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]]> (admin) Monstrous Literature Mon, 13 Feb 2012 22:17:28 +0000
'The Men Who Stare at Goats' by Jon Ronson ( -- The Men Who Stare at Goats book and movie both offer a darkly humorous picture of American military and spy agency interest in paranormal activity.

In his book, Jon Ronson begins by asking why the Intelligence Community would have allowed itself to become entangled with all the craziness.

To understand the rationale behind the madness, I turned to the CIA STAR GATE psychic spy files for some of the answers.

It may seem incredible: much of the story behind the new feature film The Men Who Stare at Goats is based upon secret U.S. government programs to turn paranormal phenomena into operational intelligence.

Now, thanks to a Congressional mandate that took the Central Intelligence Agency by the hand and directed them to release twenty-five years worth of previously hidden documents, the truth about the men who stare at goats, psychic spies and psychokinetic "Jedi warriors" is available for all to see.

"More of this is true than you would believe."

Following a Congressional request to review America's twenty-three year secret foray into psychic warfare, CIA took control, hired a select panel of experts to review a limited selection of program files, and promptly closed the STAR GATE.

As a result of this exorcism of paranormal activity, roughly two-thirds of program files are available to review, and, in despite the use of "black marker" redactions of sensitive information, a large body of psychic scientific research has been declassified.

By late September 1994, STAR GATE research was being conducted by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC, one of the top defense contractors to the Department of Defense). A major report was presented to the U.S. government titled "Phenomenological Research and Analysis," which presented various scientific reasons paranormal activity should be taken seriously.

The report claims SAIC had "Successfully verified a claim from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and from the U.S. that it is possible to influence the physiology of an isolated individual exclusively by anomalous mental phenomena ... that is, mental intention of a distant agent appears to cause physiological changes in an isolate individual.

The report later claimed that SAIC:

"Developed and calibrated instrumentation to replicate a physics-type experiment from the FSU that suggests a new form of energy might be responsible as the carrier of anomalous mental phenomena signals."

This "spooky action-at-a-distance" effect seen in the SAIC experiments, inspired a good deal of speculation about the mechanism linking the mind to the body, and beyond.

In early 1994, SAIC prepared a new five-year program plan.

SAIC cited  "strong advancements in the three-fold area of anomalous mental phenomena (AMP), including "insight into foreign activity, breakthroughs in research, and a substantial base of prima facie evidence for AMP's capabilities in applications" as the basis for a renewed effort.

Here are a few of the ideas presented to the U.S. government:

Probable Futures: "Precognition may be the underlying mechanism. If, for some yet unknown reason, humans have access to probable futures rather than actual futures, then the perception appears not to contradict the rules of physics."

Quantum Theory -- Einstein, Poldasky, Rosen Paradox (EPR): "The paradox suggest possible information transport during the collapse of a [quantum] wave function ... [however] ... Brain functioning at room temperatures appears not to be a quantum system."

General Relativity: "The recent resurgence of interest in Einstein's general theory of relativity has led to some startling theoretical conclusions about the nature of space-time again bringing to the forefront the fact that science has not unveiled all the secrets associated with time."

Time and Entropy: "The possibility that macroscopic time or psychological time, the time that we perceive, is actually determined by the change of entropy ... given that we showed experimentally that the total change of entropy is related to the quality of anomalous cognition, this theoretical approach seems most promising."

Novel Potentials: "Recently a series of clever experiments ... showing that a potential can have an effect on a particle even when there was no corresponding force present. The electromagnetic vector and scalar potentials or torsion fields are examples of such novel potentials."

To impact the heart of the goat, an individual would need to remotely influence the autonomic nervous system of the target goat, and, having done so by mental means, reduce or interfere with the beating of the goat's heart. Supporting this idea is a claim that "recent breakthroughs in research indicate ... that the brain reacts similarly to anomalous mental phenomena as it does to other sensorial stimuli, such as light flashes."

Based upon the above, the idea of "goat-staring" might seem a tad less silly, yet highly improbable.

"We are no longer confined to remote viewing [a kind of psychic long-distance perception] as our principle tool and will now develop and use telepathic and psychokinetic skills. An important application of our new Mission Statement will be the development of countermeasure capabilities."

When Jon Ronson began writing his book about high level fascination with "high strangeness" in 2001, I had already been heavily researching the topic for five years.

