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Scott Corrales on Bob Girard

 Bob Girard, Scotia, NY - April 19th 1987. Photo Credit: Clas Svahn / AFU.
Bob Girard, Scotia, NY – April 19th 1987. Photo Credit: Clas Svahn / AFU.

Scott Corrales on Bob Girard

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Scott Corrales – Inexplicata – The Journal of Hispanic Ufology

It was hard to miss the ads for Arcturus Books in the early days, when I took my first steps into the pool of ufology. Overwhelmed with information as I was, I never thought to contact them or get a copy of their catalogue: magazines, ‘zines, newsletters and bulletin board postings (remember the long-gone days of BBS?) provided a dizzying mix of information where abduction claims, tales of underground bases and straight-out conspiracy theory shared the cramped pages like passengers on a subway train during rush hour.

arcturus-1989-7-julyIt was much later that Joan Jeffers – a devoted Pennsylvanian researcher of UFO and related phenomena – told me to get a hold of Bob Girard, saying he could find any book or periodical I might remember from the early days of sauceriana, or even material from other countries. Oddly enough, I was sort of in touch with Bob already. His former partner, the late Ron Bonds, had set up Illuminet Press expressing an interest in publishing my translation of Salvador Freixedo’s “Visionaries, mystics and contactees”, a great introduction to the Spanish Jesuit’s vast body of work on the paranormal. Bob’s wife Monica provided the cover art for the project, so when I picked up the phone to call Arcturus, no introduction was really necessary.

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Photo of Bob Girard – Credit: Clas Svahn / AFU

I spoke for hours with Bob that first time. What I’d been told was true – he knew all the corners, light and dark, of the paranormal community, current and past – and an encyclopedic recollection of old books. We spoke at length about his own work, “Futureman”, a dystopic view on the ultimate fate of humankind if the age of abductions proved true. Disturbing reading, but written in a most insightful style.

futureman-girardSo it was that Bob helped me rebuild my collection of UFO books, which had been lost over the course of years, some lost over the course of international moves and others forsaken as new interests commanded my attention. Getting into “new” materials was never difficult thanks to Bob’s reviews, which made the Arcturus Books catalogue a joy to read – probably more so than a number of newsstand offerings available at the moment! Some descriptions are etched in my mind, like an old samizdat whose cover “depicted a hayseed peeing into a pond with a flying saucer hovering overhead” – I’m paraphrasing here, but I still smile at the laughter the description caused in me at the time.

Some reviews were at the other end of the spectrum: scathing indictments of the subject matter and sometimes the author. Words that could either make you want to order the book to see if such an assessment was warranted, or enough to make one turn the page and hope for better.

arcturus-1995-a1993 saw the birth of my first newsletter on “UFOs in Latin America and Spain” and Bob Girard was pleased to add it to Arcturus’s offerings, cautioning me not to charge too much for it, since “mystics never have any money”. The price point must’ve been right, as SAMIZDAT (as it was called) became a strong seller for Arcturus over a time frame of five years. When I announced that I the little newsletter was folding (its news stories rendered stale by the Internet), I told him I intended to come back with a new idea. “Whatever you do, make sure it’s good!” he said, and INEXPLICATA came out within months, available in print format for many years before the same situation – the immediacy offered by electronic sources – forced it to migrate to the web, where it has remained since 2003.

scott-corrales-chupacabras-diaries-19960001We didn’t see eye to eye on everything, though. The Chupacabras Diaries, my initial offering on Puerto Rico’s paranormal predator, didn’t really meet his approval. Bob thought the correct approach to take should have been a dismissive one. He particularly disliked a chapter bearing the title “It’s In the Trees- It’s Coming!” – a homage to Jacques Torneur’s The Night of the Demon (1957). Now you’re part of the problem, I believe he said. However, he gladly accepted my self-published copies of TCD and sold them through Arcturus to a world that was only just starting to hear about the creature’s exploits, way before it became a media phenomenon.

When people ask me where I obtained my knowledge of book publishing, having never worked in the industry, I always say it was thanks to those long telephone sessions with Bob Girard. The ins and outs of the publishing world were as familiar to him as the dark corridors of the paranormal. A good and knowledgeable friend who richly deserves to be remembered as a 20th century Renaissance man.

 

Scott Corrales & Inexplicata – The Journal of Hispanic Ufology

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International Cryptozoology Conference: January 2016 – St. Augustine, Florida

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International Cryptozoology Museum Conference – January 4th-6th, 2016
St. Augustine, Florida

 

Source: CryptoZooNews.com

Join us in Florida this winter. We proudly announce the International Cryptozoology Museum Conference, January 4-5-6, 2016, in America’s Oldest European-Settled City ~ St. Augustine, Florida.

The three-day event is a scientific cryptozoology conference being held near the site of the 1896 “Giant Octopus” beaching.

The conference will be a thoughtful experience for guests. Please sign up today (click here or see the individual options below).

The event will unfold over three days during Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the first full week of 2016. This takes place at the end of St. Augustine’s Festival of Lights. It is a beautiful, calm time of year in St. Augustine, Florida, with moderate temperatures and festive decorations still in place in this European appearing city.

