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JOSHUA CUTCHIN is a native of North Carolina with a long interest in forteana. He holds a Masters in Music Literature and a Masters in Journalism from the University of Georgia, and currently works as a public affairs specialist in the southeast. In addition to his media work, Cutchin is also a published composer and maintains an active performing schedule as a jazz and rock tuba player, having appeared on eight albums and live concert DVDs. He is also the author of The Brimstone Deceit and Thieves in the Night.

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"The humble subject of food in anomalistic accounts serves, in Cutchin's measured, learned, and lucid argument, as proof that high strangeness events may be uncertain and discordant, but not incomprehensible." - Thomas E. Bullard, folklorist (ret.), Indiana University, Bloomington"Joshua Cutchin boasts an impressively original concept for a book on anomalies: fortean food...What Cutchin has done is to survey a fairly staggering range of literature on folklore, anthropology, food science, psychedelics, ufology, and cryptozoology, seeking people's claims to have consumed something-food, liquid, pills-in the course of an extraordinary encounter... [Cutchin] is a fortean in the fullest and finest sense. He has ideas, and they're creative and provocative ones... he is among the first to imagine that the food allegedly consumed in these alleged encounters is a drug akin to DMT, able to alter brain molecules and manipulate the senses...Cutchin keeps his head secured in a keen fortean appreciation of uncertainty and ambiguity, not to mention the likelihood that these phenomena are way beyond our understanding. A splendid job all around." - Jerome Clark, Fortean Times"[This is] the definitive study of an aspect of the paranormal that has, until now, been vastly unappreciated and consistently misunderstood...[Cuchin shows that] the usually bland nature of the food provided by today's extraterrestrials has its parallels in the food of the faeries, which was made to appear and taste enriching and delicious - but, in reality, was nothing of the sort: it was all a ruse...He suggests that the theater of entity food is designed to ease the shock of encountering the unknown. That's to say, we are shown something to which we can relate, which comforts us, and which calms us: food. The nourishment from beyond, then, is 'a symbolic vehicle to facilitate interaction.'...A Trojan Feast absolutely nails it...this is a fantastic piece of work." - Nick Redfern, Mysterious Universe"With A Trojan Feast, Joshua Cutchin has FINALLY answered the question which has confounded all fans of the Wachowskis: How could Neo be freed from the Matrix by ingesting the red pill, if the pill only existed in the Matrix -i.e. it wasn't 'real'? You wanna free your mind? Read this book!" - Red Pill Junkie"Joshua Cutchin has brought together a contemplative and truly unique folkloric analysis of the way that food and drink fits into the broader narrative of purported strange phenomena. In doing so, Cutchin provides, in the very truest sense, 'food for thought.'" - Micah Hanks, author of Magic, Mysticism and the Molecule

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