Have you heard the most bizarre tales from around Australia? Did a UFO really drag a family's car off the road in the middle of the outback? Are drop bears the vicious cousin of the koala, or a myth invented to tease tourists? Why have so many boats and planes disappeared around Bass Strait? And what became of the Australian prime minister who went into the surf and was never seen again? Aliens, Ghosts and Vanishings explores the strangest tales, most incredible encounters and creepiest urban legends in Australia's history. Read up on the investigations, study the photographs and weigh up the facts - do you believe the official explanations for these weird and wonderful events?
Stella Tarakson is the author of more than 30 non-fiction books, most of them for young people. She has also worked as a freelance copyeditor and proof reader, and has a legal background. Richard Morden is an illustrator based in Melbourne. He works in a range of styles and is fascinated by Australian culture, history, prehistory and natural sciences, gothic horror and science fiction.