P. G. Maxwell-Stuart. Witch Hunters: Professional Prickers, Unwitchers and Witch Finders of the Renaissance. Tempus, 2003.
In this study of learned and folk witch hunters, Maxwell-Stuart continues his revisionist examination of the witchcraft panic, arguing that we cannot judge those involved from the Olympian peaks of the the twenty-first century.
Jim Miles. Weird Georgia: Close Encounters, Strange Creatures, and Unexplained Phenomena. Cumberland House, 2000.
Some of the best Fortean writing these days takes the form of regional studies, and this one by Jim Miles, who is an economics teacher by profession and a historian and Fortean by avocation, has produced a huge round up of Georgian Forteana.
David Alexander. Conspiracies and Coverups . Berkely Books, 2002.
A popular introduction to the world of conspiracy theories, with sections on everything from the sexual politics of the JFK and FDR eras, to the wild tales of Roswell.
The result is a book in which the author seems to be reasonably balanced and sceptical about most of the wilder theories, but which shows a surprising credulity about flying saucer stories including the nonsense of Philip Corso. One also has to say that Alexander must have spent most of his high school history lessons ogling the cheerleaders rather than attending to the teacher, judging by some of the howlers here. Of course while conspiracy theorists ramble on about mind controlled sex slaves, alien bases, black helicopters and the black, Jewish, Freemason bankers in the Vatican, the real conspiracies of power and greed and those dirty deals with enemies' enemies, who always turn out to be even worse than the overt enemy.
Robert Trundle. UFOs: Politics, God and Science. European Press Academic Publishing, 2000.
When someone who lays claim to being an academic philosopher writes a book on any topic, however controversial, the reader might expect to see logically presented, cogently argued points, and a superior ability to critically evaluate evidence and sources. Surely even a UFO book by such a writer should be one that forces to take notice of its arguments.
Tim Rifat. Remote Viewing: what it is, who uses it and how to do it. Vision Paperbacks, 2001.
Tim Rifat's formula for writing this stuff is to take some old fashioned magic and superstition, dress it all in a coating of technical sounding verbiage from a variety of disciplines to blind with science, and serve with a salad of paranoia and conspiracy theories, with a topping of motivational and management crap. Serve cold.
John Harrison. Synaesthesia: the Strangest Thing. Oxford University Press, 2001. £16.99.A leading authority on the subject of synaesthesia outlines the research and experiments conducted by his mentor Simon Baron-Cohen and himself on this curious confusion of senses.
Philip L Rife. America's Loch Ness Monsters. Writers' Club Press, 2000. Philip L Rife. Bigfoot Across America. Writers Club Press, 2000. Philip L Rife. America's Nightmare Monsters. Writers Club Press, 2001 ⛛ This trio of books shows different patterns in the dissemination of monster stories, and how these can be seen to gradually seen to drift away from the paws and pelts cryptozoologists.
Eva Pocs. Between the Living and the Dead: a perspective on witches and seers in the early modern age. Central European University Press, 1999. ⛛
Eva Pocs' study of Hungarian witch trials, shows that these trials were rather more transparent than those in the West, allowing more of the folkloric background to be discerned behind the ecclesiastical presuppositions.