Aliens Ghosts and CultsAliens Ghosts and Cults

How tales we tell impact our day-to-day lives

Author: Bill Ellis

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1578066484


Page: 291

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In late May, a Pennsylvania high school hums with the rumor that a Satanic cult plans on killing the first four couples through the door on prom night. A horror writer in the Catskills is overcome with grief, alienated from his wife, unable to write, and suffering from recurring thoughts of physical and sexual indignities he has no words to describe. He concludes he has been abducted by aliens. In a Pizza Hut in Ohio, employees refuse to close alone because the ghost of a hanged man haunts the refrigerator. Tales such as these are the subject of Bill Ellis's Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live. In the book, he explores the complex relationship between ordinary life and outlandish but oft-told legends. What he finds is startling. In multiple case studies legends become part of life. Officials take action in answer to each story's weird details, and people adjust their behavior to avoid or to experience aliens and ghosts. Written for both the cultural studies expert and the reader fascinated with reactions to extraordinary phenomena, Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults pursues motivations for why people tell these "true stories, heard from a friend of a friend." Ellis shows legends creating a sense of community in a multi-ethnic institutional camp. He traces some contemporary scares to such old tales as the vanishing hitchhiker and murderous gang initiations. In analyzing some newly emerging legend types, such as alien abductions and computer virus warnings, Ellis discovers connections between earlier types of religious experience and supposed witchcraft. Finally, the book reveals how legends can inspire people to actions, ranging from playful visits to haunted spots to horrifying threats of violence. Legends rely on active discussion to spread and mutate. This book considers them to be a social process, not a kind of narrative with a fixed form. People worldwide may tell a legend or one person to whom the event allegedly occurred may "own" the story. Individuals may relate an event as something strongly believed or as something laughable. Legends may be very new or have roots in old folklore. But when high schools, law enforcement agencies, city governments, and individuals take action, the story becomes one of the legends we live. Bill Ellis is an associate professor of English and American studies at Penn State University, Hazleton campus. His previous books include Raising the Devil: Satanism, New Religions, and the Media, and he has been published in Psychology Today, Skeptical Inquirer, Journal of American Folklore, and Journal of Popular Literature.

Paranormal Nation Why America Needs Ghosts UFOs and BigfootParanormal Nation Why America Needs Ghosts UFOs and Bigfoot

Owen Davies, The Haunted: A Social History of Ghosts (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 16. 17. Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1981), 94. 18. Ellis, Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults, ...

Author: Marc E. Fitch

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313382079


Page: 398

View: 281

This thought-provoking study of paranormal phenomena traces the impact of supernatural beliefs on popular culture and, conversely, examines the influence of new communication technologies on research being conducted in the field.


Explains the processes of delusion and provides answers to some of the biggest mysteries, alien abduction and UFOs; ghosts and the paranormal; propaganda and religious mind control. Is mankind ready for the truth?

Author: Philip Gardiner

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781846942501


Page: 157

View: 449

Explains the processes of delusion and provides answers to some of the biggest mysteries, alien abduction and UFOs; ghosts and the paranormal; propaganda and religious mind control. Is mankind ready for the truth?

Ghosts of Southwestern PennsylvaniaGhosts of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Ghost Hunters Plan Spirited Investigation.” Pittsburgh Tribune Review, February 23, ... “The Ghost in St. Vincent Archabbey.” Pittsburgh Press, April 7, 1968. ... Aliens, Ghosts and Cults: Legends We Live. Jackson: University Press of ...

Author: Thomas White

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781614234173


Page: 131

View: 933

The author of Witches of Pennsylvania and “Pittsburgh’s Historian of the Supernatural” takes on the region’s folklore, ghost stories, and urban legends (Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership). The ghostly woman of Summit Cut Bridge, a black hound that guards the Gates of Hell and the whispering dead entombed beneath the Black Cross—these are the spirits of southwestern Pennsylvania. Join local author Thomas White as he recounts such chilling stories as that of Revolutionary War witch Moll Derry and the phantom bride of White Rocks and the hair-raising tale of the angry specter of a steel millworker burned alive in a ladle of molten iron. Ascend the secret stairs of the Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh and wander the dim stretch of Shades of Death Road in Washington County to encounter the otherworldly denizens of the Keystone State. Includes photos!

The Global GrapevineThe Global Grapevine

Bill Ellis, Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2003), 47–50. This legend type in fact dates to antiquity, as a variety of new religions, including Christianity, were said to hold ...

