Thursday, October 27, 2016

Happy Halloween from Cosimo!

Happy Halloween! In honor of this fantastic holiday, Cosimo would like to present our authors who are leading writers and experts on all things unknown, creepy, and unnatural. 

The Oakdale Affair by Edgar Rice Burroughs

"[T]he THING moved down the hallway to the closed door. The dragging chain marked each foot of its advance. If it made other sounds they were drowned by the clanking of the links over the time roughened flooring. Within the room the five were frozen into utter silence, and beyond the door an equal quiet prevailed for a long minute; then a great force made the door creak and a weird scratching sounded high up upon the old fashioned panelling. Bridge heard a smothered gasp from the boy beside him, followed instantly by a flash of flame and the crack of a small caliber automatic; The Oskaloosa Kid had fired through the door."

Mythical Monsters by Charles Gould

A geological surveyor by trade, English author Charles Gould was rather more interested in the strange ornithological specimens he collected on his journeys around the world. Mythical Monsters, the result of this deep and abiding fascination, is one of the classics of the field of cryptozoology, or the study of unknown or hidden creatures. Monsters also features an essential section on the mysterious beasts of the ocean depths. Cosimo's edition is a replica of the original 1886 first edition complete with the original illustrations.

The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton
This 1922 collection of eight short mysteries includes all the stories starring the unlikely detective Horne Fisher, a man cut from the upper crust of Britain whose in-depth knowledge of the nation's powermongers often curtails his investigations into corruption at the highest levels of government. In this volume readers can find the short stories titles: "The Face in the Target," "The Vanishing Prince," "The Soul of the Schoolboy," "The Bottomless Well," "The Fad of the Fisherman," "The Hole in the Wall," "The Temple of Silence," and "The Vengeance of the Statue."

Dracula by Bram Stoker

It is perhaps one of the best known and most influential novels in all of literature: Dracula didn't merely inspire countless adaptations for stage and film, it invented an entire genre of horror -- the vampire story, which continues to evolve today into wildly varied directions. Anyone who wants to know where it all began must read this 1897 work, still startling and still terrifying even today. The story of English solicitor Jonathan Harker and his strange new client, Transylvanian aristocrat Count Dracula, this is the classic work of Victorian gothic horror, the continuing eerie wellspring of many of our cultural fantasies and nightmares.

Hunt for the Skinwalker by Colm A. Kelleher and George Knapp

For more than fifty years, the bizarre events at a remote Utah ranch have ranged from the perplexing to the wholly terrifying. Vanishing and mutilated cattle. Unidentified Flying Objects. The appearance of huge, otherworldly creatures. Invisible objects emitting magnetic fields with the power to spark a cattle stampede. Flying orbs of light with dazzling maneuverability and lethal consequences. For one family, life on the Skinwalker Ranch had become a life under siege by an unknown enemy or enemies. Nothing else could explain the horrors that surrounded them -- perhaps science could.

We wish you all a safe and happy All Hallows Eve from everyone at Cosimo!

For a complete list of all things eerie and chilling, visit our cryptozoology, mystery, mythology & folklore, and UFO pages on our website.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October eBook of the Month - Myth, Consciousness and Psychic Research by Jean Houston

This month we want to showcase not one but four ebooks in our eBook of the Month post. These four eBooks were originally released in Psychic Exploration, an anthology of psychic research, consciousness and the meaning of the universe compiled in 1974 by the late Edgar D. MitchellApollo 14 astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and edited by John White.

A host of renowned scientists like Willis W. HarmanJean HoustonStanley Krippner, Robert Masters, William G. RollRussell TargCharles T. Tart, Montague Ullman, and many more, each wrote an essay, which Cosimo released this year as mini-eBooks. four of which we want to highlight this month:

This essay, chapter 25 of Psychic Exploration, explores the crisis of consciousness and its historical analogies and suggests that the mythic persona emerging from the crisis points toward a new image of man and a new possibility for humanity.

A History of Parapsychology by Martin Ebon
Although the word parapsychology suggests a field of research that exists "beside psychology," its studies are not only related to psychology but to religion, anthropology, physics, and other areas as well. Parapsychology's history may be divided into three periods: from prehistory to the latter part of the nineteenth century; the last three decades of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth; and the present period.

Psychic Research and Modern Physics by Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ
This essay, chapter 22 of Psychic Exploration, describes the application of concepts of modern physics to the study of psychic functioning. Included are a discussion of an example of a theoretical model of precognition that is testable and is compatible with contemporary physics, and descriptions of recent experiments using instruments that have exceptional sensitivity.

This essay, chapter 15 of Psychic Exploration, studies out-of-the-body experiences (OOBE's), formerly called "astral projection" and "traveling clairvoyance," are a universal human phenomenon in the sense of having been experienced in every time and culture, although only a very small fraction of people ever experience it.

About the Author
Edgar D. Mitchell was the founder of IONS, The Instituteof Noetic Sciences, a former Apollo astronaut, and a Navy Captain. Among his many degrees are four honorary doctorates and a ScD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.  In July we will remember Apollo 11, and all Apollo missions, as America celebrates the 45th anniversary of, “One giant leap for mankind," and the talented Edgar Mitchell, who recently passed away.

Cosimo is proud to offer a paperback edition of Psychic Exploration at leading online bookstores including Barnes & Noble (paperback and eBook), and Amazon (eBook and paperback).

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October Classic of the Month: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Many may know Mr. Ichabod Crane from movies, television, festivals, songs, musicals, or even Broadway shows, his debut came in 1820 in a short story collection written by Washington Irving. The Headless Horseman, Crane, and Irving are all at their most popular during Halloween, and it is for that reason that The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is our October Classic of the Month!