It wasn't Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appearing on ABC News Nightline in 1995 (as the former Director of the CIA), along with CIA operations officer "Norm," and Dr. Ed May, head of "STAR GATE" intelligence research that set me on this quest, when they confessed to the existence of the psychic spies.

My own "considerable interest" was fueled by on-going discussions of new scientific revelations and speculations growing from "quantum mind" research in the 1990s.

By 1999, it was apparent that many persons previously involved with past programs, or currently involved in the U.S. and U.K. intelligence gathering apparatus, were following along as well. When Jon Ronson wrote about his post-9/11 revelation from former CIA psychic Uri Geller,  which expanded into his exploration of men, goats, and hapless hamsters -- I knew I was on the right track.

Exploring the back story to The Men Who Stare at Goats was the logical next page to uncovering the involvement of intelligence persons in the alternative propulsion community (a politically correct way of referring to scientists attempting to reverse engineer alleged alien technology).

I wrote a brief overview of the journey in a series called Knowing the Future: CIA, 9/11, UFOs, and the Extraterrestrial Presence, now available in a special paperback print edition or for download at Amazon Kindle. Along the way I had been joined by seasoned defense industry professions Nick Cook, of Janes Defence Weekly, and Sharon Weinberger, author of Imaginary Weapons.

As strange as Jon Ronson's Men Who Stare at Goats may seem to the uninitiated, the truth before the legends of the goat staring government psychics gets even more bizarre, with tales of government extraterrestrial contacts in 1947, 1983, and 1992. This "core story" is passed among past and present intelligence officials and government consultants: many who hold very senior positions in the Intelligence Community.

It's turned into a wild ride, with CIA officers, foreign nationals, "forum operatives," a physicist from the Mideast who wants to build worm holes that might someday deliver weapons of mass destruction, the "rich and strange," religious authors who see government paranormal efforts as collusion with the devil, serious journalists, and the like coming together in the new medium of the World Wide Web even as the intelligence community developed new tools to access the Internet for intelligence collection.

Yes, The Men Who Stare at Goats is both strange and true, but it's only the tip of the weirdness iceberg.

Copyright (c) 2012 by Gary S Bekkum / STARstream Research / -- Approved for unlimited redistribution by the author.

]]> (admin) Monstrous Literature Sun, 12 Feb 2012 22:27:59 +0000
'The Crossing: A Zombie Novella' by Joe McKinney In The Crossing we meet Samantha, a young reporter who embeds herself in a walled-off portion of America that's been overrun by zombies. She plans to spend a few weeks inside the quarantine, gathering information on life inside the wall, and then cross back over, write her story and collect a Pulitzer.

Samantha hooks up with a girl named Jessica who so far has managed to stay a step ahead of the undead. She's fared better at this than most of her friends, so Samantha figures she'd be a good ally to travel with. The two plan to travel to an area of the wall that Jessica has heard is easy to cross, provided you find the right guide to help you once you get there.

This novella is part of the Print Is Dead line from Creeping Hemlock Press, which has published several books that play fast and loose with the traditional zombie "rules." This book, more than any of the other Print Is Dead releases thus far, keeps the zombies largely in the background, where they nonetheless remain a consistent and terrifying threat that informs the characters' decisions without being the actual focus of the book. 

McKinney is examining the familiar refrain that the plague of the undead has transformed many of the survivors just as thoroughly as it has the world's corpses. Many of the living have, in their own way, become monsters with no morals, no remorse, and no compassion, making the world even more dangerous for those who have retained some semblance of humanity. The human monsters act in many ways like the undead, shambling through the world, waiting for something weaker to stumble into their path. McKinney seems to be asking if reverting to savagery and self-centeredness is really a way to survive, or is it instead a path that carries the survivors too close to an edge that they can't come back from? Like The Grey film, this novella proves that this is a question with answers we may not particularly enjoy.

The Crossing is a powerful tale with an abrupt and heart-breaking ending. It's currently available in a variety of digital formats via Amazon and Smashwords, and as an added bonus the digital version contains previews of several other Print Is Dead releases. Once again, Creeping Hemlock Press showcases the versatility of the zombie subgenre with a story that's well worth your time.

Source: FearNET

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]]> (Blu Gilliand) Monstrous Literature Tue, 31 Jan 2012 10:16:33 +0000
'Interview With an Exorcist' by Father José Antonio Forteaé_Antonio_Fortea.htmlé_Antonio_Fortea.html Father José Antonio Fortea is a Catholic exorcist who is ok with Harry Potter, has an aversion to blaming the devil for people’s wrongs, and wants people to understand the difference between exorcisms in the movies and real life.

