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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (9 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495902757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495902758
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Karla Turner focused on the psychology and ethics of those alleging that they had been abducted, visited, probed and tormented by extraterrestrial beings. As a former college instructor who held a doctorate in Old English Studies as well as a B.A. and M.A. earned in both America and England respectively; Turner gave her heart and soul to help those trying to make sense of the things that didn't make sense. Dr Turner lost her battle to breast cancer in 1996 but her legacy to the paranormal field is all but not forgotten.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2014
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Dr. Karla (also known as `Kandy') Turner was a professional academic (an English PhD) and educator who lived in Arizona and died of cancer on 10 January 1996 at the tragically young age of 48. For several years before her death, she worked to publicise the reality of the alien abduction phenomenon to academia and to a wider public audience. She was a popular and respected public speaker on the subject - you can find videos of her lectures on the web - and between 1992 and 1996 published three books about how this intrusive phenomenon had affected her family.

`Into the Fringe', published in 1992, was her first book and chronicles the process whereby she and her family became aware that abduction by alien entities was the likely origin of all the strange events which had been happening to them. These included multiple close-proximity sightings of UFOs, episodes of missing time (some of several hours' duration), night-time visitations, odd and often dramatic patterns of body scarring and various poltergeist-type activity experienced by different members of the family, especially by her husband Casey and son David. It's essentially a narrative written in the first person about the journey from puzzlement and ignorance to some understanding of what might be happening and their eventual reluctant acknowledgement that the abduction phenomenon, reported in such consistent detail by so many other people, was the only explanation to fit the data and that in their case the fit was an exact one.

ITF details how Turner sought help from Barbara Bartholic, Oklahoma-based long-time UFO investigator and colleague of Jacques Vallee, to help understand the phenomenon in more depth.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Profound, unique, and valuable. 28 May 2014
By JSV - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Since there has been little in the way of promoting this title to the "main-stream", readers of this genre may not be aware just how great of a book this actually is. Of course being an older publication, these things generally get "promoted" via word-of-mouth among the enthusiast either looking for material to read or passed around (one might say) to those ALREADY in-the-know.

This particular version is a re-print of an older o/p book (1992 maybe, correct me if I'm wrong) which I THINK was only available in mass market paperback. Those little mass market books still floating around have become a moderately expensive commodity! I have an older version, and it took me a long time to find one in good condition at a reasonable price.

I have a rather large collection of books on such UFO/alien topics; some of which are extremely rare, and this book [Dr. Karla Turner's] is one of those that I just couldn't put down once I started reading. What's a bit uncommon about it, is the very personable way she brings the reader into her life. When this kind of thing is done--as a device you might say--by an author, it can inadvertently digress from the story and lose the reader's attention a bit. I feel that happens because the nature of writing about the "abduction" topic includes details that just don't FIT with our common perception of every-day "reality." Karla Turner did NOT have that problem [with me] while I read this narrative that borders on a transcript from a journal at times.

Please don't take my description in the wrong way. It's not "dry", or dull, as my words would suggest. It's just that she gives the reader important details in such a direct manner that you "get" what's going on in her narrative without the need for too much (or unnecessary) illustration surrounding the timeline of the events. In a nutshell; the book "introduces" her story to you, and gets right to the point of what a reader would likely want to know, and yet you still feel the personal connection to her life--during the events--in a minimalist way. It's very well done!

This story is definitely about someone stepping into the FRINGE of reality... and THEN some. I'm not saying it's unbelievable, or lacks credibility. I may have an unfair bias as to my trusting her integrity because I know someone that became quite friendly with her during her "tour of duty" as she and her husband were traveling the circuit of conventions shortly after this book was first published. She was a true advocate for the awareness of a topic that UNFAIRLY pigeonholes these people--or victims we may call them--as being lunatics. NOT so.

If you want a concise inside look at how such a thing can effect the life of some common, caring, educated, decent people; cause them to re-think their connections to everything in their paradigm of reality; and still maintain enough sanity to try and deal with the additional "fringe" of existence that now becomes a daily-dose of confusion added to their hard-working lives, then you may have just found the next book you'll read on this topic. If you found this title NOT knowing who Karla Turner is, or what she tried to do to help clarify the awareness of this phenomenon (sort of a "victims-rights" advocate), then take a few moments to research both the popularity and the controversy of her efforts. If THAT doesn't make you want to read this, then you're looking under the wrong rock. I was also compelled to submit an Amazon review about Jacobs' "Secret Life", and "Into the Fringe" would be a great companion if you liked that book. I think it's great that this title has finally be reprinted!

Dr. Karla Turner will forever be an historic cult-icon of this topic, and I offer my sincere blessings to her remaining family.

