The Gonzo Chronicles Podcast

I have to tell you folks, I’ve really been enjoying doing the podcast. I was hoping it wouldn’t feel uncomfortable, but it’s like having my own radio show and I have no time limit or commercial interruptions, no filter, and no censorship. We all get enough of that on Twitter and Facebook these days. Besides, as I’ve said on the show a million times, I don’t believe in censorship. In fact, after I record the show I upload it for you to listen to right away. I don’t even bother to edit the recording. Seems to me like that would be a bit dishonest. If I have a guest on the show and we venture off topic, I want to take the listeners there with me. The conversations (or rants) are all unfiltered and unedited. I hope that the listeners appreciate that fact.

The Gonzo Chronicles will soon reach 40 episodes. That’s a pretty big deal for me. When I started this show I didn’t know how long it would last, actually. I tried to have guests on with me as often as possible because it made me feel more comfortable. It’s a lot easier to have that conversation with another person, talk about topics with someone else. It felt more natural. Honestly, it wasn’t until about episode 25 or so that I felt comfortable enough to record without a guest. It was that episode where I talked about depression, the one where I literally poured out my soul to an invisible audience. Now I realize that even if I don’t have a guest I’m still having a conversation. It is with YOU. Thanks for tuning in. Many more shows to come. Cheers!

Top 20 Books You NEED To Read

Have you ever read a book that had such an impact on you that you felt you had to recommend it to others like close friends or family? Or a book that was so informative and motivating that you told your boss and co-workers about it? A book so wildly entertaining that you wanted others to read it and take that adventure with you? We’ve all read books that have made a profound impact in our lives. The Bible comes to mind for most, or a classic novel like Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck or powerful poetry by Lord Byron.

On a recent podcast I invited Kristi Slaughter on, host of the Kristi Slaughter show on SuperTalk Radio (www.kristislaughter.com). During her years hosting the Saturday morning show she has interviewed countless authors and is a voracious reader herself. We discuss the top 20 books we think everyone should read in this episode.

Click here to listen.

For those of you that didn’t take notes, here are the top twenty from each of us.

Cyrus’s list:

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Men & Dogs by Katie Crouch

The Winner Within by Pat Riley

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Do Cool S**t by Micki Argrawal

The 10X Rule by Grant Cordone

The Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Man’s Search for Meaning by Frank Hackl

The Power of Now by Eckert Tolle

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Tuesday’s With Morrie by Mitch Albom

1984/Animal Farm by George Orwell

Kristi’s list:

The Power of Now: Eckhart Tolle

Ask & it is Given: Esther and Jerry Hicks

The Four Agreements: Don Miguel Ruiz

The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Alan Cohen

The Power of Intention: Dr. Wayne W Dyer

The Shift: Dr. Wayne W Dyer

Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life: Dr. Wayne W Dyer

Think & Grow Rich: Napoleon Hill

Intentional Living: Choosing A Life That Matters:  John C. Maxwell

Katy No-Pocket: Emmy Payne

Gluten Free Baking Classics: Annalise G. Roberts

The Gentle Way: Tom T. Moore

The Burn Zone: Renee Linnell

The Lies We Tell Ourselves: How to face the truth, accept yourself and create a better life: Jon Frederickson

Nourishing Traditions: Sally Fallon

Pot of Gold: Cyrus Alderwood

Anne of Green Gables: L.M. Montgomery

The Process (3 Book Series) Elle Hari

The Plant Paradox: Dr. Steven R Gundry

Jack Canfield: The Success Principles (How to get from where you are to where you want to be)

What makes your list?

20 Books Everyone Should Read

Millions of people have had a lot of down time during this pandemic and especially during the lockdown. That sucks and I can certainly understand the desperation and worry of those that lost their jobs and are struggling as the economy tries to recover. I know a lot of writers were hopeful that they would see their book sales spike for a while during this time. I’m one of them, and trust me when I tell you my book sales aren’t anything impressive. I suck at marketing, even using social media. I’m still at the mercy of fate, it seems, if I want my books to be read.

