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Leo Ruickbie

Location: Germany

About Me

Dr Leo Ruickbie, PhD (Lond), MA (Distinction), BA (Hons), AKC (Associate of King’s College), is a writer, editor and social scientist specialising in controversial areas of human belief and experience. He has a PhD from King’s College, London, for his thesis on the sociology of modern witchcraft, building on his research into re-enchantment that won him an MA with distinction from Lancaster University. He is the author of several books on witchcraft, magic and the supernatural. His published articles, covering such subjects as theories of magic, the historical development of personalised conceptions of evil, folk beliefs in the external soul and the representation of angels in modern media, show his broad interest in the history and sociology of belief and anomalous phenomena. His work has been mentioned in the media fromThe Guardian to Radio Jamaica and he has appeared on television in programmes such asMysteries at the Castle. He is also a member of several other professional and special interest groups, and is on the Council of the Society for Psychical Research and the governing committee of the Gesellschaft für Anomalistik (Society for Anomalistics). In 2014 he was appointed editor of theParanormal Review, the magazine of the Society for Psychical Research.

Relevant Roles

  • Editor of the Paranormal Review, the magazine of the Society for Psychical Research
  • Book Editor for the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz, Germany
  • Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies
  • Book Reviewer for the Fortean Times and other publications
  • Journalist for the Daily Express and other publications
  • Committee Member of the Gesellschaft für Anomalistik
  • Exhibition Curator, ‘La Sorcellerie en France’

Publications

Books

Edited Books

  • With Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie, The Material Culture of Magic (in preparation)
  • With Simon Bacon, Little Horrors: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Anomalous Children and the Construction of Monstrosity (Interdisciplinary Press, 2016)

Chapters in Books

  • ‘Building the Temple: The Physical Expression of Ritual Magic in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn’, in Leo Ruickbie and Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie (eds),The Material Culture of Magic (in preparation).

  • ‘Haunters and Hunters: Popular Ghost Hunting and the Pursuit of Paranormal Experience’ in Darryl Caterine and John Morehead (eds),The Paranormal and Popular Culture(Routledge, 2019).

  • ‘The Devil’s Livery: The Role of Nudity in the Depiction of Witchcraft, Wicca and Satanism’, in Judith Nobel and Daniel Zamani (eds),Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality and Visual Culture (Fulgur, 2019).

  • ‘I was a Teenage Werewolf: The Seventeenth Century Witchcraft Trial of Jean Grenier’, in Leo Ruickbie and Simon Bacon (eds),Little Horrors: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Anomalous Children and the Construction of Monstrosity (Interdisciplinary Press, 2016)

  • ‘Bell Witch, The’, ‘Hunkeler, Ronald E.’ and ‘Taylor, Michael’, in Joseph Laycock (ed.),Spirit Possession Around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2016).

  • ‘Magic’ and ‘Spells’, in Patrick Hayes (ed.), Miracles Through History: An Encyclopedia of Supernatural and Divine Events (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2016).

  • ‘Memento (Non)Mori: Memory, Discourse and Transmission during the Eighteenth Century Vampire Epidemic and After’, in Simon Bacon and Katarzyna Bronk (eds),Undead Memory: Vampires and Human Memory in Popular Culture (Bern: Peter Lang, 2014).

  • ‘Evidence for the Undead: The Role of Medical Investigation in the Eighteenth Century Vampire Epidemic’, in James Doan and Barbara Brodman (eds),The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend,vol. 1 (Lanham, MD: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2013)

  • ‘“So Terrible a Force”: Spirit Communication in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn’, in Christopher M. Moreman (ed.),The Spiritualist Movement: Speaking with the Dead in America and Around the World, vol. 3 (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2013)

  • ‘“Either Must Die at the Hand of the Other”: Religious Reactions to Harry Potter’, in Jennifer Sims (ed.),The Sociology of Harry Potter, (Cheshire, CT: Zossima, 2012)

Articles

  • ‘The SPR at War: The Society for Psychical Research During the First World War’,Paranormal Review, 88 (Autumn, 2018).
  • ‘Pennies from Hell: Soldiers’ Lucky Pennies and the First World War’,Paranormal Review, 88 (Autumn, 2018).
  • ‘Journey to the Centre of the SPR: A Review of the SPR’s 41st International Annual Conference’,Paranormal Review, 86 (Spring 2018).
  • ‘A Night with the Black Monk’, Paranormal Review, 83 (Summer 2017).
  • ‘Lucid in Leeds: A Review of the SPR’s 40th International Annual Conference’, Paranormal Review, 81 (Winter 2017).
  • ‘Funny Bunny: The True Tale of Lepus Cornutus, the Horned Hare’,Paranormal Review, 80 (Autumn 2016).
  • ‘The SPR’s London: Around the Capital with the Society for Psychical Research’,Paranormal Review, 80 (Autumn 2016).
  • ‘Parazoology in Practice’, Paranormal Review, 80 (Autumn 2016).
  • ‘Faking Kluski: The Story Behind the “Faked” Kluski Spirit Hands at the Institut Metapsychique International in Paris’,Paranormal Review, 79 (Summer 2016).
  • ‘The Enflied Psychic: An Interview with Dr Ian Rubenstein’, Paranormal Review, 79 (Summer 2016).
  • ‘Permanent Paranormal Object: Professor Josephson’s Bent Key’,Paranormal Review, 78 (Spring 2016).
  • ‘Mrs Salter and the Angels: The 1915 Society for Psychical Research’s Investigation of “Alleged Visions on the Battlefield” and the Angels of Mons’,Paranormal Review, 76 (Autumn 2015).
  • ‘A Previously Unpublished Account of the Angels of Mons’, Paranormal Review, 76 (Autumn 2015).
  • ‘Greenwich Meme Time: The Joint Society for Psychical Research and Parapsychological Association Conference at the University of Greenwich, London, 16-19 July 2015’,Paranormal Review, 76 (Autumn 2015).
  • ‘The Medium: An Interview with Physical Medium Kai Mügge’, Paranormal Review, 75 (Summer 2015).
  • ‘The Séance: Lights, Rappings, Levitations and Apports with Kai Mügge’, Paranormal Review, 75 (Summer 2015).
  • ‘Stephen E. Braude: An Interview with the 2014 Recipient of the Myers Memorial Medal’,Paranormal Review, 74 (Spring 2015).
  • ‘Virtual Parapsychology: A Review of “Parapsychology and Psychology: Research and Theory Online Conference”, 1–2 November 2014’, Paranormal Review, 73 (Winter 2015).
  • ‘From Polaroid Poltergeists to the Statistics of the Zodiac: Summary of the 2013 Volume of the Zeitschrift für Anomalistik’,Mindfield, 6.3 (2014).
  • ‘Paranormal Paris: Inside the Institut Métapsychique International’,Paranormal Review, 72 (October 2014).
  • ‘Conference Report: The 38th Annual International SPR Conference’,Paranormal Review, 72 (October 2014).
  • With Walter Meyer zu Erpen and Shelley Sweeney, ‘Saving the Paranormal: What Did We Learn from the “Preserving the Historical Collections of Parapsychology” Conference?’,Paranormal Review, 72 (October 2014), 36-7.
  • ‘The Black Magic Code’, Abraxas: International Journal of Esoteric Studies, 6 (2014).
  • ‘A Vision in Bermondsey, 1917: A Previously Unreported First World War Anomalous Experience’,Paranormal Review, 71 (July 2014), 28-9.
  • ‘The Blood of Satan: The Exorcism of Michael Taylor’, Fortean Times, 313 (April 2014)
  • ‘What Possessed Us? Forty Years After Its UK Release, Is The Exorcist Still the Scariest Movie of All Time?’,Fortean Times, 313 (April 2014)
  • ‘Friday the 13th’, Daily Express (12 September 2013)
  • ‘Britain’s Spookiest Places’, Daily Express (23 August 2013)
  • ‘Child Witches: Imaginary Cannibalism and Ritual Abuse in London’,Paranthropology, 3.3 (July 2012)
  • ‘Vampire Autopsies’, Fortean Times, 288 (Special, 2012)
  • ‘Faith Factor: Hallowe’en Then and Now’, Sierra Sun (27 October 2011)

Other Memberships

  • Royal Historical Society
  • European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism
  • Gesellschaft für Anomalistik (Committee Member)
  • Societas Magica
  • Society for Psychical Research
  • The Ghost Club

 

 

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A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate Paranormal Activity from Spirits and Hauntings to Poltergeists by Dr Leo Ruickbie Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Robinson (15 Aug 2013) ISBN-10: 1780338260 ISBN-13: 978-1780338262 There has been an ... more

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A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting:
How to Investigate Paranormal Activity from Spirits and Hauntings to Poltergeists
by Dr Leo Ruickbie

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Robinson (15 Aug 2013)
ISBN-10: 1780338260
ISBN-13: 978-1780338262

There has been an upsurge in books, television programmes, films and websites exploring the reality or otherwise of the spirit world. Not since the founding of The Ghost Club in 1862 and the Society for Psychical Research in 1882 has ghost hunting been so popular. Television and the internet, in particular, have fueled this new level of interest, creating a modern media phenomenon that spans the globe. But while the demand for information is high, good information remains scarce. A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting leads us through the process of ghost hunting, from initially weighing the first report, to choosing equipment, and investigating and identifying the phenomena, with an analysis of the best places to go looking, methods of contacting the spirit world, how to explain paranormal activity and, crucially, how to survive the encounter. However, it is also a book about ghost hunting itself, drawing on 130 years of research in the cavernous archives of the Society for Psychical Research and even older history to find the earliest ghost stories. A Ghost Hunting Survey makes use of interviews with those billing themselves as ghost hunters to find out their views, motivations and experiences. New and original research makes use of statistics to map the nebulous world of apparitions while a Preliminary Survey of Hauntings offers an analysis of 923 reported phenomena from 263 locations across the UK. This is, as far as possible, an objective presentation of ghosts and ghost hunting. It is no wonder that mainstream science largely refuses to deal with the subject: it is too complicated. Without trying to convince you of any viewpoint, this book is intended to help you understand more.

Every ghost hunter, whether professional or amateur should read this book. All will learn from it.
- Alan Murdie, Chairman, The Ghost Club

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