Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Flying Saucers from the Kremlin: Reviewed



Robert Goerman does a great review of my new book: Flying Saucers from the Kremlin: UFOs, Russian Meddling, Soviet Spies & Cold War Secrets.


Flying Saucers from the Kremlin: UFOs, Russian Meddling, Soviet Spies & Cold War Secrets
by Nick Redfern

Paperback: 242 pages
 

Publisher: Lisa Hagan Books (June 9, 2019)
 

Review by Robert A. Goerman

Some governments need enemies. There must be reasons for keeping vital secrets and building invincible armies. Enemies justify propaganda and deception. Nowhere was this more apparent than during the Cold War (1947-1991) between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Humanity feared extinction from nuclear war. American schoolchildren practiced surviving atomic weapons by diving under their desks in futile "Duck and Cover" drills. Many countries constructed fallout shelters. The antics of America's CIA and Russia's KGB mirrored Mad magazine's "Spy vs. Spy" comic strip created by cartoonist Antonio Prohías.

Rich and powerful men avoid losing wealth and influence.

Flying Saucers from the Kremlin documents whether the USSR used the mythos of "flying saucers" to further the communist agenda and provoke hysteria and paranoia in the western world. It also explores the countermeasures of the United States and its allies. But this book is not a skeptical look at the UFO mystery. Nick Redfern begins with an important disclaimer: "There are real UFOs and there are deliberately-crafted lies concerning UFOs."

Learning the cloak-and-dagger accounts in this book is important for readers eager to finally set the UFO record straight. Governments on both sides of this Cold War were not suppressing knowledge and evidence of extraterrestrial visits to Earth. These clandestine activities developed to perpetrate and prevent espionage and psychological warfare.

So-called "contactees" and flying saucer clubs were covertly scrutinized, infiltrated, and intimidated. Official records verifying these facts were not created as part of a disinformation culture by agents with the foresight to know that future citizens could examine classified materials using a Freedom of Information Act. Reports were composed to be pertinent to the attitudes, perceptions, and context of the relevant time periods. These documents are honest glimpses into our past.

It did not help that the "space people" loved communists and communism.

Have we been deliberately misled about many prominent UFO mysteries?

Nick Redfern is constantly blazing new trails to research. Flying Saucers from the Kremlin held my interest captive. Redfern is the hottest ticket in town.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Rich Reynolds Reviews My New Book, Flying Saucers From The Kremlin



Over at UFO Conjectures, Rich Reynolds does a great review of my new book, Flying Saucers From The Kremlin.

Cheers, Rich!

The 2019 Fouke Monster Festival

Hanging out at the Fouke Monster Festival, which was a great weekend!



Flying Saucers From The Kremlin and Coast to Coast AM - Tomorrow



Tomorrow night I'll be on Coast to Coast AM talking about my new book, Flying Saucers From The Kremlin.

Here's the link to the show.

And here's the link to the book.


 

A Bunch of New Articles From Me

1. Mistaking a regular animal for something weird.

2.  The creepiest creature of the woods.

3. The Thylacine: not as extinct as you might think.

4. The Chupacabra: how far back do the stories go?

5. The "blood-sucking" aspect of the Chupacabra controversy.

6. UFOs: A Russian story.

7. Are lake monsters actually giant eels?

8. A monstrous 50th anniversary on the horizon.

9. A "leaked' document and a disturbing agenda.

10. The growing phenomenon of surveillance by drones.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Flying Saucers from the Kremlin: My New Book



Available as of today is my new book, Flying Saucers from the Kremlin: UFOs, Russian Meddling, Soviet Spies, and Cold War Secrets.

Here are the Amazon links: US paperback, US Kindle, UK paperback, UK Kindle.

And here's the back-cover text of the book:

Russian meddling: they are two words that just about everyone has come to know very well in the last few years. Only a fool – or someone with an agenda of a sinister kind – would deny that such meddling occurred. But, who knew that for decades the Russians secretly used the UFO phenomenon as a means to try and destabilize the West? Why did the Russians try to recruit some of the most well-known UFO “Contactees” of the 1950s? What’s the connection between the KGB and the notorious Majestic 12 documents? Why did the Soviet Union fabricate tales of aliens and feed them to the Pentagon? Does the UFO meddling still continue to this day? These are just a few of the many questions that Nick Redfern answers in his chilling new book.

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Ongoing James Forrestal Controversy

A new article from me on a new batch of released material from the FBI on James Forrestal, the first U.S. Secretary of Defense, and who died in 1949 under what some believe were suspicious circumstances.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Bigfoot and the FBI...



