Friday, January 01, 2010

Top Fortean Books of 2009

Top Fortean Books of 2009
by Loren Coleman, Author, Mysterious America, The Copycat Effect, and other books.

In terms of the best broadbased, general, fortean, twilight language, synchromystic books published or reprinted last year, this list encompasses my top picks for 2009:

1. Outbreak! The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior by Hilary Evans And Robert E. Bartholomew.

The #1 Fortean book for 2009, hands down, has to be Outbreak! The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior. It is a massive, well-researched tome, being a large format paperbound book (8" by 11"), with a total of 765 pages of about 340 entries. The authors are the scholars Hilary Evans, a social historian, and Robert Bartholomew, a sociologist and specialist in collective behavior.

2. Obelisk: A History by Brian A. Curran, Anthony Grafton, Pamela O. Long, and Benjamin Weiss.

3. Swamp Gas Times: My Two Decades on the UFO Beat by Patrick Huyghe.

4. An Illustrated Guide to The Lost Symbol, edited by John Weber.

5. Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation by Mitch Horowitz.

6. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Native American Mounds & Earthworks by Gregory L. Little, Kimberly Prachniak, and Dee Turman.

7. Centre for Fortean Zoology Yearbook 2009 by Jonathan Downes and Corinna Newton Downes (eds).

8. Darklore Volume 3 / Darklore Volume 4 by Greg Taylor (Editor)

9. Encyclopedia of Haunted Places by Jeff Belanger.

10. Darkness Walks: The Shadow People Among Us by Jason Offutt.

11. Beyond Shadow World by Brad Steiger.

12. The Secret Temple: Masons, Mysteries, and the Founding of America by Peter Levenda.

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