An excellent book by a British psychologist that takes a geographic approach to Fortean/paranormal subjects, with the focus on looking at the evidence for "hot spots" with overlapping reports of different paranormal phenomena.
Chapters 1-5 look at the various theoretical approaches to thinking about these topics, along with an overview of "things paranormal," from materialist-skeptical, to psychological-psi, to Fortean and "believer-based" ideas. The author is very even-handed in his treatments of these different points of view, with specific chapters devoted to UFOs, bigfoot, and hauntings/poltergeists. While these three subjects are the primary ones, other phenomena like mystery 'panthers' and other cryptids, missing time, geophysical phenomena, etc. are also discussed.
Chapters 6-15 look at geographic locations in England, Wales and Scotland, including "Clapham Wood," "The Warminster Phenomena," "The 'Welsh Triangle'," "Rendlesham Forest," "Cannock Chase," "The Pennines," "The Bonnybridge UFO Phenomena," "Ben Macdui," "Ghostly Events Near Inverness," and "Other British Hot Spots" (Blue Bell Hill, the A75 Road near Annan, the Sudbury area, the Daresbury area, the Carrington UFO hot spot, Dartmoor, and the Shropshire/Powys Border area).
Chapter 16 looks at "Hot Spots on the Mainland of the USA", including the Yakama/Yakima Reservation (Washington state), the Uinta Basin and the 'Skinwalker Ranch' (Utah), the San Luis Valley (Colorado-New Mexico), Dulce (New Mexico), the 'Bridgewater Triangle'/Hockomock Swamp (Massachusetts), the Hudson Valley (New York State and Connecticut). The Skinwalker Ranch was written about in Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah (be aware though that some of the Skinwalker material in Kelleher and Knapp's book has lately been criticized for inaccuracies and hyperbole...Google it since I can't post links here) which I enjoyed as well, and I also have been reading about the San Luis Valley in Christopher O'Brien's Secrets of the Mysterious Valley.
Chapter 17 covers "Puerto Rico" with its connection to the Bermuda Triangle, an earthquake that was associated with mysterious events, disappearance of aircraft, UFOs, odd humanoids and other odd creatures...including the chupacabras, or course!
Chapter 18 covers "The Bermuda Triangle and Other Foreign Hot Spots," the latter being Australia's Nullarbor Plain and the Hoia-Baciu Forest/Wood in Romania.
Chapter 19, "Concluding Thoughts," weighs some of the evidence of factors like differential reporting, suggestion or expectancy, hoaxes, Occam's Razor, and the like. After careful consideration, the author's conclusion is that due to factors like theatricality, apparent intelligent actions, involvement of psi aspects, transient materializations, parallel universes or alternate dimensions, the possibility of illusions to suit the mentality of the observer, and more, that there seems to be some sort of agency/purpose/mechanism or intelligence behind many of these phenomena.
Copious endnotes and a bibliography increase the usefulness of the volume. which is a hefty 549 pages long, with numerous maps.
There are other related subjects that could have taken the book further, especially the leyline controversy given the geographic orientation. There are some books that would have added to his thesis as well, such as Ted Holiday's original The Goblin Universe. The author also notes that since he is based in Britain, that's why the focus is there, and he notes that language barriers impeded some of the information flow he was interested in from non-English speaking countries. However the book as it is is huge with lots of great material. I would like to see more geographically-focused books that cross-reference various paranormal/Fortean phenomena. Kudos to the author, Dr. McCue!