Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Mothman Festival In Photos: Road Trip!

A bunch of photos from this past weekend at the  Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, which was a great time!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

My New Book, "Paranormal Parasites," Reviewed

A cool new review of my latest book, Paranormal Parasites, from Robert Goerman:

Paranormal Parasites: The Voracious Appetites of Soul-Sucking Supernatural Entities by Nick Redfern Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2018) Review by Robert A. Goerman Nick Redfern's latest chilling paperback is Paranormal Parasites: The Voracious Appetites of Soul-Sucking Supernatural Entities. That swollen title alone triggers some mental gag reflex at the back of my mind. I feel violated. The tagline and blurb on the back cover shove me down his rabbit hole:

"The terrifying truth is that THE EARTH IS ONE BIG FARM. And to paranormal parasites . . . WE ARE THE CATTLE. "Most people remain oblivious to the truth — there's a monstrous menagerie of supernatural entities that feed upon human victims without our knowledge. Fueling themselves with our psychic energy, high states of emotion, and essential lifeforce, these dark entities attack as we sleep and even in our waking hours, terrifying and tormenting unsuspecting souls whenever and wherever they can."

These are bold statements. Has Nick bitten off more than he can chew? Paranormal Parasites is a spooky and unsettling journey. Its arguments are as disturbing as watching maggots feed on a carcass. It is, quite honestly, a springboard to nightmares. Unfortunately, this book is not simply grandiose speculation. Redfern hits the ground running and covers a lot of territory. His menagerie includes Black-Eyed Children, Shadow People, djinn, thought-forms, Men in Black, aliens, hungry ghosts, incubi and succubi, Bigfoot, zombies, vampires, and spectral nameless things that haunt and hunt humans. Paraphysical creatures that literally kill and eat us are bad enough.

What defense do we have against supernatural entities that secretly feast upon us? How much soul can a soul eater eat? Chapter 7 involves Mind Monsters. I also imagine that a tulpa or mind-creature can be created by human thought. Not in the same way that Nick and others think this is possible. After all, millions of children fervently believe in Santa without effect or consequence. No. The necessary catalyst for creation might be the intervention of a watchful nonphysical intelligence. The tulpa or poltergeist is a reflective decoy. Belief and emotion feed the original source, not the distraction. This book makes me wonder about my own research.

How often do paranormal prowlers carry out their agenda in your home while you sleep peacefully in your bed? Men, women, and children everywhere awaken and discover that they are not alone. I continue to accumulate accounts of nonhuman beings that terrify vulnerable humans at night. These are not innocent hallucinations associated with Aware Sleep Paralysis. Many victims are immediately compelled back to sleep or rendered unconscious. The motive for these paranormal home invasions has always escaped me. Are these entities enjoying a late-night snack?

Paranormal Parasites is an appetizer. This ideal portion gives readers that perfect taste of food for thought. There will always be a place for you at the table. Whether you are guest or entree is up to you. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

UFOs, the "Contactee" issue and Russian meddling...

For those who may be interested, a new article from me on UFOs, the alien "Contactee" issue, and Russian meddling:

The article begins as follows...

"Russia’s undeniable and outrageous meddling in things that are none of their business has a significant bearing on the UFO issue of yesteryear. With that in mind, I thought it would be timely to bring to your attention a few intriguing and eye-opening issues. Firstly, the pro-Russia stance of a certain famous UFO Contactee. That man was George Adamski. He was arguably the most famous and controversial of all the Contactees: he claimed multiple encounters with human-like aliens from other worlds, including Venus, no less (yeah, right…). The facts concerning the Russian issue are contained in Adamski’s FBI file, which is in the public domain, thanks to the terms of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. An FBI document of May 28, 1952 reveals that the FBI had a credible source who, back in 1950, had shared with them certain data on Adamski."

From The Anomalist...