A priest of the Diocese of Alcala de Henares in Spain, and an exorcist, Father Fortea is the author of several books including 'Interview With an Exorcist'. He is currently based in Rome studying for his doctorate in theology.

He was at Assumption Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Florida, on January 4, to talk about exorcism and pastoral care, and sought to dispel what he described as popular misconceptions about demonic possessions.

Catholic priests and lay ministers attended the discussion. Father Fortea took questions from the audience, which ranged from children’s entertainment to addiction.

Father Fortea’s opinions differ in many areas from the well-known Father Gabriele Amorth, who has a tendency to see the devil under every rock, so to speak. The “Vatican exorcist” recently had some press attention when he repeated his opinion that Harry Potter was something children shouldn’t be permitted to watch.

In Father Fortea’s view, simply banning things can do more harm than good. A healthier approach might be to simply teach children the difference between fact and fiction, right and wrong.

“Prohibition has to be used carefully. People think we are more protected by forbidding things,” Father Fortea said. “If you forbid Harry Potter, why not Tolkien?”

Father Fortea specifically addressed worries about letting children anywhere near ‘Harry Potter’ books and movies. He said he thinks ‘Harry Potter’ is great fun as long as it is regarded as entertainment.

“I looked a lot like Harry Potter when I was a boy,” said Father Fortea, who has seen one of the films. “When Harry went to Hogwarts, it made me remember when I went to seminary.” noted that Father Fortea didn’t discuss how to perform exorcisms. Rather, he “discussed how to gently care for those who believe they or a loved one are possessed.”


Questions from the audience focused mainly on how much of the world’s and society’s problems can be attributed to satanic influence.

Participants asked if the breakdown of the family, addictions and emotions like anger are the result of demonic forces.

“We tend to exaggerate the actions of the devil in the world,” said Fortea, author of “Interview with an Exorcist: An Insider’s Look at the Devil, Demonic Possession and the Path to Deliverance.”

He used his own chocolate compulsion as an example. Fortea said he usually can never stop at just one piece, especially when listening to classical music or playing chess.

“I do not blame that on demons,” he deadpanned, getting several laughs.

He said 90 percent of evil results from human actions. “It is time we learned again the meaning of free will.”

But Fortea said possession is a real phenomenon that is wrongly dismissed by some, even priests, as superstition. Such persons sometimes dismiss biblical accounts of possession as little more than “a poetic way of speaking of evil.”

Fortea said he always requires multiple witnesses to testify to a person’s possession and usually can tell right away if the account is credible. If during the rite the person begins acting like the possessed do in films, he knows it isn’t demonic.

Rather, people who are actually possessed, while sometimes displaying great rage and strength, usually just tremble lightly and utter gibberish when confronted, he said.

Many possessed suffer in silence and loneliness because many of their family and friends, and sometimes their own pastors, don’t believe them. It’s important that medical and psychological factors be ruled out before calling in an exorcist, he said.

A spokeswoman for the Jacksonville diocese said it has no documented cases of possession in Northeast Florida and the diocese does not have an exorcist, a job that can be performed only by specially designated priests.

Fortea said possessions are part of God’s plan because they are usually occasions for conversions and deeper faith by those who witness the exorcisms.

“Every exorcism is a gift that helps us believe,” he said.

That last bit grabbed Lilla Ross at Catholic News Service. The National Catholic Reporter published her article, titled “Spanish priest: Exorcism is God’s ‘gift to help us believe’”

Every culture has an understanding of demonic possession, Fortea said. “But they don’t have a solution for it. Jesus brought the solution. Jesus taught us to do exorcisms.

“Exorcism is a sign of the power of Jesus that the power of the kingdom of heaven is here on earth,” he added. “Every exorcism is a gift that helps us believe.”

The need to expel demonic spirits from a person’s body is neither common nor rare, Fortea said.

When his bishop first called on him to study exorcism in the late 1990s, Fortea said he thought exorcism was a rare event that might occur once or twice in a century.

But when more and more people came to him for help, he realized demonic influences were much more active, especially in those who associated with witchcraft, magic, Santeria and some New Age practices.

Unlike the movies, most possessed people seem perfectly normal, he said. The signs are usually subtle — trembling or spitting.

