Our friend Nick Redfern’s new book is this one:
Monster Files: A Look Inside Government Secrets and
Classified Documents on Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals
Two hundred eighty-five pages of material culled from the
inner sanctums of various government entities.
A spurt of Chapter headings shows pure Redfernian curiosity:
The President’s Bigfoot
A Wartime Wolfman
Weird and Wacky Winged Wonders of War
An Army of Manimals
A Yeti-Hunting 007
The Strange Saga of Acoustic Kitty
The Nessie Files
Sasquatch, UFOs , and the U.S. Air Force
Oh, and there is more, but you should get the book,
especially if you’re a cryptozoological aficionado. I am not.
But I always find something valuable or interesting when I
am lucky enough to get a Redfern book.
Nick doesn’t just hypothesize; he researches and
I can’t do justice to Nick’s work. His writings transcend
the ordinary. And he excels at detail; detail that is relevant and pertinent.
He doesn’t just write to bulk up copy. He provides the
For example, in Chapter 23, The Biggest Blooper of Them All,
he reveals that The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with
the U.S. Navy, monitored a strange “Bloop” during a routine 1997 sound tracking
in he Pacific Ocean, off of South America.
The “bloop” lasted 60 seconds and its sonic frequencies
seemed to indicate that a large living creature was roaming the waters.
In his recounting, Nick cites H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos, Melville’s Moby Dick, and
Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo.
(No literary slouch, that Redfern.)
In Chapter 15 [Sasquatch, UFOs, and the U.S. Air Force, Page
141 ff.] Nick offers what I consider to be various nightmare and psychotic
accounts involving a “Steve Palmer,” Big Foot, and paranormal researcher Stan
Palmer, in the Fall of 1973, at his Pennsylvania farm,
spotted a huge luminous object and two large beasts with long arms and glowing
green eyes that he shot at – to no effect – before the beasts scurried into the
darkness, as the UFO disappeared.
alerted by a state trooper, met with Palmer, several hours later.
Gordon, Palmer, and some cohorts went to the site of the
alleged encounter, where Palmer had, what I would call a fugue state: Palmer
started breathing heavily and assumed an animalistic growl before throwing his
own father and one of the accompanying fellows to the ground.
The other men started to feel sick, from a smell of rotten
eggs or sulfur.
Palmer said that while he was in his altered state he
encountered a black-robed figure, carrying a sickle, who warned that if
humankind did not change its way, the world would come to an end.
A few weeks later, Palmer had two visitors – a man in a
regular suit and one dressed as an Air Force officer.
They asked about that weird encounter, and showed him photos
of Sasquatch-like entities, relating that such creatures were real as were
Palmer agreed to be hypnotized, to provide more data,
ostensibly, and when the session was over, the men left. Palmer never heard
from them after that.
Nick’s pages have many such weird accounts.
Such stories will turn off the more rational among you – I
find the account to be flush with psychological elements, or even neurological
taint – but Nick’s readers will find such tales to be part of the paranormal
world they think is as real as our prosaic world.
Yes, the material in Nick’s new book is far out – it’s the
fringe at the edge if fringe.
But if you are inclined to find such stories interesting or
possible, you’ll love Nick’s book.
The Paperback sells for $15.99 and can be found at online
and offline booksellers.
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