Hilary Evans

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Hilary Agard Evans (6 March 1929 – 27 July 2011)[1] was a British pictorial archivist, author, and researcher into UFOs and other paranormal phenomena.[2]


Evans was born in Shrewsbury, United Kingdom[3] and educated at St George’s School at Harpenden. After National Service in Palestine he went up to King’s College, Cambridge, to read English, followed by a Master’s at Birmingham University. He then spent some time as a private tutor before joining Mather & Crowther advertising agency as a copywriter in 1953.

In 1964 he and his wife Mary Evans (1936–2010) founded the Mary Evans Picture Library,[4] an archive of historical illustrations.[5] In 1981 he co-founded the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena.[6][7]

Evans was an exponent of the Psychosocial Hypothesis of UFOs as culturally shaped visionary experiences.[8]

Books published[edit]

  • Intrusions: Society and the Paranormal. London and Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982.
  • The Evidence for UFOs. Wellingborough, Northampton, England: Aquarian Press, 1983.
  • Visions, Apparitions, Alien Visitors. Wellingborough, Northampton, England: Aquarian Press, 1984.
  • Gods, Spirits, Cosmic Guardians. Wellingborough, Northampton: Aquarian Press, 1987.
  • Alternate States of Consciousness: Unself, Other-self, and Superself. Wellingborough, Northampton: Aquarian Press, 1989.
  • Frontiers of Reality, Aquarian Press, 1989
  • Evans, Hilary, and John Spencer, eds. Phenomena: Forty Years of Flying Saucers. New York: Avon Books, 1989.
  • Evans, Hilary, and Dennis Stacy, eds. UFO 1947-1997: Fifty Years of Flying Saucers. London: John Brown, 1997.
  • Evans, Hilary, and Robert Bartholomew, eds. Outbreak! The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behaviour. San Antonio, Texas: Anomalist Books, 2009.
  • Evans, Hilary "SLIders: The Enigma of Streetlight Interference" San Antonio, Texas: Anomalist Books, 2010


  1. ^ Coleman, Loren. "Hilary Evans Obituary". Cryptomundo. 
  2. ^ Grossman, Wendy M (16 August 2011). "Hilary Evans obituary". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Ernest Kay The International authors and writers who's who, Volumes 2001-2002, Cambridge, 7th ed., 1976 p. 180
  4. ^ Mary Evans Picture Library FAQs
  5. ^ Lydia Thornley & Valentine Evans, Mary Evans Picture Library: visual documentation of the past, London : The Beacon Press, 1995
  6. ^ Evans, Hilary, and John Spencer, eds. Phenomena: Forty Years of Flying Saucers. New York: Avon Books, 1989, p.409
  7. ^ David Morrow, Close encounters of the street lamp kind, The Independent Life & Style, Thursday, 31 August 1995
  8. ^ Jerome Clark, Encyclopedia of strange and unexplained physical phenomena, Thomson Gale Press, 1993, ISBN 0-8103-8843-X ISBN 978-0810388437 p.329

Additional book reviews

  • Gillian Bennett. "Seeing Ghosts: Experiences of the Paranormal by Hilary Evans", Folklore, Vol. 115, No. 3 (Dec., 2004), pp. 373–374 (JSTOR)
  • Steve Rybicki. "The Picture Researcher's Handbook by Hilary Evans, Mary Evans, Andra Nelki", RQ, Vol. 15, No. 2 (WINTER 1975), p. 174 (JSTOR)
  • Christina Bostick. "Picture Sources by Ann Novotny, Rosemary Eakins; The Picture Researcher's Handbook; An International Guide to Picture Sources—And How to Use Them by Hilary Evans, Mary Evans, Andra Nelki", ARLIS/NA Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 6 (OCTOBER 1975), pp. S8-S9 (JSTOR)
  • Nina Auerbach. "Ghosts of Ghosts", Victorian Literature and Culture, Vol. 32, No. 1 (2004), pp. 277–284 (JSTOR)
  • George Guffey. "Science Fiction: History-Science-Vision. by Robert Scholes, Eric S. Rabkin; Beyond the Gaslight: Science in Popular Fiction, 1895-1905. by Hilary Evans, Dik Evans; H. G. Wells and Modern Science Fiction. by Darko Suvin, Robert M. Philmus", Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Vol. 34, No. 1 (Jun., 1979), pp. 112–117 (JSTOR)
  • Williams, David R. "Beyond the Gaslight (book review)." Library Journal 6/1/1977, Vol. 102 Issue 11, p1278. (EBSCO Masterfile)
  • Lombardi, Robert. "Visions Apparitions Alien Visitors (book review)." School Library Journal. Feb85, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p92. (EBSCO Masterfile)
  • Fraser, Robert S. "The Picture Researcher's Handbook (Book Review)." Library Journal. 10/1/1975, Vol. 100 Issue 17, p1809. (EBSCO Masterfile)
  • Karlin, Daniel. "It isn't believing." Times Literary Supplement. 6/14/2002, Issue 5176, p36. Book review Seeing Ghosts. (EBSCO Masterfile)
  • "Intrusions (book review)." Atlantic (02769077). Mar1982, Vol. 249 Issue 3, p89. (EBSCO Masterfile)
  • "Harlots, Whores and Hookers", Kirkus, November 15, 1979

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