Author: Gary Alan Fine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199750459


Page: 272

View: 789

Far from mere idle tales, rumors are a valuable window into our anxieties and fears. Rumors let us talk as a community about some very inflammatory issues--issues that may be embarrassing or disturbing to discuss-allowing us to act as if we are talking about real events, not personal beliefs. We can air our hidden fears and desires without claiming these attitudes as our own. In The Global Grapevine, two leading authorities on rumor, folklore, and urban legend--Gary Alan Fine and Bill Ellis--shed light on what contemporary rumors can tell us about the fears and pressures of globalization. In particular, they examine four major themes that emerge over and over again: rumors about terrorism, about immigration, about international trade, and about tourism. The authors analyze how various rumors underscore American reactions to perceived global threats, show how we interpret our changing world, and highlight fears, fantasies, and cherished beliefs about our place in the world. Along the way the book examines a wide variety of rumors-that the Israelis were behind 9-11, the President knew of the attack in advance, tourists wake up in foreign countries with their kidneys stolen, foreign workers urinate in vats of beer destined to be shipped to America. These rumors, the authors argue, reflect our anxieties and fears about contact with foreign cultures-whether we believe foreign competition to be poisoning the domestic economy or that foreign immigration to be eroding American values. Rumors are the visible tip of a vast iceberg of hidden anxieties. Illuminating the most widely circulated rumors in America in recent years, The Global Grapevine offers an invaluable portrait of what these tales reveal about contemporary society.

Researching Subcultures Myth and MemoryResearching Subcultures Myth and Memory

Consequently, we see a comparable range. 93 Fox, 'Real Punks and Pretenders', 353. 94 Dégh, Legend and Belief. 95 Ellis, Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults. Fox, 'Real Punks and Pretenders', 353. 97 Dégh and Vázsonyi, 'Does the Word “Dog” Bite?

Author: Bart van der Steen

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030419097


Page: 302

View: 823

This book brings together contributions that analyse how subcultural myths develop and how they can be studied. Through critical engagement with (history) writing and other sources on subcultures by contemporaries, veterans, popular media and researchers, it aims to establish: how stories and histories of subcultures emerge and become canonized through the process of mythification; which developments and actors are crucial in this process; and finally how researchers like historians, sociologists, and anthropologists should deal with these myths and myth-making processes. By considering these issues and questions in relation to mythmaking, this book provides new insights on how to research the identity, history, and cultural memory of youth subcultures.

Alien WorldsAlien Worlds

Aliens , Ghosts , and Cults : Legends We Live . Jackson : University Press of Mississippi . Ellwood , Robert S. 1973. Religious and Spiritual Groups in America . Englewood Cliffs , N.J .: Prentice Hall . 1983.

Author: Diana Tumminia

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815608586


Page: 408

View: 968

This intriguing collection of essays presents reflections upon the birth, proliferation, enduring appeal, and future of UFO mythology. Highly respected authors and researchers, representing the varied and sometimes competing perspectives of ufology and the sociology of religion, provide a fascinating and instructive voyage into the exotic social worlds of UFOs, abductees, and contactees. Reports of aliens and the changing nature of abduction experience, especially in the sexual dimension are explored in relation to literature, culture, and ideology. The influence of abduction therapy and support groups is considered, as are new religious movements (NRMs) within the UFO community. The book offers rich insights into psychology, human behavior, and religion, melding issues of race, politics, and gender. Finally, it evaluates the existing dynamic of UFOS in the age of the Information Super Highway and ever-increasing globalization. Alien Worlds will enlighten anyone wanting to understand what and how the academic world thinks about UFOs, UFO groups, and UFO phenomena.

Haunted Roads of Western PennsylvaniaHaunted Roads of Western Pennsylvania

Ghost Hunters Come Up Short On Mystery Mile Investigation. ... Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture. ... Aliens, Ghosts and Cults: Legends We Live.