August 27

Nick Redfern begins an intrigue-laden trilogy about hush-hush U.K. attention towards UFOs--and towards those others similarly interested. Here Nick introduces the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Great Britain's National Security Agency equivalent, and one Robin Cole, head of investigations for the Gloucestershire UFO Group. Cole's 1997 report on the GCHQ/UFO connection apparently got him into trouble even before it was published. And maybe that was because Cole's research uncovered GCHQ concern about dramatic military/UFO encounters like the one Nick recounts here. The plot thickens in Nick's GCHQ and UFO Secrets, with an account of a sighting over GCHQ itself. Its security guard witnesses were threatened by their superiors after the story broke. And in Surveillance, Saucers and Spies Nick describes the "trouble" local investigator Cole got into, along with an almost comical account of how Cole was given the photograph gracing the front cover of his GCHQ and the UFO Cover-Up. (WM)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

New Editions: Chupacabra and Nessie

Just recently, the rights to a number of my books were all returned to me. So, two of those books are now available thru my agent's company, Lisa Hagan Books. They are Chupacabra Road Trip and Nessie! Both books have new afterwords, new covers and new interior designs. Also, whereas Nessie! (in the original edition) only had a handful of photos and artwork, the new edition has around 30 images. All of the links to the new editions should be up at Amazon in a day or two.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

Mothman: The Most Controversial Theory Of All

Over at Mysterious Universe, I take a look at the most controversial theory for what the Mothman of Point Pleasant, West Virginia was...

Here's the link.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Paranormal Books To Review

Having been back in the UK for 2 weeks and then having to deal with an infected tooth this week that spread, I've got behind on a few new book reviews I have to write. But, I'll get there! Here are the books:

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Robert Goerman reviews "The Black Diary"

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Black Diary - Coming on June 5...

Coming on June 5, my new book, The Black Diary: M.I.B., Women in Black, Black-Eyed Children, and Dangerous Books. When the book appears on Amazon, I'll post the info here.

From the publisher, Lisa Hagan Books:

  • “His skin was strange”
  • “She had total black eyes”
  • “You could almost taste the menace”
  • “The impulse to burn the book is mighty interesting”

Nick Redfern reveals the very latest information on the sinister Men in Black, the chilling Women in Black, and the creepy Black-Eyed Children. Highlights include: dozens of never-before-seen stories of encounters with these creatures; Nick’s own sighting of an MIB; the ability of these multi-dimensional entities to invade our space in hostile fashion; and how and why writing, reading
and even thinking about them can be hazardous.

Nick Redfern is the author of more than forty books. They include Men in Black; Women in Black; The Roswell UFO Conspiracy; and 365 Days of UFOs. Nick has appeared on many TV shows, including the BBC’s Out of This World; the SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive; the History Channel’s Monster Quest, America’s Book of Secrets and UFO Hunters; the National Geographic Channel’s Paranatural; and MSNBC’s Countdown. He can be contacted at: http://nickredfernfortean.blogspot.com

Robert Goerman Reviews "The Slenderman Mysteries"

An excellent new review from Robert Goerman of my recently published book, "The Slenderman Mystreries."

The Slenderman Mysteries: An Internet Urban Legend Comes to Life
by Nick Redfern
Publisher: New Page Books (February 19, 2018)
Paperback: 288 pages
Reviewed by Robert A. Goerman

Well, soak me in gasoline and hand me a lighter... I must confess to originally never giving all this "Slenderman" business a second thought. Nick Redfern changes all that. The Slenderman Mysteries: An Internet Urban Legend Comes to Life leaves readers feeling like helpless bugs trapped in a violently shaken jar.

Eric Knudsen has an epiphany. Prompted by a Photoshop contest to manipulate ordinary photos into scary paranormal images, he "creates" The Slender Man (now known simply as Slenderman) during a "boring" afternoon at work. Knudsen admits to throwing together the two original images in about fifteen minutes and that "it was pretty spontaneous." The black-and-white photographs depict a very tall and emaciated "man" in a black suit. His arms and legs are way too long and spiderlike. He has no hair or face. Tentacles protrude from his back. He is lurking behind a group of children. Using the pseudonym of "Victor Surge," Knudsen downloads the doctored photos, accompanied by some tantalizing text, to the Something Awful (SA) website forum and The Slender Man is born on June 10, 2009. Wednesday's child is full of woe.

In an interview, Knudsen adds, "You’ve seen him, now you can’t unsee him."
As I independently research each aspect while reading Nick Redfern's book, I am amazed and alarmed as to how effortlessly Knudsen's nightmarish contagion is crafted and the efficient incubation period of the psycho-virus. "Slendermania" spreads like wildfire. Redfern writes that "None of this occurred in weeks or even months. It all happened within days."

