WorldCat Identities

Nickell, Joe

Works: 88 works in 300 publications in 4 languages and 25,778 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Miscellanea  History  Field guides  Trivia and miscellanea  Controversial literature 
Roles: Author, Composer, Editor, Interviewee
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Joe Nickell
Looking for a miracle : weeping icons, relics, stigmata, visions & healing cures by Joe Nickell( Book )

29 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 2,367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of miracle claims from the Shroud of Turin to levitation and inedia
Real-life X-files : investigating the paranormal by Joe Nickell( )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the cases of more than forty paranormal mysteries by attempting to physically duplicate the unexplainable activities and finding a logical explanation behind them
Relics of the Christ by Joe Nickell( )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To research the authenticity of numerous Christian relics, Joe Nickell takes a scientific approach to a field of study all too often tainted by premature conclusions. In this volume, Nickell investigates such renowned relics as the shroud of Turin, the multiple heads of John the Baptist, and the supposedly incorruptible corpses of saints, first examining the available evidence and documented history of each item. From accounts of true believers to the testimony of the relics' alleged fabricators, Nickell then presents all sides of each story, allowing the evidence to speak for itself. For each relic, Nickell evaluates both the corroborating and contradictory bodies of evidence and explores whether the relic and attributed miracles can be reconstructed. In addition to his own experiments, Nickell presents findings from the world's top scientists and historians regarding these controversial objects of reverence and ire, explaining the circumstances under which each case was examined."--Jacket
Lake monster mysteries : investigating the world's most elusive creatures by Benjamin Radford( )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Incorporating newly-revealed information and up-to-date developments in the cases they present, professional monster hunters Radford and Nickell plunge into both the cultural histories of these creatures and the scientific inquiries that may hold the key to these mysteries."--Jacket
Camera clues : a handbook for photographic investigation by Joe Nickell( )

16 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 1,625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By explaining the investigative methods employed in the identification and dating of old photographs, this book enables historians, genealogists, and amateur sleuths to trace a photo's past. Nickell utilizes both new and traditional techniques for a variety of activities, from detecting fakes or copies to the restoration of deteriorating images. Fans of the paranormal will find two chapters devoted to the world of UFOs, legendary creatures, and psychokinetic photography
Secrets of the sideshows by Joe Nickell( )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Joe Nickell - once a carnival pitchman, then a magician, private detective, and investigative writer - has pursued sideshow secrets for years and has worked the famous carnival midway at the Canadian National Exhibition. For this book, he interviewed showmen and performers, collected carnival memorabilia, researched published accounts of sideshows and their lore, and even performed some classic sideshow feats, such as eating fire and lying on a bed of nails as a cinderblock was broken on his chest. The result of these varied efforts, Secrets of the Sideshows tells the captivating story of the magic, tricks - real or illusory - and performers of the world's midway shows."--Jacket
Detecting forgery : forensic investigation of documents by Joe Nickell( )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Joe Nickell's Detecting Forgery guides the reader through the process of sniffing out fake documents. The book begins by explaining the evolution of handwriting and moves on to cover topics as varied as spectral analysis and the use of microscopes and fingerprinting. Detailed photographs of known forgeries, including the signature of Robert E. Lee and documents created by Mark Hofmann, along with many other illustrations, enhance the text."--Jacket
Adventures in paranormal investigation by Joe Nickell( )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 1,406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paranormal investigator Joe Nickell tackles the world's most seemingly inexplicable myth's in Adventures in Paranormal Investigation. With four decades of experience in the field, Nickell employs skepticism and scientific analysis to pull truth from the mire of false evidence and! trickery that surrounds both old and new legends and mysteries. Unlike authors who engage in hype and sensationalism in order to foster or debunk myths, Nickell approaches each case with a rational and scientific approach intended to find the truth."--Jacket
Real or fake : studies in authentication by Joe Nickell( )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Will the rare autographed baseball your great-uncle gave you put your children through college? Is your grandmothers chest of drawers really a seventeenth-century antique, or merely a reproduction? A leader in forgery detection and forensic investigation, Joe Nickell reveals his secrets to detecting artifacts items inReal or Fake: Studies in Authentication. Detailing how the pros determine whether an Abraham Lincoln signature is forged or if a photograph of Emily Dickinson is genuine, Nickell provides the essential tools necessary to identify counterfeits. In this general introduction to the principles of authentication, Nickell provides readers with step-by-step explanations of the science used to detect falsified documents, photographs, and other objects. Illustrating methods used on hit shows such as Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives, Nickell recommends that aspiring investigators employ a comprehensive approach to identifying imitations
Crime science : methods of forensic detection by Joe Nickell( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 1,391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains some of the techniques of forensic science used in criminal investigations, including fingerprinting, DNA testing, impression analysis, pathology, and others; and includes case studies that show how the methods have been used in practice
The mystery chronicles : more real-life X-files by Joe Nickell( )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 1,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Takes a scientific approach to paranormal mysteries, taking readers on a series of case studies including the supposed hauntings known as the "Amityville horror" in New York, employing forensic and investigative techniques to their analysis
Inquest on the Shroud of Turin by Joe Nickell( Book )

