Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Men in Black, Cybernauts, and The Avengers



That's the subject/title of my other new Mysterious Universe article, which starts like this:

Nope, that’s not the title of another terrible movie on the you-know-which channel. It’s something entirely different. Last year I wrote an article here at Mysterious Universe on the possibility that at least some portions of Albert Bender’s story of his early 1950s encounters with the Men in Black may have been inspired by an obscure, old British movie. Its title: The Man in Black. You can find the article here. Similarly, in 2013 Rich Reynolds penned an article on another movie which he felt may have had a bearing on Bender’s experiences. Here’s the link to Rich’s article. There are actually more than a few such examples on record, most of them being fairly obscure.

The world of television may have inspired such things, too, albeit specifically post-Bender. Such as the 1960s-era UFO-themed TV show The Invaders. Or, could we be looking at something even more controversial? Namely, the idea that fiction and imagination can have a direct – but not understood – effect and influence on what passes for reality. Some might be inclined to suggest that the so-called “Slenderman” phenomenon is an example of the latter. But, right now, it’s back to that aforementioned world of television.

Mystery Big Cats - 10 Years On


Over at Mysterious Universe, there are a couple of new articles from me. The first is a look back at a 10-year-old book, Mystery Big Cats from Merrily Harpur. Here's the link, and here's how the article begins:

Now and again, I’ll write an “anniversary”-themed article for Mysterious Universe. And that’s exactly what I have done today. The subject: a certain, important book which has been overlooked or dismissed by many. And that’s very much to their cost. The book under the microscope is Merrily Harpur’s Mystery Big Cats. As its title suggests, it’s a full length study of the so-called “ABCs,” or “Alien Big Cats” which are reported every year throughout the UK, and in the hundreds, no less. What are they? Where do they come from? These, and many more, are the questions that Merrily asked back in 2006. They are questions that are still being asked a decade later. And those questions are just as valid, too.

Mystery Big Cats is a book which is all things: informative, insightful, thought-provoking, and written by someone who has a keen appreciation, awareness and knowledge of her subject matter. Merrily also has a fine understanding of British folklore, history, mythology, and the complex mysteries inherent in the conundrum that has come to be known as the British Big Cat. Mystery Big Cats is essential reading for anyone wanting to develop a good understanding of the subject, and what may very possibly lay at its heart.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Midnight In The Desert - Tonight


For those who maybe interested, I'll be on Midnight In The Desert, with Heather Wade tonight, speaking about my new Women In Black book. Here's the link to the show.

Friday, July 15, 2016

UFO Murder


In a new article, Rich Reynolds addresses the issue of ufological deaths "by murder," focusing on James Forrestal and Wilhelm Reich. Check out Rich's insightful article here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bigfoot - Reviewing A New Book



Over at Mysterious Universe, I review a new book on Bigfoot, titled Wood Knocks.

Here's the link, and here's how the article starts:

Wood Knocks Volume One: Journal of Sasquatch Research is, as the title suggests, the first in an ongoing series of books on the Bigfoot controversy. Published by David Weatherly’s Leprechaun Press, and with excellent cover artwork from Sam Shearon, the book is a collection of papers on a wide variety of Bigfoot-themed issues. If you’re interested in the mystery of Sasquatch, and various other, similar creatures reported throughout the world, then you’ll likely want to get a copy of Wood Knocks.

 The book begins with an excellent paper titled “Giants of the Piney Woods.” The author: Lyle Blackburn, who penned The Beast of Boggy Creek and Lizard Man. I have known Lyle for about four or five years (he lives just about twenty minutes’ drive from me), and can state that when it comes to Bigfoot, Lyle definitely knows his stuff. And that shines through in his paper. Many people associate Bigfoot with the vast forests of the Pacific North West. Lyle, however, demonstrates that Texas’ Piney Woods have a long history of sightings of large, hair-covered creatures that fit the description of Bigfoot. Lyle writes in an atmospheric fashion that skilfully captures the eerie nature of those woods. And, of course, he presents a sizeable body of Bigfoot-based testimony and data spanning decades. The Sulphur River, Caddo Lake (which borders Texas and Louisiana), and the Sabine River are just a few of the Bigfoot hot-spots that Lyle discusses.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Motorhead - Live



Had to get this: the new Motorhead live CD, which is excellent. Recorded just 2 months before Lemmy's death, not only is the production very good but it shows Lemmy's sheer determination to keep on going on, despite terminal cancer, and still being able to play a full Motorhead set at 70! There won't be another Lemmy...

