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bbc-coverLyle Blackburn has written three books on cryptozoology and fans and critics alike continue to sing his praises. Of his latest book, Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch, D.C. McGannon of The Monster Guys writes: “Lyle Blackburn shows his cards once more as not only an esteemed researcher in the field of cryptozoology, but also as an adept and careful storyteller—a modern day folklorist in his own right…Mr. Blackburn guides us into an unforgettable tapestry of chilling, first-hand experiences and long-term, respected research…With his trademark down to earth storytelling and the rich history and research to back up those stories, this offering by Lyle Blackburn should not be overlooked.” Even critics admit that Blackburn is “knowledgeable” and his books are “well researched,” as Jerome Clark does in his review of the book in Fortean Times. And Sharon Hill in her review on Doubt and About says: “I appreciated the solid descriptions of famous accounts like Honobia, Area X and the Myakka ape account. I’ve not seen these done in a popular book. Therefore, this book serves, as the author’s others, as a useful comprehensive source for the subject and a must-have reference for anyone interested in cryptozoology.” The fact that Lyle is an avid outdoorsman gives this book an added authenticity, as Nick Redfern notes in his review for Mysterious Universe: “Lyle is a skilled and atmospheric writer: he sets the scene, draws the reader into the stories, and provides captivating case after case. There is another reason why this book is an important one for Cryptozoology: Lyle is someone who spends a great deal of time in the woods, swamps and wild places in the South. In other words, most of the material presented in the book comes from Lyle’s own, personal investigations and interviews – which is always a good thing.” Indeed!

NRJacques Vallee was kind enough to provide a foreword for David Booher’s new book, No Return: The Gerry Irwin Story, UFO Abduction or Covert Operation?  In it, Vallee writes: “I believe two major themes stand out from the insights we can derive from David Booher’s work: First, the virtue of a patient, long-term perspective on cases that seemed forever lost in amnesia or hidden in secrecy; and second, the critical need for an intelligent alternative to the shoddy, pop psychology of hypnosis that has come to masquerade for ‘research’ in numerous reports of UFO abduction.” That idea is echoed by Ron Westrum, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Eastern Michigan University, who calls this book “a model of a competent UFO close encounter investigation.” But it’s also more than that, as Nick Redfern notes in his review on Mysterious Universe: “Booher has written an absorbing, unbiased and genuinely fascinating story. It’s Booher’s own, personal search for the truth of a young man whose life was forever changed on a dark night back in the fifties. You should read this book.” Jerome Clark, in his review in Fortean Times, agrees: “No Return is admirable work, clearing up – to the limited extent possible – a curious case from the early UFO age, among the first to hint that even higher strangeness was lurking just over the horizon.”

Now Available: Monster Hike

November 22, 2017

MH-smSometimes, when you want to find out the truth, you have to go out there and find out for yourself. That’s just what Texas author Avrel Seale has done. Nevermind the naysayers—science, government, and mainstream society—there is no better knowledge than personal knowledge. In Monster Hike: A 100-Mile Inquiry Into the Sasquatch Mystery, Seale probes this controversial subject not just with boots on the ground in the Sam Houston National Forest, but on the page with curiosity and literary flair. If you are considering hitting the trailhead to find out for yourself, do yourself a favor and read this book before you go. A truly different Bigfoot book.

Now Available: Reality Denied

September 29, 2017

rd-smNo doubt you already know the name “John Alexander.” Alexander has had his finger in more paranormal pies (UFOs included) during the past several decades than anyone else we can think of, sometimes in an official military capacity. That’s right, we are talking about Army Col. John B. Alexander, now retired. He is best known as a leading advocate of the development of non-lethal weapons and of the military applications of the paranormal. And now he’s written a book about his remarkable personal experiences around the world. We have titled his not-to-be-missed autobiography of the anomalous, Reality Denied: Firsthand Experiences with Things that Can’t Happen – But Did. But you can call it John Alexander’s Jaw-Dropping Adventures, if you’d like, as that’s just what they are.

Now Available: No Return

July 24, 2017

NR“A terrific job of research…a marvelously constructed story…” says Whitley Strieber about the new book by David Booher of Wisconsin:  No Return: The Gerry Irwin Story, UFO Abduction or Covert Operation?  And rightfully so. David Booher has conducted a model UFO investigation into a long forgotten and neglected mysterious encounter, the true story of Nike Missile base technician Gerry Irwin. After stopping to investigate the crash of a blazing object, Private Irwin is found unconscious a day later in a field in Utah. What had happened to Irwin? Was he abducted by aliens? Or was he a pawn in a covert intelligence operation? A new investigation launched by Booher beginning in 2013 attempts to answer these and other questions, revealing along the way the ordeal of a man whose mind was ravaged by a confrontation with the unknown.

