Handbook for the Amateur Cryptozoologist (2nd Ed.)
The "Handbook for the Amateur Cryptozoologist" explores the history and mystery behind some of the most elusive creatures found - and some that are still hidden. The handbook provides a well-balanced look at many concepts necessary to conduct proper client-based investigations. It touches on many of the skills you will need to become a confident seeker of unknown animals.
Cryptozoology has been shadowed under the umbrella of pseudoscience due to a myriad of problems. This book takes a skeptical, yet balanced, stance to help the newcomer or seasoned veteran gain solid footing into using a more scientific approach to the field. It will also arm you with the basic abilities necessary to become a successful researcher and field investigator in the field of cryptozoology.
This book provides in-depth interview techniques as well as several examples of client questionnaires. It also explores the use of technology in the field as well as the methodologies behind investigations and expeditions that go beyond the television style of thrill-seeking. This handbook will be your basic guide to becoming a responsible and rational investigator in a field wrought with hoaxes and misinterpretations.
The First Edition was released on February 5, 2014 and the Second Edition was released on March 22, 2015. The Second Edition contains some minor updates as well as a foreword by Loren Coleman. Coleman is one of the leading cryptozoologists in the world, author, media consultant, and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.
"Handbook for the Amateur Cryptozoologist" appears in the New and Notable section of the July/August 2014 edition of the Skeptical Inquirer. Skeptical Inquirer? Yes, to have a book based on cryptozoology to be accepted by the leading skeptical organization is a huge honor and proves that my work is truly balanced. It would be far too easy to have others in the cryptid field give their stamp of approval for a book like this, but to appeal to true science and balanced-minded thinking was the goal with this book.
In December of 2014, the book was featured in an article written by cryptozoologist and author Loren Coleman for The Best Cryptozoology Books of 2014 as the "The Best Guidebook for The Cryptozoologist-In-Training of 2014." It's a huge honor to be recognized by a living legend of the field of cryptozoology for my work. The book was also featured by Magonia Book News.
The "E4" Method: Breaking the Mold of Paranormal Investigation
The "E4" Method is a blend of traditional and non-traditional approaches toward client-centered paranormal investigation from Parapsychology, interviewing specialists, as well as the "Ghost Excavation" methodology created by John G Sabol, Jr. and is balanced by advice from professional skeptics. This blend of old and new methodology is intended to provide structure for groups who desire a new direction away from the limited concepts displayed in current ghost investigation culture.
Many ghost groups understand they are using pseudoscientific methods and are hungry for a new direction. Still, many other groups are unaware that there is any other way to investigate these claims than what they have been handed down through paranormal investigation culture. The "E4" Method is the answer to groups who desire to use a blend of approaches using realistic scientific methods in a case study setting as well as utilizing the unknown variables that have been discovered by those studying paranormal phenomenon for over 130 years.
The "E4" Method is designed as a specific series of steps that will help eliminate the subjective experience often associated with "ghost hunting" activities, establish specific controls, enlist the client as a participant who is the reason for the investigation, and engage the environment (not ghosts!) in an attempt to create repeatable and predictable spontaneous paranormal occurrences. This methodology provides a solid structure as compared to random methods used by ghost investigators and has been designed from the advice of skeptics, true scientific methods, as well as the principles behind many tests using Parapsychological methods.
Handbook for the Amateur Paranormal Investigator II: The Art and Science of Paranormal Investigation
The "Art and Science of Paranormal Investigation" picks up where "How to Become a Successful Paranormal Group", the first book in this series, left off. This book is geared toward those who know the basics beyond what is portrayed on television and the internet. This next chapter takes a step forward into the world of client centered paranormal investigations. Learn the art of the interview including basic body language that can help in interviews as well as everyday situations. Learn advanced interview techniques that are simple to use that will help your client remember the most detail and provide you with an accurate picture of your upcoming investigation of the location. Evidence review, and other topics that are rarely mentioned with investigations, are discussed tool by tool. Learn the reality behind the tools and methods used in the field of paranormal investigation that goes against the popular ways of doing things.
"In 'Handbook for the Amateur Paranormal Investigator: Part II - The Art and Science of Paranormal Investigation', Brian Parsons establishes a refreshingly grounded approach to conducting paranormal investigations including many uncommon and valuable tips that can only come from someone with many years of experience in the field. Any paranormal investigator who reads this book will undoubtedly take away a wealth of knowledge that will enhance and complement their investigations and research. I highly recommend Brian's book to both new and seasoned paranormal investigators alike. Excellent!"
-Doug Kelley, PhD, CH, CSL
Founder and Executive Director
The Institute of Metaphysical Humanistic Science