The church has specific prayers and rituals for conducting an exorcism, he said. But when he is training priests, he tells them not to worry about technique. “I tell them to surround the demoniac with the glory of God,” he said. “Center on God.”

Demonic spirits take over the body, not the soul, he said, which is why the sacrament of confession is more important for the average Catholic than exorcism.

But he said anyone can be approached by evil spirits, even Jesus.

He urged people to use moderation and common sense and to build up their faith with the sacraments and devotional practices of the church.

“A lot of temptation isn’t from the devil. It’s from the individual,” he said. “In fact, 98 percent of temptation comes from our heart or the world. You can avoid sin because God is willing to give us grace.”

And if they feel the need to consult an exorcist, they should call their bishop. Only certain priests have the training and the permission to conduct exorcisms and the list is not made public.

Fortea, a priest and theologian specializing in demonology, studied and graduated from the University of Navarre with a degree in history. In 1998, he wrote his thesis on “The Exorcism in Modern Times” and defended it before the secretary of the Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Spanish bishops’ conference.



]]> (admin) Monstrous Literature Sun, 15 Jan 2012 20:29:33 +0000
'Keep out!', interview with Nick Redfern What would you say is the most guarded top secret location in the United

States? In the World?

Answer: Well, I guess the most closely guarded facility in the US is probably also the most guarded one in the world – Area 51. But, that’s dictated by the fact that we know Area 51 exists. In other words, if there are other super-secret installations very well protected and guarded, then we may not even know they exist in the first place. But for those we are aware of, I would say Area 51, as well as the other related installations that comprise the Air Force’s vast Nevada Test and Training Range – which, in total, extends to more than 4,500-square-miles.


Which “location” holds the most interest for you, personally?

Answer: I would say the rumors concerning the so-called Hangar 18 at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. There is no actual, or literal, hangar designated number 18 at the base, despite what many think or assume. Instead, the term Hangar 18 has become a catch-all term to describe what amounts to alleged secure and secret vaults where alien bodies are said to be held in cryogenic storage at the base, usually described as being underground. Like all of us, I don’t know if the stories are literally true or not, disinformation, or exaggeration and lies. But the important thing is that if they are true, then the stakes are so high, because the existence of such vaults may be the one thing that proves we aren’t alone in the Universe. So, I’m particularly interested in the Hangar 18 stories because of the potential breakthrough they, and their contents, offer us in the UFO research community. Or, maybe the stories are all fakes to keep us chasing fruitless UFO leads, while real military secrets of a non-UFO nature remain hidden. Or, maybe, and far, far more likely, it’s a subtle, secret combination of both.

Do you think the President of the United States is even denied access to
some locations?

Answer: I have no idea. I don’t think there is any way to know the answer to that question, since no president has ever commented on such a possibility. So, it would be just my opinion if I answered it, and opinions without anything to back them up are worthless and pointless. Although many within Ufology will tell you that opinions are very important and meaningful. They’re not though…in my opinion!

Do you think the media will ever be granted access to Area 51 or other locations in an attempt to show that they are NOT hiding anything?

Answer: No, I don’t think that will ever happen, chiefly because it’s not to the government’s advantage to do so. Governments everywhere only do things when it is to their advantage to do them. Also, what would be the point in giving access? No-one outside of those that work there, or who have to travel there, can access the base anyway. No-one outside of the government, the military, or the intelligence community can go there, so there’s no need for the government to comment or reveal anything if we can’t access it, and which they could still hide anyway, even if they did allow people on-base. Plus, there’s another issue too: If the government said something along the lines of “All we have here are classified aircraft programs and no crashed UFOs,” many people would still be very skeptical, or would outright accuse the government of lying. So, this would also make it a pointless act. It’s like the Disclosure movement, which I think is – in theory – a worthy idea, but it is just so steeped in childlike naivety, because asking the Government to come clean on UFOs because “the people” want it, is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard, or it’s certainly near the top of the list of ridiculous things I have heard. No government is ever going to spill the beans on its truly guarded UFO-connected secrets because a bunch of Ufologists demand they do. That’s just total, total crap to even imagine it would, or will, happen. And UFO Disclosure is just like asking the Government to come clean on Area 51, namely that if Disclosure isn’t what Ufology is expecting to hear, they will say it’s not real Disclosure after all. Same for what’s going on at Area 51 – if the government doesn’t admit to holding UFOs there, or outright denies it, it will be viewed as a lie. So, it won’t happen because unless it meets people’s preconceived expectations, the revelation will be ignored or denied.