During this time I have kept busy with some work for a non-profit that I have, but I don’t take any pay for it. I suppose that’s what a non-profit is about, even though some people use them for very lucrative ends. Call me a boy scout, I suppose. However, I’ve spent a lot of time reading during the past few months and I’m glad for every minute I’ve had to learn and grow. And yes, I have been writing some. I’m hoping to have the second book in the Grave Legends series out before Halloween.

I’ve also been podcasting. The Gonzo Chronicles (named after my book series) has been a lot of fun! On an upcoming episode I’ll be talking about the Top 20 Books Everyone Should Read. I hope you’ll tune into the podcast. It’s on iTunes and Spotify. Make sure to subscribe.

What makes your “must read” list?

20. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test—Tom Wolfe

19. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

18. The Art of War – Sun Tzu

17. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Steven Covey

16. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

15. Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac

14. Men & Dogs – Katie Crouch

13. The Winner Within – Pat Riley

12. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

11. One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

10. Do Cool Shit – Micki Argrawal

9.   The 10X Rule – Grant Cardone

8.   The Catcher In the Rye – J.D. Salinger

7.   The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

6.   Cannery Row – John Steinbeck

5.   Man’s Search For Meaning – Frank Hackl

4.   The Power of Now – Eckert Tolle

3.   The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

2.   Tuesday’s With Morrie – Mitch Albom

1.  1984/Animal Farm – George Orwell

In 2020 We Woke Up In the Twilight Zone

2020! What a year so far! I mean, it started off great but then about early March we all woke up in the Twilight Zone. I know a lot of people have already shared their thoughts and opinions on everything from the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdown to the protests/riots/BLM-Antifa stuff going on all over the country. Hell, after 20 minutes on social media even my head starts to spin. Like many of you, my brain and soul is absolutely exhausted and I worry about my country and about people going through similar things all over the world. I do hope and pray that things get better soon.

I can’t be the only one that feels that common sense is the new counter culture. These days I care less and less about anything coming out of Hollywood (movies and opinions) or the sports world. People living in a bubble telling the rest of us how to think and feel is pretty pathetic. People that listen to that noise, well, let’s just say I feel sorry for them. Social media has its purpose, I suppose. I do find more news that is accurate on Twitter coming from other users than I do from any of the mainstream media. You guys know I write some pretty far out stuff, but I don’t think that is a conspiracy theory to believe that we’ve been sold a bill of goods, a false narrative, from politicians, the media, and pop culture for a long time. It’s like people are waking up and finding out they’ve been lied to and whoever the powers that be are have decided to turn up the heat and burn it all down in 2020.

I’m not going to get political and tell you how to think (or try to influence you in any way). I’ve lost friends on social media for no other reason than having a difference of opinion on one issue or another. It’s a toxic environment. We’d all be better off turning off the news and avoiding social media for a while. Maybe read those books we’ve meant to get to for years, or go hang out with a few friends and learn a new hobby together.  

Do you ever wonder what the world would look like if we all wised up and became self sufficient and educated ourselves, sought out the truth for ourselves, became our own journalist without an agenda? I wonder that sometimes.

Anyway, I’ll avoid a rant. Let’s all make the world a better place. Do something nice for a stranger tomorrow. Hug someone that needs a hug. Listen to someone that needs a shoulder. We have a chance to live in a much better world, but I guess it starts with each of us. Kind of like that whole Michael Jackson “Man in the Mirror” tune, I suppose.

I’ll shut up and go back to writing books and short stories again. Thanks for lending me your ear…er, your eyes.

Cheers!

Gonzo Chronicles-Book Two

That’s right! The Gonzo Chronicles of Barry Dick is back. The Rougarou Blues will take you on a wild journey, as if the first book in the series wasn’t crazy enough.

