Ebon, Martin (1917-)

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Ebon, Martin (1917-)

Author and editor of popular books on parapsychology and related subjects. Ebon was born May 27, 1917, in Hamburg, Germany. In 1938 he moved to the United States, where he served as a managing editor of the Foreign Language Division of the Overseas News Agency. During World War II, he was on the staff of the U.S. Office of War Information. He became an expert on the Soviet Union and wrote and lectured widely on it. However, his interest in the paranormal became the more dominant part of his life.

After the war he was associated with the Parapsychology Foundation and for 11 years (1954-65) served as its administrative secretary. He was managing editor of the foundation's periodical, Tomorrow (1953-62), and executive editor of the International Journal of Parapsychology (1959-65). For a brief period beginning in 1969, he also served as executive editor of the quarterly Spiritual Frontiers.

Throughout the sixties and seventies, he wrote and edited numerous books and articles on all fields of parapsychology, the occult, and other anomalous phenomena, and he served as book review editor for several periodicals. Ebon first became known to many through his "true experiences" series of the late 1960s, which included True Experiences in Prophecy (1967), True Experiences in Telepathy (1967), True Experiences with Ghosts (1968), and True Experiences in Exotic ESP (1968). Ebon's major contributions to parapsychology include Communicating with the Dead (1968), What's New in ESP (1976), The Evidence for Life After Death (1977), and The Signet Handbook of Parapsychology (1978). He also wrote two books that combined his knowledge of parapsychology and the Soviet Union: Psychic Discoveries by the Russians (1971) and The Soviet Propaganda Machine (1987). Ebon's books have always been very timely, as he possessed an accurate sense of specific public interests in paranormal subjects.

Sources:

Ebon, Martin. Communicating with the Dead. New York: New American Library, 1968.

. The Evidence for Life After Death. New York: New American Library, 1977.

. Psychic Discoveries by the Russians. New York: New American Library, 1971.

. Psychic Warfare: Threat or Illusion? New York: McGraw-Hill, 1983.

. The Signet Handbook of Parapsychology. New York: New American Library, 1978.

. The Soviet Propaganda Machine. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1987.

. True Experiences in Exotic ESP. New York: New American Library, 1968.

. True Experiences in Prophecy. New York: New American Library, 1967.

. True Experiences in Telepathy. New York: New American Library, 1967.

. True Experiences with Ghosts. New York: New American Llibrary, 1968.

. What's New in ESP. New York: New American Library, 1976.

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