Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Paradigm 2014

I have the pleasure of returning once again to speak at the Paradigm Symposium in Minneapolis, MN this year. 
If you're interested in alternative ideas and thinking, you'll feel right at home at this event.  Drawing speakers and attendees from around the world, the Paradigm Symposium has quickly become a premiere event in the field.

Symposium organizers Scotty Roberts of Intrepid magazine and Egyptologist DR. John Ward, have put together an amazing lineup this year including Graham Hancock, Erich Von Däniken, Andrew Collins and a host of others.

Advanced tickets are available now, register right away if you'd like to take part in the special VIP banquet on Saturday night, a crowd favorite that's sure to sell out.  Details available here:

http://www.paradigmsymposium.com/

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"Admissible" Reviewed


I’m often asked for recommendations of books useful for new investigators and those interested in taking a serious approach to the paranormal and related fields.  Although there are thousands of books published on paranormal topics, there are very few practical manuals to assist investigators in learning the proper process of gathering evidence and pursuing cases.  Fortunately, Chase Kloetzke and Richard Dolan have stepped in to fill the void.

“Admissible,” the new release from this pair of veteran investigators fills a big gap in the field and proves to be a useful text for both novice and seasoned explorers of the strange.

In recent years, there’s been a boom in the number of people interested in investigating the paranormal.  Fueled by the popularity of paranormal reality shows, this new crop of investigators is an enthusiastic lot but they often have little investigative experience.
For those approaching the field as a part time hobby, this is less of an issue.  However, for those who have a deeper interest in probing strange cases and want to take a more serious approach, it’s essential to learn investigative techniques and proper evidence collection.

Subtitled “The Field Manual for Investigating UFOs, Paranormal Activity, and Strange Creatures,” Kloetzke and Dolan’s manual fulfills its promise to provide practical, useful information in a clear and concise manner.
The book walks you step by step through the investigative process.  The authors begin with an introduction to the basics, including organization and planning.  Following sections cover investigation conduct and the interview process, evidence collection and cataloging, and investigation closure.  The book is rounded off with clear guidelines for maintaining records and an appendix of useful forms that can be copied and utilized for individuals or groups.

But don’t think for a moment that this is a dry technical manual.  Bullet points and checklist throughout help note special items of interest and the illustrations by Chuck Harrison add to the shear entertainment value of the book. 
Kloetzke is a former MUFON Star Team manager and has traveled extensively in her pursuit of strange cases.  Dolan of course is a well known figure in the field of UFOlogy for his outstanding work, the two volume “UFOs and the National Security State.”

Overall, this is a valuable reference guide and you certainly can’t go wrong adding it to your library.
Published by Richard Dolan Press, Admissible is available at Amazon.  For more information about Chase’s work, check out her website at:

http://www.chasekloetzke.com/home.html

 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

March Spirit Talk

My friend Chris Fleming host a monthly podcast to explore various aspects of the paranormal.  Chris is a medium, sensitive and paranormal investigator.  Many of you will recognize him as the star of TV's Psychic Kids and Dead Famous.

This month, Chris and I discussed some of the material from my new book, Strange Intruders.  We cover Djinn, Shadow People, Pukwudgies and more.

It's always a pleasure to be on Spirit Talk, the format is conversational and with our similar backgrounds, Chris and I have a great time delving into some interesting aspects of these weird creatures.

Check out the program at the link below.

http://spirittalk.planetparanormal.com/

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Strange Intruders on C2C AM


Thanks to everyone who tuned in for my latest appearance on Coast To Coast AM with host George Noory.

The discussion was wide ranging kicking off with Black Eyed Children and then moving into material from Strange Intruders including the Djinn, Shadow People, Spring Heeled Jack, the Zanfretta case and more.  I stayed on with George for the last hour to take phone calls and listener questions.

For those who missed the show, archives are available at the C2C website.


http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2014/03/04

Thursday, February 27, 2014

2014 International UFO Congress

This is a bit late since I’ve been on the road, but here’s a quick wrap-up of this year’s International UFO Congress held in Phoenix.

