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Unexplained Places and Phenomena: Books

Lost Cities Series
David Hatcher Childress
David has published a whole series of books about his travels around the world in search of lost cities and mysterious places. These books are very readable and filled with photos and illustrations. About half of the books deal with David’s first hand accounts and the other half is filled with historical context and his personal theories. These books are well researched and make for fascinating reading. I consider these books to be essential to anyone interested in traveling to mysterious places. Individual titles in the series include:
Lost Cities of North & Central America
Lost Cities of China, Central Asia & India
Lost Cities & Ancient Mysteries of Africa and Arabia
Lost Cities of Ancient Lemuria & the Pacific
Lost Cities & Ancient Mysteries of South America
Lost Cities of Atlantis, Ancient Europe and the Mediterranean

Weird America: A Guide to Places of Mystery in the United States
Jim Brandon
Unfortunately this a hard to find out of print book currently going for about $100 used. However, I was able to track an old copy down at my local library. Jim does a great job of detailing weird and mysterious places in America. The book is broken down state by state and includes many interesting photographs. Anyone interested in road tripping or traveling around the US would be well rewarded by tracking down a copy of this useful book.

Far Out Adventures: The Best of World Explorer Magazine
David Hatcher Childress (Editor)
This book collects the first nine issues of World Explorer magazine (see below). Topics covered in the book include: modern day dinosaurs in the Congo, searching for the Yeti, the Sphinx, the quest for Atlantis, the Great Library of Alexandria, Easter Island, the Incas, Comacalco and more. The only real downside to this book is that all of the photos and illustrations are reproduced in black in white, so in many cases much of the detail has been lost.

Ancient Structures: Remarkable Pyramids, Forts, Towers, Stone Chambers, Cities, Complexes
William R. Corliss
William Corliss has written an entire series of books covering different areas of study of fortean phenomena. This particular book covers ancient structures, including astronomical observatories, pyramids, cities and complexes, ancient towers and more. This book is a no-nonsense scientific study of the structures he reviews. On first glance, the book appears to be pretty dry and it has more of a text book feel to it, but once you start to read it you’ll find its filled with great information and is actually very readable and not overly technical. Other interesting books by William Corliss include:
Strange Artifacts; A Sourcebook on Ancient Man
Unknown Earth: A Handbook of Geological Enigmas
Carolina Bays, Mima Mounds, Submarine Canyons and Other Topographical Phenomena: A Catalog of Geological Anomalies
Ancient Infrastructure: Remarkable Roads, Mines, Walls, Mounds, Stone Circles
Biological Anomalies, Mammals I: A Catalog of Biological Anomalies

Field Guide to Mysterious Places Series
Salvatore Michael Trento
Salvatore has put together a series of books focusing on ancient sacred sites in the United States. The books include many photos and diagrams along with directions and instructions for reaching many of the sites listed. Topics covered include standing stones, stone chambers, petroglyphs, ruins and more. Salvatore’s writing style is a little dry, but these books will serve as great travel guides to anyone wishing to explore the locations he covers. Specific books in the series include:
A Field Guide to Mysterious Places of the West
Field Guide to Mysterious Places of Eastern North America
Field Guide to Mysterious Places of the Pacific Coast

Unexplained Places and Phenomena: Magazines

Fortean Times
Published monthly in the UK, but widely available in America this is the definitive magazine covering a wide range of fortean topics including UFOs, cryptozoology, hauntings, and basically anything strange or out of the ordinary. This is pretty much required reading for anyone interested in how strange our world can be.

Ancient American
This bi-monthly American magazine publishes articles about archeology of the Americas before Columbus. The evidence presented in the magazine strongly points towards the possibility of contact between America and Europe, Asia and Africa hundreds and even thousands of years before Columbus “discovered” America. The magazine is printed on glossy paper, but most of the pages are in black and white so some of the photos are not as clear as they could be.

World Explorer
Published by the World Explorers Club, this bi-monthly magazine focuses on explorations of mysterious places and phenomena around the world. Topics covered include lost cities, forbidden archeology, cryptozoology and more. David Hatcher Childress (see above) is the founder and a frequent contributor.

For over fifty years, Fate has been printing articles dealing with the strange and the unknown. Fate is a monthly magazine that recently moved to a smaller TV-Guide sized format. However, the small size does not appear to have impacted the quantity or quality of the material published. Topics covered include: UFOs, cryptozoology, ghosts, archeology and ancient structures as well as accounts of mystic and psychic experiences.

Atlantis Rising
I was initially skeptical about this magazine primarily due to its “new age” sounding name, but this magazine actually contains a wealth of useful information. The magazine covers ancient mysteries, future science and unexplained anomalies. There is also a monthly article on forbidden archeology by Michael Cremo. Atlantis Rising is published bi-monthly in color on newsprint paper.

Traveling, Camping and Hiking: Books

The Backpacker’s Handbook & The Advanced Backpacker
Chris Townsend
Both of these books contain a wealth of information for anyone wishing to do serious backpacking, travel or exploring. Chris covers a wide range of topics, including: preparation, equipment selection, food and cooking, comfort and safety, and traveling abroad. The two books go well together and cover everything from the basics for first-timers to tips for the experienced backpacker.

Beyond Backpacking
Ray Jardine
This is the definitive book on ultra light backpacking. Before going ultra light became “cool,” Ray was already practicing and perfecting many of the techniques hikers use today to lighten their loads. Everything topic Ray covers is discussed with an eye towards removing excess weight wherever possible. The book covers equipment selection, hiking considerations, obstacles, dealing with longer journeys and the basics. He also includes some very useful sections on making your own gear and different knots a hiker should know. This is essential reading for anyone interested in lightening their load when traveling.

Traveling, Camping and Hiking: Magazines

This monthly magazine includes gear reviews, hiking routes, tips and stories for making you a better hiker and traveler. They also publish a yearly Gear Guide that includes very comprehensive listings of tents, packs, boots, sleeping bags, cookware, stoves, trekking poles and high tech gear.

Outside covers a wide range of outdoor activities, but there is a lot of good information for backpackers and travelers. They also publish a yearly Buyer’s Guide that isn’t as comprehensive as Backpacker’s, but is nonetheless useful and covers a wide range of gear.