April 26, 1914|
Syracuse, New York
|Died||March 27, 2002
Jess Stearn (April 26, 1914 – March 27, 2002) was a journalist and author of more than thirty books, nine of which were bestsellers. Stearn was born in Syracuse, New York to David Stearn, a rabbi. He graduated from Syracuse University and became a journalist for the New York Daily News and later an associate editor for Newsweek.
As an author, Stearn specialized in sensationalist speculative non-fiction. His early work focused on outsiders and marginalized individuals such as prostitutes, drug addicts, and the LGBT community. His later work focused on spirituality, the occult, and psychic phenomenon. His most popular works were two biographies on the American psychic Edgar Cayce; Stearn was a conference speaker for the Association for Research and Enlightenment and a proponent of Cayce's theories.
Stern was an old friend of game show panelist Arlene Francis. Her co-panelist Dorothy Kilgallen may have helped to promote Stearn's Yoga, Youth and Reincarnation in a September 15, 1965 issue of the New York Journal American. Stearn and Francis co-authored a book on dreams after she mentioned her recurring dream.
Stearn was an active practitioner of yoga and weight lifting. He married twice and had two children, Martha and Fred. He died of congestive heart failure on March 27, 2002 in his Malibu, California home. He chose not to have a funeral because of his belief in reincarnation.
- — (1954). Sisters of the Night: The Startling Story of Prostitution in New York Today.
- — (1959). The Wasted Years: Drug & Delinquent Stories.
- — (1962). The Sixth Man: A Startling Investigation of the Spread of Homosexuality in America.
- — (1963). The Door to the Future: Can the Future be Foreseen?.
- — (1964). The Grapevine: A Report on the Secret World of the Lesbian.
- — (1965). Yoga, Youth and Reincarnation.
- — (1967). Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet.
- — (1968). The Search for the Girl with the Blue Eyes: A Venture Into Reincarnation.
- — (1969). Adventures into the Psychic.
- — (1969). The Second Life of Susan Ganther: Startling Story of Reincarnation.
- — (1972). The Seekers: Drugs and the New Generation.
- — (1972). A Time for Astrology.
- — (1972). The Miracle Workers; America's Psychic Consultants.
- — (1973). Dr Thompson's New Way for You to Cure Your Aching Back.
- — (1973). The Search for a Soul: Taylor Caldwell's Psychic Lives.
- — (1975). A Prophet in his Own Country: The Story of the Young Edgar Cayce.
- —; Caldwell, Taylor (1975). Romance of Atlantis.
- — (1976). A Matter of Immortality: Dramatic Evidence of Survival.
- — (1976). The Power of Alpha-Thinking: Miracle of the Mind.
- —; Caldwell, Taylor (1977). I, Judas.
- — (1979). The Reporter.
- —; Geller, Larry (1980). The Truth About Elvis.
- — (1984). Soulmates: Perfect Partners Past, Present, and Beyond.
- — (1989). Intimates Through Time: Edgar Cayce's Mysteries Of Reincarnation.
- — (1997). Meetings: A Reporter's Notebook: Provocative Interviews that Capture the Spirit of Our Times.
- —; McGarey, Gladys (1998). The Physician Within You: Discovering the Power of Inner Healing.
- — (1998). Edgar Cayce on the Millennium.
- "Jess Stearn, 87; Wrote Best Sellers on the Occult". New York Times. April 2, 2002.
- Sutphen, Dick. "Jess Stearn".
- Kilgallen, Dorothy (September 15, 1965). "Joan Baez in Serious Trouble Over Tax Protest". New York Journal American. p. 25.
- Francis, Arlene (1978). Arlene Francis: A Memoir. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 204. ISBN 9780671228088. OCLC 3310923.
- "The Astrologers' Memorial Web Page". Solstice Point.
- Oliver, Myrna (April 1, 2002). "Obituary". Los Angeles Times. p. 9.