Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Black Eyed Children, Occultists and Demonologists

What do they all have in common? Take a good look.

The Strange Connection between Crop Circles and "Alien Big Cats"

Another new article, this one on "Alien Big Cats" (or "ABCs" as they are known) and their weird connections to Crop Circles.

Reviewing "The Lake Michigan Mothman"

There's a new book out now on Mothman. The author is Tobias Wayland. Its title: The Lake Michigan Mothman: High Strangeness in the Midwest. I've reviewed it at Mysterious Universe, and this is how the review begins...

The Lake Michigan Mothman: High Strangeness in the Midwest is a new book from Tobias Wayland. The blurb for the book reads as follows: "This book represents over two years of research by a dedicated team of investigators who have taken dozens of reports of a weird, winged humanoid seen around Lake Michigan. Author and investigator Tobias Wayland has collected these reports for the first time in one volume, along with his analysis and insider perspective as a member of the investigative team. The phenomena described within represent the continuation of a decades-long series of events first recorded in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in the late '60s, but that has likely been with humanity since our advent, and seems just as likely to be with us until our end."

With that said, onto the review. Before I get to the actual story, though, I should stress that this is a very well-written book. It is filled with atmosphere, menace, intrigue and mystery. Of course, for a story that revolves around the Mothman phenomenon, it has to be readable and a definitive page-turner. It is. There are a few nods here and there in the direction of H.P. Lovecraft. For example, the words "gibbous" and "moon" (together, of course) pop up now and again, but there's nothing wrong with that. In fact, it adds to what is an undeniably weird story. One of the reasons why I was looking forward to reading The Lake Michigan Mothman was because to a fair degree the story parallels some of the accounts that Lon Strickler detailed in his 2017 book, Mothman Dynasty: Chicago's Winged Humanoids.

And here's where you can find the article.

Contactees, Space Brothers and More...

"Long before there were Alien Abductees, there were the Contactees. They were the people chosen to spread the word by what became known as the "Space Brothers." The "word" meaning: peace, love and understanding. In other words, the aliens were here to help us - provided we followed their slightly bullying agenda. While reports of - and encounters with - these very human-looking, long-haired, jumpsuit-wearing aliens were at their height in the 1950s, reports predated that era and still occasionally surface. The Space Brothers would target people in isolated locations - very often desert environments in the United States - and encourage them to share their experiences, write books, and go on the lecture circuit. So many of these people did exactly that. They included George Adamski, Dana Howard, Howard Menger, George Hunt Williamson, and Orfeo Angelucci. Much has written about the Contactees, but there is one glaring issue that is so often omitted. Or, even, unknown to so many."

That's how one of my recent article begins. It focuses on a lesser known and intriguing aspect of many of the Contactee cases...

Flying Saucers: When the FBI Visits Your Wife

You might well wonder what on earth that all means! Read on...

Kenneth Arnold's Changing Opinions on What UFOs Were

Over at Mysterious Universe there's a new article from me on Kenneth Arnold, the guy who practically created the UFO phenomenon in the summer of 1947. It's a little-known fact, however, that by the start of the 1960s Arnold's views on UFOs had significantly changed. By then, he had discarded the extraterrestrial theory and came to believe that UFOs were living creatures themselves; large jellyfish-type beings that soared around the highest levels of the Earth's atmosphere. You can find the article here...

Saturday, December 7, 2019

My "Library..."

