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F73(1973) revised and updated 2 July 2000.


Adams, Henry, EDUCATION OF HENRY ADAMS, THE, 2, 1973, Houghton Mifflin, HB and Trade. "Riverside editions" with introductory material and notes.

ASCENT OF MAN, THE, T. V. Show, 1973, Jacob Bronowski, Writer and Host:, This is a pioneering effort in non-fiction television.  The series is really a major book done in television.  Bronowski presented his theories on man's rise to civilization, the growth of ideas, and the chain of innovation, etc, all in his own unique Marxist/mystical scheme (J.B was a man of intellectual extremes).  Rather than use  usual documentary techniques, the BBC  used a new approach.  When
Bronowski talks about some event in some far away place, they put him in the actual setting.  It was like watching a peripatetic  philosopher  who could walk all over the world, just to make a point.  Later, Carl Sagan would do a similar series on cosmology (1980), but only James Burke's two shows on scientific innovation would come close to duplicating Bronowski's style and charisma in his arguments.

Assagioli, Roberto, ACT OF WILL, THE, 1, 1973, Viking, HB. See 1974 entry.

Bennett, J. G., GURDJIEFF: MAKING A NEW WORLD, 1, 1973, Harper and Row, HB. One of the first books to attempt to interpret Gurdjieff's teachings for a new audience. For many, Bennett was their first introduction to this most influential of 20th century mystics. Bennett was the founder of a major Gurdjieff group.  In the 70's, his brand of the "work" seemed to be the   most successful in the US.  There was a retreat area in West Virginia which was  always busy.  Bennett incorporated a lot of techniques from Sufism, and an Indonesian variant of Sufism called Subud.


Berlitz, Charles, MYSTERIES FROM FORGOTTEN WORLDS, 2, 1973, Dell, PB.

Branden, Nathaniel, DISOWNED SELF, THE, 2, 1973, Bantam, PB. entry
Bronowski, Jacob, ASCENT OF MAN, 1973, Little Brown, HB. Accompanied  the BBC/PBS TV series. 

Burr, Harold Saxon, FIELDS OF LIFE, THE, 2, 1973, Ballantine, PB.  US edition of BLUEPRINT FOR IMMORTALITY. Burr was from the Yale School of Medicine, and spent most of his life working on a theory that all living things have electrodynamic fields which can be measured and used for diagnosis.  I'm not sure Burr thought of himself  as a "fringe scientist," but his ideas became a part of the growing "fringe science" movement of the 70's (see Watson,  SUPERNATURE, 1973).

Camp, L. Sprague de, and Camp, Catherine C. de, CITADELS OF MYSTERY, 2 1973, Ballantine, PB.  Reprint of ANCIENT RUINS AND ARCHAEOLOGY.

Campbell, Elizabeth Montgomery and Solomon, David, THE SEARCH FOR MORAY, 1973, Walker and Co., HB.  The Loch Moray monster is a lesser known Scottish lake lurker who  has suffered from the lack  of a good press agent.  Like his illustrious cousin  in Loch Ness, the Moray monster is very good at avoiding cryptobiologists trying to study it.

Campbell, Joseph, MYTHS TO LIVE BY, 2, 1973, Bantam, PB.
Carter, Lin, IMAGINARY WORLDS, 1973, Ballantine, PB. See Research Bibliography. This is Carter's general critical  and historical work on horror and fantasy based in large part on his earlier introductions for the series. 

Charroux, Robert (Robert Grugeau), FORBIDDEN WORLDS, 1, 1973, Walker and Company, HB. Translation of 1971 French title.  Charroux seems to be the dean of a school of Gallic strangeness.  The main thrust of his argument (as near as I can tell) is that man descended  from an ancient super race which built the pyramids and other mysterious  structures.  In this respect, he is similar to Andrew Tomas and Peter Kolosimo, who believe man is much older than the evolutionary biologists think he is. Charroux eschews any pretensions to objectivity, and rates a 9.9 on the bizarre  scale.

Chesen, Eli S., RELIGION MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH, 2, 1973, Collier/Macmillan, PB.

Church, Gene and Carnes, Conrad D., PIT: A GROUP ENCOUNTER DEFILED, THE, 2, 1973, Pocket Books, PB.  This is a rather horrifying personal account of one of those "group dynamics" weekends, where the clients are physically abused and humiliated by  Gestapo-like employees of William Patrick's Holiday Magic group.  The 70's saw a rise in these "sturm und drang" style consciousness raising groups, like EST.  The whole idea seems to be that a weekend in the Marine Corps brig, or at a Manson family gathering, would create a positive change in the individual's attitude!  This book presented a cautionary tale, but it was largely ignored in favor of the "puff jobs" from the other side (see Rhinehart, 1976 entry, a prime example).

Cohane, John, KEY, THE, 2, 1973, Schocken Books, Trade.
Conway, David, MAGIC: AN OCCULT PRIMER, 1, 1973, Bantam, PB. 

