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   Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live, by Bill Ellis  
 
  Nonfiction, first publication in November 2001 , latest edition in November 2003
 
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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.

     
     
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  • Aliens - Extra-terrestrials
  • Ghosts - Specters - Spirits - Haunting
  • Mythology - Myths - Legends - Fairy Tales - Folklore

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