The warehouse portrayed in the Indiana Jones movies – Real or Hollywood?

Answer: Well, there are certainly facilities all across the world that are highly classified, but no, I don’t think there is just one classified location where all evidence, data, and possibly physical artifacts of a UFO and Fortean nature are held. If there was, then all the stories from eyewitnesses would point to one location. But that’s not what is happening. Instead, we have multiple locations for alleged UFO secrets being held there – Area 51, Wright-Pat, Fort Detrick, the Dugway Proving Ground, the list goes on and on. This suggests – if the tales are true, of course – that different work is done at different places, rather than in one kind of secret warehouse situation, or that’s it just stored away like in the movies.

Why didn’t you cover the conspiracy theories surrounding the NORAD underground facility?

Answer: That’s very simple, and is the same reason why I didn’t include in the book the Denver Airport conspiracy theories – namely, that I couldn’t find any credible data linking them to UFOs. The important thing to remember about my book, Keep Out!, is that it’s not a study of official installations, period. Rather, it’s a study of official installations with UFO, Fortean and possibly even paranormal links to them, rather than ones linked to down to earth conspiracy theories. And, the simple fact is that I couldn’t find anything strong enough to talk about that linked UFOs to NORAD, the base, its work etc, that I felt was new and significant.

Can you briefly touch on the undersea world of Sanya?

China has been the target of claims that, in very recent years, it has greatly expanded its plans to construct secret installations, either underground or burrowed right out of dense hills, as a result of a forthcoming apocalypse of 2012 proportions. The most noticeably-visible such place is that which has become known as the Sanya Base, located on the southernmost tip of Hainan Island, in the South China Sea. Although many western military analysts believe the facility to be a secret installation designed for the construction, maintenance and storage of an ever-growing armada of Chinese nuclear-submarines, not everyone is so quite so certain that’s all it is. Vast tunnels – more than sixty-feet-high – have been photographed in and around the base that are said to expand into gigantic caverns that run far below the green hills above. Maybe this really is just China’s attempts to revamp and beef-up its submarine fleet via the rapid construction of countless new underwater-craft. But, that the vast sculpting of Sanya is still afoot right now is something that has left more than a few 2012 researchers wondering if, time-wise, there might be a connection to the old Mayan predictions.

Do you think the Government has ever had to relocate a top secret places?

Answer: The closest thing I can think of is that I have heard a number of stories – from independent sources – of physical “artifacts” (bodies and debris) linked to UFOs being removed from Wright-Patterson AFB in the early 1980s, and transferred to secure locations elsewhere, with just old paper archives and computerized files, and nothing else, now held at Wright-Pat. I can’t prove this, of course, but that the stories are coming from separate sources is, if nothing else, intriguing.

Are these top secret places an immediate threat to us, maybe more so now than ever before?

Answer: I don’t believe they are a threat to us directly. Rather, to me anyway, it seems their goal is to keep us in the dark on certain issues, by specifically hiding things at installations we can’t access. That’s no necessarily a threat though. Instead, it all helps dumb us down or keep us in the dark, so in that sense some people might view it as a threat.

What does 2012 have in store for Nick Redfern?

Answer: I have a new book out in June 2012, titled The Pyramids and the Pentagon, which is kind of Indiana Jones-like, in the sense that it deals with secret government interest in such things as Noah’s Ark, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Pyramids of Egypt, and much more connected to government interest in, and files on, archeological mysteries, ancient astronauts, and ancient relics.

What is your opinion on the Government as it relates to the Occupy movement?

Answer: I think each and every one of us should be allowed to voice our opinions on what we perceive as being wrong in society. That’s precisely why I have a large V for Vendetta poster on one of the walls of our house that everyone sees when they enter our front-door!

Is the Government controlling the lack of main stream media coverage? Does the Government have a hand in the police brutality being seen in at the Occupy demonstrations?

