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Review of Religious Research

, Volume 60, Issue 4, pp 599–600 | Cite as

Christopher D. Bader, Joseph O. Baker, and F. Carson Mencken: Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture

2nd edn., New York University Press, New York, 2017
  • Douglas S. Krull
Book Review

Paranormal America takes the reader on a thought-provoking journey into the study of paranormal beliefs and experiences in the United States. The authors do not take a position with regard to the reality of the paranormal, but, as is appropriate for social scientists, simply seek to describe the prevalence of paranormal beliefs and the characteristics of the people who hold them. This is done not only by summarizing the results of surveys, but also by relating personal accounts and interactions. For example, in this book we are introduced to psychics, UFO abductees, and a self-proclaimed warlock. We go on a hunt for ghosts and a search for Bigfoot, and we learn about the types of equipment that ghost hunters and Bigfoot searchers use. Regardless of one’s personal view with regard to the paranormal, it makes for interesting reading, and the personal accounts serve to develop and put faces on the survey data.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northern Kentucky UniversityHighland HeightsUSA

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