Southwest and Folklore
Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment
Winner of the 2015 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association
Winner of the 2015 Southwest Book Design and Production Award for Trade Book, Non-Illustrated from the New Mexico Book Association
Silver Winner of the 2015 PubWest Book Design Award for Adult Trade Book, Non-Illustrated
New Mexico’s twin traditions of the scientific and the supernatural meet for the first time in this long-overdue book by a journalist known for investigating the unexplained. Strange tales of ghosts, monsters, miracles, lost treasure, UFOs, and much more can be found not far from the birthplace of the atomic bomb. Huge radio astronomy dishes search desert skies for alien life, and the world’s first spaceport can be found in this enchanted land; in many ways New Mexico truly is a portal to other worlds.
Mysterious New Mexico is the first book to apply scientific investigation methods to explain some of New Mexico’s most bizarre lore and legends. Using folklore, sociology, history, psychology, and forensic science—as well as good old-fashioned detective work—Radford reveals the truths and myths behind New Mexico’s greatest mysteries.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Benjamin Radford, the deputy editor of the Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, is the author of Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore (UNM Press) and other books. He lives in Corrales, New Mexico.
6 x 9 in. 312 pages 63 halftones, 1 table