There’s a blood moon over Bourbon Street. Super slueth of the supernatural, Barry Dick, is in New Orleans working on a dangerous case for a stump jumping gigolo who’s being stalked by a rougarou—the dreaded Cajun werewolf! The problem is this swampbilly has a long line of ex’s, all of whom would love to shove a spicy crawdad up his exit port.While Barry tries to keep this Louisiana lothario out of the hairy embrace of the rougarou he’s got a problem of his own–it seems that while in a drunken stupor he sold his soul to the devil! And while he can now play the harmonica like a puckered blues god, he’s got ol’ Scratch hot on his heels to collect his debt.

Fortunately Barry doesn’t have to depend on his wits because he also has the talents of his two jiggle-licious assistants, Chasey and Madison. Between the three of them Barry might have a chance to figure out how to reverse the curse of the rougarou while renegotiating his deal with Beelzebub, preferably to one that doesn’t include an eternity of hellfire!

It’s available on Amazon, $4.99 on Kindle, $12.95 in paperback.

The Gonzo Chronicles Podcast

I’ve been threatening it for a while, but I’ve finally done it! I started my own podcast to discuss all the weird crap that goes on in my head. I’m already a few episodes in and I greatly appreciate all of you that have tuned in and are following it online and on your iPhones.

The Gonzo Chronicles kicked off it’s first “official” episode with a special guest to discuss the #QAnon phenomenon that is taking the web, and politics, by storm. Although I don’t wade too deep into the political, this brushes heavily upon the realm of conspiracy theory and I’m certainly fascinated by it. My next guest and I discussed our top ten favorite dead comedians, her work as an actress and host of her own internet show. I’m just getting warmed up with this. Plenty of guests to come, plenty of odd things to talk about.

Topics will include UFO’s and UFOlogy, cryptid sightings (Mothman, bigfoot, unexplained creatures and phenomenon), hauntings, spirtualism, weird places I want to visit like Las Vegas, conspiracy theories, and plenty more top 10 lists. Have a few laughs and a few drinks with me, stop by and listen online or subscribe on iTunes.
https://gonzochronicles.podbean.com/

The #QAnon Phenomenon

Who in the hell is Q, you are probably asking. What the hell is QAnon? Great question, I’m still wrapping my head around this latest of great worldwide conspiracy theories myself. So let’s dive into this, shall we? After all, it’s a small world and WHERE WE GO ONE, WE GO ALL.

For those of you familiar with the Q phenomenon that is captivating the internet these days, you’ll see what I just did there. #WWG1WGA is a popular hash tag used by those following Q and Q believers online, especially Twitter and Instagram. A few months ago I was watching cable news and stopped on a Trump rally to watch a few minutes of it. I saw a couple of folks in the audience holding up signs that caught my attention. The only thing on the sign was a giant letter “Q” painted in red, white and blue. Hmmm, what the hell is that about, I thought? And like any good conspiracy theorist I jumped online and began to do enough web searching to probably raise a few red flags for some bored guy or gal in a cold dark room locked away in a basement reserved for the Illuminati. (That’s sarcasm, sort of.)

When I first saw the Q sign popping up the rally’s my first thought was, “Pay attention, 007!” Were they talking about the wily old gadget master from the James Bond movies? Nope, not even close. Q, or QAnon, is a secret small group of military intelligence that are secretly battling the deep state, those in government that operate a cabal of evil for their own wealth and power. To state it more bluntly, true believers in #Q think that the good guys in our own military intelligence are battling the bad guys that corrupt our institutions in an epic battle for freedom and decency, and that President Trump is the one leading the charge. After all, he said he was going to “drain the swamp.”

Now, it gets a bit deeper and bigger than just this. Believers in the Q phenomenon think that it is not just happening in America, but that this is a global “awakening” where citizens are waking up to the corruption that is all around them, evil that is in plain sight that infects our governments, our corporations, and yes…even our pop culture, claiming that they are Satanic and are responsible for a global operation of human trafficking and child sex rings.