Author: Thomas White

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781625855985


Page: 131

View: 418

The twisty roads—and twisted tales—of the Appalachian Mountains make for distracted driving in western Pennsylvania. Ghostly travelers are said to wander the lonely roads of western Pennsylvania. A creeping fog rises from Blue Mist Road, and stories of car crashes, lynchings and even strange beasts haunt this isolated stretch outside Pittsburgh. Is it the angry spirit of a jealous husband or a gypsy king who stalks Erie County’s Axe Murder Hollow? Shades of Death Road in Washington County may be host to phantom coal miners killed during a deadly labor dispute. With firsthand accounts and historical research, authors Thomas White and Tony Lavorgne travel the backcountry roads and byways of western Pennsylvania to discover their ghost tales and mysterious legends. Includes photos! “The authors include a history of each road along with the supernatural legends and other unexplained activity. Surprisingly, they are able to provide possible explanations for most of the alleged hauntings, but admit that they cannot account for every one, which allows the roads in question to keep their allure and spooky possibilities.” —PopCultureGuy

Campus Legends A HandbookCampus Legends A Handbook

Actors on college campuses learn about a rich array of theater traditions: not only ghost stories but also customs ... part ofa group's repertoire that no longer needs to be told in a vivid, immediate way (Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults 62).

Author: Elizabeth Tucker

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313038167


Page: 224

View: 352

Since the earliest days of universities, students have told stories about their daily lives, often emphasizing extraordinary, surprising, and baffling events. This book examines the fascinating world of college and university legends. While it primarily looks at legends, it also gives some attention to rumors, pranks, rituals, and other forms of folklore. Included are introductory chapters on types of campus folklore, a collection of some 50 legends from a broad range of colleges and universities, an overview of scholarship, and a discussion of campus legends in movies, television, and popular culture. Since the earliest days of universities, students have told stories about their daily lives, often emphasizing extraordinary, surprising, and baffling events. Legends often dramatize certain hopes and fears, showing how stressful and exciting the college experience can be. From the stereotype of the absent minded professor to the adventures of spring break to the mysterious world of fraternities and sororities, campus legends have also become an important part of popular culture. This book provides a convenient, readable introduction to campus legends. While the volume focuses primarily on legends, it also explores rumors, pranks, rituals, and other related folklore types. The book begins with an overview of college and university folklore. This is followed by a discussion of particular types of legends and other folklore genres. The handbook then presents some 50 examples of college and university legends, including ghost stories, urban legends, food lore, drinking tales, murders and suicides, and many others. These examples are accompanied by brief comments. The book next surveys scholarship on campus folklore and discusses the place of college and university legends in films, television, literature, and popular culture. The volume cites numerous print and electronic resources.

Twenty One Genres and How to Write ThemTwenty One Genres and How to Write Them

Bell's article argues that ghosts are part of our everyday lives. ... He goes on to describe how ghosts set boundaries of possession and ownership of place. A ghost will let a ... Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live. Jackson:.

Author: Brock Dethier

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9780874219128


Page: 232

View: 847

In this classroom-tested approach to writing, Brock Dethier teaches readers how to analyze and write twenty-one genres that students are likely to encounter in college and beyond. This practical, student-friendly, task-oriented text confidently guides writers through step-by-step processes, reducing the anxiety commonly associated with writing tasks. In the first section, Dethier efficiently presents each genre, providing models; a description of the genres’ purpose, context, and discourse; and suggestions for writing activities or “moves” that writers can use to get words on the page and accomplish their writing tasks. The second section explains these moves, over two hundred of them, in chapters ranging from “Solve Your Process Problems” and “Discover” to “Revise” and “Present.” Applicable to any writing task or genre, these moves help students overcome writing blocks and develop a piece of writing from the first glimmers of an idea to its presentation. This approach to managing the complexity and challenge of writing in college strives to be useful, flexible, eclectic, and brief—a valuable resource for students learning to negotiate unfamiliar writing situations.

Haunted HallsHaunted Halls

Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. ———. 2004. Lucifer Ascending: The Occult in Folklore and Popular Culture. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. Erdoes, Richard, and Alfonso Ortiz, ...

Author: Elizabeth Tucker

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604733179


Page: 241

View: 816

Why do so many American college students tell stories about encounters with ghosts? In Haunted Halls, the first book-length interpretive study of college ghostlore, Elizabeth Tucker takes the reader back to school to get acquainted with a wide range of college spirits. Some of the best-known ghosts that she discusses are Emory University\'s Dooley, who can disband classes by shooting professors with his water pistol; Mansfield Uni-versity\'s Sara, who threw herself down a flight of stairs after being rejected by her boyfriend; and Huntingdon College\'s Red Lady, who slit her wrists while dressed in a red robe. Gettysburg College students have collided with ghosts of soldiers, while students at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College have reported frightening glimpses of the Faceless Nun. Tucker presents campus ghostlore from the mid-1960s to 2006, with special attention to stories told by twenty-first-century students through e-mail and instant messages. Her approach combines social, psychological, and cultural analysis, with close attention to students\' own explanations of the significance of spectral phenomena. As metaphors of disorder, insanity, and school spirit, college ghosts convey multiple meanings. Their colorful stories warn students about the dangers of overindulgence, as well as the pitfalls of potentially horrifying relationships. Besides offering insight into students\' initiation into campus life, college ghost stories make important statements about injustices suffered by Native Americans, African Americans, and others.

