Bigfoot Labeled: A Depression-Era Image from
by Loren Coleman
"One measures a circle, beginning anywhere, said Charles
Fort. If so, then perhaps we can learn more about California's
experience of Bigfoot through lettuce. Lettuce? Yes, lettuce, or
rather a crate label for lettuce. Actually, it's a fruit crate
label. Let me explain, backing up just a bit first. . ."
Monsterous Sounds: A Field Investigation of
by Chester Moore, Jr.
"The devil himself couldn't have made more
sounds. An enraged cacophony of growls, yells, and grunts broke
the silence of the darkened forest and stirred the very core of my
12-year-old soul. My father and I were rabbit hunting near a creek
bottom in the deep pine forests of Newton County in East Texas and
happened upon some thing that didn't appreciate our being there. With
each passing moment the noisemaker seemed more agitated as it
increased the intensity of its furious-sounding cries. . ."
Hoodwinks: A Look at Hooded Entities
by Michael D. Winkle
"One night in 1985 my younger brother Mark drove down a dead-end
road off 81st Street and Riverside Drive in Tulsa, Oklahoma, just
to see where it went. Back then the area was quiet and wooded;
later the road "punched through" to 91st Street and became part of
Riverside. My brother rolled a few hundred yards until he reached
the end, a dirt turn-around surrounded by trees; to his amazement,
several figures in black, monklike cowls dashed out of the reach
of his headlights as if taken by surprise. . ."
Shapeshifting: My Experience and Folklore
by Lisa Oakman
"Shapeshifting is the ability to change form, physically or in
the subtle body, either one's own or another's. I have not only
watched beings shapeshift their forms, but have also been
shapeshifted by beings. I found both experiences very disconcerting. As
a result, I have always had a strong interest in shapeshifting
as described in religion, mythology, and folklore; it made me feel
that the peculiarities I experienced were documented somewhere.
Shapeshifting tells me that physical reality is not as concrete as
it appears. I had many experiences, with many kinds of beings, through
my childhood and teens. . . "
Sky Visions, Ghost Riders, and Phantom Armies
by T. Peter Park
"I have always loved the old cowboy song 'Ghost Riders in the
Sky,' which I used to hear on the radio frequently in the 1950s.
The song always gave me a numinous feeling of eerie, wholly-other
awe and mystery. 'Ghost Riders' is sometimes dismissed as a
repent-or-be-damned fundamentalist sermon because of the last two lines
quoted above. However, the song's imagery evokes a 'mental region'
weirder and more eldritch than conservative moralistic Protestant
fundamentalism. When I heard the song as a 13-year old 6th grader
in the early 1950's, the words 'Their brands were still on fire
and their hooves were made of steel,/Their horns were black and shiny
and their hot breath he could feel,' invariably made me think of
Assyrian and Babylonian winged bulls. They echoed an early
adolescent fascination with ancient Mesopotamian culture. The song
suggested a Wild West vision of Assyrian winged bulls in the sky!"
Southern Falls: Flesh and Stones
by D. Dwight Smith and Gary Magiacopra
"We've heard of rains of fishes and frogs
Of pitchforks, babies, cats, and dogs,
Of lizards and bats,
Of mice and rats
Of manna that fed the Jews,
And of warm blood over your shoes;
But the oddest yet
Was the shower of meat Last Friday morning!"
Teleportations: A Review of the Phenomenon in
by Alejandro Cesar Agostinelli & Luis R.
"The idea that things or people can break space-time barriers or
thermodynamic laws moving instantaneously for one point to another
is mentioned in old popular legends or sacred histories. It is
also a common literary device in science fiction narratives,
considered by many as the realm of human imagination. This phenomenon
received a boost after World War II, when "teleportations"
appeared on the flying saucer scene, adding a new dimension to the
phenomenon. . ."
A Personal Account of a Stigmata
by Robert J. Durant
"As an airline pilot, I am required to take a physical
examination every six months. This is a fairly simple test of
blood pressure, hearing, vision and that sort of thing. The exam
must be administered by a physician certified by the Federal Aviation
Administration. FAA medical examiners are not that
common, and those in my vicinity require an appointment, usually a
month or so in advance. My flying schedule tends to be erratic and
unpredictable, making it difficult for me to meet these appointments.
The following events occurred in the summer of 1990. . ."
The Oera Linda Book
by John Mount
"At the risk of reigniting an old controversy, I have before me a
copy of what could possibly be the oldest collection of family
manuscripts ever found. Collectively known as the "The Oera Linda
Boek," this collection of manuscripts is considered by some to be
the oldest book in the world--and by others the biggest hoax in the
world. The story begins in the town of Den Helder in Northern
Holland in the year 1848. A young man by the name of Cornelis Over
de Linden, who had just come of age, was given a bundle of
manuscripts containing a strange script that no one could understand.
The manuscripts had been secretly passed down through his family
with strict instructions that they be always handed down from
father to son, always to be faithfully re-copied and guarded well.
Alien Lit 101
by John Chambers
"It's a type of literature that's been around since at least the
end of the eighteenth century and probably well before. And
although it is by now represented by well over a thousand volumes,
not a single university course has ever been taught on the
subject. At least, not on this planet. I'm talking about Alien
Literaturebooks ostensibly channeled by mediums from
extraterrestrials residing on planets in our Solar System and
beyond. . ."
Fear and Loathing on the Trail of the Chupacabras
by Jonathan Downes
"This is a personal account of our expedition to Puerto Rico in
search of what I now believe to be one of the most disturbing
zooform phenomena to be reported anywhere in the world at the
present time. Although they are often reported as being "Mystery
Beasts" zooform phenomena, are not animals at all, but are
entities or apparitions which adopt or seem to have animal or
part-animal form. Zooform phenomena occupy the fortean end of the
zoological/cryptozoological spectrum. In many ways, these elusive
and contentious entities have plagued the science of cryptozoology
since its inception--and tend to be dismissed by mainstream science as
thoroughly unworthy of consideration. Zooform phenomena seem to be
a mysterious blend of paranormal manifestation, social or cultural
icons, and misunderstood or misinterpreted inanimate objects. . ."
Little Green Men
by Martin Kottmeyer
"It is the cynic's synonym for aliens. Journalists are quite
fond of it and seem to use it endlessly. It is too cutesy, a
gentle clue the user thinks the ufo phenomenon verges on the
campy. Ufologists pretty much consider anyone using it as
obviously stupid. Those who know anything at all about the ufo
phenomenon know that ufonauts are never really green and never
have been. Thus we have here a puzzle. How did this expression
come to be a synonym for aliens if there have never been any
little green men sightings?"