It’s all kind of a big pill to swallow, to say the least. But, being the connoisseur of conspiracy theories that I am I’ll give it a listen. (Not that I believe everything I read, but I’m certainly interested in them and fascinated by them. If you’ve watched the Matrix you know what I mean.) In the era of the so-called #GreatAwakening we all know about Jeffrey Epstein and his pedophile island and how powerful people in business, politics and Hollywood have flown on his airplane, called the Lolita Express, and spent time at his tropical mansion where countless kids have been raped and molested over the years. Speaking for myself, this guy was scum and I do not believe that he killed himself. It was too convenient and I think someone powerful had him killed in prison. If you aren’t familiar with Epstein go look it up online. YouTube is a great place to start.

Whoever Q is, this person (or persons) started posting on the anonymous site 4chan back in 2017. Apparently this person has left clues about this behind the scenes civil war raging in the government. 4chan has since been shut down and Q now posts on a board on the dark web called 8chan. Now, here’s where I start to have questions that I’d love to ask a dedicated Q “expert.” Q has left cryptic messages that seemed to have foreshadowed events that actually took place. Events that no one would know except high level officials in the Trump administration or in national security, i.e. intelligence agencies.

Is this Q phenomenon real? I don’t know, but if you want to jump into the rabbit hole and find out for yourself I suggest you start with Twitter. Just search for the hash tags #Q, #QAnon, #WWG1WGA and you will find some incredibly interesting threads on the subject. If you’re on Instagram you can follow robotinteriors. I think her name is Makayla.

I am starting my own podcast called The Gonzo Chronicles and the topic of QAnon will be my first episode. I’m hoping to record that episode soon. I have reached out to “robotinteriors” both on Instagram and through snail mail to ask her to do the show. I want someone that can lay this conspiracy out clearly and make her case for why she’s a true believer. As a regular dude I have some questions that I’d love to ask, questions I’m sure anyone new to topic would have. I also reached out to another close Q follower, Jordan Sather. So far I’ve been ghosted by both of them, although in Makayla’s case I did ask her to let me know if she was interested being a guest on the show ASAP just out of courtesy. I don’t want to wait forever to get started. If I don’t hear from either of them I sort of have an opinion as to why, and I’ll lay that out on the show if they don’t return my emails/letters.

However, no matter what you think about Trump, QAnon, or the allegations they toss out there about a global evil cabal, don’t take my word or anyone else’s. I hate group think and blindly following along, believing what makes you feel better. Research it. Find the truth for yourself, no matter what the issue or topic…or conspiracy.

Cheers!

TOP 10 HORROR FILMS!

I love October. In fact, it’s my favorite month of the year. The temperature cools, the air is a bit more crisp, and the leaves change colors. I’m red/green colorblind. For the three weeks or so that the leaves hang around after changing colors I actually get to see something much different than the bland green color of the summer months…which I don’t see as green at all. It’s difficult to explain. For a couple of weeks I see an explosion of colors, or what I would consider an explosion of colors even though it’s very different from what most folks see.

The best part of the month is the non-stop horror movies on television. I’ll bust out my DVD collection (yes, I’m that guy) and stack up a couple dozen horror classics and swallow about two dozen bags of popcorn and more pizza than should be allowed. So let’s get this blog/show on the road. You didn’t come here to read about fall colors and pizza. You came here to see what movies I was dumb enough to leave out of THE TOP 10 HORRORS MOVIES OF ALL TIME!!! Insert evil laugh here!

So these may not be the greatest horror films of all time and are in no particular order, but these are a list of the ones that gave me a case of the willies! Just to be fair, this list is subject to change from day to day. Don’t forget to comment with what makes your top 10 list.

10. Salem’s Lot—Made for TV but damn this movie was good. This might have been one of my earliest experiences with a Stephen King story.

I’ve had nightmares about this scene!

9.  The Shining—Funny how Stephen King stories dominate lists like this. Heeeeere’s Johnny!

8.  Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3—Why part 3, you ask? Well, let me tell you why! This was about the time in my youth that I really started getting into horror. But, I’ve always have this weird sense of humor, too. Freddy started dropping one-liners in this one. Oh, and they brought Nancy back for this one.