Haunting ExperiencesHaunting Experiences

Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore Diane Goldstein, Sylvia Grider, Jeannie Banks Thomas ... Legend trips and satanism: Adolescents' ostensive traditions as “cult” activity. ... Aliens, ghosts, and cults: Legends we live by.

Author: Diane Goldstein

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9780874216813


Page: 272

View: 691

Ghosts and other supernatural phenomena are widely represented throughout modern culture. They can be found in any number of entertainment, commercial, and other contexts, but popular media or commodified representations of ghosts can be quite different from the beliefs people hold about them, based on tradition or direct experience. Personal belief and cultural tradition on the one hand, and popular and commercial representation on the other, nevertheless continually feed each other. They frequently share space in how people think about the supernatural. In Haunting Experiences, three well-known folklorists seek to broaden the discussion of ghost lore by examining it from a variety of angles in various modern contexts. Diane E. Goldstein, Sylvia Ann Grider, and Jeannie Banks Thomas take ghosts seriously, as they draw on contemporary scholarship that emphasizes both the basis of belief in experience (rather than mere fantasy) and the usefulness of ghost stories. They look closely at the narrative role of such lore in matters such as socialization and gender. And they unravel the complex mix of mass media, commodification, and popular culture that today puts old spirits into new contexts.

What Happens Next Contemporary Urban Legends and Popular CultureWhat Happens Next Contemporary Urban Legends and Popular Culture

Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. Ellis, Bill. 2004. Lucifer Ascending: The Occult in Folklore and Popular Culture. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky,. Emery, David. 2010.

Author: Gail de Vos

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598846348


Page: 242

View: 348

This fascinating book uncovers the history behind urban legends and explains how the contemporary iterations of familiar fictional tales provide a window into the modern concerns—and digital advancements—of our society. • Extended examples of the literature and references to contemporary legends • Relevant, insightful comments from seasoned authors in the genre • A comprehensive overview of recent available research • A list of Internet sites that debunk or confirm urban legends

Hey Mom Cobwebs Are Lurking from Inconspicuous PlacesHey Mom Cobwebs Are Lurking from Inconspicuous Places

In his book, my grandmother was a great ghost story teller. Her experience were of “Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live” She and Great Grandma Ewing, were raised by Cherokee Indians, and really had lots of ghost haunting's ...

Author: Miz Judy L’Au Meyers

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781546271215


Page: 418

View: 480

Writing this book, there were many topics that even while she was living, my mother and I read over and over several times a day for many years, making sure not one got lost. At this time, Mom and I were trying to write a book but kept getting interrupted by a story just seemed to be out of place or when it became more like a topic of a fairytale. We knew we had ancestors that were giving us stories of the anomaly, like my Grandma Rock, who was a good storyteller. This meant we had to make sure nothing was going into this book as a fable.

Children s Folklore A HandbookChildren s Folklore A Handbook

His chapter “The Devil Worshipers at the Prom” in Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults (2003) offers important insight into adolescents' expressive behavior in relation to traumatic suicide and rumors of Satanic cult activity (199–219).

Author: Elizabeth Tucker

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313341908


Page: 172

View: 564

Children have their own games, stories, riddles, and so forth. This book gives students and general readers an introduction to children's folklore. Included are chapters on the definition and classification of children's folklore, the presence of children's folklore in literature and popular culture, and the scholarly interpretation of children's folklore. The volume also includes a wide range of examples and texts demonstrating the variety of children's folklore around the world. Children have always had their own games, stories, riddles, jokes, and so forth. Many times, children's folklore differs significantly from the folklore of the adult world, as it reflects the particular concerns and experiences of childhood. In the late 19th century, children's folklore began receiving growing amounts of scholarly attention, and it is now one of the most popular topics among folklorists, general readers, and students. This book is a convenient and authoritative introduction to children's folklore for nonspecialists. The volume begins with a discussion of how children's folklore is defined, and how various types of children's folklore are classified. This is followed by a generous selection of examples and texts illustrating the variety of children's folklore from around the world. The book then looks at how scholars have responded to children's folklore since the 19th century, and how children's folklore has become prominent in popular culture. A glossary and bibliography round out the volume.