It gets weirder.

On the night of November 6, 2009, George Noory, host of the hugely popular paranormally themed talk-show Coast to Coast AM, takes a number of calls from people who claim to have personally encountered an entity resembling Slenderman. Some claim the Slenderman invades their dreams. Others see the Slenderman in the real world.

My colleague, the Reverend Robin Swope, has many narratives concerning encounters with Slenderman. Many of these predate the invention of the mythos. These are detailed in his 2012 book Slenderman: From Fiction to Fact.

What is happening here?

Who or what is the Slenderman? Is he a mind-created Tulpa or thought-form that can stride out of our darkest imaginations and into reality if enough people believe in him? Is Eric Knudsen a creator or conduit? Is the Internet awake and tormenting us with equivalents of our very own online nightmares? Is he summoned by Chaos Magic? Is Slenderman the "reborn face of an ancient evil?" There are far more questions and theories and synchronicities than answers.

On May 31, 2014, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both twelve, lure their friend, fellow sixth-grader Payton “Bella” Leutner, into the woods near their Waukesha, Wisconsin suburb. What happens next becomes international news. Geyser and Weier stab Leutner nineteen times and then leave her to die, hoping that her death will make them worthy of becoming servants or "proxies" of Slenderman. Their victim survives the attack and Geyser and Weier are arrested, tried, and sentenced. Slenderman becomes a household word. The horrific tragedy now haunts every attempt to research this topic.
I do not envy Nick Redfern on this endeavor. The Slenderman Mysteries: An Internet Urban Legend Comes to Life covers a lot of territory. Interviews are conducted with the likes of Jenny Coleman, Mike Huberty, Allison Jornlin, Tea Krulos, Olav Phillips, Kimberly Rackley, Robin Swope, and Ian Vincent.

Whenever I examine any reported encounter with the paranormal, I attempt to ascertain the temperature of the witness. In a COLD encounter, the witness is minding their own business, with nary a thought about the unknown and unexplained. During WARM encounters, the witness has a temporary involvement with the paranormal spurred by mild curiosity or social pressure. They may be playing with a Ouija board or participating in an amateur hunt for ghosts or cryptids. HOT encounters involve individuals who are in active pursuit of the paranormal.

One of my favorite cases in The Slenderman Mysteries: An Internet Urban Legend Comes to Life is very HOT. "Lacy," a trainee flight attendant from Erie, Pennsylvania becomes overwhelmingly obsessed with the the saga of the Slenderman, reading all that she could about the subject. One book that she reads is Slenderman: From Fiction to Fact.

Lacy always keeps her laptop computer on a coffee table in her living room. On three occasions in 2016, her device, which was in sleep-mode, wakes up. The first time it briefly displays an image looking like a cross between a man and a long-legged bug. The second time it clearly displays Slenderman's non-face. On the final occasion, a voice announces: "We are friends." Lacy immediately drops her research into the Slenderman, deletes all her files on the subject, and burns her copy of Reverend Swope's book in a metal container in her mother's yard. Slenderman did not return.
There is a history of paranormal phenomena emanating from telephones, radios, and televisions. Haunted computers seems to be the next phase.

There is also a history of "psychic backlash." Sometimes, when a person becomes too deeply immersed in paranormal investigation and research, the phenomena appears to realize that it is being watched and responds. Usually, not in a positive manner. John Keel and others, warn us, time and time again, about the dangers of contemplating supernatural entities.
Be careful what you wish for.

We may want to prepare ourselves for a new wave of "Slendermania." Slender Man is an upcoming supernatural horror film directed by Sylvain White and written by David Birke. The film stars Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso and Talitha Bateman. The monster is portrayed by Javier Botet. A brief summary reads: "Slender Man tells the story of a tall, thin, horrifying figure with unnaturally long arms and a featureless face, who is reputed to be responsible for the haunting and disappearance of countless children and teens." It will be released by Screen Gems on August 24, 2018.

Nick Redfern's book will be a great place to start.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Ozark UFO Gig in Photos

A bunch of photos from the weekend, at the Ozarks UFO gig. A great time! About 600 people turned up and lots of fun!