This compelling reference work details the experiences, encounters, and ideas that make up this controversial field of study. The contributed entries examine the broad phenomena of the paranormal, addressing the history of scientific investigations along with its contemporary media depictions to illustrate the evolution of cultural attitudes about the paranormal. A selection of primary documents provides real-life accounts and contributions from noted experts that explore the full scope of themes from spiritualism to poltergeists to astrology. Accompanying images, timelines, quotations, and sidebars make the content come to life and encourage alternative explanations of these events.
- Contains more than 120 factual entries as well as extensive excerpts from several primary documents in the area of the paranormal
- Features contributions from noted experts in its field from across viewpoints—including believers and skeptics
- Profiles a number of important individuals who have contributed to the history and study of the field
- Includes such topics as near-death experiences, paranormal dreams, the supernatural, magic, and the occult
Matt Cardin is an instructor at Ranger College in Ranger, TX. His published works include ABC-CLIO’s Mummies around the World: An Encyclopedia of Mummies in History, Religion, and Popular Culture; numerous articles and essays in various publications, including ABC-CLIO’s Encyclopedia of the Vampire: The Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture; and the books Dark Awakenings and Divinations of the Deep. He holds a master’s degree in religious studies and a bachelor’s degree in communication.