7.  The Evil Dead franchise—Yes, the entire franchise. The first one actually scared the hell out of me. I watched it when I was a kid and the amount of blood and demon possession really freaked me out. I was a bit older when I watched the second one, but in that one I sort began to understand that Sam Rami and the others were trying to do with these movies. They were just having a good time. Everything was over the top. The blood, the gore, the demons…just thinking of Good Ash talking to Bad Ash and all of those laughing and talking objects in the cabin during that one scene. Oh, and let’s not forget the middle finger from the severed hand. Army of Darkness was the perfect end to the series.  

6.  Halloween—A classic. It was a classic from the instant it was made, always will be. I know some folks love the Rob Zombie version, but I’ll stick to the original. This movie just comes to show you that horrible things can happen, even on your street in your small town.

5.  Scream—This is likely the most unpopular choice for my list if you’re reading this. You’re thinking, “What is this guy thinking about. Scream was good…but top 10 good?” Well, to each their own. There was a serious dry spell of good horror in the culture at that time and when this came out it was an instant hit! Long live the Scream franchise, long live the 90’s, and Rose McGowan, if you’re out there…call me J

4. Friday the 13th Part III—Why Part III, you ask? Well, if you recall this is the episode where little Tommy Jarvis puts a machete into Jason’s head. Also, this is the movie where Jason tries on a well fitted hockey mask for the first time.

3. Nightmare On Elm Street—As good as Dream Warriors was, it’s hard to top the original. In my opinion, this movie defined and set the tone for horror throughout the rest of the 80’s. Jason and Freddy…BFF’s.

Great movie poster, too!

2. The Fog—Bet you didn’t see this one coming! I absolutely love this movie. History comes back to haunt the town and the heirs to the founders have to pay the price for the sins of their forefathers. This theme is so basic, but it is at the heart of many a great suspense and horror movie.

#1

Exorcist—Hands down the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. There is no need for anyone to try to do a remake of this one. Anyone would be foolish to try. Even to this day I get a bit nervous when this movie is on and I’ve seen it a zillion times already. Some scenes and some sounds you can never get out of your head.

A Civil War Brewing in the UFO Community

Fans of all things alien, UFO, and well…basically odd, are seeing a very serious rift in the UFO community come to light this week. Actually, a civil war inside the UFO community has been brewing for quite some time if you listen to the key players in the field of UFO research. This week Dave Scott of Spaced Out Radio took aim at a large segment of that community with an article titled Another Reason To Distrust The People In Ufology. You’ll find the link to it at the bottom of this article.

Dave Scott hits hard in this article from the start, calling into the question the IUFOC for their choices of those they presented awards to at this years’ International UFO Congress in Phoenix, Arizona. Scott went on to present a list of those in Ufology that he considers to be the more serious researchers. For the sake of transparency, I subscribe to Scott’s podcast and have been a sporadic listener (when time allows) for about two years. His show covers a broad range of topics in the world of the strange and he is a serious minded person when it comes to Ufology. Although he backs up to say that he intended no disrespect to some that received awards by the International UFO Congress, such as Jeremy Corbell, he still holds no punches on his intended target which appears to be the UFO community at large that he deems to be more about commercialization than about serious research. He seems to take offense to those that won awards at the conference and goes on to point out who he thinks should have won. Sour grapes? Maybe.

It seems that he reserved the most animosity for the organizer of the event, Alejandro Rojas. He claims that the UFO community has received another black eye from one of its own! Pretty harsh words aimed at the folks at the IUFOC. Does he have a point? Does the entire UFO community have a black eye after this week? Has it been discredited? Are the players at these popular conferences doing irreparable damage to Ufology? Only time will tell, but I seriously doubt it. I do wonder why the axe to grind for this particular event when Scott is scheduled as a guest speaker for UFO CON 2020 next year in San Francisco.

