Hitting shelves this April is this long-awaited collection of essays edited by Paul Reeve and Michael S. Van Wagenen and which features the work of two JIers: Matt and Stan. The book’s webpage states that,
Mormons gave distinctive meanings to supernatural legends and events, but their narratives incorporated motifs found in many cultures. Many such historical legends and beliefs found adherents down to the present. This collection employs folklore to illuminate the cultural and religious history of a people.
Elaine Thatcher, Foreword
W. Paul Reeve and Michael Scott Van Wagenen, “Between Pulpit and Pew: Where History and Lore Intersect”
Matthew Bowman, “A Mormon Bigfoot: David Patten’s Cain and the Conception of Evil in LDS Folklore”
W. Paul Reeve, “‘As Ugly as Evil,’ and ‘As Wicked as Hell’: Gadianton Robbers and the Legend Process among the Mormons”
Matthew Bowman, “Raising the Dead: Mormons, Evangelicals, and Miracles in America”
Michael Scott Van Wagenen, “Singular Phenomena: The Evolving Mormon Interpretation of Unidentified Flying Objects”
Kevin Cantera, “A Currency of Faith: Taking Stock in Utah County’s Dream Mine”
Alan L. Morrell, “A Nessie in Mormon Country”
Stanley J. Thayne, “Walking on Water: Nineteenth-Century Prophets and a Legend of Religious Imposture”
Congrats to Paul, Mike, and all contributors!