There must be something in the air. In the past 10 days or so, 3 people have asked me what my "library" looks like. Well, I don't have a library. For me to say I have a library sounds totally like pretentious, self-important crap. What I have are a bunch of bookshelves I bought from the local "Big Lots" store and which do me very well. For me, a library is where you borrow books, or where someone gets murdered in some old black and white "whodunnit" movie from the 1940s LOL. Let's keep things in perspective!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Men in Black and Demonic Possession

That's the subject of a new article from me, which starts as follows:

"Last week I received a lengthy, rambling series of messages from a guy in Salt Lake City, Utah that – when I finally got around to copy-pasting and formatting it all – amounted to eleven pages in single-spaced Word. I won’t detail the whole story, since it would take an entire batch of articles to do that. Sam (which is his real name) is a twenty-something who has never seen a UFO, has never been abducted by ETs, and has never had a particular interest in the subjects of UFOs and alien life. For a while, however, he did dabble in the occult, which may very well have led to what occurred just a few months back. Here’s the story: Sam found himself in a very weird situation that began in late August of this year, and that he claims is still going on. On the first night of weirdness, he woke up, around 5:00 a.m. in a state of complete confusion on his bed, rather than in it. Sam had had an extremely strange 'nightmare' of having been placed into a state of what he called 'mind control' a couple of hours earlier, which would have put the time it all began around 3:00 a.m. In that same nightmare, Sam got out of bed, dressed, and exited his apartment. But that’s not all: when he dressed, it was not in his regular, casual clothes. Rather, it was in a black suit, which he put on without giving it a thought. I should stress he doesn’t own a black suit."

And here's where you can find the whole article...

Friday, November 22, 2019

Aleister Crowley and the Loch Ness Monsters

In a new article for Mysterious Universe, I highlight an old feature in which Crowley dug into the Nessie controversy and a wealth of additional weird shit at Loch Ness too. Here's the link.

Friday, November 15, 2019

More on the Black Helicopters

Here is the link to the article I wrote a couple of days ago on the weird "Black Helicopter" experience I had back in 2018 (with a couple more images added). It will give you more of an idea of what went on...

Monday, November 11, 2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Two More Articles From Me On UFOs And Computer-Hacking

Here's how one  begins:

"My previous article – on Gary McKinnon and his disastrous attempts, in the early 2000s, to try and find the U.S. government’s UFO secrets by hacking NASA – demonstrated one thing, more than any other. Namely, that such activity provokes massive media coverage. It was big news in both the United States and the U.K. There was similar such media coverage (chiefly in the U.K., though) when a Welshman named Matthew Bevan did something near-identical in the 1990s. Just like McKinnon, Bevan ended up in big trouble. In 1997, Bevan found himself arrested and in court. Luckily for Bevan – and just as was the case with Gary McKinnon, too – he walked free when the court-case collapsed. Although these two examples of “Hacking for UFOs” are without doubt the most well-known ones, they certainly are not the only ones. In many respects, the example I’m going to share with you today is even more intriguing than that of Bevan and McKinnon combined."

And here's how the other begins:

As I have written two articles in the last couple of days on the connections between UFOs and computer-systems (and, primarily, on the subject of computer-hacking), I thought I would go ahead and turn it all into a 3-part article. Collectively, it serves to demonstrate the strange nature of this very controversial aspect of the UFO subject. My first article of this “trio” was on the controversial matter of Gary McKinnon and his most unwise hacking of NASA in the early 2000s. The second feature was on the equally weird affair of alleged alien autopsies, NBC, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and, of course, hacking. As for this third and final article on this topic, it will focus on other aspects of the UFO-computer subject, but not ignoring the hacking issue. We will begin with an account from the late UFO researcher Leonard Stringfield, who died in 1994. His research primarily revolved around the “crashed UFO” angle. We’re talking about the Roswell controversy of 1947 and similar alleged incidents. In the summer of 1978 Stringfield was able to speak with a U.S. Army source that Stringfield referred to only as “J.K.,” Stringfield’s informant revealed a great deal about crashed UFOs, dead aliens, and autopsies of extraterrestrials. And, there was more, too.

Keeping Files To An Absolute Minimum...

I've just been reading this new article on Stan Friedman's gigantic research files covering his entire time in the UFO field.

Fortunately, when it's time for me to be dumped 6-foot-underground (or torched) there won't be that problem of having a bunch of people go thru all my files and try and figure where the hell to store it all.

