‘I have always admired Dr Leo Ruickbie’s
comprehensive expertise in the paranormal.’
– Rosemary Ellen Guiley, bestselling author
Dr Leo Ruickbie, PhD (Lond), MA, BA (Hons), AKC (Associate of King’s College), is a sociologist of religion and historian specializing in paranormal beliefs and experience.
Described as ‘a young Van Helsing’ in The Ghost Club Journal, Dr Leo Ruickbie has been investigating, writing about and experiencing the bizarre side of life – from vampire epidemics (there really was one) to sightings of angels – for most of his professional career. He has a PhD from King’s College, London, for his thesis on the sociology of modern witchcraft, building on his research into re-enchantment that won him an MA with distinction from Lancaster University. He is the author of several books on witchcraft, magic and the supernatural. His published articles, covering such subjects as theories of magic, spirit communication, possession and exorcism, the conceptualisation of evil, folk beliefs in the external soul and the representation of angels in modern media, show his broad interest in the history and sociology of belief and anomalous phenomena.
His published books are:
- The Impossible Zoo: An Encyclopedia of Fabulous Beasts and Mythical Monsters
- A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting: How to Identify and Investigate Spirits, Poltergeists, Hauntings and Other Paranormal Activity
- A Brief Guide to the Supernatural: Ghosts, Vampires and the Paranormal
- Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician
- Witchcraft Out of the Shadows: A Complete History
As well as publishing, he is an academic peer reviewer, exhibition curator, public speaker and editor. His work has been mentioned in the media from The Guardian to Radio Jamaica, and his expertise has been sought by film companies, museums and charities. For example, he has appeared in several episodes of Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Castle.
He is also a member of several professional and special interest groups, such as the Parapsychological Association, the Society for Psychical Research, the Royal Photographic Society and the Royal Historical Society, and is a member of the managing committee of the Gesellschaft für Anomalistik (Society for Anomalistics).
In 2014, he was appointed editor of the Society for Psychical Research’s magazine Paranormal Review.