Back to the question at large; Does he have a point? He makes some good points in his article even though in the big picture I think he’s way off course. Reading the article does sound like sour grapes, his chosen ones didn’t get an award. He’s pissed. Hell, the Reds haven’t made the playoffs in years. Yeah, I’m pissed at the Cardinals and Cubs for dominating the division. I can relate, in a weird sort of way. As a so-called “fan boy” of all things strange, including Ufology, I read this article from a completely different point of view than from where Scott was coming from. So let’s hash out the differences and hope it doesn’t piss everyone off in the UFO community. If it does…so be it.

Before we go any further about Scott’s article, a couple more things about me for the sake of transparency. I am a UFO nerd and fascinated by all kinds of odd and strange things. I’ve listened to countless different radio shows and podcasts that address these issues for more than 20 years. I even address this topic, and other oddities, in my own books. Am I novice to this? No. Am I an expert? Not at all. I am one of the curious followers that watch all the TV shows, listen to a lot of the podcasts and radio shows. Is my opinion important? Depends on who you ask, but I’m like millions of others who have taken a strong interest in Ufology and follow what is readily available.

Ancient Aliens is a show on the History Channel that has been around for a long damn time. I’ve watched it for years and it has gotten some good ratings or it wouldn’t still be running after all this time. It is the influence behind the well known AlienCon and countless other conventions for us “fan boys,” as I’ve seen us called on Facebook threads this week. Fan boy/girl…not a real nice term, not that I give a damn. I have thick skin, but some don’t like that term. That has annoyed more than a few of the casual observers from discussions with people that I personally know and from the feedback from those at the International UFO Congress in Phoenix. In fact, after a first reading of this article one person in attendance said that they were “appalled.” And the folks at that conference should be. Scott put them in his crosshairs.

Heidi Gadd, a small business owner in Chandler, Arizona and host of Aliens And Beyond, took offense to the article. She attended the International UFO Congress in Phoenix. Gadd is regular at the International UFO Congress in recent years, previously working as press and this year actually working in AV and sound for the convention. Gadd was one of the people that felt insulted by Scott’s article. Although she does not personally know Dave Scott, she did say that is was unfortunate that he has to take this stance.

“There’s a lot of great people doing amazing things in the Ufology community,” Gadd said in an email response to me. “I’d like to emphasize that word community. Maybe I’m just a girl that was raised by hippies and has idealistic views of what our world could be, but the best I can tell everyone I’ve ever met in Ufology does it for the same reasons. Probably the main reason, and this is just my opinion based off of observation from conversations I’ve had with researchers, enthusiasts and the curious, is they do it to spread the knowledge. Learning and exploring, growing this field in the search for truth is vital. Because, don’t we all want the same thing?” 

I reached out to some folks on both sides of this argument for their thoughts, and it is clear that enough shots have been fired to cause a serious rift in Ufology. However, it isn’t one that can’t be fixed in order to help this field actually move forward and make real progress in the public eye if both sides can agree to just disagree.

Erica Lukes, one of the researchers mentioned by Scott, agreed to talk with me about this issue. I posed a few questions to her via email. Although she said she would get back with me the following day to address my questions and discuss the issue I never heard back. Lukes is the hostess of UFO Classified on KCOR Radio in Utah, a show that I highly recommend.

I think Scott is missing the big picture in this article. Most of us “fan boys” know that what we see on television is fabricated. It is made for mass audiences, just like like Ancient Aliens in which Lukes has appeared several times. In order to appeal to mass audiences you need a certain kind of showmanship that brings fresh eyes to the show because the show requires corporations willing to pay advertising dollars to keep it on the air. I don’t think Scott has considered the power of advertising dollars and the power of pop culture before he hit the submit button to publish this article. Odd, since I’d bet a vital organ that he must know the necessity of advertising dollars for his popular radio show.  

