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Ellis, Bill 1950-

Overview
Works: 103 works in 200 publications in 1 language and 4,371 library holdings
Genres: Records and correspondence  History  Diaries  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Case studies  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Pictorial works  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Instrumentalist, Other, Composer, Photographer, Performer
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 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Raising the Devil reveals how the Christian Pentecostal movement, right-wing conspiracy theories, and an opportunistic media turned grassroots folk traditions into the Satanism scare of the 1980s." "During the mid-twentieth century, devil worship was seen as merely an isolated practice of medieval times. But by the 1980s, many influential experts in clinical medicine and in law enforcement were proclaiming that satanic cults were widespread and dangerous. By examining the broader context for alleged "cult" activity, Bill Ellis demonstrates how the image of contemporary Satanism emerged during the 1970s."
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 663 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 )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 401 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 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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." "Written for both the cultural studies expert and the reader fascinated with reactions to extraordinary phenomena, Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults pursues motivations for why people tell these "true stories, heard from a friend of a friend.""--BOOK JACKET
The consular letters by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The English notebooks by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Killer legends( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 101 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 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bill Ellis provides biographical and stylistic synopses on six Northwest Coast Indian artists and brief descriptive comments on the 24 serigraphs in this collection. Includes texts by some of the artists."--e-artexte
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 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 in 1962 in English and held by 10 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
Play it a long time by Andy Cohen( Recording )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Centenary edition of the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne. The English notebooks, 1853-1856. Edited by Thomas Woodson and Bill Ellis by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

3 editions published between 1962 and 1996 in English and held by 5 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

Paradigm Shift by Bill Ellis( )

1 edition published in 2013 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 (96)

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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 English notebooks. [The English notebooksThe centenary edition of the works of Nathaniel HawthorneEntertainment in Rhyl and North Wales