Answer: I’ll answer these two questions combined, as for me, they play into the same thing. I don’t think there is some sinister plot to manipulate the media’s coverage of the Occupy movement. Nor do I think secret memos have been drawn-up to tell the police how to handle the situation. I think it’s actually far more disturbing than that. I believe that in the post-9/11 era, a situation has spread – almost meme-like – where if someone speaks out, and dares to voice an opinion contrary to what officialdom says, then that person is viewed by many – including in the media – as being unpatriotic or to be distrusted. This is a very dangerous path to go down, when the mindset of whole swathes of the population begin to change and respond accordingly. It’s very much like these complete idiots who say “I’m not doing anything wrong, so why should I care if the Government monitors my phone calls and emails. ” I say to people like that: “You are a fucking moron; of course you should care!” But, that’s the trend today – people are willing to hide behind the curtains distrusting this and that, and handing over their rights. Not because of some huge, orchestrated plot (in my view, anyway), but because of this meme-style spreading and acceptance of it being OK to watch us all, and to view protesters (of anything!) as people to distrust. It’s also exactly why, 20 years ago, if some kid played a prank, ran on to the pitch at a football game and waved to his mates, they would have waved back, and the kid would have raced off into the crowd and it would all have been over.

Today, however, that kid would stand a good chance of being tasered by a cop. This isn’t, in my view, because of any secret government plot. In my view, it’s yet another example of how everyone who dares do something a bit different is perceived as either (a) the enemy; or (b) must be stopped – because what they are doing is “inappropriate” in totday’s ever-increasingly humorless world, and this is a view spreading across society. People don’t demonstrate because they are unpatriotic. People demonstrate precisely because they are patriotic! And they want to voice their opinion on issues they see as troubling and disturbing. We should applaud that.

Do you think the Swine Flu virus was manufactured by the Government and released as a test, and perhaps a more fatal strain is waiting for us in
the near future?

Answer: I have no idea. I have heard many such claims from conspiracy theorists, but when such claims are so controversial, then we have to get our case in order before making such claims. I am all for investigating conspiracy theories, but the biggest downfall is not the theory, it’s very often how the data is presented – as hard fact, rather than as an intriguing story to be investigated. Conspiracy theories are interesting, many are wholly valid, but it’s often the conspiracy community that lets itself down by its response. For example, in Keep Out! I refer to the issue of weaponizing the weather – tsunamis, earthquakes etc – as a tool of warfare. But, I’m careful to note what we know as fact and what is presently wholly unprovable, but championed by many – incorrectly – as fact. The stakes are so high in some of these conspiracy theories that, if they are true, we need to tread very carefully, or we risk looking like fools. And, as a result – and in a worst case scenario – people dismiss what might be a genuine conspiracy because the messenger, rather than the message, is at fault in the way they share and present their data.

What is your opinion on my Government’s interest in population control?

Answer: I think all of us agree that in a world of growing populations, and growing waistlines, something has to change in our world, or we simply will not survive into the next couple of centuries (but maybe that’s not a bad thing, and perhaps it’s time for nature to take its course, and let some other animal to become the leading creature on the planet). But, that’s very different to the whole “population control” extreme angle. If someone is going to say that “the government is going to wipe out 80 percent of the population,” then shouting it in shrill, loud, conspiratorial fashion will not work, or will ensure most people roll their eyes and walk away. Controversial claims and beliefs such as these need to be supported by evidence, not just accepted as fact – and that goes for all conspiracy theories. For me, I try and show people the difference between fact and hearsay, rumor and reality, and conspiracy-theorizing vs. conspiracy-fact. And let’s all understand the lines between those areas, otherwise we will never be taken seriously outside of our small communities.


]]> (admin) Monstrous Literature Sun, 08 Jan 2012 22:13:41 +0000
DC Comics ' I... Vampire' 4 - Preview I... Vampire is the new reboot of the '80s horror classic about Lord Andrew Bennett, a four-hundred-year-old vampire determined to stop his undead lover/archenemy Mary Seward from destroying humanity.

I... Vampire 4 (featuring a cover by Jenny Frisson) is due out next Wednesday, December 28th. Here's the official description from DC: "Straight from the pages of Justice League Dark comes John Constantine! Problem is, rather than help Andrew in his war against the Queen of Blood, Constantine figures it would make more sense to just wipe out all of the vampires, including Andrew!"

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]]> (admin) Monstrous Literature Mon, 26 Dec 2011 20:31:33 +0000
'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness and illustrated by Jim Kay

]]> (admin) Monstrous Literature Mon, 26 Dec 2011 19:54:28 +0000
New Book by Mack Maloney Claims UFOs Real, Government Cover-up NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- A new book claims proof that UFOs are real, that the U.S. military knows it and has been covering up the facts for more than 50 years."UFOs in Wartime: What They Didn't Want You To Know," examines 70 incidents of military encounters with UFOs from 1909 to 1998. In the majority of these encounters, the witnesses were U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots in the midst of combat.