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International Cryptozoology Museum – Facebook

International Cryptozoology Museum Conference – Facebook

International Cryptozoology Museum Conference – Facebook

Ozarks Anomalous: Eureka Springs Obit & Performance Art Imitates Life

Lovely County Citizen, October 23, 2014 – Dolores Cannon Obit and Norman Baker Cancer-Quack Psychic-Surgery Performance

Well known channeler Dolores Cannon passed away a year ago. She leaves behind a legacy of several books, lectures, and her continuance of Lucius Farish’s Ozark UFO Conference.

Our correspondents in Eureka Springs pass along newspaper clippings for us to archive and pass along to our membership in the same spirit as Lucius Farish did with his UFO Newsclipping Service.

In this October 23rd, 2014 edition of the Lovely County Citizen newspaper we read about the passing of Dolores Cannon as well as the performance art event featuring psychic surgery at the famously haunted Crescent Hotel as a remembrance of Cancer Quack Norman Baker. [See image captures of the news-clippings below]

Now On-Display at the Anomaly Archives: The Books of Dolores Cannon

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  • The Legend of Starcrash
  • Five Lives Remembered
  • Between Death and Life
  • The Convoluted Universe: Book One
  • The Convoluted Universe, Book Two
  • Keepers of the Garden
  • The Three Waves of Volunteers and the New Earth
  • The Custodians: Beyond Abduction

 

Lovely County Citizen, October 23, 2014  …  pages 3 & 19

UFO Conference organizer dies by Kathryn Lucariello


 

The Doctor Is In: Sean-Paul Cuts Through Baker Legend by Jennifer Jackson


The Ghosts of the Greer Building – TxDoT’s Transportation News, October 2003

A few years ago someone asked me if I’d ever heard any weird stories about the Dewitt C. Greer building downtown. They proceeded to tell me they had heard tales of folks seeing blood-smeared walls and other strange haunting phenomena on certain floors within specific rooms.

Recently, as I was working on archiving paper files and periodicals held by the Anomaly Archives, I came across the October 2003 issue (Volume 29, Number 2) of TxDoT’s Transportation News magazine whose cover shouts:

GHOSTS. . . Discovered in the Greer Building !!

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The Ghosts of Greer by Mike Cox / Editor

If Harvey Hubert hadn’t fatally stabbed that young Austin man on Halloween night in 1916, he might have lived to see the fine new Highway Department building go up where the Travis County Jail once stood.

But that’s not how it worked out. At 1:50 p.m. on Aug. 23, 1918, Sheriff George Matthews sprang the trap on the gallows inside the jail and Hubert paid for his crime at the end of a rope.

Hubert, 34, had the distinction of being the last of nine men legally hanged in the castle-like stone jail, built for $100,000 in 1876 at the corner of 11th and Brazos streets — present location of the Dewitt C. Greer Building.

Who knows? Maybe Hubert’s spirit has something to do with the mysterious footsteps and strange noises some TxDOT employees have reported hearing at night in the big meeting room and on the eighth floor when the building’s supposedly empty.

But for anyone who believes in ghosts, there are plenty of suspects.

This edition of Transportation News is also archived online here:

Read the complete article here:

 

 

Summer Flying Saucer Cinema Series

SUMMER FLYING-SAUCER CINEMA SERIES

Saturday Night June 12th / “Rain Day” Sunday the 13th

SUMMER FLYING SAUCER CINEMA SERIES

This new monthly event will be a FREE showing of lesser known “Flying Saucer Films” with a focus on those that have important points to be made regarding the nature of paranormal, UFO and other anomalous phenomena, as well as society’s cultural reactions to UFO related phenomena.

UFO related phenomena and the Modern Wave of Flying Saucer sightings in the United States have had a lasting effect upon American Popular Culture. For that reason we feel it fitting to host this new event series at the South Austin Popular Culture Center (frmly the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture).

Our next showing is … Invaders From Mars, the 1953 original classic.

Go HERE for links to info about the event.

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SUMMER FLYING-SAUCER CINEMA SERIES

Saturday Night June 12th / “Rain Day” Sunday the 13th

FREE FILMS UNDER THE STARS

Presented by the ANOMALY ARCHIVES

At the South Austin Popular Culture Center

1516B South Lamar Boulevard @ 8pm / Film Starts at 8:30pm CST

Please bring your own chair to assure seating

ATTENDEES MUST PARK NEXT DOOR ON COLLIER STREET

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Convict Hill Road

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“In the 1880’s a budget crunch led the state of Texas to bring convicts in to the area to work the quarry. 8 convicts died while working and were buried in the area known as Convict Hill. These convicts now haunt the road”

Streets of Fear – Convict Hill Road – FEARNet.

Is There Anything Paranormal or Mysterious About Convict Hill Road?

by SMiles Lewis

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In early October of 2009 I was contacted by an associate producer for the online webisode series “Streets of Fear” who was wanting to know if I knew anything paranormal or mysterious about Convict Hill Road here in Austin, Texas. The online series is part of the horror lineup of programming offered at Fear Net dot com that focuses on ultra brief media bytes exploring stories of American streets with really spooky names, such as  Bloody Pond, White Wolf, Dark Hollow, Widow Susan, Beelzebub, Gore Orphanage, Hell Hollow, Shades of Death, Gallows Hill, Purgatory, Spook Rock, Burnt Church, Witches Rock, Bloods Point, Tombstone Canyon, Mount Misery, Extraterrestrial Highway, and Bloody Spring. They had contacted me after finding my friend James Bankston whose article in the Oak Hill Gazette had gotten their attention.

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