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Paraview Media Guide

June 2005

Paraview Media Guide is a monthly guide to books, magazines, websites, and other media that capture your attention, expand your mind, and transform the world. Leading experts in mind, body, and spirit and the frontiers of science and culture present their media picks. This free newsletter is distributed by subscription only. To subscribe, unsubscribe, or obtain sponsorship information, please see instructions at the end of this newsletter.


Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern is the author of Paraview Pocket Books titles, Strange Secrets (with Andy Roberts) and Three Men Seeking Monsters.

His new book, Body Snatchers in the Desert: The Horrible Truth at the Heart of the Roswell Story, exposes the truth behind the legend of the fabled UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico, in the summer of 1947. The book reveals a carefully executed cover-story created by the US Government to hide something even more sinister and controversial: classified experimentation on Japanese prisoners-of-war and handicapped individuals, designed to further advance US research in the field of aviation, and biological and radiological warfare.

Encompassing accounts of test-flights of secret prototypical aircraft in the heart of the New Mexico desert; sophisticated disinformation operations behind which the shocking truth was successfully hidden for decades; controversial whistleblower testimony; and disturbing biological research; Body Snatchers in the Desert is a groundbreaking and completely new look at the Roswell mystery.

Nick was born in England in 1964 and now lives with his wife, Dana, in Dallas, a stone’s throw from that most conspiratorial of all locations – Dealey Plaza and its infamous Grassy Knoll.




Monster Hunter, written by my good friend Jonathan Downes, of the Exeter, England-based Center for Fortean Zoology. Monster Hunter is a truly fantastic account of Jonathan’s fortean experiences.

Beginning in Hong Kong in the 1960s, the book encompasses tales of ape-men, lake monsters, the hairy wild man of Devon, sinister characters roaming the woods of England by moonlight, witches, werewolves and more. This is a book that should be read by anyone who is interested in cryptozoology or is contemplating entering the field. Monster Hunter is a joyous, affectionate, dark, and nostalgic title that draws upon the best of Hunter S. Thompson; Kolchak: The Night-Stalker; and a good Sherlock Holmes story.

Bushman Shaman, by Bradford Keeney, is very much a personal story of discovery and enlightenment that sees the author detail his initiation into the Shamanic tradition of the Kalahari Bushmen he sought out while in South Africa as a visiting professor of psychotherapy.

For more than a decade, Keeney danced with Bushman shamans in communities throughout Botswana and Namibia and offers the reader accounts of his Shamanic world travels and the secrets of the soul. This is a really good, newly published book that is perfect for anyone with an interest in such matters.

Journey Toward Squatchdom & Squatching. Scott Herriott was a stand-up comedian for 11 years and worked at Tech TV for three-and-a-half years as the host of Internet Tonight. But it’s his two DVDs on the subject of Bigfoot-hunting, Journey Toward Squatchdom and Squatching that I want to highlight.

They show Scott and a variety of friends running around forests, drinking beer, visiting the locations of alleged Bigfoot encounters and having an uproariously good time in the process – but always uncovering some genuinely intriguing data, meeting credible eyewitnesses, and securing reports from both down-to-earth characters and the occasional, and inevitable, genial goofball. Buy them!

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones. This new production on my favorite band of misfits is essential viewing for those wanting to know the truth behind the legend. End of the Century tells the amusing, dark, triumphant, but ultimately tragic, tale of a group of leather-clad, bowl-haired, New York outcasts that became punk rock heroes.

Voracious drug habits, alcoholism, obsessive-compulsive-disorder, and hair-trigger tempers were just some of the many facets of the Family Ramone. Watching End of the Century and listening to the band-members reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly times creates a weird feeling, knowing that singer Joey, guitarist Johnny, and bassist Dee Dee have all now gone to their graves.

Must-Hear Music The Best of the Shangri-Las. I have a stubbornly limited taste in music that extends to punk rock and not much else. However, one of my other great loves is the music of the classic girl-bands of that era such as the Ronettes and the Crystals. But, for me, top of the list are the Shangri-Las. And The Best of the Shangri-Las is an almost perfect, pop collection.

With Shadow Morton at the helm, the band produced some of the most atmospheric and memorable songs of that period. Focused exclusively upon tales of teen-angst, adolescent trauma, lost love, rebellion, and doomed romance, the recorded output of the Shangri-Las is a collective classic. Most people associate the band with the songs Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand) and Leader of the Pack. But, for me, Out in the Streets is their best.

Rob Zombie: Past, Present & Future. I chose Rob Zombie’s Past, Present & Future because this selection from the aforementioned Mr. Zombie’s illustrious career incorporates numerous aspects of the things I have loved since I was a kid: ultra-intense horror movies, the work of Russ Meyer, flesh-eating zombies, and bone-crunching guitars.

If you aren’t acquainted with the work of this musical fiend, you should be. Dragula, Superbeast, and the awesomely powerful Demonoid Phenomenon are tunes to live and die by. Indeed, when I finally (and hopefully many years from now) shuffle off this mortal coil and make my way towards whatever awaits us on the other side, I hope that I can do so to the pleasing melody of his Living Dead Girl.

Paul Kimball is a friend of mine from Canada who is the brainchild behind Redstar Films Ltd. Paul’s company has made a number of well-received documentaries on UFOs; however, it’s his “Blogspot” that I want to highlight.

Updated almost daily, it is an amusing, insightful, and thought-provoking look at various aspects of the UFO mystery. Whether it’s alien bodies, crashed UFOs, or the latest on alien abductions, Canada’s wittiest UFO-logical commentator has his finger on every extraterrestrial pulse. To his credit, Paul has a writing style that never flags and that always entertains. You may not like or agree with all that he says, however. But, hell, Paul doesn’t care - and rightly so.

UFO Updates. I picked this website for its sheer entertainment and information value. UFO Updates is a forum where numerous players in the UFO research scene gather to discuss, argue, rant, complain about, and comment upon anything and everything connected with UFOs.

This website is essential viewing for anyone wanting not just the latest UFO news, but also how that news is perceived by the research community. Not only that: Errol Bruce-Knapp, the brainchild behind UFO Updates, maintains a complete archive of all postings that can be freely and openly accessed by one and all. Sign up to UFO Updates, post a few messages, and watch battle commence!

Featured Books of the Month
  Body Snatchers in the Desert:
The Horrible Truth at the Heart of the Roswell Story

Nick Redfern’s groundbreaking and completely new look at the Roswell mystery
  The Power of Purpose Awards 2004
An inspiring collection of the winning essays on the subject of Purpose from a worldwide competition sponsored by the Templeton Foundation.
  War of the Worlds
Rediscover this classic tale of alien invasion by H. G. Wells, and see how startlingly relevant it still is today, and not just because of the movie….
  Instincts of the Herd in Peace and War
This classic work of social psychology examines how our communal instincts affect the national morale – particularly in times of war.

Meet the Authors

  • Yasuhiko Genku Kimura continues as a guest lecturer at the Agape Institute in Southern California over the next several months. These upcoming lectures and courses are open to the public.

  • This Month, The Lending Library of the Scientific Anomaly Institute will be hosting the Texas Ghost Lights Conference in Austin, TX. Paraview authors Rob Riggs and Nick Redfern will be among the presenters discussing the latest information and evidence about the curious worldwide phenomenon of ghost lights.


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