Brad Steiger

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Brad Steiger
Born Eugene E. Olson
(1936-02-19) February 19, 1936 (age 81)
Fort Dodge, Iowa, U.S.
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Education Luther College (Iowa)
University of Iowa
Genre Paranormal
Years active 1956–present
Spouse Sherry Hansen Steiger (m. 1987)
Website
bradandsherry.com

Brad Steiger (born February 19, 1936) is an American author of fiction and non-fiction works on the paranormal, spirituality, UFOs, true crime, and biographies.

Biography[edit]

Steiger was born as Eugene E. Olson on February 19, 1936,[1] at the Fort Dodge Lutheran Hospital during a blizzard. He grew up on a farm in Bode, Iowa. He identified as Lutheran until the age of eleven, when a near-death experience changed his religious beliefs. His parents encouraged him to become a teacher.[2] He graduated from Luther College (Iowa) in 1957 and the University of Iowa in 1963. He taught high school English before teaching Literature and Creative Writing at his former college from 1963 to 1967.[1]

Steiger claims to have written his first book at age seven.[2] His first book, Ghosts, Ghouls and Other Peculiar People, was published in 1965. He became a full-time writer by 1967.[1] He has authored/co-authored almost 170 books, which have sold 17 million copies. He has written biographies on Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, and Rudolph Valentino, the latter of which was adapted as a film in 1977.[3] With his wife Sherry Hansen Steiger, he is the author of Four-legged Miracles: Heartwarming Tales of Lost Dogs' Journeys Home.

Steiger has appeared as a radio guest on Coast to Coast AM[4] and the Jeff Rense Program.[3]

Steiger has written that he believes Atlantis was a real place. In his book Atlantis Rising he argued that Atlantis was the home of an all-powerful civilization with sophisticated technological achievement.[5] He also declared the tracks at Paluxy River to be evidence for an ancient civilization of giant humans.[6]

He is a proponent of the ancient astronauts idea. Steiger has stated that many humans descend from alien beings. He refers to these beings as "star people".[7][8]

Steiger has been married to Sherry Hansen Steiger, an author and minister, since 1987. They have five children and nine grandchildren.[2]

Reception[edit]

Steiger's books have sold well to the public but have been criticized by academics.

Anthropologist Bonita Freeman-Witthoft gave Steiger's Medicine Power an entirely negative review. She noted that Steiger failed to cite scholary sources, gave faulty documentation and his reporting of mythology was inaccurate. She concluded that "It is a disappointing work of no use to scholars and of little use to a person sincerely interested in American Indian spirituality."[9]

Sarah Higley gave Steiger's The Werewolf Book a mixed review and concluded "with a definite penchant for the sensational at the expense of the accurate, the casual reader will find much in it informative and entertaining as well."[10]

Skeptical investigator Joe Nickell considers Steiger an unreliable source and has noted that he "endlessly cranks out books promoting paranormal claims".[11]

His books have also drawn criticism from Jason Colavito who has stated they are filled with pseudoscientific claims.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Steiger, Brad (1936-)". Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology. 2001. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Dan Schneider Interview 10: Brad Steiger" (Interview). Cosmoetica. 8 Apr 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Steiger, Brad. "Brad". Archived from the original on 22 Jul 2011. 
  4. ^ "Brad Steiger". Coast to Coast AM. Archived from the original on 15 Sep 2009. 
  5. ^ Simms, L. Moody. (1976). From Atlantis to UFOs. Social Science 51 (2): 97-104.
  6. ^ Williams, Wiliam F. (2000). Enyclopedia of Pseudoscience: From Alien Abductions to Zone Therapy. Facts on File Inc. p. 257. ISBN 1-57958-207-9
  7. ^ Hicks, John. (1992). Alien Encounters. Time-Life Books. p. 126. "The world is apparently full of such star people, a term used by Brad Steiger, who believes himself and his wife to be among the alien-descended elite."
  8. ^ Battaglia, Debbora. (2005). E. T. Culture: Anthropology in Outerspaces. Duke University Press. p. 89
  9. ^ Freeman-Witthoft, Bonita. (1977). Reviewed Work: Medicine Power: The American Indian's Revival of His Spiritual Heritage and It's Relevance for Modern Man by Brad Steiger. Journal of American Folklore 90 (357): 354-356.
  10. ^ Higley, Sarah. (2000). Reviewed Work: The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Beings by Brad Steiger. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. Vol. 11, No. 3 (43). pp. 314-317.
  11. ^ Nickell, Joe. (2004). The Mystery Chronicles: More Real-Life X-Files. University Press of Kentucky. p. 235. ISBN 0-8131-2318-6
  12. ^ "Brad Steiger, the Nephilim, and the Lizard People". Retrieved 12 June 2017.

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