You may have seen the news about how in the 1970s the FBI examined what some thought might have been Bigfoot hairs. But, which turned out to be from a deer LOL.

However, there is a much more interesting Bigfoot-type case, which also involves the FBI and which is connected to the worlds of controversy and conspiracy.

A strange and savage body, the FBI in hot pursuit, the Vietnam War, body-bags and smuggling: someone needs to turn this into a movie!

Here's the link to my new article on the subject.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

RIP Stanton Friedman



Hanging out on Tuesday night in Los Angeles with good mate Greg Bishop, toasting to the life of Stan Friedman. I have a lot of memories of Stan, who will be missed by many. This is the last photo I took of Stan, at the Big Bear Lake UFO gig in January of this year. RIP.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

UFO HUB: A New Gig in August



On August 3, I'll be speaking at a new UFO conference, "UFO HUB," which will be held in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Come along! You can check out the conference at this link...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Whining Writers and the "Starving Artist" Syndrome



This is not the article I intended on writing today, but, due to certain circumstances it's the article that I have written. Those circumstances will become clear pretty much immediately. On Sunday night, I was speaking with a guy who is in the process of writing on the theory that the Bigfoot creatures of the United States are not giant apes or supernatural beings, but some form of primitive human. Granted, not too much has been written (in terms of a full-length book) on this particular aspect of the Bigfoot phenomenon. And, I have no doubt at all that the book - when it's published approximately around this time next year - will provoke a lot of interest and debate, both inside the Bigfoot community and outside of it. But, it's not the book, or its attendant theory, that I'm focusing on today. In fact, it's something very different; something driven by the ridiculous words of the Bigfoot writer, himself.

If there's one thing that sends me into a rage (well, there are actually more than a few things, but they can wait for another day...) it's the suffering "starving artist." I hate them. To the extent that I was almost tempted to write the word, "hate," in capital-letters. About twenty or so minutes into the conversation, our Bigfoot author brought up the matter of how he was having to work anti-social hours to get the book written. That he was toiling into the early hours, and that his advance from the publisher wasn't what he hoped it might have been. That was very much akin to a red rag to a bull. And, so, I hit back. What began as a conversation descended into a full-blown argument, which I'll come back to shortly. In the meantime, a small diversion:

The starving artist aside, there are several other kinds of writers. Actually, there are way more than several, but there are a handful in particular that I'm going to share with you. The first writer I want to introduce you to is somebody like me. I realize and appreciate how lucky I am (and have been) to have turned an interest and a passion into a career, despite having had little success in the way of formal education. Namely, going from reading books as a kid to writing books, doing articles, lecturing, and appearing on TV shows. I get up in the morning, start work at roughly 9:00 a.m., and continue until around 5:00 p.m. Then, the laptop goes into sleep mode until the next morning. And I don't ever work at weekends or evenings. Unless, that is, I'm on a major deadline. Evenings and weekends are my fun times. Forty-hours per week, Monday to Friday, 9-5, is plenty of time to get the job done. If it isn't, then you're doing something radically wrong. Now, back to the matter of that argument:

So, to hear the author on the phone moaning about his "suffering," set me off on a rant. As I said to him, anyone like me (and, I should stress, like him, too) - who is able to work from home, who can dictate their hours, who never gets stuck in traffic-jams in the morning or early evening, and who can sit in front of their laptop dressed in track-pants and a Misfits t-shirt - has absolutely no reason at all to complain, but every reason to be grateful, to both my readers and my publishers. And he shouldn't have been complaining. But, he was complaining. I had to listen to something like how, the night before, he had only written a page-and-a-third. It was time for me to interrupt again. As I said, getting paid for writing a book, even though you only managed less than a page-and-a-half, is not something to get all dramatic about.

As a teenager, I left the U.K. equivalent of high-school with barely a single academic achievement to my name. No college. No university. Nothing. Then, before I became a full-time writer in my mid-twenties, I spent a few years working as a forklift driver, very often doing vampire hours, in a red hot warehouse. That was work. Getting paid to write about Bigfoot is nothing to whine about. Punching the keyboard is nothing to whine about, either. Bigfoot guy should have been thankful for the chance/gift that has come his way. And, if you are struggling, I added, then damn well find a way to make it work. Don't complain. You're not someone who has to set the alarm for 5:30, feed the baby, feed the dog, and hit the road. People are giving you money to write about monsters. Be thankful! It's not a difficult world to live in, providing you get down to the work.