Many UFO debunkers, as well as the U.S. military, claim that UFO sightings are almost always misidentified aerial phenomena or the result of hoaxes.But the book's author contends highly-trained combat pilots would recognize aerial phenomena when they see it, and they would not perpetrate a hoax while in the middle of battle. "Many of these sightings were reported by pilots who were fighting for their lives," says the book's author, Mack Maloney. "Why would anyone in that position make up a story about a 'flying saucer'?"

The book also claims UFO sightings spike in times of war. "The military is aware that UFO reports go up dramatically in wartime, and they've been trying to cover up this fact for years as well," Maloney says. "Why these spikes happen is a question for the scientific community. But they do happen."Maloney, who interviewed UFO researchers and members of the U.S. military and intelligence communities for the book, took three years to compile his research. He says the results prove the U.S. government knows more about UFOs than it's letting on."

In 1948, the Air Force's own investigators concluded UFOs were real," Maloney says. "But the Pentagon immediately ordered them to rewrite their conclusions. A few months later, these same investigators began to debunk all UFO sightings. That's when the cover-up started, and it still exists today."Maloney is the author of 30 military novels, including the popular "Wingman" and "Pirate Hunters" series.

Published by Berkley Books, "UFOs in Wartime" is his first nonfiction book in 20 years.  It can be purchased at or at bookstores everywhere. "Our military personnel are the best witnesses we have when it comes to sightings of unidentified flying objects," Maloney concludes. "Trained pilots, soldiers and sailors make very astute observers. And since World War I, hundreds, or maybe even thousands of these people have seen UFOs."                                                        

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]]> (admin) Monstrous Literature Sun, 25 Dec 2011 20:33:50 +0000
Did Dickens stole Scrooge?

The spirits which terrorise and ultimately reform Scrooge in A Christmas Carol may have been due to a nightmare brought on, as the miser put it, by "an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese".

Now a new exhibition at the British Library marking the bicentenary in 2012 of Charles Dickens's birth suggests that the real-life mystery of another ghost story by the author may have had an equally prosaic beginning: a manuscript he allegedly stole from a rival.

Dickens wrote some of the best-loved spooky yarns in the English language – but he did not please one artist who accused him of plagiarising his apparition in a piece published in 1861.

The author and artist Thomas Heaphy bitterly accused Dickens of underhand dealing and blatantly ripping off his own story which he had sent to the printers.

Friend and biographer John Forster described Dickens as having "a hankering after ghosts".

But Andrea Lloyd, curator of the British Library exhibition, says the author was always careful to include a possible rational explanation in his ghostly writings.

He was fascinated by the occult, a genius at evoking eerie atmosphere and powerful, malign characters, and knew there was nothing like a spinechiller to boost circulation for magazines which published his novels in instalments.

In 1861 Dickens published a piece in his own All the Year Round magazine called Four Ghost Stories. One of the stories featured a beautiful young woman asking a portrait painter if he could remember her face well enough to paint it from memory months later.

The artist replied in puzzlement that he possibly could, but would much prefer conventional sittings.

"Impossible," she replied. "It could not be."

It transpires that she is already dead, and the portrait is needed to console her grieving father.

The story is hardly Dickens's finest effort, but it certainly caused a reaction in Heaphy, a now almost entirely forgotten Victorian artist. (Tate and the National Portrait Gallery both have works by his father in the collections, but nothing by him).

Heaphy wrote to Dickens in a rage, claiming that not only had he written up an identical story, ready for publication in the Christmas issue of a rival magazine, but that it had really happened to him – and on 13 September too, the very date Dickens had added in pencil in the margin of his own version.

There was never any explanation of the mystery: Dickens insisted that he was completely innocent of plagiarism, deliberate or psychic.

He called the episode, Forster wrote, "So very original, so very extraordinary, so very far beyond the version I have published that all other stories turn pale before it.

"Everything connected with it is amazing; but conceive this – the portrait painter had been engaged to write it elsewhere as a story for next Christmas and not unnaturally supposed when he saw himself anticipated in All the Year Round that there had been treachery at his printers."

The exhibition includes a very rare publication, a small booklet entitled A Wonderful Ghost Story Being Mr H's Own Narrative, which the artist published years later, giving his own version of the story.

Despite including in very large type "with unpublished Letters from Charles Dickens", it was not a success.

