David V. Barrett is a British sociologist of religion who has widely written on topics pertaining to new religious movements and western esotericism. He is also a regular contributor to The Independent, Fortean Times, and the Catholic Herald.[1]

The backflap of one of his books claims he was an intelligence analyst for the UK Government Communications Headquarters and the United States' government's National Security Agency prior to his career as a writer.[1] He is a regular book critic and his critiques have appeared in Literary Review, New Scientist, and others.[2]

He has been involved in science fiction critique, having edited Vector, the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association in the late 1980s, and organized and chaired the Arthur C. Clarke Award for three years.[3]


  • Encyclopedia of Prediction: Fate, Fortune & Foretelling the Future, (1992); ISBN 0-8317-8195-5
  • Predictions Library - Dreams, (1995); ISBN 0-13-230947-5
  • Predictions Library - Palmistry (1995)
  • Predictions Library - Graphology (1995)
  • Predictions Library - Numerology (1995)
  • The New Believers: Sects, Cults and Alternative Religions''; (2001) ISBN 1-84403-040-7
  • A Brief History of Secret Societies: The Hidden Powers of Clandestine Organizations and Elites from the Ancient World to the Present Day (2007); ISBN 0-7867-1983-4
  • A Brief Guide to Secret Religions: A Complete Guide to Hermetic, Pagan, and Esoteric Beliefs (2011) ISBN 978-1-84901-595-0


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