Now, it's time to take a look at another kind of writer that gets me mad. It's the self-important one. I don't know why, but over the years I have had the misfortune to come across certain people who work in (time to put on an important-sounding voice...) "the arts." On so many occasions I've seen the following approach from the self-important ones: that what they are doing is vitally important. But, as they see it, they're just not getting the exposure they are absolutely sure they should be getting. They are frustrated by the fact that publishers just don't understand them, they say. Maybe, though, what they have written is total, pure shit and the publishers that turn them down do understand. Fully. Mostly, I've seen and heard this pompous crap puked out at parties held by book-industry people and at book-launches, which is why I try and avoid such bile-filled events whenever and wherever I can. As a writer myself , even I can't stand the "I work in the arts, I'm someone significant, and I need to be listened to" approach. Now, it's time to bring this article to its end.

I'll close with two pieces of advice: (A) for budding authors who write on paranormal topics, or even for those who have been in the game for years, quit complaining about how rough life as a writer can be (instead, have some responsibility, don't have pathetic tantrums, take note of how lucky you are to do what you want as a career, and, above all else, get the book projects done); and (B) for those ego-driven, self-important types, just go away; that really is the only advice I can ever give you.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

"Klark Kent" RIP

If, like me, you've been in the UFO field for a couple of decades, you may remember a guy who went by the name of "Klark Kent" (real name Bruce Millar Forrester, Jr.) and who popped up at UFO gigs now and again, often carrying and displaying strange devices and contraptions. He died just last month. I met him once, I think at one of the early "UFO Congress" gigs in Laughlin, Nevada. I'm pretty sure it was either the 1998 or the 2001 gig, as I spoke at both. I might be wrong on the location, though.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

"I Know What I Saw"


A few weeks ago, I was sent an advance review copy of the new book from Linda Godfrey, I Know What I Saw. This is a great book (due for release in July) and digs deep into her investigations into strange creatures. Keep a look out for it!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

Paranormal and Metaphysical: Dallas at the Weekend

A few photos from this past weekend's Metaphysical and Paranormal Unity Fest in Dallas, which was a cool day!




When Our Water Runs Out

That's the subject of a new article from me...

And here's how it starts:

"The mainstream media has, for sometime now, been focusing its attention on a global problem. We could call it a warning of what might soon be around the corner. Namely, a significant lack of fresh water. The U.K.’s Guardian newspaper has highlighted the particularly disturbing issues that face us and which should not and cannot be ignored. The Guardian told its readers in 2012: “Fresh water is crucial to human society – not just for drinking, but also for farming, washing and many other activities. It is expected to become increasingly scarce in the future, and this is partly due to climate change.” The Guardian continued and revealed something very chilling: namely, that when it comes to the matter of so-called regional groundwater, not much at all is well understood when it comes to precisely how extensive – and expansive – those reserves of freshwater really are. Or, in the worst case scenario possible, are not."

Friday, February 8, 2019

Robert Goerman Reviews My "Area 51" Book




Area 51: The Revealing Truth of UFOs, Secret Aircraft, Cover-Ups & Conspiracies by Nick Redfern identifies Who's Who and What's What in that little corner of the conspiracy theory universe. Reading this opus is like being thrown out of an airplane without a parachute. The wild exhilaration of the freefall is offset by the horror of the ground rushing up to greet you. Redfern can be both today's casual read and tomorrow's well worn reference with a creased spine and dog-eared pages.

Creating the definitive reference book about the shadowy Area 51 hydra and its many tentacles of smoke and mirrors is a herculean task. Pulling no punches, Redfern jumps into the fray with forty-six chapters and four hundred pages. Readers are escorted through a labyrinth of murky passages and secret chambers that range from historical to hysterical and all points in between. Is there anything about the most controversial military base in the world that should be discounted out of hand? We may well be on fringes not only beyond belief, but beyond comprehension. The nets are cast far and wide.

One of the many fascinating chapters, "Termination and Terror," gruesomely illustrates the convoluted nature of our subject matter. Redfern chronologically relates the bizarre behavior of some employees and persons associated with the top-secret work of a defense company known as Marconi Electronic Systems. Where officialdom "sees" accidents and suicides, objective journalists and researchers might "see" murders made to look like accidents and suicides. Nineteen deaths are acknowledged in this chapter: three by car accident; one by shotgun; one by drug overdose; three by fatal falls; four by carbon monoxide poisoning; two by electrocution; one by suffocation; and two by drowning. Add to this the Marconi scientist that dies as a result of tying one end of rope to a tree and looping the other end around his neck and driving off at high speed. Yet another crashes his car, loaded with extra containers of gasoline, into the brick wall of an empty cafeteria and completes our death toll.