Daniken, Erich von, GOLD OF THE GODS, 4, 1973, Bantam, PB.

Daniken, Erich von, DANIKEN PICTURE BOOK, THE, 1, 1973, Souvenir Press / British ed., HB.  US Title: IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT GODS. Need info on German ed.

Daniken, Erich von, GOLD OF THE GODS, 3, 1973, Putnam, HB.

Daniken, Erich von, GOLD OF THE GODS, 2, 1973, Souvenir Press / British ed., HB.


de Rola, Stanislas Klossowski, ALCHEMY, 1973, Avon/ Thames and Hudson in Britain. Trade. Art and Cosmos series.  Thames and Hudson's "Art and Cosmos" series was one  the finest  series  of large format titles ever done on mystical and visionary themes.  Throughout the 70's, most of the books were published in the US by Avon Books.  Later an almost identical series appeared entitled "Art and Imagination,"  published at first by Shambhala, then finally by Thames and Hudson themselves when they entered the US market.  This is one of their early titles.  Alchemy   was coming into fashion largely due to C.G. Jung's interest and writings on it. Alchemy was also becoming a New Age buzz word for "process".  Like most books in the series, the emphasis is on graphic examples, and great photography.

Dhiegh, Khigh Alx, ELEVENTH WING, THE, 1, 1973, Nash, HB. See 1974 entry.
Douglas, Alfred, TAROT, THE, 2, 1973, Penguin, PB.  Illustrations by David Sheridan.  Douglas was one of the better writers on the subject of the paranormal.  THE TAROT is a companion volume to his earlier book on the I CHING (See 1971 entry).  Illustrator Sheridan designed a deck to accompany the book.  This is the best of the Tarot "cookbooks," and still the best introductory text I've read.  Douglas' interpretations are Jungian in nature, and help to understand the complex  symbolism.  Douglas went on to write one of the most respected surveys of ESP (see 1976 entry). 

Downing, Barry H., BIBLE AND FLYING SAUCERS, THE, 3, 1973, Avon, PB. 3rd printing with new introduction.  Downing added a new introduction pointing out some similarities and differences between his work and von Daniken's.  "Von Daniken does not think  the angels [UFOs] in the bible have any special knowledge of God.  I believe they do..."  he writes.  I think Downing is unaware that his idea was already available, and better supported, by Brinsley le Poer Trench and

DRACULA, T.V. Movie, 1973, Dan Curtis, Director:, Richard Matheson, Writer:, Some hard core horror fans don't like this film, others like myself think it's the best adaptation of Stoker's novel.  Matheson manages to strike a balance between the original material and the new "revisionist" DRACULA of McNally and Florescu (1973 entry).  Jack Palance's Count is powerful, compelling  and tragic.  He also plays him as very Slavic, for the first time since Lugosi.  The British and Yugoslavian locations help, too.

Drake, W. Raymond, GODS AND SPACEMEN IN THE ANCIENT EAST, 1973, Signet, PB. Reprint of 1968 British title.
Dunsany, Lord, THE CHARWOMAN'S SHADOW,  1973, Ballantine, PB. Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series. 

Ellwood, Robert S., RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL GROUPS IN NORTH AMERICA, 1973, Prentice Hall, ?  Need Copy and Info.

ENTER THE DRAGON, Motion Picture, 1973, Robert Clouse, Director:  This movie made Chinese-American actor Bruce Lee an international  star and a legend in his own short time. Lee had been an actor in Hollywood for some years, and had gone back to Hong Kong to star in the Far East's answer to  the Western--the martial arts film.  ENTER THE DRAGON was a calculated attempt  to break the martial arts movie into American markets in a big way.  That's why the production values are better than most martial arts films, and why American actors appear in it.  Unlike other Kung Fu flicks, which are usually revenge melodramas, ENTER THE DRAGON is actually a clever remake of DR. NO. (for more on this see FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH, 1973 entry).

ETERNAL COMICS, Underground Comic, 1973, Last Gasp (Berkeley CA), Thompson, Artist: John, #1.  This appears to be the final installment of the story continuing through TALES OF THE SPHINX (1972 entry) and SPHINX (1973 entry). I have no idea if the story was to continue or not.  1973 was the black year for underground  comics, as the market was saturated with product, and sales began to drop.  Thompson's comics were not top sellers, so he may have been the victim of this  economic crunch.  His illustrative work shows up once in a while, most notably  in Robert Anton Wilson's COSMIC TRIGGER (1978 entry).  There are 11 pages reprinted from THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS WITHIN YOU COMIX
(1969 entry).

