Edward Longstreet Bodin

Edwart Longstreet Bodin (August 5, 1894 – August 1983) was a mystery writer and founded the "Spiritual Party" as a platform for a run for President of the United States in the 1952 presidential election. He claimed in his book Scare Me! to be a descendent of Jean Bodin. He was a literary agent and mentor to L. Ron Hubbard.[1]

Prior to authoring books, Bodin wrote for Strange Stories magazine as "Lucifer" and Thrilling Mystery magazine as "Chakra."

His book Scare Me! addressed ghosts, ectoplasm, demons, zombies, werewolves and other similar topics. In it, he thanked sixty-eight people, including Arthur J. Burks, Jack Dempsey, Ruth Lyons, Lowell Thomas, Nathaniel Schachner, Theodore Tinsley, F. Orlin Tremaine, Arthur Leo Zagat, William B. Ziff and L. Ron Hubbard. Upper Purgatory covered such subjects as ESP, flying saucers, the afterlife, and the Shakespeare authorship question.

In 1953, he suggested that if Winston Churchill doublecrossed the United States, the atom bomb should be used to divert the Gulf Stream in order to freeze England.[2] He suggested the same thing two years later in Upper Purgatory, claiming to have received a letter from William E. Bergin, Adjutant General of the United States, treating the idea seriously (pages 17–18). He also suggested the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt was due to psychic intervention to prevent America's government from being overrun by Communists.

In 1956, Bodin was the President of the Bernarr MacFadden Foundation, worth about $5,000,000.[1] That year he also provided the foreword to a book by Blanche A. Draper, the pastor of "The Church of the Radiant Flame," a woman who worked as a psychic and medium.[3]


  • Scare me!: A symposium on ghosts and black magic (1940)
  • "These Sensitive Writers" in Author & Journalist (May 1945), reprinted in 'Pulp Fictioneers: Adventures in the Storytelling Business edited by John Locke.
  • Give Me Liberty (1946) (as Ed "Vagabond" Bodin)
  • Spirit World magazine (1947-) (editor)
  • First Century Faith (Be Thou Healed): For Health and Happy Home of Christian, Jew or Pagan Better Books, New York, (1951)
  • Upper Purgatory: A Fascinating Adventure in Extra Sensory Perception College Publishing Co., Daytona Beach, Florida (1955)
  • The Radiant Flame by Blanche A. Draper College Publishing Co., Daytona Beach, Florida (1956) (foreword)
  • "My Best Friends Are Ghosts" in Orion Magazine (March 1960)
  • "Mystics Saint John, Daniel and Nostradamus" in Orion Magazine (February 1961)
  • First century healing: (in your own home circle) (1962)
  • Mystery History (1964)


  1. ^ Pulp Fictioneers: Adventures in the Storytelling Business edited by John Locke, page 141
  2. ^ "Letters, Jun. 8, 1953". 8 June 1953 – via www.time.com.
  3. ^ "Marie Corelli bibliographical list". www.wiseoldgoat.com.
Bernarr Macfadden

Bernarr Macfadden (born Bernard Adolphus McFadden, August 16, 1868 – October 12, 1955) was an American proponent of physical culture, a combination of bodybuilding with nutritional and health theories. He also founded the long-running magazine publishing company Macfadden Publications. He was the predecessor of Charles Atlas and Jack LaLanne, and has been credited with beginning the culture of health and fitness in the United States.

Bodin (surname)

Bodin is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Astrid Bodin (1903 – 1961), Swedish actress

Billy Bodin (born 1992), Welsh soccer player

Chris Douglas (born 1974), also known as "Wooli Bodin", American musician

Claude Bodin (born 1952), member of the National Assembly of France

Constantine Bodin (fl. 1081–1101), medieval ruler

Don Bodin, American composer, songwriter, and music producer

Edward Longstreet Bodin (1894 – 1983), American mystery writer and founder of the "Spiritual Party"

Étienne Soulange-Bodin (1774–1846), French agronomist and army officer

Jacques Bodin, French hyperrealist painter

Jean Bodin (1530–1596), 16th century French jurist

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689 – 1755), French baroque composer

Kévin Bodin (born 1987), French professional footballer

Lars Gunnar Bodin (born 1935), Swedish pioneer in the field of electronic music during the 1960s

Martin Bodin (1903 – 1976), Swedish cinematographer

Paul Bodin (born 1964), former Welsh soccer player - now a coach.

Simone Micheline Bodin (1925 – 2015), French fashion model of the 1940s and 1950s

Tomas Bodin, keyboard player

Yannick Bodin (born 1942), member of the Senate of France

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