"Haunted Ground: Journeys Through A Paranormal America" by Darryl V. Caterine

“Haunted Ground: Journeys Through A Paranormal America” by Darryl V. Caterine

Haunted Ground: Journeys Through A Paranormal America

by Darryl V. Caterine

“Five hundred years after Columbus, the myths and tales of America’s wondrous and haunted ground are alive and well in our collective obsession with the paranormal. In this modern-day discourse, Nature remains what it was to the original discoverers: a marvel for all to behold, satisfying those with an “enthusiasm for novelties, sufficient material to satisfy their curiosity.”  By now the Indians have been displaced to the geographic and historical sidelines of Euro American mythology, but new kinds of fantastic beings have come to stand alongside and sometimes to replace them.  In the paranormal variant of the Columbian myth, the spirits, ETs and ghosts metamorphose into Native Americans and back again, trading places and sharing masks. Together they take turns unnerving the inhabitants of Nature’s nation.” – Introduction to Haunted Grounds.

 

Author Professor Darryl V. Caterine

Author Professor Darryl V. Caterine

Praise for Haunted Ground: Journeys Through A Paranormal America

“On this road trip through haunted America, where the paranormal is normal, the extraordinary is ordinary, Darryl Caterine takes us into the heart of a weird America that reveals central American hopes and fears. Driven by compelling writing, making for compulsive reading, this book is full of insights into why Americans, from the margins to the mainstream, search for spiritual ancestors and sacred ground.” – David Chidester, Author of Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture

“On this road trip through haunted America, where the paranormal is normal, the extraordinary is ordinary, Darryl Caterine takes us into the heart of a weird America that reveals central American hopes and fears. Driven by compelling writing, making for compulsive reading, this book is full of insights into why Americans, from the margins to the mainstream, search for spiritual ancestors and sacred ground.” (David Chidester, Author of Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture)

“There is a darkness at the heart of Darryl Caterine’s Haunted Ground―an appreciation for the limitations upon the ability to appreciate, let alone measure, the reverberations that bare humans make in this life. Yet these are what the UFOlogists, the dousers, the mediums, channelers, and spiritually attuned are doing―recording these ghostly rhythms as they circulate via capital and media. They are alone but yet there is something unheard that makes for an uncanny bind between Caterine and his informants. A stark, arresting, and elegant narrative. A strange meditation on the ‘damned facts’ of American history―a blithe and benevolent imperialism but also those stubborn realities that are not so easily mapped in projects of cultural memory and analysis. Caterine takes the reader to that strangest of places, at once celebrated and unacknowledged in the American grain: the radiant space where empty death is confronted. Here is a scholar who has gone off the grid, as it were, producing a searing, original, and devastating account of what life is like at the surface, the magic and dread lying ever someplace else.” – John Lardas Modern, Teacher of Religious Studies at Franklin & Marshall College

“A deeply engaged observer of paranormal microcultures, Caterine relates in colorful language the resiliency of American investment in the notion of an enchanted world. At the same time, he is able to indicate how such clusters of belief―at Lily Dale, Roswell, and the Dowsers Convention―collectively shape a story-in-progress about the normative in American religious life. His accounts of his own experiences, embedded in this narrative, enable us to see the tenuousness and fragility of paranormal belief alongside the coalesced object of study that is familiar to those who research religion. The approach and writing here is a successful experiment, and a contribution to both ethnographic method and style in the study of American religion.” – John Corrigan, Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor, Florida State University

Haunted Ground is a compelling and engaging tour of the rich terrain of paranormal America. Caterine shows how the most central concerns of Americans’ search for wonder and spiritual fulfillment lie at the heart of endeavors too often relegated to the category of the’weird’. With a keen eye and incisive analysis, he provides new insight into the paranormal as ‘public discourse’.” – Judith Weisenfeld, Professor of Religion, Princeton University