Stafford Betty has a PhD in theology from Fordham University, teaches religious studies at California State University in Bakersfield, and has gradually evolved into a world expert on afterlife studies. Originally a specialist in Asian religious thought and the philosophy of religion–with many publications to his name, some in top-tier journals–he branched out into paranormal research when he found that the big questions about the meaning of life were unanswered in the safe, tidy world of academic orthodoxy. “Paranormal studies is the next frontier for philosophers and scientists to venture into,” Betty says. “It is a tragedy that an area of studies so filled with hope for all of us is commonly snubbed by leading intellectuals and trend setters, who refuse to even look at the evidence.” Betty is also a novelist. His latest novel, The Imprisoned Splendor, is set in the afterlife.