Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

"Bender Mystery Confirmed"

That's the title of a new book from Andy Colvin's New Saucerian Books, on the matter of Albert Bender's controversial claims concerning the Men in Black.

Here (below) is the info on Bender Mystery Confirmed from NSB, which is a "must buy" if you're fascinated by the MIB enigma!

In 1952, Gray Barker became a state representative in the first civilian UFO group, the International Flying Saucer Bureau (IFSB), headed by a World War II veteran named Albert K. Bender. Bender, who had been stationed at Fort George Meade (home of the NSA), and Langley Field (today's aerial drone headquarters), seemed to be genuinely interested not only in UFOs, but also in the strange psychic phenomena surrounding their appearances.

After heading the IFSB for one year, Bender abruptly closed the organization, citing encounters with dancing blue lights and terrifying Men in Black, who could appear and disappear at will, and could teleport objects and people around the galaxy.

In 1956, Barker wrote a book featuring Bender's story, "They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers," which brought the horror of the Men in Black into public consciousness, and became popular around the world. In 1962, Barker published Bender's own book, "Flying Saucers and the Three Men," which also elicited an excited response from saucer enthusiasts. Controversy also ensued, as opinion became divided into different camps, ranging from those who believed Bender's account completely, to those who thought he had concocted the story for psy-ops purposes.

Later that same year, in an effort to come to some sort of conclusion about Bender's claims, Barker collected correspondence from Saucerian subscribers into this book, "Bender Mystery Confirmed." By reading these letters, one can examine the different theories about Bender, and come to one's own conclusion.

As the title infers, Barker came to believe that Bender was telling the absolute truth. Whatever Bender's original intentions, he had stumbled onto the real paranormal phenomena underpinning the UFO experience, and had paid a price for it.

This special 2014 reprint features Barker's original full-color cover design, which was impossible to print at the time, due to high printing costs. The interior is an exact facsimile of the original, which had become so scarce that only a handful of copies were known to exist prior to this republication. Get it while you can!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Conspiracy History - Reviewed

My latest Mysterious Universe article is a review of Andrew May's new book, Conspiracy History...

This is an excellent study of numerous conspiracy theories, many of them barely ever even touched upon by others in the field of conspiracy theorizing.

Buy it!

Kecksburg UFO and More

Here are a few photos from this past weekend's Pittsburgh MUFON conference in Youngwood PA at the Westmoreland County Community College, of various friends, John Ventre, Thomas Lee Curtin, Jr., and Stan Gordon.

As well as shots from a road-trip with John V to check out the town of Kecksburg, the home of an alleged UFO crash in December 1965, and which the town celebrates every year with a festival. They have also made a life-size model of the UFO, as you'll see.

Monday, November 10, 2014

MUFON, a Gig, and the Kecksburg UFO

Had a great time this past weekend the Pittsburgh MUFON conference in Youngwood PA at the Westmoreland County Community College. Thanks to John Ventre for putting on a great gig and for the road-trip to Kecksburg, the site of a reported UFO crash in 1965...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Texas Mysteries: A New Q&A

A couple of days ago, Matt Fulkerson, of the University of Texas' Shorthorn newspaper, interviewed me about sightings of weird creatures and UFOs in and around the Dallas area.

The Aurora UFO crash, the Lake Worth Goat-Man, the Stephenville UFO, and water-based monsters: they're all in there.

And here's the link...

The Rendlesham UFO: Multiple Theories

My new Mysterious Universe article is on the infamous Rendlesham Forest affair of December 1980.

But, it doesn't deal with the UFO angle, as such.

Rather, it focuses on the more down to earth (and, in some ways, even more controversial) theories for what might have really happened.

You can find it here...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

An Alternative History of Mankind

Over at Mysterious Universe, I review John Ventre's new book, An Alternative History of Mankind...

Weird Winged Things: Pennsylvania

Stan Gordon updates us on the latest wave of strange, flying creatures in his home state of Pennsylvania.

He begins:

"There has been a long history of giant bird sightings in Pennsylvania. The term 'Thunderbird” has been used to describe these generally very large, normally black or dark brown birds with massive wingspans. Not all of the descriptions of these flying cryptids however are the same. Some witnesses

"I have Interviewed in past years have stated that what they saw looked more like a giant bat.
Others reluctantly told me what they observed looked more prehistoric and similar to a pterodactyl or teratorn. More than one person told me that the huge flying creature they saw could only be described as a dragon. And yes, some who have witnessed these creatures have hesitantly used the term gargoyle.

"In recent months there has been a noticeable increase in reports of these mysterious flying creatures. The following is a brief summary of these reports that have come to my attention. I have received other such reports from the eastern region of the state but I have not been able to interview those involved."