EXORCIST, THE, Motion Picture, 1973, William Friedkin, Director:, William Peter Blatty, Writer/Producer:, As horror buffs and other reviewers have pointed out, this film is only scary in the opening sequences with the archaeologist/priest confronting the demon at the desert dig. Once the scene shifts to Washington, D.C., Friedkin resorts to every form of gross-out he can think of. He even resorted to subliminal images inserted into the film.  All this successfully distracts the  viewers from noticing that they are really watching a slick piece of reactionary Christian propaganda.  Novelist Blatty kept control of the project, keeping it as close to his own ideals as possible.  The film is the spiritual precursor to the sleazy occult movie and the "slasher" film, and the inspiration for a whole series of ugly Italian imitations in recent years (see also THE  OMEN, 1976).

Faraday, Ann, DREAM POWER, 2, 1973, Berkley, PB. This is one of the more successful of the dream analysis books which appeared in the 70's.  She covers both Freudian and Jungian schools, and shows how her own method grew out of these traditional approaches.  The second half  of the book falls into the "self-help" category  with the usual stuff on how to make it work for you.  It's actually one of the better books of this type. Faraday followed this with several similar titles.
Farmer, Philip Jose, DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, 1, 1973, Doubleday, HB. 
Framer, Philip Jose, FLESH, 4, 1973 (?), Signet, PB. It was hip to be neo-pagan now, so Signet repackaged the book to highlight the book's theme of the return of pagan fertility rites in the future.
Farmer, Philip Jose, THE OTHER LOG OF PHILEAS FOGG, 1, 1973, DAW Books, PB. Farmer invents yet another new genre: "rewritten classics."  Here the events of Jules Verne's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS are interwoven with a whole new "hidden plot", hitherto untold in the original.  A postmodernist's dream! 
Farmer, Philip Jose, TARZAN ALIVE, 2, 1973?, Popular Library, HB. 


FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH, Motion Picture, 1973, Cheng Chang Ho, Director:,  This flick broke the ice for martial arts movies in the US.  It is actually a fairly standard revenge melodrama punctuated with the standard chop-socky sequences. It was ENTER THE DRAGON, the same year, which really got  the craze going. As all the Far Eastern martial arts are allied with or are part of larger mystical doctrines such as Taoism, Shinto, Chan and Zen Buddhism, and teach variants of the doctrines as an integral part of the physical regime, the growing popularity of martial arts added to the growing interest in Eastern mysticism.

Flanagan, G. Pat., PYRAMID POWER, 1973, DeVorss/Pyramid Publishers (Glendale, CA), HB. entry

Garvin, Richard, CRYSTAL SKULL, THE, 1973, Doubleday, HB. PB?

Gettings, Fred, HAND AND THE HOROSCOPE, THE, 1973, Triune Books, (London), HB.

Gettings, Fred, BOOK OF TAROT, THE, 1973, Triune Books (London), HB.
PULP MAGAZINE, 1, 1973, Ace Books, 

Gray, Eden, MASTERING THE TAROT, 2. 1973, Signet, PB.  Basically the same book as her COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE TAROT (see 1972) with a little different organization.  NAL sold this for years as part of a package containing a Rider/Waite deck and SEXUAL KEY TO THE TAROT by Theodor Laurence.  That may explain why there seems to be so many of these in used book stores.

Green, Celia, OUT-OF-BODY-EXPERIENCES, 1973, Ballantine, PB. entry

Green, John, ON THE TRACK OF THE SASQUATCH, 1973, Ballantine, PB. Reworking of two earlier titles. Green is a newspaperman from British Columbia who bought the Canadian rights to the famous Patterson film (which shows a big breasted Sasquatch ambling along a creek bed), and toured Canada with it.  This is a reprint of the two books he wrote in conjunction with that tour.  Interestingly enough, this edition has no stills from the Patterson film at all, which makes it rather unique among this class of books.

Haggard, H. Rider, PEOPLE OF THE MIST, THE, 1973, Ballantine, PB. Introduction by Lin Carter.  Reprint of 1884 title.
Harner, Michael, J, HALLUCINOGENS AND SHAMANISM, 1,  1973, Oxford University Press, HB and Trade. 

Hawkins, Gerald S., BEYOND STONEHENGE, 1, 1973, Harper and Row, HB.

Heenan, Edward F., ed., MYSTERY, MAGIC, & MIRACLE: RELIGION IN THE POST-AQUARIAN AGE, 1973, Prentice-Hall, HB and Trade.  entry

Holzer, Hans, WITCHCRAFT REPORT, THE, 1973, Ace, PB. Copy and Info.

Hunter, Don and Dehinden, Rene, SASQUATCH, 1, 1973, McClelland and Stewart (Toronto), HB.

Jung, C. G., SYNCHRONICITY, 1973, Princeton University Press/ Bollingen, Trade. Extract from THE STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS OF THE PSYCHE.

Key, Bryan Wilson, SUBLIMINAL SEDUCTION, 1, 1973, Prentice Hall, HB. See 1974 entry.

