Monday, July 22, 2019

Author Rosemary Ellen Guiley, 69, Dies Suddenly


Rosemary Ellen Guiley passed away suddenly on Thursday, July 18, 2019. She authored and compiled nearly 65 books, including books in the "Fate Presents" series, which included her newest title, Planet Bigfoot (2019).





Guiley in 2015, for a publicity photograph.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley was a bestselling author, researcher and investigator in the paranormal, metaphysical and related fields, including hauntings, psychic skills and protection, afterlife studies and spirit communication, cryptids, alien contact, and the interdimensional aspects of our extraordinary experiences.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley (born July 8, 1950, having just reached 69 years of age) was an American writer on topics related to spirituality, the occult, and the paranormal. She was a "Lifetime Achievement Award" winner from the Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society, Michigan. 

Guiley was on the board of the Paranormal Romance Guild, which serves the romance fiction industry. She served on the boards of various organizations related to consciousness studies and alien contact such as the Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters, and was a founding member of the Afterlife Research and Education Institute. She served as visiting faculty for the International Institute for Integral Human Sciences in Montreal.

Rosemary was a certified hypnotist with the International Hypnosis Federation, and was trained in bioenergy and Johrei energy healing. She was a Tarot reader, and conducted dreamwork, intuition/psychic development, and past-life recall sessions. She was a Dream Oracle consultant for the DreamSocial.co website.


Among Guiley's many books, she had compiled/authored ten encyclopedias. Her works include Atlas of the Mysterious in North America (1995) – a listing of places in Canada and the US associated with mysterious occurrences; The Encyclopedia of Witches and WitchcraftHarper's Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience – a reference book on topics related to spirituality, mythology and New Age; and The Encyclopedia of Angels.

Guiley was the founder, president, and owner of Visionary Living, Inc., a publishing and media productions company that includes Visionary Living Publishing and its imprints. Her work was translated into 14 languages.

Guiley was a consulting editor of Fate Magazine, she became the Executive Editor of Fate Magazine in recent years, and was a regular guest on Coast to Coast AM. She made television appearances on various networks, and was featured in documentaries and shows on the History, A&E, Syfy, Discovery, Animal Planet, Destination America and Travel (now TRVL) channels.



She had regular radio features on “Exploring Unexplained Phenomena” with Scott Colborn, and “The Conspiracy Show” with Richard Syrett. She was a frequent guest with George Noory on “Coast to Coast AM,” with whom she co-authored Talking to the Dead, about emerging technology for communicating with the dead and other beings. She was a popular speaker at conferences, colleges, and universities. She took part in conventions and events such as the International U.F.O Congress and Conference, Vail Symposium, and Michigan Paranormal Convention.



Guiley knew many people from her frequent appearances, and co-authored or worked with others' material. One of her frequent co-presenters and favorite co-authors was John Zaffis.

In August 2015, Guiley was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the paranormal, from the Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society in Michigan. The award was presented at the MI Paracon VI in Sault Ste. Marie.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley lived in Milford, Connecticut, with her husband, Joseph Redmiles.


Rosemary Guiley said this was one of her favorite photos of her and her husband.



Her own personal statement on her area of study was carried on her sites. It read:
My interest in the paranormal began in childhood, inspired by experiences, extraordinary dreams, an intense interest in astronomy, and a voracious reading of nonfiction and fiction related to the paranormal, occult, science fiction and fantasy. My interests were always wide-ranging, and that continues to characterize my research and work today. All things in the paranormal and metaphysical realms are interconnected. My research includes history, mythology, folklore, religion, occult traditions, psychology, parapsychology, science, medicine, anthropology, and archaeology, as well as anecdotal experience.
My work is oriented around the how and why of our extraordinary experiences. It was clear to me early in life that the paranormal and the unseen realms are real, and that human beings have encounters and experiences that have been documented since ancient times. Our experiences form patterns throughout history that reveal our constant interaction with dimensions of the afterlife, spirit, the Divine, and a wide range of beings.
I examine both the light and dark sides of our experiences, from the mystical and angelic to the invasive, demonic, and problematic. To know one side, you must also know the other.


Rosemary Ellen Guiley with the late John A. Keel and the late Stan Friedman (above).






