Larry Kettelkamp

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(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Larry Kettelkamp 1933–

American nonfiction writer and illustrator. Kettelkamp's nonfiction works for young adults spring primarily from his own varied interests and hobbies. A versatile musician, he has written several introductory books to the families of instruments, such as Flutes, Whistles, and Reeds. Magic and his fascination with hobby crafts have resulted in books such as Magic Made Easy and Kites. His most extensive work, however, has been done in the realm of the paranormal, covering subjects as diverse as haunted houses and hypnosis. Kettelkamp is a firm believer in reincarnation and ESP, beliefs that have led to studies like Sixth Sense and Investigating Psychics. He approaches his topics scientifically, presenting evidence from research studies and experiments as he explains the history of mankind's views of such phenomena. He has often been criticized, however, for promoting his own beliefs instead of giving objective, even-handed studies of as yet unprovable hypotheses. Kettelkamp was formerly a teacher and an art director, and he has illustrated all of his own books as well as the works of authors such as Herbert S. Zim. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 29-32, rev. ed., and Something about the Author, Vol. 2.)