Keyhoe, Donald E., ALIENS FROM SPACE, 1, 1973, Doubleday, HB.
Koestler, Arthur, THE CASE OF THE MIDWIFE TOAD, 2, 1973, Vintage, PB. Paul Kammerer was a biologist whose experiments with the midwife toad tended to support Lamarckian views of evolution, rather than Darwinian views. His findings were discredited, and Kammerer committed suicide in 1926. Koestler examines the case and comes to some startling conclusions. Kammerer did not fake his results, but no one could duplicate his work. He wonders if Kammerer's love of toads did not influence his own results. Koestler also deals with Kammerer's second study, that of unusual coincidences, and his "Law of Seriality". Kammerer's work seems to be a forerunner of Jung and Pauli's "Theory of Synchronicity." One of Koestler's best books on the problems and limits of science. 
Koestler, Arthur, ROOTS OF COINCIDENCE, THE, 2, 1973, Vintage, PB. Koestler was a novelist and later philosopher of science, who was willing to approach "fringe" subjects objectively. This little book is one of the best ever written on the problems of parapsychology. Psychic phenomenon is, according to Koestler, random and nonrepeatable, which makes it difficult to quantify, from a scientific viewpoint. Science really has a blindside when it comes to any nonrepeatable events. Koestler was one of the first to popularize the notion that psychic phenomenon and quantum physics had something in common. This title is a companion piece to his THE CASE OF THE MIDWIFE TOAD (above). 

Kolosimo, Peter, NOT OF THIS WORLD, 1973, Bantam, PB.  See also 1971 entry.  As I noted, this is a follow-up to TIMELESS EARTH (see 1974 and 1975 entries), and it shares many similarities with other sequels from the second generation "fantastic realism" school.  All too often the follow-up titles have nothing new to say about the topics--just >more of the same.  TIMELESS EARTH had a crazy, nutty drive that made it one of the more enjoyable books of this type.  Kolosimo now turns skeptical a few times in this one (?), exposing George Adamski as a fraud (which shouldn't have been news), and taking Robert Charroux, George Hunt Williamson, and Erich von Daniken to task for being too uncritical (!) in their thinking. Kolosimo wants to be Charles Fort, or at least Pauwels and Bergier rather than Erich von Daniken, but the tide is  running against him.

Krippner, Stanley, and, GALAXIES OF LIFE, 1, 1973, Gordon and Beach, HB. See THE KIRLIAN AURA, 1974 entry.

Krishnamurti, J., AWAKENING OF INTELLIGENCE, THE, 1, 1973, Harper and Row, HB. See 1976 entry.

Laurence, Theodor, SEXUAL KEY TO THE TAROT, THE, 2, 1973, Signet, Pb. entry.

le Poer Trench, Brinsley, MYSTERIOUS VISITORS, 1, 1973, Stein and Day, HB. See 1978 entry.

Leary, Timothy, CONFESSIONS OF A HOPE FIEND, 1973, Bantam, PB.

Leary, Timothy, Ralph Metzner, and Gunther M. Weil,  eds., THE PSYCHEDELIC READER, 2, 1973. Citadel Books, Trade.

Lederer, Wolfgang, FEAR OF WOMEN, THE, 1973, Harcourt Brace and Jovanovich, Trade. Above date a guess.  Reprint of 1968 title.

Lilly, John C., CENTER OF THE CYCLONE, THE, 2, 1973, Bantam, PB. entry.

Lindsey, Hal and Carlson, C. C., LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH, THE, 2, 1973, Bantam, PB.
Lovecraft, H. P., AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS AND OTHER TALES, 2, 1971, Ballantine, PB.  New Ballantine ed., with new cover.
Lovecraft, H.P., THE TOMB, 2, 1973, Ballantine, PB. This  the first of the Beagle Lovecaft reprints (see 1969 entry).  The Beagle Books experiment was over at Ballantine, and the "Lovecraft Library" was given new covers under the Ballantine imprint. 

MacBeth, Norman, DARWIN RETRIED, 2, 1973, Delta, Trade. A serious look at the scientific objections to Darwinian evolutionary theory. MacBeth actually believes that evolution is a valid  mechanism, but that Darwinian reasoning is seriously flawed.  MacBeth's main complaints are usually with neo-Darwinists rather than with Darwin. In the 70's, there was a sizeable revolt against entrenched scientific doctrine.  One  of the major targets was that philosophical entity known as scientism," and the almost cult-like doctrine of neo-Darwinism.  This book was one the volumes in the non-establishment
scientific library.
Machen, Arthur, TALES OF HORROR AND THE SUPERNATURAL, 2, 1973, Pinnacle Books, PB. Reprint in 2 volumes of 1948 collection.  It was this collection which largely kept Machen's name alive for many years.  Pinnacle later published it in an one volume trade edition in the 1980s.