The conference ran over Valentine’s weekend, bit of a strange choice, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind.  The hard working folks at Open Minds once again did an excellent job and things ran smoothly despite a couple of late speaker cancellations.  This year’s presenters included Stephen Bassett, Ted Peters, Kewaunee Lapseritis, Rob Simone, Aaron Sagers and a host of others.
A few of the lecture highlights included:

David Marler discussing his book “Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation.”  Marler showed just how far back sightings of triangular UFOs can be traced, countering the skeptical argument that such craft are merely modern military planes.
Jaime Maussan was on hand to present video clips and information gathered while working as a journalist and TV host in Mexico.  Maussan is always a big hit and it’s nice to have an international perspective. 

Mike Clelland’s lecture, “Owls, Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee,” caught a lot of attention from the audience.  Mike shared stories from his personal experiences as well as tales sent to him through his exploration into the strange connection between owls and unidentified aerial objects. 

British researcher Timothy Good was on hand discussing his new book; “Earth: An Alien Enterprise.”  Good is known to many in the field for his classic “Above Top Secret” as well as several other UFO titles.  Good hasn’t made many recent appearances so it was nice to see him at the Congress
George Noory presented a special Q&A session.  Noory never fails to capture the crowd’s attention with his humor and anecdotes from his years hosting Coast to Coast AM.

The EBE awards were presented following the Saturday night banquet.  Stephen Bassett was awarded the “Researcher of the Year” for his work with the Citizen’s Hearings on Disclosure.  Bassett, head of the Paradigm Research Group, is a hard working advocate for disclosure and the award is well deserved.
This year’s lifetime achievement award was given to Dr. Bruce Maccabee.  Maccabee has been active in UFOlogy since the late 1960s and has investigated countless cases including the Gulf Breeze Sightings and the Phoenix Lights.  He is an author and has appeared in numerous UFO related documentaries and shows.
Unfortunately, due to health concerns, Maccabee was not able to be on hand to accept the award and instead, a video recording was played of his acceptance.

The year’s film awards were wrapped up solidly by L.A. Marzulli and Richard Shaw who won both the People’s Choice award and the Best feature film award for their outstanding work on Watchers 7: Physical Evidence.

All in all, another successful conference and as always, it’s nice to catch up with old friends and make new connections. 

Links:

International UFO Congress:  http://ufocongress.com/

Watchers 7:  http://lamarzulli.net/

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Grey Ghost Paracon


This year I’m honored to be a speaker at the Grey Ghost Paracon in San Francisco, CA.  The convention will be held February 21-22 aboard the historic USS Hornet docked in the San Francisco bay.

This year’s conference features a UFO theme and there’s a great lineup of speakers.  Guests include Bill Murphy and Ben Hansen from SyFy’s Fact or Faked, makeup master Roy Wooley, Ruben Uriate-MUFON’s Northern CA director, and lots more.

DJ Kos kicks things off Friday night with a pre-party and Saturday is packed with lectures.  There’s also a UFO skywatch on the deck of the ship and a chance to investigate the haunted Hornet on Saturday night.

Proceeds go to benefit the Hornet museum so it’s a great time for a good cause.  Limited tickets are still available, full details at the Paracon’s website:
 
 

 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Paranormal Plus Lecture


Paranormal Podcaster Jim Harold has been bringing the public quality, paranormal themed programming for years.  Recently, he created a ‘plus club’ to feature exclusive content.  There’s a members only forum, newsletter and access to past programs.  What’s really cool though is that Jim uses the plus club to bring conference quality lectures to members.  The presentations are all virtual so it’s a great opportunity for those unable to travel to the big conferences to hear speakers lecture on a variety of topics.

Jim asked me to bring a presentation to his members featuring material from by books, Black Eyed Children and Strange Intruders.  Part one was last month and featured the black eyed kids.  Next week, I’ll be presenting part two covering some other strange beings that populate the paranormal world.

Plus club members can of course still listen in to the first part in the archive section of Jim’s website.  Check out the site below for all the details.