The reason is simple: there are no files. None.

All of my research (or at least, I guess, 95 percent of it, or thereabouts) ends up in my books. And as I have written more than sixty books, that means just about all my research, interviews, files, etc is inside the pages of those books.

So (and this is the important thing) my books and my files are really one and the same, but in 2 different formats.

And, when the research for each book is over and done with I then destroy the original raw material, purely to ensure I have enough living space in my apartment.

As I see it, there's no point keeping thousands and thousands of pages of old, yellowing, fading papers, interview notes, Q&A audio recordings, etc when it's almost 100 percent duplicated inside the books. There is very, very little of my material and research that isn't in my books. And that which isn't in the books is for the most part not worth keeping anyway.

And I can do without a bunch of filing cabinets too! Not one can be found in my apartment, which is just how it should be.

Some people might be appalled by my approach. But, I like my room-space and I don't need to keep decades-old material when, in book form, nearly all of it can be got on Amazon.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Gary McKinnon and Those "Non-Terrestrial Officers"

That's the subject of my new article at Mysterious Universe, which begins as follows:

Gary McKinnon is someone that most people with a deep interest in UFOs will have heard of.  As I’m sure you will remember, he’s the guy who, in the early 2000s, chose to do something that was (A) extremely reckless; and (B) absolutely stupid. He did nothing less than hack into the systems of various agencies of the U.S. government. The purpose for this crazy decision? McKinnon felt that by doing so  he just might be able to find some of the government’s most classified data on UFOs and alien life. Well, it didn’t quite work out like that. In fact, McKinnon found himself plunged into the heart of what became an ever-growing nightmare. Author and journalist Jon Ronson said of McKinnon: “Basically, what Gary was looking for – and found time and again – were network administrators within high levels of the U.S. government and military establishments  who hadn’t bothered to give themselves passwords. That’s how he got in.”

Monday, November 4, 2019

Gerald Bull: A Strange Death

For those who may be interested, the FBI has just now declassified its files on a man named Gerald Bull. In case you don't know, he was a scientist who was assassinated in 1990 - under circumstances that are still not clear. The 66 pages that the FBI have declassified and placed on its website, The Vault, make for interesting reading - and particularly for anyone who might want to dig deeper into Bull's death.

You can find the file at this link.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Flights and Gigs...

I worked out today that this year (so far...) I have done 48 flights. That's 24 round-trips for TV shoots, conferences, lectures and various other gigs. My brain and bones must be fucking fried going thru all those security things at the airports. Oh well, it's all go, go go!!!

"Conference on the Unexplained!" Just a Few Weeks Away...

A gig I'll be speaking at in  just a few weeks from now, on the Men in Black mystery...

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Supernatural Hazards of Being a Writer

That's the title of a new article from me at the Mysterious Universe website, and which you can find at this link. And here's how the article begins:

"Is it possible that writing on certain, supernatural subjects can result in you getting “hit” by the powers of paranormal entities? It might sound bizarre – crazy and even insane. The fact is, though, that such things have happened to me time and time again. Also to good friend David Weatherly, and specifically in relation to his research and writing in the field of the Black Eyed Children. And to another friend of mine, Buffy Clary, who got hit by lightning on two occasions while researching about, and reading on, the phenomenon of the Djinn. Even for an author like myself – someone who has written more than fifty books across slightly more than the last two decades – the publishing world can still present challenges. Very strange ones, as the opening lines of this article showed, and how things can get worse. Deadlines, edits, fact-checking, securing photographs to accompany the text, and planning publicity campaigns, can all be time-consuming at times. In the end, however, it’s all worth it, as I still have the enthusiasm for all things weird that I had when I was a kid. That said, there is another aspect to book-writing which can present the author with more than a few challenges. And, on more than a few occasions, those same challenges are steeped in menace and supernatural activity. At least, for me they are. Perhaps, for you, too."