Strange Creations

by Donna Kossy
Los Angeles: Feral House, 2001. 350 pages.

As the subtitle "Aberrant ideas of human origins from ancient astronauts to aquatic apes" suggests, Strange Creations takes a look at a wide variety of pseudoanthropological views, from the "de-evolution" theory of Oscar Kiss Maerth (which inspired the band Devo) to the theosophical views of the Heaven's Gate cult. Unsurprisingly, a chapter is devoted to creationism, describing not only the stalwarts of the ICR but also colorful characters such as Emil Gaverluk, the author of Did Genesis Man Conquer Space? Wolf Roder praises Strange Creations as "a very useful source on a wide variety of pseudoscientific ideas, oddball groups, and their writings."