Palgrave Advances in Witchcraft HistoriographyPalgrave Advances in Witchcraft Historiography

B. Ellis, Aliens, Ghosts and Cults: Legends We Live (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2003). B. Ellis, 'Legend-Trips and ... Cult” Activity', in Richardson, Best and Bromley, The Satanism Scare; Ellis, Lucifer Ascending, pp.

Author: J. Barry

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230593480


Page: 248

View: 852

This is the first book to offer a detailed modern survey of Witchcraft historiography. By using a broad chronological structure, from contemporary responses through to modern day, the book draws on contributions from a range of leading experts in the field to provide a much-needed overview of the area.

Our Fears Made ManifestOur Fears Made Manifest

Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live. University Press of Mississippi, ... On Ghost Hunts and Posthuman Ethics.” Somatechnics, vol. 4, no. 1, 2014, pp. 39–52. Hernandez, Eugene. “Editorial: 'Blair Witch' v. 'Last Broadcast'—Has It ...

Author: Ashley Jae Carranza

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476679310


Page: 250

View: 475

The beginning of the 21st century was a time of unprecedented events in American society: Y2K, 9/11 and the wars that followed, partisan changes in government and the rapid advancements of the Internet and mass consumerism. In the two decades since, popular culture--particularly film--has manifested the underlying anxieties of the American psyche. This collection of new essays examines dozens of movies released 1998-2020 and how they drew upon and spoke to mass cultural fears. Contributors analyze examples across a range of genres--horror, teen rom-coms, military flicks, slow-burns, and animated children's films--covering topics including gender and sexuality, environmental politics, technophobia, xenophobia, and class and racial inequality. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'}

Legend TrippingLegend Tripping

“The Fast Food Ghost: A Study in the Supernatural's Capacity to Survive Secularization. ... “Legend-Trips and Satanism: Adolescents' Ostensive Traditions as 'Cult' Activity. ... Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live.

Author: Lynne S. McNeill

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9781607328087


Page: 248

View: 986

Legend Tripping: A Contemporary Legend Casebook explores the practice of legend tripping, wherein individuals or groups travel to a site where a legend is thought to have taken place. Legend tripping is a common informal practice depicted in epics, stories, novels, and film throughout both contemporary and historical vernacular culture. In this collection, contributors show how legend trips can express humanity’s interest in the frontier between life and death and the fascination with the possibility of personal contact with the supernatural or spiritual. The volume presents both insightful research and useful pedagogy, making this an invaluable resource in the classroom. Selected major articles on legend tripping, with introductory sections written by the editors, are followed by discussion questions and projects designed to inspire readers to engage critically with legend traditions and customs of legend tripping and to explore possible meanings and symbolics at work. Suggested projects incorporate digital technology as it appears both in legends and in modes of legend tripping. Legend Tripping is appropriate for students, general readers, and folklorists alike. It is the first volume in the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research series, a set of casebooks providing thorough and up-to-date studies that showcase a variety of scholarly approaches to contemporary legends, along with variants of legend texts, discussion questions, and projects for students. Contributors: S. Elizabeth Bird, Bill Ellis, Carl Lindahl, Patricia M. Meley, Tim Prizer

The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal CulturesThe Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures

Public opinion polls and UFOs, in UFO 1947–97: 50 Years of UFOs, edited by H. Evans and D. Stacy. London: John Brown, 230–39. Durkheim, É. 1976 [1912]. The Elementary Forms of the ... Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live.

Author: Olu Jenzen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317042181


Page: 492

View: 288

Despite the much vaunted ’end of religion’ and the growth of secularism, people are engaging like never before in their own ’spiritualities of life’. Across the West, paranormal belief is on the rise. The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures brings together the work of international scholars across the social sciences and humanities to question how and why people are seeking meaning in the realm of the paranormal, a heretofore subjugated knowledge. With contributions from the UK and other European countries, the USA, Australia and Canada, this ground-breaking book attends to the paranormal as a position from which to critique dominant forms of knowledge production and spirituality. A rich exploration of everyday life practices, textual engagements and discourses relating to the paranormal, as well as the mediation, technology and art of paranormal activity, this book explores themes such as subcultures and mainstreaming, as well as epistemological, methodological, and phenomenological questions, and the role of the paranormal in social change. The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures constitutes an essential resource for those interested in the academic study of cultural engagements with paranormality; it will appeal to scholars of cultural and media studies, popular culture, sociology, cultural geography, literature, film and music.