A few additional names I will here mention had written works that merit a somewhat lower ranking than the works of the aforementioned authors. To this category I assign the enthusiasts like Erich von Daniken and Robert Charroux, perhaps also B. D. Bendedict (a writer of Croatian ancestry) with his theory of the parallel dimensions and of Purgatory through reincarnation, Charles Berlitz (the author of an highly entertaining “Bermuda’s Triangle”), and Arthur C. Clarke (who approaches the mysteries quite formally and dryly, but who is also reliable in terms of quality of his work and quite excellent for beginners).
With the exception of his somewhat distanced works, I’d say other authors seem kind of lost… not in translation but in the flames of their passion. It is unfortunate, but books by such authors simply cannot be thought of differently simply because, when compared with the sensible books that base their hypothesis on strong and undeniable evidence, they don’t measure up. The sensationalistic approach they lend to in their books tends to actually bring drown their quality. Eventually, their theories come to be at first sight dismissed as unfounded, as having poor or no validity and, as the English would say, ‘they just don’t make sense’.
Though we still do in these works encounter the factual data, those facts serve a little purpose beyond lending credibility or accentuation to the writers’ original theories. And those are not necessarily bullet-proof. Nor do the authors put forth any such claims. Rather, the real value of such works does not derive from the validity of the extrapolated theories and the closeness to the truth they attempt to uncover or explain, but from the simple fact that for some reason we find them fascinating and/or inspiring.
To this effect lead three important factors: : (1) author’s contagious passion for the various phenomena and mysteries, (2) their (not absolute, nevertheless high) reliability in discerning fact from fiction, and (3) the basic, nonetheless crucial, element - they write the texts interesting enough to capture and hold our attention.
Well representative of such authors is Ahmed Bosnić, the writer whose works are a collection of many interesting anomalies, phenomena and occurrences. For many readers, myself included, Bosnić, or another writer of a similar caliber, was an important source of learning about such phenomena. Books like his are very useful in that they give us the notion of what to look for in our further research. I find it just to add here that Mr. Bosnić, a very warm and welcoming soul and a gentleman (as I had the opportunity to attest from our e-mail correspondence), had just published a marvelously written work “Scripts and Charms” (in Bosnian original, “Zapisi i Hamajlije”).
The greatly detailed and consuming research for this book Mr. Bosnić draws from a wide spectrum of textually and pictorally portrayed mythologies, traditions, and superstitions found in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also from some phenomena outside the realms of science.
Clearly, this wasn’t an easy thing to do for such a serious researcher. I don’t believe any other reputable scientists or researcher will dare to follow in his footsteps any time soon.
I also believe that Mr. Bosnić’ has reached his apogee in this work. It is rather brilliantly researched and written and, doubtless, significantly contributes to his country’s literary achievements.
I warmly recommend it to anyone interested in this special field of inquiry.
In my fortean research, the readings in the science of “The Great Beyond”, I had come across many interesting works by numerous good authors. I did not attempt to list them all in this article [I might try to do that at some later occasion].
I am content I have here honored some of them. [How could I not? After all, they did capture my imagination and curiosity and jump-started me any time I stalled on the long road toward the all-encompassing truth].
I appreciate how fortunate I was to not ever have wondered off outside of realm of the high-quality literature, to not have fallen under the spell of the… mildly put - its lesser - quality kind.
*The poor-quality literature remains most widely published type today.
I stay hopeful that we’ll soon witness an end to this trend and that increasingly more fortean works of real merit in this extremely vast and interesting field will see the light of day and the bookshelves of our private collections.