14 editions published between 1983 and 1998 in English and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author presents evidence which he believes proves that the Shroud of Turin "is actually the creation of a clever medieval artist. ... Nickell traces the historical, iconographic, pathological, forensic, and physical and chemical investigations of the purported relic. He {describes} the microchemical tests that {he believes} revealed artists' pigments on the image and tempera paint in the areas claimed to be bloodstains ... {The author attempts to demonstrate that the} 'photographically negative' image {of the shroud} can actually be convincingly simulated by means of an artistic technique employed in the Middle Ages."
Unsolved history : investigating mysteries of the past by Joe Nickell( )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,054 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What constitutes historical truth is often subject to change. Joe Nickell demonstrates the techniques used in solving some of the world's most perplexing mysteries, such as the authenticity of Abraham Lincoln's celebrated Bixby letter, the 1913 disappearance of writer and journalist Ambrose Bierce, and the apparent real-life model for a mysterious character in a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nickell also uses newly uncovered evidence to reveal the identity of John Demjanjuk, otherwise known as "Ivan the Terrible."
Tracking the man-beasts : Sasquatch, vampires, zombies, and more by Joe Nickell( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Join veteran paranormal investigator Joe Nickell on an investigative expedition of the historical, geographical, and cultural reaches of various 'manimals' and other humanoid entities ..."--Page 4 of cover
Ambrose Bierce is missing and other historical mysteries by Joe Nickell( )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Demonstrates various techniques in solving some perplexing historical mysteries of the world
Psychic sleuths : ESP and sensational cases( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Do psychics have special powers, allowing them to succeed where ordinary police work fails? How often do the police actually enlist psychics in solving crimes, and what do they really think of these paranormal "experts"? These are just some of the questions discussed in this illuminating study of those who supposedly use extrasensory powers to help solve crimes. Famed paranormal investigator Joe Nickell assembled a psychic "task force" of experienced researchers - investigative writers, professional magicians, private detectives, and paranormal investigators - and challenged them to examine the claims of a famous paranormal crimebuster. Among the "psychic sleuths" examined are Greta Alexander, Dorothy Allison, Gerard Croiset, Peter Hurkos, Phil Jordan, Rosemarie Kerr, Noreen Reiner, and Bill Ward. Noted psychologist James E. Alcock offers an assessment of the psychics' claims in light of the investigative reports. Nickell's distinguished team of investigators includes Michael R. Dennett, Professor Kenneth Feder, Henry Gordon, Jim Lippard, Ward Lucas, Professor Michael Park, Stephen Peterson, Dr. Gary Posner, and Professor Lee Roger Taylor. Psychic Sleuths will excite the curiosity of both skeptics and believers, and all who are puzzled by psychic claims and paranormal mysteries
Pen, ink & evidence : a study of writing and writing materials for the penman, collector, and document detective by Joe Nickell( Book )

26 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English and German and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Secrets of the supernatural : investigating the world's occult mysteries by Joe Nickell( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A forensic analyst and a former stage magician investigate haunted houses, a crystal skull, photographs of spirits, unexplained disappearances, and more
The UFO invasion : the Roswell incident, alien abductions, and government coverups( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of the major investigations and inquiries into alleged UFO sightings, crashes, abductions, and coverups that have been reported in the pages of the "Skeptical Inquirer."
Mysterious realms : probing paranormal, historical, and forensic enigmas by Joe Nickell( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigative writer Joe Nickell and forensic analyst John F. Fischer probe ten tantalizing mysteries that, for decades, have defied rational analysis and convinced many people that supernatural events really do happen. Using their skills and experience in historic document examination and forensic research, Nickell and Fischer carefully scrutinize the evidence for a variety of strange historical, paranormal, and forensic phenomena
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Looking for a miracle : weeping icons, relics, stigmata, visions & healing cures
Real-life X-files : investigating the paranormalRelics of the ChristLake monster mysteries : investigating the world's most elusive creaturesCamera clues : a handbook for photographic investigationSecrets of the sideshowsDetecting forgery : forensic investigation of documentsAdventures in paranormal investigationReal or fake : studies in authentication
Alternative Names
Joe Nickell American skeptical investigator

Joe Nickell Amerikaans schrijver

Joe Nickell investigateur du paranormal

Joe Nickell US-amerikanischer Wissenschaftler

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Nickell, Joe Herman.

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English (187)

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