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Dangers of UFO Obsession

That's the subject of a new Mysterious Universe article from me, which you can find here.

And here's how it begins...

Time and again I tell people that if you’re interested in UFOs, don’t let the subject rule and dictate your life. The same goes for every other aspect of Forteana, too, whether it’s Bigfoot, ghost-hunting, lake-monsters, etc, etc. I don’t know why I bother though. They seldom listen. But, they should. As someone who has been in the UFO subject for more than a few years, I have seen plenty of what I call ufological screw-ups of the personal kind. By that, I mean people who – step by step and bit by bit – go down a pathway that ultimately takes them far away from reality and into a world of downright unreality. And that realm of unreality is rarely, if ever, a positive one.

Now, don’t get me wrong: after all, I write books, I write articles, and I give lectures on the world of the paranormal, and on a regular basis. But, I’m very good at keeping a balance. Unless I’m out of town for a gig, or doing a radio-show to promote a new book, I work from roughly 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Friday. And that’s it. When 5-ish comes around, I’ll close the Word document of the relevant book I’m working on and forget about it until the next morning. Evenings during the week are all Forteana-free. As for weekends, there’s no writing, no researching, and Bigfoot is nowhere in sight (or in mind). Nessie and the Men in Black? They can all wait until Monday morning comes around. Evenings and weekends are for something else: it’s called a social life. For me, that’s soccer, friends, women who look like Abby from NCIS, cold beer, and going to see a band etc., etc.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Mothman At 50


A new article from me, which focuses on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Mothman encounters in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

Here's how it starts:

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the wave of Mothman encounters that hit Point Pleasant, West Virginia. It all culminated, in December 1967, in the disastrous collapse of the town’s Silver Bridge and the tragic deaths of dozens of people who, very unfortunately, were on the bridge at the time. But, what was the Mothman of Point Pleasant? And how did the legend begin? To answer those questions we have to go back to the night of November 12, 1966, when five grave-diggers working in a cemetery in the nearby town of Clendenin were shocked to see what they described as a “brown human shape with wings” rise out of the thick, surrounding trees and soar off into the distance.

Three days later, the unearthly beast surfaced once again. It was late at night when Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette – two young, married couples from the area – were passing the time away by cruising around town in the Scarberrys’ car. The four were puzzled to see in the shadows of an old TNT factory what looked like two red lights pointing in their direction. These were no normal lights, however. Rather, all four were shocked and horrified to discover that, in reality, the ‘lights’ were the bright red eyes of a huge animal that, as Roger Scarberry would later recall, was “…shaped like a Mothman, but bigger, maybe six and a half or seven feet tall, with big wings folded against its back.”

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Roswell UFO Crash Site "Gouge"

In a good new article, Kevin Randle addresses the controversies surrounding the reported "gouge" at the crash of the "whatever-it-was" that came down in Lincoln County, New Mexico in July 1947.

Here's the link...

Monday, June 27, 2016

Dogman Symposium: Defiance, Ohio in August

Coming soon, the Dogman Symposium, which is not to be missed! And here's the press release below. Speakers included Ken Gerhard, Lyle Blackburn, David Weatherly, Linda Godfrey, John Tenney Stan Gordon, and me:

Dogman Symposium Press Release

Every dog has its day, including the mysterious, upright canine known as Dogman whose official day will be August 6, 2016, as a group of nationally known investigators, authors and television personalities gathers in Defiance, Ohio, for the first ever Dogman Symposium.
 
Why Ohio? The creature also tagged as a real-life werewolf, wolfman, Beast of Bray Road and a dozen other monstrous monikers is quite at home all around the Buckeye State, according to numerous eyewitnesses. And Defiance is the site of one of the nation’s earliest and best known sightings “flaps,” or clusters, of a creature whose true nature remains unknown. In late July, 1972, at least three people told police they’d seen an extremely hairy, wolf-headed creature wearing a dark shirt and jeans. Two of the witnesses were railroad crewmen, one of whom was struck by a piece of lumber the creature wielded. A motorist contributed the third encounter report. He said the beast ran across the road in front of his car as he drove near downtown Defiance at about 4 a.m. Police suspected a local person in a mask, but witnesses said the seven-to-nine foot creature did not look human to them.
 
