Stafford Betty, a U.S. Alabama native, studied Asian religious thought and Sanskrit at Fordham and Columbia Universities in New York City on the way to a Ph.D. He landed a job at California State University, Bakersfield, and became intrigued by the emerging evidence of an afterlife coming from research into the near-death experience, deathbed visions, poltergeist phenomena, past-life memories of young children, and other kinds of paranormal evidence.
He has published twelve books and dozens of articles and essays on a wide variety of subjects. Five of these books are novels. One of them, "The Imprisoned Splendor," is a romance set in the afterworld. Another, "The Severed Breast," tells the story of Thomas the Apostle's unsuccessful attempt to convert India to Christianity and India's impact on him. His most recent, "Ghost Boy," is a paranormal adventure book written for kids 12 to 16 years old. It tells the story of a clairvoyant boy's love for a mysterious spirit girl his own age who visits and guides him. Upcoming in June 2019 is a political thriller titled "The War for Islam." He is currently finishing another novel set in the world beyond death titled "The Afterlife Counselor."
Professor Betty is perhaps better known for his three nonfiction books on the afterlife: "When Did You Ever Become Less by Dying? Afterlife: The Evidence," "The Afterlife Unveiled," and "Heaven and Hell Unveiled." These are not based on religious teaching but on psychical research. In these he brings together and analyzes the many different kinds of evidence that point to the actual reality of an afterlife, then ventures to suggest, based on research, what it is actually like. He is frequently praised for his clear, jargon-free, down-to-earth writing style that reaches past specialists to regular folk in search of life's meaning.