Rosemary Ellen Guiley's books:

The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft & Wicca. Facts On File, 1989. Third edition: Infobase Publishing, 2008.
Tales of Reincarnation. Pocket Books, 1989.
Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience. Harper San Francisco, 1991.  Second edition: Castle Books, 1994.
Vampires Among Us. Pocket Books, 1991. Second edition: Pocket Books, 1991.
Rosemary Ellen Guiley's Vampires Among Us Revised Edition. 2011.
Moonscapes: A Celebration of Lunar Astronomy, Magic, Legend and Lore. Prentice Hall Press, 1991.
The Mystical Tarot. Signet Books, 1991.
The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits. Facts On File, 1992. Third edition: Facts On File, 2007. Foreword by Troy Taylor.
The Encyclopedia of Dreams: Symbols and Interpretations. Crossroad Publishing Company, 1993. Second edition: Berkley Pub Group, 1995. .
The Complete Vampire Companion. Macmillan Publishers, 1994.  With J.B. Macabre.
Angels of Mercy. Pocket Books, 1994.
Atlas of the Mysterious in North America. Facts On File, 1995.
The Angels Tarot. HarperSanFrancisco, 1995. With Robert M. Place.
The Alchemical Tarot. Thorsons, 1995.  With Robert M. Place.
The Miracle of Prayer: True Stories of Blessed Healings. Pocket Books, 1995.
The Encyclopedia of Angels. Facts On File, 1996. Second edition: Facts on File, 2004.  Foreword by Lisa J. Schwebel.
Blessings: Prayers for the Home and Family. Pocket Books, 1996. Second edition: Simon & Schuster, 1998.
Dreamwork For The Soul. Berkley Books, 1998.
Wellness: Prayers for Comfort and Healing. Simon & Schuster, 1998.
I Bring You Glad Tidings. Simon & Schuster, 1999. Second edition: Simon & Schuster, 2010.
An Angel in Your Pocket. Thorsons, 1999.
Prayer Works: True Stories of Answered Prayer. Unity School of Christianity, 1999.
Encyclopedia of the Strange, Mystical & Unexplained. Gramercy Books, 2001.
Dreamspeak: How To Understand the Messages in Your Dreams. Berkley Books, 2001.
The Encyclopedia of Saints. Infobase Publishing, 2001.
A Miracle in Your Pocket. Thorsons, 2001.
Breakthrough Intuition. Penguin Group USA, 2002.
The Quotable Saint. Infobase Publishing, 2002.
Ask the Angels. Element Books, 2003. 2009 edition: HarperCollins.
The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters. Infobase Publishing, 2004.  Second edition: The Encyclopedia of Vampires and Werewolves. Facts On File, 2011.
The Dreamer's Way: Using Proactive Dreaming To Heal And Transform Your Life. Berkley Books, 2004.
Fairy Magic. Thorsons Element, 2004.
The Tao of Dreaming. Berkley Books, 2005. With Sheryl Martin.
Angel Magic For Love and Romance. Galde Press, 2005.
The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy. Infobase Publishing, 2006.
Vampires. Infobase Publishing, 2008.
Ghosts and Haunted Places. Infobase Publishing, 2008.
Witches and Wiccans. Infobase Publishing, 2008.
The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology. Infobase Publishing, 2009. Foreword by John Zaffis.
Dreams and Astral Travel. Infobase Publishing, 2009.
Ghosthunting Pennsylvania. Clerisy Press, 2009.
Spirit Communications. Infobase Publishing, 2009.
Fairies. Infobase Publishing, 2009.
Haunted Salem: Strange Phenomena in the Witch City. Stackpole Books, 2011.
Talking to the Dead. Tor Books, 2011.  With George Noory.
The Vengeful Djinn: Unveiling the Hidden Agendas of Genies. Llewellyn Worldwide, 2011.  With Philip Imbrogno.
Ouija Gone Wild: Shocking True Stories. Visionary Living, 2012.  With Rick Fisher.
Monsters of West Virginia: Mysterious Creatures in the Mountain State. Stackpole Books, 2012.
The Big Book of West Virginia Ghost Stories. Stackpole Books, 2014.
Haunted by the Things You Love. Visionary Living, 2014. With John Zaffis.
Haunted Hills and Hollows: What Lurks in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Visionary Living, 2018. With Kevin Paul.
Planet Bigfoot. Visionary Living, 2019. With various authors including Loren Coleman, Jerome Clark, and Ivan T. Sanderson.

