Tuesday, 19 January 2010

A-Z of weird experiences

In June 2005, a few of us organised a conference called 'Developing Perspectives on Anomalous Experience'. A mere four and a half years later a book containing the papers presented at the conference has finally been published.

Topics covered include psychic phenomena (like telepathy and precognition), hauntings and apparitions, hypnosis, out-of-body experiences, alien abduction experiences, and even the kinds of experiences people report in seances. Contributors are academics from around the world.

It's hard to pick out a favourite chapter, but I'm particularly proud of the index. It took Rachel and I ages to do that. It's in alphabetical order and everything!

The book is called Anomalous Experiences, published by McFarland, and is available from Amazon.


  1. Umm hate to tell you but there's a spelling mistake on the cover :(

  2. Enn....you are naughty...I actually looked.lol.

    Looks like an interesting read.
    A tad too expensive for my purse but will put it on my birthday pressie list.

  3. I'm with you on the index, Matt. I don't think readers appreciate how much work goes into them. They probably think there are index fairies to do it, or rich publishers just send out to someone from the "Society of Indexers". But as a McFarland author myself I know that to keep costs to a minimum they make the author/editor do the job for free. When I did it the thing seemed to take forever, so my sympathies to you.

  4. Well you learn something new every day.Not that I thought fairies had a hand in indexing.

    Bit cheeky getting you to do it for free and I can only imagine the work it must take.

  5. matt, i cannot seem to reach you otherwise... i have not received my copy of the book and macfarland wrote that you are the person responsible to distribute them to contributors... etzel