Thieves in the Night: A Brief History of Supernatural Child Abductions (英語) ペーパーバック – 2018/6/25
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Folklore has always warned of hidden dangers lurking in the shadows, otherworldly beings who seek to steal that which parents hold most dear. In the first book dedicated solely to the subject, Joshua Cutchin traces this primal concern from antiquity to the modern era--beginning with worldwide tales of faeries, changelings, spirits, demons, and monsters, before examining more contemporary phenomena such as Sasquatch kidnappings, alien abductions, and mysterious disappearances in national parks. Folklore, medicine, science, and spirituality come together for a uniquely scholarly perspective on the thieves in the night.
"Joshua Cutchin's Thieves in the Night deserves a place on your bookshelf next to Keith Thompson's Angels and Aliens and Jacques Vallee's Passport to Magonia--a truly fascinating and darkly disturbing investigation into the predatory nature of fairies, aliens, and all the shadowy beings that live among us, lurking just outside our view." -- Richard Hatem, screenwriter of The Mothman Prophecies
"Joshua Cutchin has written a new masterwork. Fairy lore might seem quaint and outdated, but these fables are vital and alive. This is a magical book, and after reading it, you will walk anew in an enchanted world." -- Mike Clelland, author of The Messengers: Owls, Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee
While I am giving five stars for the superlative effort, I did have two minor issues with the book. First, it seems to me that someone put a word limit on this effort. The book, given its sources, could have been half again as long without any trouble and I would have been happy to read it all. As it was, the piece felt a little rushed, moving from thing to thing so rapidly that it could be hard for a less informed reader to keep up. Second, I felt that there was too much emphasis placed on psychological influence as an explanation in the conclusion section. Certainly, it seems to be the case that the forces at work have a strong influence on the psyche but the indigenous and magical traditions tell us that there is a physical element to these abductions as well.
Nevertheless, despite these small quibbles, I really enjoyed the book and recommend it heartily.