Documentaries and Television Programs

Children of the Grave (2008) (writer) The Sci-Fi Channel
The Lost Tapes (seasons 2 and 3). Animal Planet.
The Haunted. Animal Planet.
Angels: Good or Evil. History Channel.
Witchcraft in Salem, Mysterious Journeys. The Travel Channel
The Secret Life of Vampires, A&E
Dreams and Food, The Discovery Health Channel
Divine Magic: The World of the Supernatural: The Restless Dead, Time-Life Films
Divine Magic: The World of the Supernatural: Dreams of Gold, Time-Life Films
The Quest: Lunar Mysteries, Discovery Channel
Adventures Beyond: America's Most Haunted, Bob Schott Productions
The Science and Power of Prayer, Hartley Film Foundation
The Possessed (2009)



My wife Jenny and I often saw Rosemary at conferences. I last heard from Rosemary on July 12, 2019, when she told me she was sending a donation box of Planet Bigfoot to the Museum. 

Rosemary will be missed. 



21 comments:

  1. I am beyond sorry. Sending my deepest sympathy and condolences.

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  2. Very sad news indeed! She will be missed.

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  3. Our deepest condolences to her husband, family and all that loved her.

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  4. Wow. She sure lived to the fullest while she was here. I am grateful for her many contributions.

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  5. Deepest condolences to her family.

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  6. Thank you Loren for your thoughtful article on the life of Rosemary Ellen Guiley.
    I met Rosemary when we brought her to Lincoln, NE as part of a conference in 1988. In 2008 she joined my Exploring Unexplained Phenomena radio program as a regular monthly contributor with her segment "In the Dark with Rosemary."

    Someone smarter than me called her the Queen of the Paranormal and she rightly deserved that title. Her grace, wit, charm and intelligence was a positive aspect to any endeavor she pursued.

    My condolences to her husband Joe and to her family and her many friends and fans. Sorrow in the night and joy in the morning.

    Stay curious.

    Peace.

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  7. RIP!! Hope the other side is all you hoped it would be!

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  8. I would have loved to have known her. I very intelligent and interesting person lost to our physical realm. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

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  9. I met Rosemary at the Exopolitics Leeds conference. Sorry to hear this news. :-(

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  10. Very charming person. Dedicated to her work. Also was a great guest on our show Exploring the Bizarre. We had lunch at the local deli several times after she attended NY Fortean Society meetings directed by J.A.Keel of course. I see she is also another Cancer.

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  11. RIP Rosemary you will be missed gods speed to you!

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  12. RIP ROSEMARY GODS SPEED!

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  13. I'm devastated to learn this tragic news. I counted Rosemary as a true, longtime friend. She was a dedicated researcher of all things beyond our earthly norms, and no matter how dark the subject matter, she never lost her positive outlook on life. A true gem in her field is now gone from us here, and I'm sure countless others will also be missing her for a very long time. Thank you for writing this notice chronicling her amazing life's work.

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  14. The Cryptid/Paranormal community has taken a few hard hits recently. Rosemary was a warrior for truth and will be hugely missed. Prayers to those closest to her. I hope she now knows all the answers to life's most meaningful mysteries. R.I.P.

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  15. I'm incredibly sad to learn this shocking news. Rosemary set the bar high for all of us in her books, lectures, papers and radio/podcast appearances, and never came off as pretentions, this despite her great intellect and vast knowledge when it came to the paranormal. She was a good friend and respected colleague and I will miss her sharp mind, unique observations, beautiful face and great laugh.

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  16. I rarely missed an interview with Rosemary on Coast to Coast. What a brilliant and insightful soul. Rest in peace.

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  17. Such a unique spirit and such an interesting soul. I'm sure her passing will affect many,myself included. She will finally get those answers we are so desperately searching for 💔

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  19. I spent several days in her company in April 2015. We were all at an ouija board celebration in Baltimore. She was an amazing person. I'm stunned by this news... :-(

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  20. I never had the opportunity to know of her work, a grave misfortune for my traits and interest. Intrigued to say the least.
    My thoughts are with all family and friends

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  21. The world lost a great Queen of Swords. I love you, Rosemary. Who will bring your dedication and intelligence to matters not only paranormal but also spiritual? Much love to you always.

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