July 6, 2015
We have just released a raft of our best-selling books in reasonably priced, laminate hardcover editions. They are now available from both Amazon US and Amazon UK and other resellers such as Barnes and Noble online.
These books will only be available in hardcover editions for a limited time.
February 23, 2015
“Just because you have never seen a fairy does not mean that no one else has. This truth is apparent from the new book Seeing Fairies, by Marjorie T. Johnson.” That’s from an article entitled “Leave Your Wings at the Door” by Michael Tortorello in the October 1, 2014, issue of, yes, The New York Times. It’s not often that one of our books gets mentioned in old The Grey Lady, so we are thankful for the plug. That said, the book has been a catalyst for some very thoughtful reviews. One of them, by James McClendon, appeared in the excellent journal Paranthropology and is worth quoting at length: “Collections of anomalous experiences are valuable in that they allow evaluation of hypotheses regarding the incidence and nature of unusual perceptions. This endeavor sheds light on the nature of human consciousness….Marjorie Johnson’s collection of fairy accounts is in harmony with this theory in that many experiencers believe in what they perceive. People with a propensity for anomalous experience are unable to remain skeptical; their experiences generate belief. . .There are also a number of secondary elements within these experiences that support the idea that the propensity for fairy experience has genetic basis. All over the world, people have noted that propensity for anomalous experience runs in families. Johnson’s accounts support this hypothesis….The interpretation of anomalous experiences may be shaped by belief but they are not completely products of belief…Seeing Fairies is worth reading by anyone curious about the diversity of anomalous experience available to human beings.” More thoughtful commentary came from Malcolm Smith, whose review, entitled “What Sort of People See Fairies?” is also worth quoting at length: “If we discarded all [fairy] cases where we suspected, however weakly, that the witness had been in an altered psychological state at the time, and if we culled out, fairly or unfairly, all those who claimed ‘second sight’ or more than one encounter, we are still left with a couple of hundred testimonies for which the only reason for not believing them is that they are, well, unbelievable. Even if we further reject all those whose witnesses were pre-teenagers at the time, we still have a large number of first hand accounts which would be taken seriously if they involved a crime, or some other mundane event. It is the old Hynekan quandary: what do you do when perfectly credible people tell perfectly incredible stories?”
September 8, 2014
The response to the publication of Seeing Fairies: From the Lost Archives of the Fairy Investigation Society, Authentic Reports of Fairies in Modern Times by Marjorie T. Jonhson has been swift and overwhelmingly positive. Fortean researcher Theo Paijmans kicked it off with a Tweet: “I think this is the most wonderful book published so far this year.” Author and fortean Janet Bord, writing in Magonia, found the experience of reading this book “a disturbing experience. [The stories in this book] give the impression that the countryside is heavily populated with little people who live alongside us but are never seen by most of us. Can this really be true?…Wherever the truth is to be found, this book is essential reading for anyone with the slightest interest in fairies and the Little People.” Chris Woodyard of Haunted Ohio added: “Whatever we call them, and whatever guise they wear, it is fascinating to see the points at which the worlds of the fairies and other supernatural entities intersect.” The Fairy Folklorist commented: “This book truly does open a great many new and exciting doors into fairy research…An essential read for all dedicated fairy folklorists!” And Fred Lobb of Chinese Folktales summed it all up, saying “Seeing Fairies is a boon to the scholarship on folklore. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in psychology, anthropology and parapsychology.”
July 8, 2014
Fairy encounters in the 20th century? Are you kidding me? But wait, you’re willing to consider the possibility of ETs in our midst, but “fairies” are beyond your boggle threshold? Think again. To begin with there is not that much difference between who reports these kinds of experiences: they are business men and women, housewives, journalists, clergymen, bus drivers, school teachers, university professors, soldiers, artists, authors, poets, musicians, actresses, and many others. All of their encounters are reported in a just published book, Seeing Fairies: From the Lost Archives of the Fairy Investigation Society, Authentic Reports of Fairies in Modern Times by Marjorie T. Johnson. In fact, this book is the biggest collection of fairy sightings ever assembled: more than 400 in all. And the backstory of how this book came about—and its significance—is told in a riveting introduction by historian Simon Young, who has written extensively on the middle ages and fairy lore.