ANTHONY PEAKE was a curious child. While his friends were reading Batman and Superman comics Anthony was immersing himself in learning of the most arcane nature (whilst still keeping an eye on the X-Men and Dr. Strange). It was in 1966, at the age of twelve that he, quite by accident, came across a copy of The Sky People by Brinsley Le Poer Trench and from then on there was no stopping him. The British part-series Man Myth and Magic was read with intense interest followed by the discovery of John Keel’s Project Trojan Horse and Jacques Vallee’s Passport to Magonia. What followed was a voracious, and unquenchable, need to know everything about everything.

At university he chose courses that would accommodate his wide interests, specialising in the sociology of religion, the theory of language development and the art of the Italian Renaissance. A post-graduate course in management lead Anthony away from his calling as a writer and into a career as a manager in various UK businesses. His interest in the esoteric continued with a growing fascination for quantum physics and neurology developing over the years.

It was in the year 2000 that his life was to change. A fortuitous set of circumstances allowed him to take a year sabbatical from his business career and he decided that he would focus the fruits of all his reading and research in writing a book. Exactly one year later he surfaced with the manuscript of his first book, then entitled Cheating the Ferryman. This book was a distillation of all his areas of interest, quantum physics, neurology, ancient myths, altered-states of consciousness and the mystery of death. However, it was to take five years before this work appeared in print. Thanks to the help of Professor Bruce Greyson of the University of Virginia, an article based upon Anthony’s Cheating the Ferryman hypothesis was to appear in the Winter 2004 edition of the Journal of Near-Death Studies, the academic periodical of the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS). A few months later, in early 2005, British publishing house Arcturus bought the rights to the book and, a year later, and after a substantial re-write, Anthony’s first book, with the new title Is There Life After Death – The Extraordinary Science of What Happens When We Die was published. The rest, as they say, is history. This book has now sold over 60,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into various foreign-language editions including Spanish, Russian and Polish. Indeed, Anthony has now had books published in every major European language.

(from his website)

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Book list on Amazon



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Today’s music has been proposed by one of our listeners, who is the producer and the composer of those tracks.

Gabriel R.S. Gourd is an audio/ visual artist based in the Bronx, N.Y.C.. Under Stress (IUI) is an electronic music project; it is of the genre “Stark Wave”, drawing its inspiration from surrealism and occult themes. The compositions featured on the various albums released by IUI are an expression of the binary; drawing inspiration from both urban and rural soundscapes, and conjuring an immersive auditory experience with “industrial” and found sounds. Gabriel splits his time between rural/urban realities; in a NYC apartment, and more often than not in an off-grid natural home in Nova Scotia, Canada.


1) INNER RITUAL, from the album “Psychochronometrics”

2) PHAROSNUS, from the album “Pending”

3) GRINDING, from the album “Industrial Halo”

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