~JSV
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I believe 9 Sept. 2014
By beejers - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, what can I say. That it was an excellent book? Abduction is scary, but the truly scary part is that you have to have a degree before anyone will listen to what you have to say. I do believe what she says but only because I've experienced some of the same things...and no I don't have a degree but her information is accurate...when will we wake up people?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
`Into the Fringe' 2014 edition: a welcome re-issue Karla Turner's first book 28 Jun. 2014
By The Guardian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dr. Karla (also known as `Kandy') Turner was a professional academic (an English PhD) and educator who lived in Arizona and died of cancer on 10 January 1996 at the tragically young age of 48. For several years before her death, she worked to publicise the reality of the alien abduction phenomenon to academia and to a wider public audience. She was a popular and respected public speaker on the subject - you can find videos of her lectures on the web - and between 1992 and 1996 published three books about how this intrusive phenomenon had affected her family.

`Into the Fringe', published in 1992, was her first book and chronicles the process whereby she and her family became aware that abduction by alien entities was the likely origin of all the strange events which had been happening to them. These included multiple close-proximity sightings of UFOs, episodes of missing time (some of several hours' duration), night-time visitations, odd and often dramatic patterns of body scarring and various poltergeist-type activity experienced by different members of the family, especially by her husband Casey and son David. It's essentially a narrative written in the first person about the journey from puzzlement and ignorance to some understanding of what might be happening and their eventual reluctant acknowledgement that the abduction phenomenon, reported in such consistent detail by so many other people, was the only explanation to fit the data and that in their case the fit was an exact one.

ITF details how Turner sought help from Barbara Bartholic, Oklahoma-based long-time UFO investigator and colleague of Jacques Vallee, to help understand the phenomenon in more depth. Bartholic used some hypnosis to aid memory recovery and both Karla and Casey had several such sessions with her.

One of the author's most controversial claims was that the US Government, or elements within the Government, were actively interested in the phenomenon and occasionally abducted known alien-abductees in order to glean information from them, using drugs to control them and wipe their memories. She provides some detail, in the final chapters, of how they became convinced that these so-called `MIL-ABS' are, or rather were in the 1990s, a reality. The book also describes interactions with some human-looking entities (`hybrids?) and how abductees have recognised each other in the `everyday' world. The author did not believe these alien intrusions to be in any way benign, and was definitely not any kind of `New-Ager.'

The 2014 edition:

Since the turn of the millennium, all three of Karla Turner's books have been in great demand on the second-hand book market and almost impossible to find except with high price tags. Finding even a `fair' paperback copy of ITF or `Taken' for less than US$50 has been almost impossible, with `fine' or `like new' copies demanding upwards of US$200.

Following last year's welcome re-issue of `Taken', this new 2014 edition of ITF from Wordmean Publishing is welcome not only in making this great work once again affordable for the average reader but in correcting the typos and grammatical errors in the original text, restoring this classic to its rightful place among the great works of the genre. Cask J. Thomson deserves the credit of initiating this project, with the active participation of Karla's widower Elton editing the text.

This 2014 edition of ITF has 13 untitled chapters running to 222 pages (a slightly lower page count than the 1992 original) including a short epilogue. There is no bibliography and no index.

As in the 2013 edition of `Taken' Elton introduces the book with this paragraph:

"For the sake of clarification Karla Turner passed away after a long struggle with breast cancer and underwent breast removal surgery and chemotherapy. Despite the common misconceptions it is unlikely that she was targeted by an individual, group or organization attempting to silence her."

It's a pity that Elton and the publishers felt the need to include this caution at the beginning of the 2014 edition, but evidently the antics of conspiracy theorists over the past 18 years have made it necessary.

The new edition is in paperback only; it looks like we'll never see a hardcover edition of this classic.

Question for the publishers: are we going to see a re-issue of `Masquerade of Angels'? During my correspondence with Ted Rice earlier this year, he informed me he has twice the amount of material still unpublished as featured in Turner's original book. How about an edition containing more details of Ted's story?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Little Slice of History 22 Oct. 2014
By Basalt Mountain - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is about a brave family and the mystifying abduction experiences they encountered. I especially appreciated the candor in which it was written. The facts were presented without embellishment. The quotes from the hypnotic regressions were quite interesting given that some didn't make a lot of sense; but to me, that meant they were most likely accurate, because the situations were of such high strangeness in and of themselves. It seemed that the abductions went from actual alien/ufo events to staged events involving a branch of the military. It made me wonder: exactly what is the agenda of this shrouded military intervention?? The author certainly was brave to come forward with all of the details. I wish to thank the author's husband for reissuing this book. The older copies were going for unbelievably exorbitant prices, some over a thousand dollars! I hope it makes this important book available to a much wider audience. It is a book that is definitely worth reading especially because the material is, unfortunately, such a "fringe" topic. Remember, it is only one part of the entire alien/UFO phenomena that has been unfolding over this past century. This should be kept in mind while reading. My heart went out to this family :(
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A valuable resource 5 Aug. 2014
By LRDUKDOG - Published on Amazon.com
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Honest and open - a sensible and sometimes touching report of a family experiencing what seems unbelievable - but unfortunately, is not. If you have an interest in this area, this is certainly a book that belongs on your shelves.
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