Here is a sampling of those suicides and accidents...

November 1985 - Jonathan Walsh, 29, "fell" from his hotel room in Abidjan, West Africa. He had expressed a fear for his life. Verdict: Open.

August 1986 - Vimal Dajibhai, 24, found below the Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol. Verdict: Open.

January 1987 - After narrowly escaping a 1986 Christmas accident when his car violently, and inexplicably, left the roadway, Dr. John Britton, 52, was found in his garage, a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning. Verdict: Accident.

January 1987 - Richard Pugh, 37, found dead with his feet bound and a plastic bag over his head. Rope was tied around his body, coiling four times around his neck. Verdict: Accident.

February 1987 - Peter Peapell, 46, found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in his Oxfordshire garage. Verdict: Open.

April 1987 - Shani Warren, 26, found face down in Taplow Lake, a noose around her neck, her mouth gagged with a blue scarf, her feet bound with tow rope, and her hands tied behind her back with spark plug cables. Verdict: Suicide.

April 1987 - David Greenhalgh, 46, suffered multiple injuries after a fall from a 40 foot high railway bridge on his way to work at Maidenhead, Berkshire. He died a few days later in the hospital.

August 1988 - Retired Army Brigadier Peter Ferry, 60, electrocuted in his company flat with electrical leads in his mouth. Verdict: Open.

August 1988 - Alistair Beckham, 50, found dead after being electrocuted in his garden shed with wires connected to his body and a handkerchief stuffed in his mouth. Verdict: Open.

It must be asserted here that "verifying" any "conspiracy theory" involves producing evidence, authenticating documentation, and evaluating statements and testimony.

Nick Redfern examines whistleblower testimony and deathbed confessions, official documents and secret memos, all in an effort to guide the reader safely beyond the warning signs, surveillance cameras, motion sensors, and armed guards at Area 51. Each page and chapter reveals history and secrets. Researchers and sleuths will find the bibliography and comprehensive index very useful.

There are primarily three types of enthusiasts studying the unknown and unexplained. "First Person" researchers seek to personally encounter paranormal phenomena. "Second Person" researchers directly contact other persons who have encountered the mysterious and often conduct on-site field investigations where these incidents have occurred. The largest group or "Third Person" researchers examine published accounts of mysteries. Some people fit into two or all three classifications of enthusiast.

Whatever your level of interest in the unknown and unexplained, you will find Area 51: The Revealing Truth of UFOs, Secret Aircraft, Cover-Ups & Conspiracies a compelling and worthwhile read. Highly recommended.


For more information on Robert Goerman and his writings and research, click here.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Saucer Los Angeles: UFO Clothing

On the weekend of Jan. 25-26, I spoke on the issue of the Men in Black at the annual Alien Snowfest gig at Big Bear Lake, California. Also at the event were the people behind SaucerLosAngeles.com. They have a great range of clothing, such as hoodies and hats, all alien-themed. Check them out, they have a lot going on!

And here's a few examples of those hats and hoodies:


Thursday, January 31, 2019

A Gig Update

A new addition to my gigs for this year (I've left the ones here I've already done this year because they were filmed and may be available online soon):

Utah UFO Archive (Salt Lake City, Utah) - January 5.

Alien Snowfest (Big Bear Lake, California) - January 26-27.

Paranormal Unity Fest (Dallas, Texas) - March 2.

Bayou City Paranormal Symposium (Conroe, Texas) - March 9-10.


Out of This World (Edinburg, Texas) - April 6.

South Texas Bigfoot Conference (Walker County, Texas) - April 12-13.

Ancient Mysteries Cruise (Mexico) - July 3-7.

Michigan UFO Con (Michigan) - September 20-21.

Lake Worth Monster Bash (Texas) - Oct. 26.

World UFO Forum (Brazil) - Dec. 5-8.

Nessie: A New Book

Coming soon...a new book from Roland Watson on the creatures of Loch Ness. Roland has done two previous excellent books on the Nessies, and his new one is sure to be just as good. The new one runs to more than 400 pages and is a study of all the photos taken of the creatures. Keep a look out for it!

Photos From The "Alien Snowfest" Gig

A bunch of photos from last weekend's "Alien Snowfest" gig at Big Bear Lake, California, which was a cool few days!










Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Project Blue Book Episode 2: "The Flatwoods Monster"

Well, I just got finished watching the second episode of the new History Channel show, Project Blue Book. The episode's title: "The Flatwoods Monster." If you know your UFO history, you'll know the story.

In the show, the Flatwoods Monster of West Virginia is portrayed nothing like the Flatwoods Monster (which is just a minor issue). The people of Flatwoods, however, are presented as distrusting, gun-toting nuts ready to blast the U.S. military with lead. None of which happened.

Also, we see one of the characters jump, or pushed, out of a window to her death. I've heard of TV companies being inspired by real events, but this is getting ridiculous. 

I wonder what the good people of Flatwoods are - tonight - thinking about the townsfolk who came before them and who have been portrayed in such a trigger-happy fashion.

That's my main gripe: the show-makers seem intent on making real people look bad. See my article at Mysterious Universe, in which I explain how, in episode 1, they portrayed a WWII hero as someone who had descended into mental illness and who needed to be shot up with meds. Pure bullshit.

On the plus side, the chick on chick action is getting closer (despite a slight hiccup that set things back), so I'll have to keep watching...

About the new "Project Blue Book" show...

Well, I finally got around to watching the new Project Blue Book show.

I was hugely unimpressed and the show did a disservice to the real George Gorman, a pilot who had a UFO encounter, and who did not have PTSD and who was not shot with chemicals or had his mind wiped.

The one saving grace: the prospect of what looks to be a bit of hot girl on girl action on the horizon...

Friday, January 11, 2019

Hanging Out in Salt Lake City

Hanging out last week in Salt Lake City with good friend and UFO researcher, Erica Lukes...












"A" Is For Adamski - A Great New Book


Over at Mysterious Universe, I review the new book from Greg Bishop and Adam Gorightly: "A" is for Adamski, which is excellent! Here's how my review begins:

“A” is for Adamski is an excellent new book from UFO authors / Flying Saucer historians Adam Gorightly and Greg Bishop. As you may have already guessed from the title of this large, approximately 400-pages-long book, it is focused on the Contactee movement. It chiefly covers the “Golden Age” of the long-haired Space Brothers, as the authors describe it. They are are talking about 1947 to 1978. And, as you will also likely have deduced, the book is presented in an A-Z style. Both Greg and Adam have a longstanding interest in – and a fascination for – the era of the Contactee and those human-looking aliens from Venus and elsewhere who warned of atomic war and the end of civilization. Allegedly, of course…




Tuesday, January 1, 2019

My New Book, "Area 51," Published Today



Published today is my new book, Area 51: The Revealing Truth of UFOs, Secret Aircraft, Cover-Ups & Conspiracies.

Here's the info from the publisher:

 It’s no secret that, roughly 100 miles north northwest of Las Vegas, in the middle of a remote dessert, sits an extension of the Edwards Air Force facility commonly known as Area 51, but its clandestine purpose and operations remain shrouded in secrecy. It’s a highly classified, restricted area, but, cloaked in conspiracy theories, its history and true function remain a mystery. Is it only devoted to flight testing experimental aircraft and building black ops weapons systems as some contend? Or is it home to a dead alien, crashed UFOs, and extraterrestrial technology…? Or all of the above?
Taking a thorough review of the historical record, eyewitness accounts, whistleblower testimony, and deathbed confessions, Area 51: The Revealing Truth of UFOs, Secret Aircraft, Cover-Ups and Conspiracies peers behind the classified secrets to understand the nature, history, and scope of the most controversial base in the United States. Redfern investigates the Cold War years, U-2 spy plane, SR-71 Blackbird, and chemical and nuclear weapon research as well as the base’s link to an extraterrestrial presence on Earth, reports of alien autopsies, recovery of non-terrestrial spacecraft, and attempts to duplicate the fantastic, alien technology.
From UFOs to secret aircraft and the CIA, shadowy government programs and unexplained events surrounding Area 51 are illuminated, including …
  • The government’s Nevada land-grab at Paradise Ranch
  • The U-2, the Blackbird, and the A-12 tests, refinements, and flights
  • The Robert Scott Lazar revelations
  • Roswell Incident and Project Mogul
  • The development of “black helicopters”
  • The “Autopsies – Bodies Unknown Origin 47” file
  • Intelligence gathering through ESP, parapsychological, and mind control
  • Secret research on teleportation
  • Vast, hollowed-out chambers, tunnels, and hidden underground facilities
  • And much, much more!!!