Friday, September 23, 2016

John Keel, Mothman & Albert Bender


Picked up these at last weekend's Mothman Festival: (A) a DVD collection of old and rare John Keel lectures (many on Mothman); and (B) a 1962 collection of Albert Bender's "Space Review" newsletter. Not bad!

Cattle Mutilations and the Sons of Satan

Over at Jim Harold's website you can find a new article from me on an alternative theory for the cattle mutilation enigma. Here's the link...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mothman Road Trip...

Heading off tonight with good friends Ken Gerhard and Jen Devillier to the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Only 16 hours of driving each way, LOL, piece of cake!!

The Birmingham "Giant Eel" Controversy

 
 
Back in 2012, Anomalist Books published a book from me titled Monster Diary, which was a collection of road-trips I had been on in search of weird creatures. 
 
One chapter focused on claims that massive eels lurked in the waters of the canals of Birmingham, England. 
 
Some of the claims suggested eels of 15-feet long or more, which is not just controversial, but beyond controversial! 
 
Such stories continue to reach me. And, while I was in the UK last week, this story surfaced, showing that there may be more to all this than just urban legend.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Back To The Blog

Got back home last night from 2 weeks in the UK, and decided to go offline for the whole period, which is why there have been no posts. I enjoy going off the grid for a while...

Meanwhile...

So, do I think it's a good idea that The Vapors have reformed after all these years? Well, yes I do! Of course, it will be fun and nostalgic and that's not a bad thing. Plus, it's 3 of the 4 original members, and a good new drummer. Its a shame though that everyone remembers The Vapors just for "'Turning Japanese," when they had a bunch of great new wave/pop-punk songs, like "Prisoners," "Spring Collection," and "Waiting for the Weekend." But their best is "News at Ten," a great song! Would I go and see them? Of course. Maybe they will read this and come to Dallas...

https://www.facebook.com/TheVaporsOfficial/

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Murder, Witchcraft, and a Pitchfork...

A new article from me on a strange and mysterious death; a decades-old story of murder and the black-arts in England...

And here is the link...


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My New Book On Nessie...


Just received in the mail copies of my forthcoming book, Nessie: Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster. Llewellyn Books have done a great job on the design and cover. It's available as a pre-order at Amazon and the official publication date is about 2 weeks from now.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

California, MIB and WIB

Here are a few photos from my trip earlier this week to California, to speak for the MUFON Orange County group and for the Los Angeles UFO and Paranormal Society. The subject: the MIB and the Women in Black.

A good time was had!

Got to hang out with good mate Greg Bishop (author of Project Beta and It Defies Language), as well as with a few other friends in Ufology.








Coast to Coast AM - Women in Black


Tomorrow night, I'll be on Coast to Coast AM, chatting with George Knapp on the subject of my Women In Black book. Here's the link to the show.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Absolute Bullshit!

This is absolute bullshit: Over at "The Anomalist," there is a link to my recent review of the "Dogman Symposium," which was held in Defiance, Ohio last weekend.

The Anomalist says:

QUOTE:
"Nick Redfern give us his take on the conference recently held in Defiance, Ohio concerning the werewolf-like beings that are being reported in the American Midwest in The Dogman Symposium-Reviewed. Not surprisingly, he said a howling good time was had by all and the speakers were all terrific. Mr. Redfern’s review may be dead on, but it would be nice to hear the opinions of an attendee and not an actual (compensated?) speaker at the event."
END OF QUOTE.

The person who wrote this pile of complete crap was "MM." That's all I know of who they are.
Their comment about being "compensated" is absolute bullshit and clearly implies a biased review on my part.

For the record, no-one - at all - was paid.

Good friend Ken Gerhard put the entire event on out of his own pocket. It was an extremely brave thing for Ken to do and so we all agreed to do it without any fee at all.

In fact, me, Ken, Ken's girlfriend Jen, and Lyle Blackburn drove 18 hours in a car so that Ken wouldn't have to pay flights costs.

If "MM" had contacted me before posting that total shit, I could have told them no-one was compensated - we did it all for free, and we were totally fine about that because we all knew how much Ken had dedicated to this and put into it.

Of course, MM didn't bother to find out if we were compensated. Instead, they put the "compensated?" comment in the mind of the reader, when they should have checked in with me first. VERY shitty.

Had that person contacted me before posting that crap and the sarcastic "compensated?" comment, I could have set the record straight immediately. But they didn't. Which says a great deal about them.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Dogman Symposium - In Photos

Here's a bunch of photos from the weekend, at the Dogman Symposium at Defiance, Ohio - some shots from the drive there, from the meet-the-speakers event, the gig itself, dinner on the Saturday night, and a visit to the site of the 1972 creature/"werewolf" encounter in town  at the old railroad tacks. An excellent time, and many thanks to good mate Ken Gerhard for all his hard work in putting the conference together!




















Wednesday, August 3, 2016

"Frog-Men" On The Loose

Over at Mysterious Universe, there's a new, weird article from me. Okay, they are all weird, LOL, but this is weirder than most!

"Frog-Men" on the loose...

Monday, August 1, 2016

Upcoming Gigs...

If you're going to be at any of these gigs I'm speaking at over the next few weeks, say hello!

Defiance, Ohio: Dogman Symposium, Aug. 5-6;
Rochester, New York: UFO Meet Up Group, Aug. 10;
Edinburg, Texas: Out of this World UFO Conference, Aug. 12;
California: MUFON Orange County, Aug. 16;
California: Los Angeles UFO & Paranormal Society, Aug. 17;
Holmfirth, England: UFO Truth, Sept. 10-11;
Point Pleasant, West Virginia: Mothman Festival, Sept. 17-18.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Men in Black, Cybernauts, and The Avengers



That's the subject/title of my other new Mysterious Universe article, which starts like this:

Nope, that’s not the title of another terrible movie on the you-know-which channel. It’s something entirely different. Last year I wrote an article here at Mysterious Universe on the possibility that at least some portions of Albert Bender’s story of his early 1950s encounters with the Men in Black may have been inspired by an obscure, old British movie. Its title: The Man in Black. You can find the article here. Similarly, in 2013 Rich Reynolds penned an article on another movie which he felt may have had a bearing on Bender’s experiences. Here’s the link to Rich’s article. There are actually more than a few such examples on record, most of them being fairly obscure.

The world of television may have inspired such things, too, albeit specifically post-Bender. Such as the 1960s-era UFO-themed TV show The Invaders. Or, could we be looking at something even more controversial? Namely, the idea that fiction and imagination can have a direct – but not understood – effect and influence on what passes for reality. Some might be inclined to suggest that the so-called “Slenderman” phenomenon is an example of the latter. But, right now, it’s back to that aforementioned world of television.