Monday, April 25, 2016

Trevor James Constable, MIB, and the Occult

There's a new article from me at Mysterious Universe what starts like this...

Over at his Twilight Language blog, Loren Coleman has a new post on the March 31, 2016 death of UFO investigator/author Trevor James Constable. The article is titled “‘Space Critters’ Ufologist Trevor James Constable Has Died. It includes the following from Loren: “Another early researcher and writer in ufology has passed away. Native New Zealander Trevor James Constable, 90, died on March 31, 2016, in California. This news comes after only recently learning of the death of Albert K. Bender, 94. Not too surprising, because Bender and Constable were from a special era, there’s an overlap between their lives.”

There most assuredly was an overlap. Constable was deeply interested in the Albert Bender/Men in Black saga of the early 1950s. As I mentioned to Loren: (QUOTE) “Constable contributed a letter to the book Bender Mystery Confirmed. Not many people know of this book. It was a follow-up to Bender’s Flying Saucers and the Three Men. It was published by Gray Barker. The Confirmed book is a collection of about 20 letters from people who had read Bender’s book and who wanted to comment on it.” (END OF QUOTE) In his 1962 letter (which was mailed to Gray Barker) Constable makes it very clear that he believed Bender encountered something straight out of the world of the occult.

And here's the link...

Friday, April 22, 2016

Men in Black...In Sci-Fi

In a new article at Jim Harold's website I take a look at how Albert Bender's creepy-looking Men in Black influenced the world of on-screen science-fiction.

Here's the link.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Women In Black - Almost Ready

Received in the mail this morning an advance "proof" copy of my new Women in Black book, "proof" meaning that I get one last chance to check it for any errors, and then it will soon be good to go with the publisher (Lisa Hagan Books)! Runs to about 300 pages and a bunch of images.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Aurora Alien Encounter Gig

A few photos from yesterday's Aurora Alien Encounter gig in Aurora, Texas. More than 300 people turned up to listen to lectures on the saga of the 1897 "UFO crash" at Aurora, famous Texas UFO cases, a UFO crash in Texas, Travis Walton, and much more. It was a good, fun day! The Aurora cemetery is where the dead alien from the UFO crash was buried...allegedly, of course!



Friday, April 15, 2016

My Albert Bender Obit

You can find an obit from me for Albert Bender - the man who began the Men in Black mystery - at this link. And here's how the article starts:

Over at Wikipedia you can find a new page for Albert Bender, the man who pretty much kick-started into existence the mystery and controversy surrounding the Men in Black. As you’ll note, it reveals that Bender died just recently, specifically on March 29, 2016, at the good old age of 94. Given that there have been claims Bender died in the early 2000s, a few people have already asked me if the Wiki page is accurate. Yes, it is. Bender had a full life and outlived just about everyone else who got involved in Ufology in the late 1940s and early 1950s. And, he was the creator of the International Flying Saucer Bureau, a body that provoked a lot of interest – both within the United States and overseas.

If you know your UFO history, you’ll know that it was Bender’s encounters with a creepy trio of MIB at Bridgeport, Connecticut in the early 50s which prompted author Gray Barker to pen a book on the matter. Its title: They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers. Bender’s MIB were nothing like the Tommy Lee Jones/Will Smith kind, however. Rather, they were ghoulish characters with shining eyes, and who were far more Bram Stoker-meets-H.P. Lovecraft than The X-Files-meets-Dark Skies. It’s highly appropriate, then, that Bender’s encounters with the MIB occurred in his attic, which he had transformed into his so-called “Chamber of Horrors.” It was a room filled with all manner of paintings of demons, black cats, skeletons, vampires, bats, and skulls. Even an “altar” of sorts. Indeed, Bender had a deep interest in the worlds of the paranormal, UFOs, and the occult, in both fact and fiction.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Loren Coleman on the Death of Albert Bender

Loren Coleman has written a good, informative article on the death of Albert Bender and his links to the mystery of the Men in Black. You can find it right here.

Bigfoot & Bionics

A new article from me on Bigfoot, UFOs, and the Six Million Dollar Man...

Albert Bender RIP

Over at Wikipedia, you can find a new entry on Albert Bender, the man who pretty much kick-started the Men in Black controversy in the early 1950s.