Martello, Leo Louis, WITCHCRAFT: THE OLD RELIGION, 1973, University Books, HB. Above date uncertain.  Martello was a major force in the New York City occult scene, and founder of the Witches Liberation Movement.  He was able to organize a "Witch   In" in Central Park on Halloween of 1970, after a battle with New York officials.  Martello claims to have been born into a family of witches, but seems to have made his living as an expert on graphology.  This title is mostly a defense of witchcraft.  There are some historical tid-bits worth chewing on,  but it is more useful for its insights into infighting
within neo-pagan groups  in the early 70's.
MASTER OF KUNG FU, Marvel Comics, 1973,  #17, probably Dec 1973. Shang-Chi, the master of the title, appeared in SPECIAL MARVEL EDITION #15, and by issue #17 had taken over the whole title.  Englehart wrote  the first few issues, and left it in the capable hands of Doug Moench, who continued writing until issue #122, in the early 80's.  Englehart combined the  Kung Fu/Bruce Lee type with older characters created by Sax Rohmer in the Fu Manchu books.  Moench quickly took the stories out of the limited range of Kung Fu movies and into a wide pallet of espionage, intrigue, occult, and science fiction themes, even incorporating some of Robert Anton Wilson's ILLUMINATUS mythology into the tales.  Moench made it one of the most consistently well written comic books of the 70's.  He would attempt to use similar themes in a later title AZTEC ACE (1984 entry).  I should also point out that the original artist,  Jim Starlin, and Paul Gulacy, who did many of the later issues, was first rate, too.

McNally, Raymond T., and Florescu, Radu, IN SEARCH OF DRACULA, 2, 1973, Warner Paperback Library, PB.

Michell, John, CITY OF REVELATION, 3, 1973, Ballantine, PB.  Michell believed that there is an underlying harmonic to be found  in nature, and that people of ancient and medieval times knew this, and used these harmonies in their sacred Architecture and art.  The key to unlocking these meaningful bits of knowledge is numerological exegesis.  This is probably the core of Michell's  writings.  It is a fascinating work which anticipates much of the literature on sacred geometry in the 70's.

Miller, Henry, TROPIC OF CANCER, 3, 1973, Ballantine, PB.

Miller, Henry, TROPIC OF CAPRICORN, 3, 1973, Ballantine, PB.

Mishra, Rammurti S., YOGA SUTRAS, 2, 1973, Doubleday/ Anchor, PB. entry.
Morris, John, THE AGE OF ARTHUR, 1973, Scribners, HB. Perhaps the finest one volume study of the Arthurinan age ever written.  To aviod reading it is to be grossly misinformed about the entire problem of King Arthur.
Morris, William, THE  SUNDERING FLOOD, 1973, Ballantine, PB.  Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series. 

Mundy, Talbot, CAESAR DIES, 1973, Centaur Press PB.

Napier, John, BIGFOOT, 1, 1973, Dutton, HB. See 1974 entry.

NIGHT GALLERY, T. V. Show, 1973, Final Episode   ?  1973.

Oken, Alan, AS ABOVE, SO BELOW, 1973, Bantam, PB. See also ALAN OKEN'S COMPLETE ASTROLOGY, 1980 entry.
Pauwels, Louis and Jacques Bergier,  IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBILITIES, 2, 1973, Avon, PB. First US ed. .See, the  Quixotic Dialectical Metaphysical Manifesto .
Pauwels, Louis and Jacques Bergier,  ETERNAL MAN, 3, 1973, Avon, PB. See,  the Quixotic Dialectical Metaphysical Manifesto .

Payne, Buryl, GETTING THERE WITHOUT DRUGS, 1, 1973, Viking, HB. See 1974 entry.  You may well ask where "there" is, or why you would want to "get there," or any number of other questions based upon the assumptions implied by the stupid title of this book.  For example: if you don't take drugs, are you already there?  If so, then you certainly don't need a book telling you how to get where you already are.  Do you?

Pearce, Joseph Chilton, CRACK IN THE COSMIC EGG, THE, 2, 1973, Pocket Books, PB.

Pines, Maya, BRAIN CHANGERS, THE, 1, 1973, Harcourt Brace, HB. See 1975 entry.

Platnick, Kenneth B., GREAT MYSTERIES OF HISTORY, 1973, Harper and Row, PB. entry.

Ponce, Charles, KABBALAH, l, 1973, Straight Arrow, 1973, HB & Trade ? Ponce was one of the best writers on mystical themes who appeared  in the 70's.  This is, in my opinion, the best of the surveys of the Kabbalah   for the general reader, in the 70's. There were quite a few of them.  The writing is clear and his opinions well balanced (see GAME OF WIZARDS, 1975 entry).

Popoff, Irmis B.,  GURDJIEFF: HIS WORK ON MYSELF ...WITH OTHERS ...FOR THE WORK, 1973, Samuel Weiser, HB.  revised ed., entry.