There are some of the guest experts on Ancient Aliens (and other shows) that pose my favorite question on every episode: What if? As a writer, that question has led to some wild creativity. It’s the same for that show. It leads the show off onto some pretty wild assumptions that probably piss off Dave Scott and others to their very core. Is some of the stuff they propose unrealistic and ridiculous? Hell yes. However, I don’t know one person who watches that show and believes everything they see. It is television and we’re not rubes. But it is those wild assumptions that keep people watching and fascinated with Ufology. And the more people that come to this field with an open mind then the better off this field will be in the long run.

Let me clear about the shows on television and those on podcasts and radio that try to appeal to popular culture. These folks have to make a living! Does it take away from real research that is going on in the UFO community? No. It’s a problem of timing. Those that sell Ufology to the popular culture have to do so in increments, at a pace those in the public seeking this information can absorb? Is it their fault that some of the in-depth research might be a bit ahead of the times for public consumption? Maybe a bit too boring for the masses right now? Not really. I’ve been listening to Art Bell (RIP) and George Noory since 1999 and I still haven’t heard of some of the names that Scott mentioned as serious people in the research.

Does that make tens of thousands of folks like me idiots? Not at all, it just means that we don’t hang onto every word he says or catch every late night show on the radio. We don’t eat, sleep, and breathe all things alien and UFO. Reading threads on social media discussing Scott’s article I noticed the term “fan boy” being tossed around a bit and I got the impression it wasn’t meant in a complimentary way. I’ve seen Lukes on television but if it wasn’t for a post on social media I’d not have known about her radio show that she shares on YouTube. She is a very serious researcher and has fascinating archives of the history of this field. And she makes great points, as does Dave Scott. But there’s room in the field for those that want to cling to the accuracy of their findings and those in the field that add to the research but also bring the attention to the field.

Should we take Scott’s advice and distrust people in the UFO community? Absolutely not! Here’s what he’s missing. I think maybe he’s forgotten what it’s like to be someone new to the fascination of this industry. That’s right, I said “industry.” If he’s willing to rail on the International UFO Congress, Rojas, and all those involved, he should step back and see the bigger picture. If you want Ufology to continue and grow stronger in the future you need events just like the UFO Congress and all those AlienCons out there. It is those events that reach a broad audience, just like Ancient Aliens. Are there some that stretch the limits and boundaries? Hell yes, there are some out there just for the money. But consider this. Would someone like me have taken a real interest in this field and even know who Dave Scott is, or Erica Lukes, without those pop culture events? Nope. And you know what got me interested in Ufology in the first place…Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Yep, Hollywood and all of their sensationalism got me hooked long before I ever knew who Art Bell was. Is sensationalism all that bad? In the bigger picture it is what drew millions of folks like me to the field of Ufology to take it seriously in the first place.

So, if Scott is going to hold a grudge against shows like Ancient Aliens and Rojas and the International UFO Congress, he should hold an equally strong grudge against Hollywood for sensationalizing the topic, and in many cases ridiculing it. Men In Black was a great movie and was big hit at the box office. They ridiculed the topic of aliens and the alien threat all through the movie. I wonder how many people tuned in to watch shows about Roswell for the first time after seeing that movie. Or how about Independence Day? After all, all aliens must be evil and are coming here to destroy mankind. Let’s get ‘em! Even in my own books I bring up serious topics such as the existence of life out there somewhere, missing 411, cryptids, and ghosts. I present these topics to people in a humorous way with the hope that they get curious enough about the topics to do some of their own research. Maybe Scott would think I’m part of the problem, too.

Perhaps there can be a happy medium between the two sides. Why not form another research organization and have a list of requirements that one must have to be a part of the more serious research? Perhaps a board that votes on who is in and who isn’t? Perhaps reaching out to Rojas and others to have a more balanced presentation at these public events such as AlienCon and Congress would be a great first step. Maybe it would work, maybe it wouldn’t. Guess it depends on those that Dave Scott and others in that camp want to do. I do know that it would be better to stop taking shots at one another and work more constructively for the sake of good quality research, and yes, packaging of the product to sell it to the masses. Questioning the “trust” of the folks in Ufology so often will eventually burn the house down and set this field back so far that we’ll only have Hollywood for our alien fix, and the truth be damned.

