Don’t Follow the Lights across the Moor, said the Monk, or Why We Learn Nothing New about Fairies

The famous American philosopher and psychologist William James (1842–1910) was also a paranormal researcher, chiefly in the area of Spiritualism and mediumship. Toward the end of his life, he wrote about a problem that still vexes ufologists, ghost-hunters, and everyone … Continue reading

Are Fairies Indigenous to North America?

Regular commenter Pitch 313 added this to my post titled “Bejaysus, It’s the Eco-Fairies.” A few items for context: a.) My family immigrated to Northern California shortly after the Gold Rush, and that’s where I grew up; b.) it was … Continue reading

Bejayus, It’s the Eco-Fairies

In the last of the four-part post about “the cousins” (start the series here), I raised the question of what do fairies look like. Here is the man who knows, says the (Irish) Independent: “Looking at fairies on my farm … Continue reading

Fairies Infest British Woodland, Control Measures Planned

From the BBC: Hundreds of fairy doors have been attached to the bases of trees in Wayford Woods, Crewkerne. It is claimed the doors have been installed by local people so children can “leave messages for the fairies”. Can something … Continue reading

Fairies, the Dead, and Book-Blogging

Spring semester has started, and teaching does cut into blogging time. And my reading list (for myself) is huge: all the books that I ordered at AAR-SBL (and elsewhere) started arriving in December. I just finished At the Bottom of … Continue reading

New Pagan, Paranormal Podcasts Added to the Blogroll

Readers, I have reworked the blogroll (right-hand column) to create a new “Podcast” category. If you are looking at a single post, the blogroll might not display for you. In that case, click the main blog title or the banner … Continue reading