Progoff, Ira, JUNG, SYNCHRONICITY, AND HUMAN DESTINY, 1, 1973, Julian Press, HB.
Puharich, Andrija, BEYOND TELEPATHY, 2, 1973, Doubleday/ Anchor, PB. Introduction by Ira Einhorn. According to Steven Levy (UNICORN'S SECRET, 1988 entry), this reprint is one of the first fruits of an unofficial partnership between Bill Whitehead, Anchor's psychology editor, and Ira Einhorn, counterculture guru and new age networker from Philadelphia.  Whitehead and Einhorn were apparently responsible for the transformation of Anchor into a leading publisher of counterculture/ new age titles.  By the time that this title was reprinted, Puharich was in the process of becoming the major mentor of Israeli ESP whiz, Uri Geller (see his URI, 1974 and 1975 entries). 
Pynchon, Thomas, GRAVITY'S RAINBOW, 1, 1973, Viking, HB and trade. 
Ravenscroft, Trevor, SPEAR OF DESTINY, THE, 1, 1973, Putnam, HB. Was it luck or planning that brought this title out in the same year that GRAVITY'S RAINBOW was published?  Ravenscroft recounts much of what he learned from Dr. Walter Stein, an expert on Hitler's occult and philosophical  views, who advised Churchill during World War II. It builds a omprehensive picture of esoteric doctrine gone terribly wrong.  It's a frightening book that suffers from lack of any documentation (see Angebert, 1974 entry). Ravenscroft is a retired journalist, and survivor of the British commando team which tried to assassinate Rommel in North Africa. I have suspicions that this book may actually be a product of the British Secret Service.  Much of the information in the book is from Pauwels and Bergier, and MORNING OF THE MAGICIANS is one of the largest sources of quotes.  Curious. 

Rawson, Philip and Legeza, Laszlo, TAO, 1973, Avon/Thames and Hudson, Trade. Art and Cosmos series.

Reich, Wilhelm, LISTEN, LITTLE MAN, 2, 1973, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Trade. New Translation by Ralph Manheim.

Rhine, Louisa E., ESP IN LIFE AND LAB, 2, 1973, Collier/ Macmillan, PB. entry

Robbins, Jhan, and Fisher, David, TRANQUILITY WITHOUT PILLS, 2, 1973, Bantam, PB. entry.

Rohmer, Sax (Arthur Sarsfield Ward), ROMANCE OF SORCERY, THE, 1973, Causeway Books (NYC), HB.  Reprint of 1914 ed.  Need info on earlier PB ed.  Rohmer did not write much non-fiction, and that is a shame. This title is one of the better one volume surveys of the occult.  It was written shortly after he completed the first Fu Manchu novel. Rohmer wanted to  establish himself as a serious writer on the occult, but dropped those plans   because of his wife's terror of the
subject. Rohmer seems to have been  extremely interested in the life of Dr. John Dee, as his chapters on him are the most extensive in the volume. Rohmer kept a streak of healthy skepticism about him, as his chapters on Cagliostro and Madame Blavatsky show.  Rohmer's dry humor makes this well worth the effort (see also Rohmer, 1961 entry).

Roszak, Theodore, WHERE THE WASTELAND ENDS, 1973, Doubleday/ Anchor, Trade.

Sagan, Carl, COSMIC CONNECTION, THE, 1, 1973, Anchor/ Doubleday, Trade. Produced by Jerome Agel.  See also 1975 entry. This was the first step in Sagan's rise as America's most successful public scientist.  The choice of Jerome Agel for book designer, who  had pumped the rise of Bucky Fuller and Marshall McLuhan to best seller status, was a clever move.  COSMIC CONNECTION is full of striking graphics and cosmic   diagrams to please and delight the hippie and post-hippie eye.  This may be the reason many folks are under the impression that Sagan is some kind of "new age" cosmologer. Doctor
Carl (as he insists on being called in public) is a genuine  card carrying scientific materialist and a hard-core militant skeptic (one of the founding members of CSICOP, see 1977 entry). All this is clear from the text of COSMIC CONNECTION.  He never hid it.  So, I wonder if people just looked at the pretty pictures and ignored the text? Dr Carl is gone now, and I suppose I should be kinder to him, but I just can't quite find it in me.  Sorry.

Sanderson, Ivan T. INVISIBLE RESIDENTS, 2, 1973, Avon, PB.

SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA, Motion Picture, 1973, Gibson, Director: Allan.  This is the final Hammer Dracula film with Christopher Lee as the Count and Peter Cushing as Van Helsing.

Sauer, Carl O., NORTHERN MISTS, 2, 1973, Turtle Island (San Francisco, CA), Trade. entry.