It’s harder to explain the many other sightings from more recent times. In November, 2008, two sisters saw a pair of upright, black-furred canines standing near a mobile home park in Mansfield. The creatures ran into a nearby woods on their hind legs, said the sisters, adding that other residents had also seen the creatures. There have been other sightings near Akron, Cleveland, and most parts of the state. The city of Delphos has its own werewolf legend, as well.
 
The phenomenon of wolf-like or dog-like creatures that walk upright is not limited to Ohio, however. Speakers at the Symposium will address history, sightings and theories about world-wide appearances of dogmen, in an effort to raise awareness of how many reports have been made and of the fact that these encounters may occur in people’s back yards as well as in wild or forested areas.
 
The event is open to the public and will feature an impressive roster of speakers:
  • Lyle Blackburn: Author and (cryptid) man-beast researcher from Texas, consulting producer and host of Destination America’s – “Monsters and Mysteries in America: The Blackburn Files.”
  • Ken Gerhard: World traveling cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard has authored three books on unknown creatures and is currently co-host of the History Channel series – “Missing in Alaska.”
  • Linda Godfrey: Author-cryptid researcher who raised initial public awareness of Dogman with The Beast of Bray Road & 16 more books, frequent TV/radio guest on shows like Monsterquest, Hannity.
  • Stan Gordon: Researching mysterious events in Pennsylvania since 1959, the author of three books appears frequently on radio and television and is a regular guest on Coast to Coast AM.
  • Nick Redfern: Texan researcher Nick Redfern is the best-selling author of 36 books on weird creatures and monsters and has appeared on TV shows such as Fox News and MSNBC’s Countdown.
  • John E.L. Tenney: The author of over a dozen books, Mr. Tenney has been interviewed on radio and television worldwide and is co-host of Destination America’s TV show – “Ghost Stalkers.”
  • David Weatherly: Paranormal investigator, author and student of shamanic traditions worldwide, David frequently guests on TV and radio shows like Ancient Aliens and Coast to Coast AM.
Dogman Symposium is a family-friendly event that runs from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EDT) at the VFW Hall, 201 Clinton St, Defiance, OH 43512. Tickets are available in advance for $20 at www.dogman2016.com, where you can find information on the speakers, directions to the hall, and more. Tickets may also be available at the door for $25, but seating is limited and same-day sales cannot be guaranteed. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site, as well as vendors offering a variety of Dogman-related books, videos, t-shirts, artwork and jewelry.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Reviewing The Minnesota Iceman Saga



Over at Mysterious Universe, there's a new review from me on an excellent new release from Anomalist Books: Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman.

Here's the link to the review.

And here's how the review starts:

Available right now is a new release from Anomalist Books. Its title: Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman. The author: Bernard Heuvelmans. When I say it’s “a new book,” a bit of background information is required. Neanderthal was originally published in France in 1974. But now, and for the very first time, it has finally been translated into English. So, for all intents and purposes, and specifically for an English audience, it is new. Also new are (a) the introduction from the translator, Paul LeBlond; and (b) the afterword from cryptozoologist Loren Coleman.

I’ll come straight to the point and say this is an excellent study of one of Cryptozoology’s biggest and most enduring enigmas: that of the Minnesota Iceman. If you don’t know the story, a bit of background data is definitely required. And a perfect, concise summary comes from the good folks at Anomalist books: “The story begins at the end of 1968 in New Jersey, when zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans and biologist Ivan Sanderson first hear from a correspondent about the frozen corpse of an extremely hairy man-like creature being exhibited in the Midwest. Upon arrival in Minnesota, the two scientists come face to face with a ‘hominid’ not of our species embedded in a block of ice.”

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Men In Black InThe News


MIB spotted...

Here's how the article begins:  "MUSCATINE COUNTY, Iowa (KWQC) – R. J. Strong of Port Louisa, Iowa was spooked by what he saw a week ago Monday, June 13,  at 2 a.m. Strong posted on Facebook afterward that he was traveling near Ogilvie and F avenues in Muscatine County when he saw 'some weirdo walking down the paved road in a black trench coat!!!!'"

Here's the link...

Monday, June 20, 2016

"Neanderthal" - A Review Coming Soon


An excellent new book I recently finished reading, and which I have just reviewed for Mysterious Universe (the review should appear in a day or two).

And here's the link to the book, Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman.

Friday, June 17, 2016

10 Grand Awaits...


The latest development in the never-ending saga of Roswell and the "Ramey Memo."

The Lair of the Lake Worth Monster


Hanging out at Lake Worth, Texas - from where the notorious saga of the so-called "Goat-Man" surfaced in the late '60s...