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Ellis, Bill 1950-

Overview
Works: 96 works in 194 publications in 1 language and 4,238 library holdings
Genres: Records and correspondence  History  Diaries  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Case studies  Pictorial works  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Instrumentalist, Other, Composer, Photographer, Performer
Classifications: BF1548, 133.422
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Bill Ellis
Raising the devil : Satanism, new religions, and the media by Bill Ellis( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ellis's investigation covers ouija boards, cattle mutilation, graveyard desecration, and "diabolical medicine"--The psychiatric community's version of exorcism. He offers a balanced view of contentious issues such as demonic possession, satanic ritual abuse, and the testimonies of confessing "ex-Satanists." A trained folklorist, Ellis seeks to navigate a middle road in this dialog, and his insights into informal religious traditions clarify how the image of Satanism both explained and created deviant behavior."--Jacket
Lucifer ascending : the occult in folklore and popular culture by Bill Ellis( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member 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 )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member 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"--Jacket
Aliens, ghosts, and cults : legends we live by Bill Ellis( Book )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The consular letters by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The English notebooks by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The consular letters, 1853-1855 by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Killer legends( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Peeling back the layers of storytelling, from interviews with shocked detectives to traumitized victims, filmakers discover a truth more horrifying than they had ever imagined....four of our most terrifying urban legends and the real-life crimes that may have inspired them." -- container
The consular letters, 1856-1857 by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Centenary edition of the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

16 editions published between 1962 and 1988 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Ksan 1978 original graphics : first annual collection( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The English notebooks. [ by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The English notebooks, 1853-1856 by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seaside entertainment in old photographs : Rhyl & North Wales, 1868-1968 : 100 years of nostalgia : part one by Bill Ellis( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Centenary edition of the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

5 editions published between 1962 and 1996 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The centenary edition of the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

4 editions published in 1962 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entertainment in Rhyl and North Wales( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Texas wind by Bill Ellis( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"So Jean deNormandie was on his way to America with a favorable wind. He practiced his English, and changed his name to Jock Norman. He met Stephen Austin and went to Texas with Austin's first colonists. Jock had an exciting time with the great Texas heroes, Crockett, Travis, Bowie, Houston, and even Santa Anna (the Mexican)--P. [4] of cover
Paradigm Shift by Bill Ellis( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Avoiding legal landmines in banking by J. Bradley Boericke( )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Raising the devil : Satanism, new religions, and the media
Alternative Names
Bill Ellis American essayist

Languages
English (107)

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Lucifer ascending : the occult in folklore and popular cultureThe global grapevine : why rumors of terrorism, immigration, and trade matterAliens, ghosts, and cults : legends we liveThe English notebooksThe Centenary edition of the works of Nathaniel HawthorneThe English notebooks. [The English notebooks, 1853-1856The Centenary edition of the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne