“Working with spirits is once again regaining popularity across the mind-body-spirit world, from ghost hunting and the paranormal to connecting with spirit guides, angels, or your ancestors for peace and healing,” says Heather Greene, acquisitions editor at 120-year-old publisher Llewellyn. “Developing a relationship with the world beyond is another way seekers are now deepening their personal practice.”
Two of Llewellyn’s upcoming paranormal titles are Spirit Speaks: A Step-by-Step & Evidence-Based Approach to Genuine Spirit Communication (Dec.), by medium Michael Mayo, who offers skills for sensing energy and promoting healing with the spirit world. The Witch’s Guide to the Paranormal: How to Investigate, Communicate, and Clear Spirits (Sept.), by folk witch J. Allen Cross, presents a “magical toolkit” of exercises and rituals that aim to enable a reader to “bring peace to restless spirits and those they haunt,” according to the publisher.
Inner Traditions gives historical context to such fascinations in two forthcoming titles. American Metaphysical Religion: Esoteric and Mystical Traditions of the New World (Jan. 2023), by documentary producer and author Ronnie Pontiac, ranges across four centuries and examines colonial-era alchemists, the spiritual influence of African slaves, the work of mystical abolitionists, and the ways Native Americans and Latinx people played a large role in the shaping of contemporary spirituality and healing practices. Uncertain Places: Essays on Occult and Outsider Experiences (Oct.) by Mitch Horowitz, a writer on the occult and former editor-in-chief at TarcherPerigee, traces “the occult roots of wide-ranging facets of modern culture, including politics, abstract art, mind-body healing, self-help, and breakthrough scientific fields,” the publisher says.
Conversations with the Zs (New World Library, Sept.), by spiritual teacher Lee Harris, in conversation with psychotherapist Dianna Edwards, is about wisdom Harris gleaned from channeling his guides, the Zs. “Lee Harris’s guidance channeled from the Zs may seem esoteric, but it’s a perspective of looking at our human lives from a wider, universal perspective,” says New World Library editorial director Georgia Hughes.
Resurrection: A Channeled Text (St. Martin’s Essentials, Sept.), by Paul Selig, author of the Beyond the Known series, is the first title in the Manifestation Trilogy, presenting what the publisher calls the raw, unedited words, wisdom, and insights of the “guides.”
Spirit Speaker: A Medium’s Guide to Death and Dying (Inner Traditions, Apr. 2023), by psychic medium Sali Crow, features stories about encounters with the spirits of those dead or dying who linger to communicate with the living.
Third Eye Spies: Learn Remote Viewing from the Masters (New Page, May 2023), by physicist and psychic Russell Targ, shares experiences of remote viewers—people who learned to “describe and experience objects and events in the distance, past and future,” according to the publisher.
We Never Die: Secrets of the Afterlife (Gallery, Aug.), by popular psychic medium and E! TV star Matt Fraser, runs all the occult bases: ghosts, guardian angels, dreams, signs from heaven, and more. Fraser writes, “We all have our own ‘phone line’ to communicate with heaven. All we have to do is figure out how to use it.”
Whisper in the Heart: The Ongoing Presence of Neem Karoli Baba (Insight Editions, Aug.) by Parvati Markus, a writer and editor who specializes in spiritually oriented books, collects accounts of more than 150 people who have had inspiring, healing visions, dreams, or other encounters with the spirit of the late Indian saint.