Scholem, G. G., SABBATAI SEVI, 1, 1973, Princeton University Press/Bollingen, HB and Trade.  A truly mammoth history of Sabbatai Sevi, the controversial 17th century Jewish mystic whose activity changed the face of European Jewish culture.  The book is one of the most amazing recreations of a historical movement you will ever read. Along the way the nature of messianic Kabbalism becomes clear.

Schulman, Arnold, BABA, 2, 1973, Pocket Books, PB. entry.

Schumacher, E. F., SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL, 1, 1973, Harper and Row, HB.

Schutz, William C., JOY, 3, 1973, Ballantine, PB.

Sendy, Jean, COMING OF THE GODS, THE, 1973, Berkley, PB. Translation of 1970 French Title.

Shah, Idries, ORIENTAL MAGIC, 1973, Dutton, Trade.

Silverberg, Robert, DYING INSIDE, 1973, Ballantine, PB.  This is one of Silverberg's best novels from his "new wave" period (Silverberg has had at least four stylistic periods in his long career in science fiction).  The protagonist is a telepath who can "hear" what other people are thinking.  This is more of a handicap than a gift.  So David Selig begins to shut off his powers, only to discover that without them he's isolated like a man suddenly blinded.  Silverberg is one of the few writers in fiction or non-fiction to consider what the implications of ESP would mean to the individual's emotions.

Singer, June, BOUNDARIES OF THE SOUL, 1973, Doubleday/ Anchor, PB. This is one of the growing number of one volume surveys of Jungian psychology which appeared in the early 70's.  This one is worth looking at  because Singer is of the new generation of feminist Jungians who began to publish in the 70's (see Singer, 1970 and 1976 entries).
Smith, Clark Ashton, POSEIDONIS, 1973, Ballantine, PB.  Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series.

Smith, Michael Valentine (Pseudonym), PSYCHEDELIC CHEMISTRY, 1973, Rip-Off Press (San Francisco, CA), Trade. entry

Smyth, Frank, MODERN WITCHCRAFT, 1973, Harrow, HB.  Also reprinted by Castle books, no date.  This is a thin volume full of chatty gossip about witchcraft.  There is some information about the late 60's occult scene, but most of it  seems to be second or third hand.

Spencer, John Wallace, LIMBO OF THE LOST, 1973, Philips, HB. "Revised ed."  Is this the same as the Bantam "revised ed." which appeared this same year?  Or is it the same as Bantam's LIMBO OF THE LOST--TODAY (1975 entry)? Or do we even care?

Spencer, John Wallace, LIMBO OF THE LOST, 2, 1973, Bantam, PB. "Expanded edition."  Spencer was one of many who made the "Bermuda Triangle" his own.   This is one of the earliest books on the subject, and one of several revisions  that  Bantam published.  I have never found more than cosmetic changes in any of them. It wasn't a very good book anyway, and the "expansions" didn't help much.

SPHINX, Underground Comic, 1973, Print Mint (Berkeley, CA), Thompson, Artist: John, Spring 1973  #2?  One of three related comics drawn by Thompson.  This continues the tale of the eternal lovers, Rda and Thon, and their battle with the evil forces of Hgwa.  This time Thon is reincarnated as Francis Bacon. Chronologically, this comic follows TALES OF THE SPHINX (1973 entry).  There does not seem to have been a SPHINX #1 (according to Jay Kennedy's guide, see Research
bibliography).  Perhaps ETERNAL TALES (1972 entry, unavailable) counts as #1--hey,  this is the underground publishing scene.  Who's countin', man?

Spraggett, Allen with Raucher, William V., ARTHUR FORD: THE MAN WHO TALKED WITH THE DEAD, 1, 1973, New American Library, HB.  See 1974 entry.

Stewart, Mary, HOLLOW HILLS, THE, 1, 1973, William Morrow, HB.

Storm, Hyemeyohsts, SEVEN ARROWS, 2, 1973, Ballantine, Trade.

Taylor, John G., BLACK HOLES, 1, 1973, Random House, HB.  See 1975 entry.
Hunter S. Thompson,  Hunter S,  FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL '72, 1, 1973,  Straight Arrow  Books, HB.

Thompson, Walter Irwin, PASSAGES ABOUT EARTH, 2, 1973, Harper and Row, PB.

Tomas, Andrew, WE ARE NOT THE FIRST, 2, 1973, Bantam, PB.  Tomas presents an argument that ancient peoples were more advanced  than historians and scientists are willing to admit. This is a fairly standard piece of "fantastic realism."  When Bantam packaged this book, they used a style similar to that used on von Daniken's books, suggesting a similar theme.  Tomas actually tends toward the opposite view, that ancient man was doing fine with  no outside help.  In later books, Tomas tended to ride the "gods-from-space" bandwagon, as did others who came from the "fantastic realism" school.

