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Ellis, Bill 1950-

Overview
Works: 114 works in 192 publications in 1 language and 3,828 library holdings
Genres: Records and correspondence  Diaries  History  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Case studies  Pictorial works  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Instrumentalist, Other, Photographer, Composer, Performer
Classifications: BF1548, 914.2
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 767 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 )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 662 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 consular letters by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

9 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The global grapevine : why rumors of terrorism, immigration, and trade matter by Gary Alan Fine( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 403 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 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The English notebooks by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Killer legends( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 89 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 83 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

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

2 editions published in 1985 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

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

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

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

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

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

Global Grapevine, The Why Rumors of Terrorism, Immigration, and Trade Matter( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soon after 9/11, wild rumors began to spread: that Arab-Americans were celebrating publicly, that some people had been warned, that politicians knew all along. The Global Grapevine reveals how--through our everyday thoughts and conversations, and the rumors we spread--we grapple with the new global world. Drawn from diverse sources, the book illuminates urban legends like the claim that a certain t-shirt with a Chinese pictogram brands the wearer as a prostitute, conspiracy theories such as the "9/11 Truth Movement," or stories of tourists infected with AIDS by locals. These rumors, the authors argue, reflect our anxieties and fears about contact with foreign cultures--how we believe foreign competition to be poisoning the domestic economy and foreign immigration to be eroding American values. Focusing on the threat posed by terrorism, the impact of immigration, the risks involved in international trade, and the dangers faced by naive tourism, the book provides a broad survey of the most widely circulated rumors and examines what these tales reveal about contemporary society
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
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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. [Entertainment in Rhyl and North WalesTexas windThe centenary edition of the worksThe Centenary edition of the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne