The 2nd Annual Occult Detective Awards, Part II

Yesterday we took a look at Hollywood but today we cast a more serious and curious glance toward those things that go bump in the  night. We walk now from out of the shadows of occult fiction and into occult fact. Here are my selections for the very best of the offerings I examined this year —

Best Occult Release

The Witchcraft of Dame Darrel by Charles Leland

Published by Weiser Books, Charles Leland’s masterpiece is lovingly reproduced. This book totally blew me away. Truly a thing of beauty. You can read my review HERE.

Runner-Up: Aradia – The Gospel of the Witches by Charles Leland

Best Biography/Travelogue

Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter by Josh Gates

Published by Gallery Books, Josh Gates presents an insightful, charming, and witty look behind the scenes of Destination: Truth. This book was a lot of fun. A bit light at less than 300 pages, but it’s well worth the read, especially if you’re a fan of the show.

Runner-Up: In the Footsteps of Dracula by Stephen Unger

Best Paranormal Release

Ghosts, Spirits, and Hauntings – edited by Michael Pye and Kirsten Dalley

From New Page Books comes this terrific collection of essays by notable authors Ray Buckland, Andrew Nichols, Nick Redfern, and Loyd Auerbach, among others. You can read my review HERE.

Runner-Up: Campfire – True Ghost Stories by Jim Harold

Best Ancient Mysteries Release

Legacy of the Gods: The Origin of Sacred Sites and the Rebirth of Ancient Wisdom by Freddy Silva

Silva is well known on the paranormal lecture circuit and this is an important work filled to the brim with his trademark fearless and passionate narrative. My review can be read HERE.

Runner-Up: The Master Game by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval

Vulgo Adeptus

Weiser Books

For the second year in a row, Weiser Books gets the nod for being the premiere publisher of esoterica. They have been very good to me, supplying me with some truly wonderful works to review and their record speaks for itself. Their impact on the occult sciences, dating back over fifty years, is the stuff of legend and I’m proud to have been given the opportunity to help steer people toward their extensive catalogue of superior metaphysical treatises.

Runner-Up: New Page Books

The Ghostbreaker Award for Excellence in the Televised Research and Investigation of the Strange and Unusual

Brad Meltzer’s Decoded

Brad Meltzer is one of my favorite authors. He also hosts one of the coolest shows on television. From the History Channel, Decoded teams Meltzer up with field investigators Scott Rolle, Christine McKinley, and Buddy Levy as they attempt to shed light on historical mysteries, conspiracies, secret codes, and ancient symbols. The entire cast is personable and down-to-earth and you never get a sense of any wink-wink-nudge-nudge shenanigans that other shows of this ilk (such as Ancient Aliens) seems to have. There is an air of authenticity to every investigation that is comforting and appreciated.

Runner-Up: Last year’s winner Destination: Truth

Be sure to tune back in tomorrow as the 2nd Annual Occult Detective Awards acknowledges the comic book industry.

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