TOMORROW SHOW, T. V. Talk Show, 1973, Tom Snyder, Host:, First broadcast 15 Oct 73.  This was a late night/ early morning interview show with the sometimes irritating Tom Snyder.  It was one of the few talk shows where dissenting opinions, fringe ideas, and things off the beaten track could get air time.  TOMORROW was refreshing in that quite often it bucked the trend of interviewing writers who wrote mega-hits.  Several large universities have huge libraries of news and public affairs tapes.  A review of the TOMORROW tapes compared with the subjects in this listing might be interesting.

Tompkins, Peter and Bird, Christopher, SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS, THE, 1, 1973, Harper and Row, HB. See 1974 entry.

Torrey, E. Fuller, MIND GAME: WITCHDOCTORS AND PSYCHIATRISTS, THE, 2, 1973, Bantam, PB.  To quote from Dr. Torrey's introduction: "Witchdoctors and  psychiatrists perform essentially the same function in their respective cultures.  They are both therapists;  both treat patients using similar techniques; and both get similar results. Recognition of this should not downgrade psychiatrists; rather it should upgrade witchdoctors."  He forgot to mention that witchdoctors are much sheaper, more effective, and better conversationalists.
Trumpgpa, Chogyam, CUTTING THROUGH SPIRITUAL MATERIALISM, 1, 1973,  Shambhala, Trade. 

Twigg, Ena, with Brod, Ruth Hagy, ENA TWIGG: MEDIUM, 2, 1973, Manor Books, PB. entry

Ullman, Montague,  Krippner, with, Stanley, Vaughn, Alan, DREAM TELEPATHY, 1, 1973, Macmillan, HB. See 1974 entry.

Valentine, Tom, PSYCHIC SURGERY, 1973, Henry Regnery, HB. Need Copy and Info ? PB?
Valiente, Doreen, AN ABC OF WITCHCRAFT, PAST AND PRESENT, 1973, St. Martin's Press, HB. Valiente began working with Gerald Gardner, father of modern witchcraft, in 1953.  She is credited by many as the innovator of much of the   Gardner tradition's rituals, and with bringing material from Graves' WHITE GODDESS into neo-pagan lore. This volume is an encyclopedic series of short essays on topics relating the witchcraft.  Valiente spends a lot of space trying to distance witchcraft from ritual magic and satanism.  She also includes much  folklore relating to witchcraft, which is always fascinating reading.  The section about Gerald Gardner is a much needed personal account of the man who "reinvented" the craft.  This is one of the more satisfying books on the  subject, written during the 70's. 

Wade, Carlson, HEALTH SECRETS FROM THE ORIENT, 1, 1973, Parker Publishing Co., HB. See 1974 entry.

Waite, Arthur Edward, PICTORIAL KEY TO THE TAROT, THE, 5, 1973, Causeway Books (NYC), HB.  Reprint of the University Books ed., with cards in color.

Waite, Arthur Edward, PICTORIAL KEY TO THE TAROT, THE, 4, 1973, Samuel Weiser, PB.
Watkins, Alfred, OLD STRAIGHT TRACK, THE, 1973, Ballantine, PB. Reprint of 1925 British title. Watkins was a beer salesman who noticed that most of the ancient   sites on his route in Herfordshire were aligned with each other, often over great distances.  He and his friends spent much time mapping these "ley" lines   across the countryside.  THE OLD STRAIGHT TRACK is a charming bit of personal obsession from an earlier day.  Some of it is quite convincing in its detail.  John Michell was instrumental in the rediscovery of Watkins, by embracing most of his ideas in his THE VIEW OVER ATLANTIS (1972 entry). 

Watson, Lyall, SUPERNATURE, 1, 1973, Doubleday, HB. See 1974 entry.

Watts, Alan, CLOUD-HIDDEN, 1, 1973, Pantheon Books, HB.

Watts, Alan, BEYOND THEOLOGY, 2, 1973, Vintage, PB.

Wellesley, Gordon, SEX AND THE OCCULT, 1973, Crown, HB.

Wetering, Janwillem van de, EMPTY MIRROR, THE, 1, 1973, Houghton Mifflin, HB. Translation of 1972 Dutch title.  See 1978 entry.

Wilson, Robert Anton, SEX AND DRUGS, 1, 1973, Playboy Press, HB. entry
Wilson, Colin, OCCULT, THE, 2, 1973, Vintage, Trade. 

Wyckoff, James, WILHELM REICH: LIFE FORCE EXPLORER, 1973, Fawcett, PB. entry

Yes, YESSONGS, 1973, Atlantic Records. Yes may have been the best at the progressive rock form known as   "art rock".  They were at the forefront of rock technologies and innovation, especially with synthesizers and electronic instruments.  Their songs were often extremely literate and mystical in nature.  Their record jackets were designed by Roger Dean, a leader in the "New Romantic" art movement. YESSONGS was a three record live recording catching Yes at their height during the 70's.  The  return of the short format (single) and the decline of the AOR radio format led to the decline of the long symphonic pieces that Yes excelled in.

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