A Delicious Book

June 6, 2017

grufosRich Reynolds, whose often thoughtful blog posts on UFOs are worth reading by anyone seriously interested in the subject, had some very nice things to say recently about Grassroots UFOs: Case Reports from the Center for UFO Studies by Michael Swords in a post entitled “UFOs: There’s something to it, but what?” He writes: “I’d like to instill UFOs as phenomena, rather than a phenomenon…that UFOs are not just one thing but many things. That’s what’s so delicious about Professor Swords’ listing of CUFOS reports: they tell us that UFOs have a reality, not just an ephemeral existence in the minds of people, and that the UFO reality is multi-faceted…The CUFOS gathering, presented by Michael Swords, contains every kind of UFO sighting we UFO buffs are familiar with or have read/heard about: disks, cigar-shaped craft, weird lights, triangle-shaped vehicles, amorphous entities, et cetera. What intrigues is that the reports cited come from regular, normal folks, not ‘wackos’ or psychotics…at the core of UFO reports rests a mystery, one that belies mental illness or criminal intent; people don’t usually lie about what they’ve seen or think they’ve seen. Even misperception can be set aside. No group of human beings can misperceive within the quantity that UFO sightings supply. The odds are against it. Get the Swords book… and indulge yourself in a swelter of UFO sightings that indicate there’s something to UFOs, something real, unknown but tangibly real.”

outAllow us to blow our own horn here. The great science-fiction novelist William Gibson has just given Outbreak! The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior by Hilary Evans and Robert Bartholomew a big thumbs up in Mother Jones. “At 784 pages,” he writes, “a literal encyclopedia of the workings of rumor, fear, and the madness of crowds…The election of Donald Trump is best understood in terms of collective behavior. Familiarity with the weird and terrifying things we’ve done before, as a species, is essential to understanding what many of us, driven by fear and uncertainty, are doing now. Baffled by Trump’s popularity (such as it is)? Read Evans and Bartholomew on lycanthropy and laughing epidemics. Seriously.” Please note that the political spin on the review is Gibson’s, not ours. Thank you, Mother Jones!

fs1-csfs2-csfs3-csWith these three volumes of journals you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at 20th century UFO research. And not just Vallee’s UFO investigations, but his day-to-day dealings with J. Allen Hynek and all the other major players in the UFO community. Vallee also played a crucial role in the early days of remote viewing research at SRI, as well as in the development of the internet. Yes, Vallee was there in the midst of it all. His journal entries are not only informative, but revealing, and always warm and personal. Forbidden Science 1: A Passion for Discovery, The Journals of Jacques Vallee 1957-1969 reveals how UFOs, in the midst of a proliferation of sightings in the 1960s, became a forbidden science. Forbidden Science 2: California Hermetica, The Journals of Jacques Vallee 1970-1979 continues his examination of UFO encounters, but also deals with the emergence of the Human Potential Movement, the development of the Internet, and the entrance, in secret, of parapsychology into the physics laboratory. Forbidden Science 3: On the Trail of Hidden Truths, The Journals of Jacques Vallee 1980-1989 concerns the increasing manipulation and disinformation that discouraged rational research into ufology, as well as the development of venture capital that led to great innovations throughout the world. This is the first publication of these journals in inexpensive (and corrected) trade paperback editions.

bdcoverIt’s the first ever book on supernatural smells. We are talking about Joshua Cutchin’s new book, The Brimstone Deceit: An In-Depth Examination of Supernatural Scents, Otherworldly Odors, and Monstrous Miasmas, of course. Greg Bishop of Radio Misterioso calls it “an instant classic” because “it articulates a refreshingly original approach to the paranormal and more importantly, how witnesses interpret their experiences.” Another thumbs up comes from Nick Redfern, who reviewed the book in Mysterious Universe: “The Brimstone Deceit is a gripping and eye-opening examination of how, why, and under what specific circumstances odors play notable – arguably, integral – roles in encounters of the paranormal kind…[In the process] Josh tackles such issues as psychedelics, altered states, stage-managed events (by who or what, is the big question), deception and manipulation of the witnesses, and much more.” Redfern then compares Cutchin’s approach to that of a well-known fortean master: “Josh goes down the path taken by John Keel, who came to believe that the many and varied unknown ‘things’ which intrude upon our world are somehow all part and parcel of something bigger, something interconnected.” Finally, we have Kyle Philson’s review, which appeared in Expanded Perspectives: “Joshua is like a breath of fresh air in this community. He continually looks at these fringe and Fortean topics from an entirely new angle…Once again Joshua Cutchin knocks it out of the park!”

bbc-coverDon’t think for a minute that the Fouke Monster (made famous by the horror movie The Legend of Boggy Creek) was a creature unique to Boggy Creek, Arkansas, or to the early 1970s. Similar creatures have been encountered for decades from Arkansas and Oklahoma down to Texas, over to Florida and all the southern states in between. This “Southern Sasquatch” is the subject of outdoorsman Lyle Blackburn’s well-researched and entertaining new book, Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch. His previous work led Fortean Times to acclaim: “Blackburn shows himself not only to be a first-rate researcher but a formidable writer.” We’ll venture that his new work is destined to be the cryptozoological book of the year.