Ichabod Crane, a schoolteacher, came to Tarrytown in the glen of Sleepy Hollow to ply his trade in educating young minds. He was a gullible and excitable fellow, often so terrified by locals' stories of ghosts that he would hurry through the woods on his way home, singing to keep from hysterics.

Among these stories was the legend of the Galloping Hessian, the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow. Readers of all ages will enjoy this classic American short story about courtship, rivalry, and ghosts. 

About the Author
Washington Irving (1783-1859) was born in New York City to Scottish immigrant parents. Considered by some the "Father of American Literature," Irving is best known for his short stories, including "Rip Van Winkle," but he also produced an extensive bibliography of essays, poems, travel books, and biographies.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

October Series of the Month: The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe

With Halloween right around the corner, Cosimo has picked the perfect book for the the perfect scare. Originally published in 1902, our Series of the Month The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe, includes, in ten volumes, all the works of the admired American poet, fiction writer, and literary critic, Edgar Allen Poe (1808-1849). 

Through his work, Poe pioneered the short story, popularized romantic Gothic fiction in 19th century America, and almost single-handedly invented the genre of detective fiction. Through his works, he reflects his literary theories. He believed that literature should make individuals think by possessing a meaning beyond the surface, and that works that have an obvious message are not true art. He also believed, which is evident through his creations, that literature should be brief and focus on a single objective.

The collection includes:

- William Wallace
- The Raven
- Haunted Palace
- Annabel Lee
- A Dream Within a Dream
- Tamerlane
- The Conqueror Worm,
- and many, more

Cosimo offers the full set by individual volume at leading online bookstores or as a full set in hardcover and paperback. This series is perfect for anyone who enjoys classic literature, but also collectors of Poe's work, librarians, and professors. Appreciating Poe's work is essential to any understanding of American literature. If you are interested in purchasing the full set, please contact us.

The paperback retail price for this series is $134.90, but now our price is $109.99 (you save $24.91 or 20%)

The hardcover retail price for this series is $349.90, but now our price is $279.99 (you save $69.91 or 20%)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October Book of the Month: Mothman by Loren Coleman

In honor of everyone's favorite eerie holiday, Cosimo is happy to announce Mothman and Other Curious Encounters by Loren Coleman as our October Book of the Month!

Fifty years  ago, on November 15, 1966, a huge, red-eyed creature with wings appeared over Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Thus began thirteen months of otherworldly mystery, madness, and mayhem for the people of Point Pleasant, culminating in the collapse of the Silver Bridge, which left 46 dead.

But contrary to popular belief, Mothman is not a one-off phenomon. Leading cryptozoologist and investigator Loren Coleman looks at the precursors of Mothman, like the Flatwoods Monster of 1952, then brings the story up to date, detailing the sightings of the spawn of Mothman at the beginning of this century. Coleman also examines the impact on investigations into the unknown by John Keel, the newsman who spend a year in Point Pleasant looking into the Mothman story and lived to write about it.

About The Author
Today, Loren Coleman, as one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, is an honorary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, a life member of the International Society of Cryptozoology, and an inaugural inductee of the Roger Patterson Memorial Bigfoot Museum in Portland, Oregon. He travels extensively for fieldwork and lectures and writes a daily blog at the Internet’s most popular cryptozoology news site, Cryptomundo. Coleman is the director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

African Unconscious in the News

Our August Book of the Month The African Unconscious by Edward Bruce Bynum has been in the news! Angelina Graham of Institute of Transpersonal Psychology recently wrote a book review for the 2016 edition of The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies.

Highlights include:

"For those interested in an Afrocentric approach to tracing the historical migration of dark skin people over human history, the intricate revealings in the indelible, African Unconscious: Roots of Ancient Mysticism and Modern Psychology, is a cornerstone contribution."

" .... Bynum points out the ever present widespread awareness of non-local neurological phenomena, such as intuition, as confirmation of the longevity of ancient African consciousness that acknowledges the same genuine lived experiences as various belief systems today."

To read the full article, please visit the IJTS website and download it here.

The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies (IJTS) is a semi-annual peer-reviewed academic journal publishing on topics in transpersonal psychology and related fields. This journal is sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and has been in print since 1981.

About the Author:
Edward Bruce Bynum, Ph.D., ABPP, is a psychologist, diplomat in clinical psychology, and director of the Behavioral Medicine & Anxieties Disorders clinic at the University of Massachusetts Health Services in Amherst. He is the author of five texts in psychology and three in poetry. Some of his other books include The Family Unconscious, The Roots of Transcendence, and Families and the Interpretation of Dreams. His last volume of poetry, Chronicles of the Pig & Other Delusions, won the national 2010 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Dr. Bynum received the Abraham H. Maslow Award from the American Psychological Association for “an outstanding and lasting contribution to the exploration of the farther reaches of the human spirit.”

Cosimo is happy to offer The African Unconscious, in paperback, and eBook formats at leading online bookstores including Barnes & Noble (paperback, Nook) and Amazon (paperbackKindle).

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Mark A. Hall, Cryptozoologist and Cosimo Author 1946 - 2016

We at Cosimo are deeply saddened to hear the news that our author, Mark A. Hall passed away last week on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

Hall, a cryptozoologist and author, researched and investigated unexplained natural phenomena and mysteries for over half a century. He shared the results of his efforts in books and the periodical WONDERS, published from 1992 to 2006. His many books include Thunderbirds: America's Living Legends of Giant Birds (2004) and True Giants: Is Gigantopithecus Still Alive? (2010), which were released by Cosimo and are part of Loren Coleman's Presents series.

Mark Hall's research papers and documents have been donated to the International Cryptozoology Museum, founded by his close friend and colleague, Loren Coleman. Please read Coleman's personal thoughts in his obituary of Mark Hall.

The world of cryptozoology has lost a great researcher, and we will miss our author dearly.