Thursday, 14 July 2016

Dear Subscribers,
I am very pleased to announce the publication of Paranthropology Vol. 7 No. 1.

It seems like a long time since the last issue of the journal was published, but we have not been idle in the gap between issues. Indeed, since the last issue two new edited volumes have been published, both of which deal with themes that are very close to the heart of Paranthropology. The first publication, Transpersonal Ecosophy Vol. 1, is an epic ( exploration of the intersections of the anthropology of consciousness, parapsychology, transpersonal psychology, ecosophy and quantum physics, edited by Mark A. Schroll. 
Along with Strange Dimensions: A Paranthropology Anthology (, this book is one of the first publications of the new Psychoid Books imprint ( 

The second publication I would like to mention here is my own edited collection Damned Facts: Fortean Essays on Religion, Folklore and the Paranormal, published by Aporetic Press ( This book was initially intended as a means to determine what a Fortean religious studies would look like. To this end it features articles ranging from comparisons of the work of Charles Fort and William James, research on the links between UFO sightings and fairy folklore (a la Jaques Vallee), right through to examining John Keel’s influence on the Occult revival and analyses of personal psychedelic and psi experiences. It is well worth getting hold of, and the introduction has been reproduced in this issue.

I hope you enjoy these publications.

All the best,
Jack (Editor).
Contents, Vol. 7 No. 1:

I am very happy to announce that Paranthropology Vol. 7 No. 1 has finally been published. It is a great issue:

Paranormal Experience, Belief in the Paranormal and Anomalous Beliefs - Neil Dagnall, Kenneth Drinkwater, Andrew Parker & Peter Clough

Religious Flows and Ritual Performance: East Asian Interpretations of Shakespearian Tragedy - Matt Coward

Shamanic Initiation by the Trickster - Juan J. Rios

A Quantitative Investigation into the Paranormal Beliefs of the Contemporary Vampire Subculture - Emyr Williams

Edith Turner and the Anthropology of Collective Joy - Paul Stoller

Hearing the Dead: Supernatural Presence in the World of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic (PPN) in Reference to the Balikligöl Statue - Alistair Coombs

The Uncanny and the Future of British Quakerism - Ben Wood

On Mental Travel, Remote Viewing and Clairvoyance - John R. DeLorez

Intermediatism and the Study of Religion - Jack Hunter

REVIEW: “Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond” by Beatriz Caiuby Labate & Clancy Cavnar - Gerhard Mayer

REVIEW: Do we need the paranormal to explain the UFO phenomenon? A Review of Illuminations: The UFO Experience as Parapsychological Event by Eric Ouellet - Jean-Michel Abrassart

REVIEW: First International Colin Wilson Conference, University of Nottingham, July 1st 2016 - Colin Stanley