Although Dickens conducted a running battle with spiritualists over exposés in his magazines of fake mediums and seances, he did however believe in the so-called new science of mesmerism.

He was convinced he himself could heal others by putting them into a hypnotic trance.

Catherine, his long-suffering wife, pregnant by him for most of their 22 years together (10 of their children survived) before an acrimonious separation, made a rare protest when he devoted day after day of a holiday to gazing into the eyes of a beautiful young woman who claimed to be tormented by anxiety and insomnia.

In reference to this, the exhibition includes an indignant letter he wrote to Catherine years later, raking over the coals yet again.

There is also a copy of The Terrific Register, a "penny dreadful" weekly magazine which the teenage Dickens devoured, enthralled with and terrified by stories about murder, ghosts, incest and cannibalism.

Within five weeks of Dickens's death on 9 June 1870, spiritualists in America were claiming the last laugh. The spirit of the credulous sceptic, had been in touch, they insisted, and had dictated various messages through raps and knocks including the ending to his unfinished last book, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

A Hankering after Ghosts, Charles Dickens and the Supernatural, British Library, free entry, 29 November–4 March

Source: The Guardian

]]> (admin) Monstrous Literature Mon, 12 Dec 2011 20:59:41 +0000
2011 Best Cryptozoology Books

There is no more well-researched and well-written book appearing this year, combining what we know of the people searching for new species and the discovered animals, than

The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth by Richard Conniff.

    Best Hominology Books

(2) When Bigfoot Attacks
by Michael Newton

(3) Tracking Bigfoot
by Donald Wallace and Lori Simmons

Which is not to be confused with 2009’s similarly titled book targeted at youth:

Tracking Bigfoot by Terry Collins (with illustrations by Tod G. Smith and Al Milgrom).

BTW, I am aware of there being only one good Bigfoot book for juvenile audiences for 2011 that is worthy of recommending:

(4) In Search of Sasquatch
by Kelly Milner Hall

(not received for review) Orang-Pendek
by Richard Freeman

    Best Lake, Loch and Sea Monster Books

(5) Weird Waters: The Lake and Sea Monsters of Scandinavia and the Baltic States
by Lars Thomas and Jacob Rask

(6) The Water Horses of Loch Ness
by Roland Hugh Watson

(7) Loch Ness, Nessie & Me
by Tony Harmsworth

    Best Regional Cryptozoology Books

(8) Strange Monsters of the Pacific Northwest
by Michael Newton

(9) Monsters of Wisconsin: Mysterious Creatures in the Badger State
by Linda S. Godfrey

(10) Monsters of Illinois: Mysterious Creatures in the Prairie State
by Troy Taylor

(11) The Mystery Animals Of The British Isles: Gloucestershire and Worcestershire
by Paul Williams

(12) The Mystery Animals of the British Isles: The Northern Isles
by Glen Vaudrey

(13) The Cryptid Creatures of Florida
by Scott Marlowe and Charlie Carlson

    Best Werewolves-As-Possible-Cryptids Books

(14) Monsters of the Gévaudan: The Making of a Beast
by Jay M. Smith

(15) The Werewolf Book (2nd Edition)
by Brad Steiger

    Best Skeptical Efforts

(16) Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore
by Benjamin Radford

(17) Searching for Sasquatch: Crackpots, Eggheads, and Cryptozoology
by Brian Regal

Tracking the Man-Beasts

(18) Tracking the Man-beasts: Sasquatch, Vampires, Zombies, and More
by Joe Nickell

    Best of the Rest

(19) Owlman
by Jonathan Nolan

(20) The Inhumanoids
by Barton Nunnelly

(21) BioFortean Reprint: The Piasa, or The Devil Among the Indians
by Perry Austin Armstrong

(22) Scattered Skeletons in our Closet
by Karen Mutton

(23) Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter
by Josh Gates

Those are the titles for the best this year.

Some of the most anticipated cryptozoology books for 2012, thusfar, include the following:

The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster
by Lyle Blackburn

The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals: From the Lost Ark to the New Zoo – and Beyond by Karl Shuker

The Bigfoot Filmography: Fictional and Documentary Appearances in Film and Television by David Coleman

Monsters of West Virginia: Mysterious Creatures in the Mountain State by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Abominable Science! Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and other Famous Cryptids by Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero.

Source: Cryptomundo

]]> (Lauren Coleman) Monstrous Literature Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:09:05 +0000