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The Goblin Universe (Llewellyn's Psi-tech series) Paperback – October, 1986

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Product Details

  • Series: Llewellyn's Psi-tech series
  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1st Printing edition (October 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875423108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875423104
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,524,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Several months ago, I got a beautifully illustrated Wooden Book on UFOs by Paul Whitehead and George Wingfield and in the dedication they mentioned a number of books and authors to include The Goblin Universe by Ted Holiday. I decided to find a copy and after a bit of research discovered that this was the man who wrote the Great Orm of Loch Ness in 1968. This book provided the best researched and most rational explanation for Nessie that I have ever read, though I had not seen it around for years. Now I had to get The Goblin Universe and did.

Ted Holiday died in 1977, and his last work, The Goblin Universe, was published in 1986 through the efforts of his friend, Colin Wilson. Wilson writes a long and fascinating introduction addressing Ted's life and the superior Fortean research he conducted. The book is excellent and holds its own over 30 years later on topics that include hauntings, reincarnation, prophecy, the nature of fairies, cryptozoology and the origins of life. His writing is skilled, rich with facts and fascinating speculations and have obviously been a takeoff point for other researchers.

Ted Holiday reminds me a bit of John Keel, Jacques Vallee and Nick Redfern in the sense that I believe all four of them came to a point in their research where they became frightened, which is reflected in books like The Goblin Universe, Trojan Horse, Masters of Deception and Final Events. Fright can be a prudent response when one truly realizes that rational explanations will not be forthcoming. In Mr. Holiday's case, his fright centered around his many years of research at Loch Ness, which proved to have increasingly paranormal aspects. Indeed, even his premature death is associated with a MIB experience.

The Goblin Universe is still a very valuable work and it is a shame that it hasn't been reprinted. I hope that Ted Holiday gets the credit he deserves.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a replacement copy for my youngest kid. She's off the Ireland and Scotland soon and much of book relates to Ted's work on the cryptids in those places. This is a posthumous master work,( almost a sequel to "The Dragon and the Disc"), helped by Loren Coleman and introduced by Colin Wilson. Published seven years after Ted's tragic death, it deals with the link between cryptids and the paranormal. And it does it well and contains a trove of knowledge. When combined with Vallee's "A Passport to Mangonia", it creates a basis for undrstanting our reality ...such as it is~

Passport to Magonia: On UFOs, Folklore, and Parallel WorldsThe Goblin Universe
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F.W. Holiday (a.k.a. Ted Holiday) was a cryptozoologist researching the Loch Ness monster who gradually began to suspect that Nessie and similar "hidden animals" might actually be paranormal, rather than literal flesh-and-blood creatures. Unfortunately, I haven't read his first books on the monster, "The Great Orm of Loch Ness" and "The Dragon and the Disc".

Apparently, Holiday originally proposed that Nessie might be a flesh-and-blood invertebrate similar to (but vastly larger than) a mysterious fossil creature known as Tullimonstrum. Later, he began to notice a connection between the Loch Ness monster, UFO observations and strange co-incidences. In his last book, "The Goblin Universe", Holiday spelled out his paranormal speculations without a safety net. The book was published posthumously. The author had sent a manuscript to Colin Wilson, who (of course) supported the endeavour, but then changed his mind about the project, deciding instead to write a more regular book on lake monsters. After Holiday's death, Wilson obtained the permission of Holiday's family to publish "The Goblin Universe" anyway, with a lengthy introduction by Wilson himself. The 1986 Llewellyn edition is marked "copyright F.W. Holiday 1986". I assume this refers to Holiday's estate. The actual author passed away seven years earlier... But sure, it looks funny that a book on the goblin universe is copyrighted by a dead man! Or a goblin? "The Goblin Universe" has positive blurbs by Loren Coleman, John Keel, Janet and Colin Bord, and Hans Holzer. Quite a combination!

Holiday's book feels very disjointed, perhaps because it's really a half-baked manuscript the author himself was dissatisfied with.
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Format: Hardcover
The best chapter of this book is The Exorcism of Loch Ness. This previously appeared in slightly different form in a 1973 issue of Flying Saucer Review and the good news is that, at present, this can be read online by searching "exorcism loch ness flying saucer review". The online article includes the sketches and diagrams not present in the book.

The chapter, "The Science of Wishful Thinking," is very good also, in which Holiday tears into the unsubstantiated, yet widely accepted concept of Darwinian evolution. However, he was wrong when the stated, "Darwin lost all faith in ideas of spiritual design." He quite clearly invokes spiritual design when discussing the evolution of the eye, in the sixth edition of his Origin of Species. In addition, he refers to species as "works of God" in that book.

John Keel writes enthusiastically about this book on the jacket cover: "Ted Holiday's legacy is this brilliant appraisal of the Goblin Universe that surrounds us and often engulfs us. He stalked the weird and wonderful mechanisms that have always stirred our imagination, generated our beliefs and filled us with terror in the night. This book, his last and most important, will certainly become a classic and add to his stature as an open-minded explorer into the unknown. And Colin Wilson's introduction, a penetrating synthesis of all that we know - or suspect- about the Goblin Universe, is worth the price of the book alone."

Colin Wilson does indeed write a good introduction, more interesting, arguably, then his ponderous books "Mysteries" and "The Occult". I can see why Keel liked the book. Fans of Keel's The Eighth Tower should enjoy this. However, Holiday's attempts to explain UFO and alien phenomena in terms of modern manifestations of fairies are misguided, in my opinion.
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