Ellis, Bill 1950-
Most widely held works by Bill Ellis
Raising the devil : Satanism, new religions, and the media by Bill Ellis ( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 791 libraries worldwide
Lucifer ascending : the occult in folklore and popular culture by Bill Ellis ( Book )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 678 libraries worldwide
"The success of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series sparked a spirited backlash from America's Christian fundamentalists. Potter may be fiction, these commentators argued, but his occultist practices are dangerous and real - and tempting to impressionable young minds." "This controversy, says Bill Ellis, is only the most recent cases of organized religion's concern that the occult may be corrupting our youth. But Potter fans aren't sacrificing Christianity for the dark arts as some religious leaders fear. The attraction of witchcraft and magic among children is a tradition that is hundreds of years old - and not likely to disappear. In fact, the occult has always functioned to empower people in traditionally less powerful social strata: children, women, lower classes. At a time when most worshippers could not read the Bible or understand a church ceremony, paganism offered spiritual fulfillment. When women could not vote or train for a vocation, witchcraft gave them access to knowledge and medicine." "Witchcraft and magic are still very much a part of Anglo-American culture. In Lucifer Ascending, Ellis looks at modern practices that are universally defined as occult, such as carrying a rabbit's foot for good luck or using a Ouija board to contact the dead as well as more esoteric traditions such as the use of "black bibles." The function of this "vernacular occultism" in society, Ellis argues, is not based on an irrational belief in Satan, nor is witchcraft an underground religion that opposes Christianity. Lucifer Ascending examines the occult not as an alternative to religion but rather as a means for ordinary people to participate directly in the mythic realm."--Jacket.
The global grapevine : why rumors of terrorism, immigration, and trade matter by Gary Alan Fine ( Book )
7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 355 libraries worldwide
""A flat world allows bad ideas to travel faster. Using illustrations ranging from the history of the vampire to modern rumors about terrorism, Gary Alan Fine and Bill Ellis explain what happens when cultures collide, and they make you a smarter citizen of an increasingly connected world. If you want to spot the next whopper that appears in your in-box (or springs from the mouth of a television commentator) this book is essential."--. Chip Heath, author of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die" ""In this readable, insightful book, Fine and Ellis offer a tight analysis of loose talk. They show how seemingly unrelated rumors-9-11 conspiracy theories, warnings about dangerous imported goods, and stories about stolen body parts-reveal a common theme: many people's discomfort regarding their growing experience with and exposure to what strikes them as foreign. Other analysts may cheer that the world is shrinking and getting flatter, but the stories we tell one another suggest that globalization remains pretty scary for lots of folks."--Joel Best, author of Stat-Sporting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data" ""This is a brilliant piece of cultural criticism. Fine and Ellis rigorously scrutinize the rampant paranoid rumors of our time, explaining how and why these fantasies form, what they mean, and how we should deal with them. Everyone who listens to talk radio or uses the Internet should read this book."--Jan Harold Brunvand, author of Encyclopedia of Urban Legends"--BOOK JACKET.
Aliens, ghosts, and cults : legends we live by Bill Ellis ( Book )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 349 libraries worldwide
The consular letters by Nathaniel Hawthorne ( Book )
2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 321 libraries worldwide
The English notebooks by Nathaniel Hawthorne ( Book )
7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 219 libraries worldwide
The consular letters, 1853-1855 by Nathaniel Hawthorne ( Book )
4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 164 libraries worldwide
The consular letters, 1856-1857 by Nathaniel Hawthorne ( Book )
3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 72 libraries worldwide
The consular letters, 1853-1857 by Nathaniel Hawthorne ( Book )
2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Lucifer ascending : the occult in folklore and popular culture ( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Bill Ellis research collection on contemporary legends, 1918-1996 (bulk 1965-1996) by Bill Ellis ( )
in English and held by 1 library worldwide
This collection contains primarily books, pamphlets, booklets, newsletters, and newspaper clippings about topics of contemporary legends, including the occult, paranormal, religious and phenomena of extra-terrestrial origin, crop circles, animal mutilation, and other UFO-related phenomena.
The global grapevine by Gary Alan Fine ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
'The Global Grapevine' documents how Americans grapple with the new global world through everyday thoughts & conversations, & the rumors they spread. Focusing on the threat posed by terrorism, the impact of immigration, the risks involved in international trade & the dangers faced by naive tourism, the book offers a broad survey.
The centenary edition of the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne 21, The English notebooks by Nathaniel Hawthorne ( Book )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Papers of the centenary edition of the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1960-1997 by Nathaniel Hawthorne ( )
in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The collection consists of the working papers of the centenary edition of Hawthorne published by the Ohio State University Press. According to William Charvat in a document within the collection dated November 18, 1964, this centenary edition is "the first edition of a major American writer to be based on a full and rigorous use of modern textual principles ; the first for which all relevant texts are collated ... ; and the first to use the Hinman collating machine. This edition has set the standards for all other editions now in progress or planned for the future. The project was born in a conversation between William Charvat and Roy Harvey Pearce at Ohio State in 1960, when it was observed that the centenary of Hawthorne's death was to be 1964." Volume I, The Scarlet letter, was published in 1962. Volume XXIII, Miscellaneous prose and verse, was published in 1994.
Americans Animal welfare Bestiality Channeling (Spiritualism) Child sexual abuse--Investigation Conspiracies Consuls Controversial literature Criticism, Textual Diaries England Freemasonry Globalization--Social aspects Great Britain Hawthorne, Nathaniel,--1804-1864 History Homes Intellectual life Legends Magic Near-death experiences Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc. Novelists, American Novelists, American--Homes and haunts Occultism Parapsychology Popular culture Records and correspondence Religion Ritual abuse Rumor Sasquatch Satanism Satanism--Rituals Scotland--Orkney Sex crimes--Investigation Spiritual healing Superstition Survivalism Tales Tarot Travel Unidentified flying object literature Unidentified flying objects United States Werewolves