Given that there have been inaccurate reports of Bender's death going to back 2002, a few people have asked me if the Wiki page (showing Bender's death as having occurred just very recently) is correct. Yes it is. He lived to a good age, well into his 90s.

A fascinating and complex character, Bender is someone I have written extensively about over the years, and who played a major role in the early years of Ufology.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Tall Tale of the Yeti?

Also at Mysterious Universe I highlight a controversial story of the Yeti...

The "Ace of Spades" Card and The Vietnam War

That's the subject of a new article from me at Mysterious Universe...and it also gave me a good reason to link to Motorhead's Ace of Spades...

Robert Goerman Reviews My Book, "Men in Black"

Robert Goerman, a long-time observer - and investigator - of the Men in Black mystery, reviews my latest book on the subject...

Fate Forum Book Reviews
MEN IN BLACK: Personal Stories & Eerie Adventures
By Nick Redfern

Lisa Hagan Books
September 3, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9764986-6-7
(Reviewed by Robert Goerman)

Back in the nineteen-sixties, I had the naiveté to create the Excalibur Commission, a working group of teens assembled to collect anecdotes about personal encounters with those mysterious Men in Black. I still have the original October 1967 issue of SAGA magazine featuring John Keel's "UFO AGENTS -- The Mysterious Men in Black." This groundbreaking article introduced the "Silence Group" to the average person.

In January of 1967, Colonel George P. Freeman, Pentagon spokesman for Project Blue Book, the Air Force investigation into reports of Unidentified Flying Objects, revealed that our government seemed concerned over increasing reports that persons unknown passing themselves off as USAF personnel or bearing credentials from various official agencies were coercing UFO witnesses into silence, sometimes confiscating photographs and every trace of physical evidence. On March 1, 1967, Lieutenant General Hewitt T. Wheless, USAF, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, sent a memo to all commands concerning these impersonations of Air Force officers.

In the meantime, privately printed newsletters from UFO research groups everywhere documented MIB encounters.

It was during my early years of research that I remember visiting a casual female acquaintance at her home in the Middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania when her young brother came rushing in to announce that men in dark suits were sitting in a shiny black Cadillac at the end of the long driveway, just watching the house. The father immediately left to confront these strangers. The smartly dressed intruders waited until the last moment to back onto the deserted country lane and depart. No one in that family had ever heard of the Men in Black.

For many reasons, I am convinced that Men in Black exist. Families have endured grueling visits by these mystery men. Some witnesses are harassed more than once. Victims speak of being unable to react normally until after their "guests" leave.

MEN IN BLACK: Personal Stories & Eerie Adventures is a collection of thirty-one contributions from the personal files of Nick Redfern. In his own words: "It's fair to say that my latest book on the Men in Black is somewhat of a radical departure for me, in the sense that I have specifically let the witnesses and the theorists -- certainly, the most important people when it comes to trying to understand the nature of the MIB phenomenon -- tell their own stories, solely in their own words."

Some of the names are quite familiar: Rich Reynolds, Brad Steiger, David Weatherly, Jason Offutt, and Micah Hanks. This reviewer had the distinct honor of being contributor number thirteen. Then my colleague Nick Redfern introduces us to total strangers.

To quote Manfred Mann's Earth Band: "But mama, that's where the fun is."

It is here that we get into the gritty business of men and women meeting nonhumans. Witnesses become "enchanted." Consciousness is altered. Minds struggle to make sense of nonsense. MIB can look odd or retro, sometimes with whiter than white skin that looks artificial, sometimes with olive complexion and dark eyes, sometimes as bony as a cadaver, but always exuding, if not malice, then, at least, indifference to human beings. Look away for one second and they are gone. Never vanishing in plain sight, but disappearing just the same. Men in Black control each encounter.

One might say that the writing and the chapters are uneven. That happens when thirty-one different people (not all of them polished and professional authors) "tell their own stories, solely in their own words." Some essays may interest and impress you. Others, not so much. Each story is important to the person who wrote it. Our failure to understand these events in no way negates their validity.
What if the MIB visit you? Will you be cunning and insist they pose for a snapshot? Or will you be a "deer in headlights" and spend your tomorrows wondering why?

Thursday, April 7, 2016