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The Unexplained Scream

Have you ever experienced something that could not be logically explained? I asked this question on a random Facebook post and got some pretty interesting and disturbing responses. I asked this question for a reason, actually. I’m a healthy skeptic, although I do tend to be fascinated by the strange and macabre, not to mention every conspiracy theory you could possibly think of. This kind of thinking leads me to write the things I do, be it comedy or horror or anything in between. It’s the fear and excitement that comes with the unknown and unexplainable that touches something in each and every one of us. And like all the others that responded to that post, I also have more than a couple of things that I have seen that I can’t easily explain.

The first one that comes to mind happened back in 2005 in Cincinnati. A friend of mine lived on Sunset Avenue, a few steps away from the neighborhood hangout the Sunset Pub. Now, let me preface this by saying that I really liked the 3-story house he and his girlfriend at the time (Jennifer) had bought. It was one of the first houses built in that neighborhood back in 1917 or 1914. Not sure which year, but it was one those. So, a long damn time ago. The house always did have a strange feel to it, especially the basement. It didn’t look like a traditional basement. I lived two blocks away in a house built back then, too. The basement in mine was more traditional, his basement looked like it had dungeon rooms in it.

Like I mentioned before, I’m a skeptic. Just because something has a strange “feel” to it doesn’t really mean much to me. However, later I came to learn that sometimes doors to other rooms in the house would be open when they woke up, doors that were closed when they went to bed. They didn’t want to think much about it, so they brushed it off. One door that would sometimes be open was a door on the second floor that led upstairs to the third floor. The only problem with this scenario was that that particular door had to be opened with some force. They had hardwood floors on the first two floors of the house. The stairs leading from the second floor to the third had a thick carpet on them, as did the third floor. The door rubbed the carpet pretty hard, so to open the door you had to pull it with significant force. A gust of wind blowing through the house isn’t opening that damn door is what I’m trying to say. And you can hear it opening, that scraping sound on the carpet and the vibration of the door once you opened past the carpet. But that door would be open from time to time.

So, on to the weird event! One winter night I was at the house with my friend, Blaine, and another one of our friends named Jim. We were standing in the front doorway, putting on our jackets, and getting ready to walk down to the pub to enjoy a pint or two when there was a power outage in the neighborhood. The entire neighborhood had a blackout. Suddenly a sound coming from upstairs in the house scared the wits out of all three of us. Mostly because we were the only ones in the house. Jennifer was already down at the pub waiting on us.

This sound was something I’ll never forget. Allow me to describe it bluntly. It was a loud blood-curdling shriek from a woman the likes of which you sometimes hear in horror movies. I mean, a real scream queen let one out in the house that night. The lights were only off for a few seconds but when they came back on I was already up the first flight of stairs. Blaine and Jim were still standing right where they were when the lights went out, but their jaws were nearly on the floor. I knew at that moment they heard the same damn thing I did. Now, can you guess what door was open when I reached the second floor? Yep, that “stuck” door leading up to the third floor of the house, the one no one ever used. When I started up to the top floor I could hear the heavy footsteps of my friends coming behind me.

When I got to the top floor I looked around everywhere. It was dark, but the street lamps were back on. I even stopped to look at the windows, to see my reflection…to see if there was a reflection of someone or something else in the room with me. When I realized I was looking for that a cold chill went straight up my spine. I had never seen a ghost before, it never occurred to me to ask if I was even ready to see one if they existed. I still haven’t seen one to this day.

I tried to think of any reason to explain away what we heard. Maybe a short in one of the outlets that caused a loud shrieking sound? I don’t know. But deep down I know what I heard. We all knew. That scream came from inside that house. It didn’t stop me from going back, but that was always in the back of my mind whenever I was there.

I’ve had two other weird things that have happened to me since, but I’ll write about those another day. Have a story of your own to share? Well…you can always leave it in the comments.