truth about UFOs than most who take their extraterrestrial craft too seriously. But get this straight: I'm not giving the "Supreme Commander" an award for his contributions to UFOlogy. It's for the book. Got it?


Politics of the Imagination: The Life, Work and Ideas of Charles Fort

by Colin Bennett

If Thomas Pynchon had any interest in Charles Fort, this is the kind of book that might result. It's far more than a biography (Damon Knight already did that), but a literary study of Fort the writer, as well as a postmodern rant on the illusory nature of facts and reality in the light of Fort's philosophy. Bennett, like Fort, sees "explanations," especially those provided by science, as a superficial means of understanding. Even more than in his previous book, Looking for Orthon, Bennett does battle with modern skepticism, which he sees as a debilitating contemporary illness. This is a great, big, heady stew of a book full of references to literature, arts, philosophy and more—much, much more. Bennett takes Fort and runs for the goalposts--I don't think anyone else could have done him justice. This book is a monster, a raised fist at the orthodox prison of the mind that is contemporary culture.

Anomalies, Forteana, and General Mysteries

Time and the Technosphere: The Law of Time in Human Affairs
by Jose Arguelles

Politics of the Imagination: The Life, Work and Ideas of Charles Fort*
by Colin Bennett

Radical Nature: Rediscovering the Soul of Matter
by Christian De Quincey

Cabinets of Curiosities
by Patrick Mauries

Secrets of Nature: Astrology and Alchemy in Early Modern Europe
Edited by William R. Newman and Anthony Grafton

La Gazette Forteenne*
Edited by Jean-Luc Rivera

Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts*
by Andrew Robinson

Contemporary Legend

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends
by Jan Harold Brunvand

KISS Guide to the Unexplained (Keep It Simple Series)
by Joel Levy

Demon Lovers: Witchcraft, Sex and the Crisis of Belief
by Walter Stephens
Crop Circles

Crop Circles
by Werner Anderhub, Hans-Peter Roth

Opening Minds: A Journey of Extraordinary Encounters, Crop Circles, and Resonance
by Simon Hein

Secrets in the Field: The Science and Mysticisnm of Crop Circles
by Freddy Silva

Vital Signs: A Complete Guide to the Crop Circle Mystery and Why It Is Not a Hoax
by Andy Thomas

The Monster of the Madidi: Searching for the Giant Ape of the Bolivian Jungle
by Simon Chapman

Mothman and Other Curious Encounters*
by Loren Coleman

Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology
by Loren Coleman

Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology*
by George M. Eberhart

Search for the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in Pursuit of a New Species*
by Sy Montgomery

The New Zoo*
by Karl Shuker

The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking and the Search for Lost Species
by Scott Weidensaul

Forbidden Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations

The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archaeology's Greatest Mystery
by J. M. Adovasio

The Rhythms of History: A Universal Theory of Civilizations
by Stephen Blaha

Gods of Eden: Egypt's Lost Legacy and the Genesis of Civilization
by Andrew Collins

Mysterious Ancient America
by Paul Devereux

Stone Age Soundtracks: The Accoustic Archeology of Ancient Sites*
by Paul Devereux

Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization
by Graham Hancock

Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters
by David Hockney

The Destruction of Atlantis: Compelling Evidence of the Sudden Fall of the First Great Civilization
by Frank Joseph

Maverick Anthropology

Monsters: Evil Beings, Mythical Beasts, and All Manner of Imaginary Terrors
by David D. Gilmore

The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings*
by John A. Keel

The Mothman Prophecies*
by John A. Keel

Acquiring Genomes: A Theory of the Origins of Species*
by Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan

The Science of Vampires
by Kathrine Ramsland

Strange Talents

The Complete Guide to Dowsing
by George Applegate

The Electric Meme: A New Theory of How We Think
by Robert Aunger

Alchemical Psychology: Old Recipies for Living in a New World
by Thom F. Cavalli

Investigating the Paranormal*
by Tony Cornell

The Secret Lives of Alexandra David-Neel: A Biography of the Explorer of Tibet and Its Forbidden Practices
by Barbara Foster and Michael Foster

The Madness of Adam and Eve: How Schizophrenia Shaped Humanity
by David Horrobin

Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them*
by Stanley Krippner et al

The Stargate Chronicles: Memoirs of a Psychic Spy
by Joseph McMoneagle

Intuition: Its Powers and Perils
by David Myers

Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism
by Daniel Pinchbeck

Sorcerer's Apprentice*
by Tahir Shah

Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru*
by Tahir Shah

Mind at Large: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Symposia on the Nature of Extrasensory Perception *
by Charles T. Tart (Editor), et al

Super Technology 

The Hunt for Zero Point: Inside the Classified World of Antigravity Technology *
by Nick Cook

Jumping Lightyears: The Evolution of Interstellar Travel
by Dr. H.
Otherwise Unorthodox

Albert Einstein: The Incorrigible Plagiarist
by Christopher Jon Bjerknes

Faith, Madness and Spontaneous Human Combustion*
by Gerald N. Callahan

The Hidden Connections: Integrating The Biological, Cognitive, And Social Dimensions Of Life Into A Science Of Sustainability

by Fritjof Capra

The Cydonia Controversy: The History, Science, and Implications of the Discovery of Artificial Structures on Mars
by Mark Carlotto

Prematurity in Scientific Discovery: On Resistance and Neglect
by Ernest B. Hook (Editor)

Of Moths and Men: An Evolutionary Tale
by Judith Hooper

Everything You Know is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies
by Russ Kick (editor)

The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe*
by Lynne McTaggart

Disinformation: The Interviews*
by Richard Metzger

Bye Bye Big Bang: Hello Reality
by William C. Mitchell

The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit
by Joseph Chilton Pearce

The Crack in the Cosmic Egg*
by Joseph Chilton Pearce

Strange Matters: Undiscovered Ideas at the Frontiers of Space and Time
by Tom Siegfried

Seven Experiments That Could Change the World: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Revolutionary Science (2nd Edition with Update on Results)*
by Rupert Sheldrake

Popular Paranoia: A Steamshovel Press Anthology*
by Kenn Thomas (Editor)

A New Kind of Science
by Stephen Wolfram
The Other Side

Haunted Places in the American South*
by Alan Brown

A Witch's Guide to Ghosts and the Supernatural
by Gerina Dunwich

Seeing Ghosts: Experiences of the Paranormal(Amazon UK only)*
by Hilary Evans

The Afterlife Experiments: Breakthrough Scientific Evidence of Life After Death*
by Gary Schwartz
UFOs, Aliens and Abductions

UFO Testament: Anatomy of an Abductee

by Raymond Fowler

Unearthly Discloure: Conflicting Interests in the Control of ET Intelligence
by Timothy Good

Beyond UFO Secrecy
by John Greenewald Jr.

UFO Defense Tactics: Weather Shield to Chemtrails
by A.k. Johnstone

Talking to Extraterrestrials: Communicating With Enlightened Beings
by Lisette Larkins

Shockingly Close to the Truth: Confessions of a Grave-Robbing Ufologist*
by James W. Moseley and Karl T. Pflock

Case Mj-12: The True Story Behind the Government's Ufo Conspiracies*
by Kevin D. Randle

Time Storms*
by Jenny Randles

Abduction at Stone Mountain Cabin
by William Scott

Unidentified Flying Objects: Starcraft
by Der Voron

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