And here's the complete article, which makes for cool reading...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mysterious Universe - Twice

There are two new articles from me at Mysterious Universe.

One is Halloween-themed, while the other is a review of George Romero's movie, The Crazies...

A Cemetery Monster

There's a new Creature of the Month article from me at the New Page Books blog, and which starts like this...

"A cemetery in Guadalajara, Mexico that is noted for its highly decorative architecture, pillared buildings, elegant tombs and spacious, tree-enveloped grounds, Panteon de Belen was built in 1848 and closed its doors four years before the dawning of the twentieth century. But, that hasn’t stopped its residents from being highly active – which is somewhat notable since each and every one of them is, of course, quite dead!

"Not only that: Panteon de Belen can boast of being home to more ghosts, ghouls and fiends of the night than pretty much any other cemetery in Mexico – and quite possibly even the world, too. That same body of supernatural entities includes just about everything from pirates to bloodthirsty, undead vampires, and spectral hounds to a ghostly, shrieking nun. And such is the interest and fascination in the specters of Panteon de Belen, that guided tours of the cemetery have become incredibly popular, and particularly so – and certainly most appropriately - during the course of the Mexican holiday of November 1-2: Day of the Dead. And, now, you shall see exactly why."

The Jessup Dimension

Does anyone know the answer to this? Just recently, Andy Colvin republished the book, The Jessup Dimension by Anna Genzlinger, about Morris Jessup and the Philadelphia Experiment.

The original was published in 1981 by Gray Barker's Saucerian Press.

However, I have a different copy, which is basically a photocopy of Barker's original (minus the original cover; see the photos).

Was this third version I have also published by Barker or by someone else?

There's no other publisher name etc on this copy. I've had this for around 25 years, but can't remember where I got it from.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Boggy Creek Festival

A few photos from yesterday's Boggy Creek Festival in Arkansas, with various friends and colleagues, including Ken Gerhard, Tom Shirley, Christy Newhouse, Lyle Blackburn, Sandy Blackburn, Craig Woolheater, and Larry Parks. There were lots of cool lectures (all on various aspects of the Bigfoot mystery), plenty to eat and drink, and a good time was had by all!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Top 5 Movies For Halloween

My latest Mysterious Universe article is a bit different - it's my favorite, top 5 movies for Halloween...

Werewolves: Not Transformed Humans

My latest Mysterious Universe article deals with the controversial matter of werewolves, and specifically the claim that people have the ability to physically morph into wolves - which, of course, is absolute bollocks.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Texas Bigfoot Gig - Reviewed

Over at Mysterious Universe, there's a mini-review from me of this past weekend's Original Texas Bigfoot Conference (see yesterday's post at this blog for photos from the event).

You can find it here, and it begins like this:

"On Friday, September 17, I drove from my Arlington, Texas home to Jefferson, Texas, where I was due to speak the following morning at the Original Texas Bigfoot Conference. It was an event organized by Craig Woolheater (of Cryptomundo), and which saw a number of good, intriguing presentations, and a crowd of almost 200 people. And a great time was had by one and all.

"Most of the speakers rolled into town late on the Friday afternoon. As well as me, they included Lyle Blackburn (author of Lizard Man and The Beast of Boggy Creek) and Ken Gerhard (who penned Big Bird! and Encounters with Flying Humanoids). Also there were John Kirk (who wrote the excellent In the Domain of the Lake Monsters) and Rob Riggs (of In the Big Thicket)."

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Original Texas Bigfoot Conference

A few photos from the Original Texas Bigfoot Conference, which was held on Saturday and which was an excellent gig!

I'm reviewing it for Mysterious Universe and will post the link when it goes live.

A great time was had by all, and there was a good turn-out of close to 200 people.

I gave a lecture that mainly focused on ancient "wild man" reports from the UK.

And thanks to Jason McLean, for the picture he drew of me!

Here's a few pictures from the event.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Abominable Snowman (1957)

My new Mysterious Universe article is a review of one of my favorite movies: Hammer's The Abominable Snowman.

The review begins...

"From the mid 1950s to the early 1970s, the U.K.’s Hammer Film Productions ruled the roost in the field of cinematic horror. Hammer’s movies were in sharp contrast to the black and white monster productions of the 1930s and 1940s, which starred the likes of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Cheney, Jr. Hammer went for full-on gore, bright red blood splashed here, there, and everywhere, and lots of hot, buxom babes. And the audiences (unsurprisingly!) loved it!

"The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958), The Plague of the Zombies (1966) and Quatermass and the Pit (1967) are just four of dozens of productions from Hammer that became firm favorites with horror fans."