The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained


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Penguin Books
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5.4 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Colin Dickey is a writer, speaker, and academic, and has made a career out of collecting unusual objects and hidden histories all over the country. He's a regular contributor to the LA Review of Books and Lapham's Quarterly, and is the co-editor of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology. He is also a member of the Order of the Good Death, a collective of artists, writers, and death industry professionals interested in improving the Western world's relationship with mortality. With a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Southern California, he is an associate professor of creative writing at National University.


"Fascinating, troubling, compassionate and--in the end--deeply thoughtful...Dickey's sense of history reminds us of the complex reasons our odder beliefs endure." --NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"Colin Dickey's examination of fringe beliefs is absolutely perfect for the current moment, as we watch a growing (and worrying) distrust in science... In shrewd, accessible analysis and firsthand reporting, Dickey explores his own theories about theories."--BUZZFEED

"Any aficionado of the macabre would be remiss not to pick it up."--TOR

"Colin Dickey's new book about the rise of conspiracy theories and paranoid thought in American culture, could not come at a better time... Brilliant." --THE NEW REPUBLIC

"A fascinating expedition through fringe belief and theory... A thought-provoking and deliciously unsettling guide into the stranger corners of American culture."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review

"Meticulously researched and written, this is the grown-up version of the mysteries of the
unknown books... Perfect for the skeptics and believers alike."--BOOKLIST

"Dickey succeeds in informing and entertaining his audience with his sense of wonder... A fascinating blend of history and the strangeness of human nature."--LIBRARY JOURNAL

"An intriguing mix of myths and monsters."--KIRKUS REVIEWS

"[A] compelling historical and cultural analysis of human nature... engaging and impressively researched."--BOOKPAGE

"There are moments while reading The Unidentified where can feel yourself becoming fundamentally smarter about the world than you were before."--Caitlin Doughty, New York Times bestselling author of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes