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Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind: Selected Writings of John A. Keel [Paperback]

John A. Keel , Andrew Colvin , Gray Barker , Tessa B. Dick
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9 Aug 2013
New Saucerian Press is proud to present "Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind," a collection of magazine articles and lectures by John Keel, the man many consider to have been not only the 20th Century’s premiere investigator of all things unusual and “Fortean,” but who was also our very own, twentieth-century “Mark Twain.” Many of the articles in this anthology and its companion volume, "The Outer Limits of the Twilight Zone," were revolutionary, and explored ideas popularized in Keel’s classic books. Written in Keel’s engaging trademark style, they are sure to delight fans with their fresh, unparalleled insights into the nature of reality.

In these pages, John Keel displays the keen observational skills and investigative tenacity that made him the enfant terrible of ufology for decades. In this no-holds-barred analysis – much of it written almost 50 years ago – Keel shreds most of the sacred-cow beliefs still held by many in ufological and “cryptozoological” circles today, and presents theories so radical that they are only now becoming accepted: the “4-D” or “interdimensional” thesis; the “breakaway civilization” theory; the possible role of “ancient aliens” in human history; the synthetic and/or hallucinatory nature of many “alien abduction” and “Men in Black” encounters; the role of spy agencies in paranormal research; and the alarming connection between UFOs, animal mutilations, and attacks on unsuspecting humans.

In short, "Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind" is witty, incisive, impassioned, and prescient, and cohesively brings Keel’s message into focus in a way that perhaps no other book has. This 2013 edition features illuminating forewords by noted writers Gray Barker and Tessa B. Dick (widow of science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick), as well as an introduction by the editor, Andy Colvin (author of "The Mothman's Photographer" and "Mothman Speaks").

“Provides the foundation for a clear view of the phenomenon…” –Kenn Thomas, Steamshovel Press

"The consummate cryptozoologist..." –Ron Patton, Paranoia Magazine

"Turns Forteana and ufology upside down..." –Doug Skinner,

“The key to unraveling many mysteries…” –Ted Torbich, The Stench of Truth

“Far ahead of its time…” –Keith Hansen, Vyzygoth’s Grassy Knoll


What the CIA is Not Telling Us About UFOs (1969)

Project Beta: An Analysis of Reports of Unidentified Aerial Objects (1966)

Investigating UFOs: Probing a Phenomenon Wrapped in Mystery (1977)

Speech to the Congress of Scientific Ufologists (NYC, 1967)

MIB: 1967-68

The UFO Silencers (1975)

“Contactee” Rustling (1979 lecture)

Cattle Mutilation for Beginners (1974)

The Flying Saucer Evidence Everyone Ignores (1973)

The Mothman Monster (1968)

Never Mind The Saucer! Did You See the Guys Who Were Driving? (1967)

A Plethora of Paranormal (1994)

The Infrared Tower (1990 lecture)

The UFO Name Game (1976)

The Subject of Saucers (1969)

The Contactee Key (1977)

Behind the FBI’s Undercover Flying Saucer Investigation (1968)

Mystery of the Invisible Flying Saucers (1974)

UFOs and the Mysterious Wave of Worldwide Kidnappings (1970)

Mysterious Gas Attacks (1968)

The Secret UFO-Astronaut War (1968)

UFOs and Abominable Snowmen (1969)

The Flying Saucer Crime Wave They Can’t Cover Up (1968)

Ocean-Based UFOs Ring the U.S. (1970)

Was Philip K. Dick a Flake? (1987)

Secret Tape to the Congress of Scientific Ufologists (1969)

Symptoms and Classification of Hallucination (1969)

Sex and the Single Saucerer (1972)

Secret UFO Bases Across the U.S. (1968)

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (9 Aug 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1492206601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492206606
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Colvin is a West Coast photographer, filmmaker, and writer who is considered by some to be "his generation's Charles Fort," due to his intensive documentation of synchronicities in relation to the paranormal and to conspiracy research (i.e. "synchroconspiracy" or "synchromysticism"). Following in the footsteps of John A. Keel, Colvin has blazed a 21st Century trail of investigation into mysteries that have plagued mankind for centuries, such as UFOs, creature entities, magic, and the workings of the human mind.

In the 1960s, on a West Virginia backroad, Colvin and his family and friends had encounters with the entity popularly known as "Mothman." Following those encounters, Colvin found that he could draw, sing, and take pictures, and that he had a photographic memory. Colvin was recognized as a prodigy, and was eventually offered a National Merit scholarship to Harvard University.

While attending graduate school at the Univ. of Texas at Austin, Colvin helped found U.T.'s celebrated Transmedia Dept. as well as the Austin Film Society, an organization now credited with bringing commercial filmmaking to Texas. In 1985, Colvin used his tuition grant money to purchase the only 8mm camcorder then available, becoming the first filmmaker in Austin to shoot in the new format. His ensuing documentation of the lives of Austin "slackers" influenced the seminal cult hit that defined Generation X, "Slacker" - a project for which Colvin helped raise funds and equipment.

Following graduate school, Colvin worked on Hollywood films, toured with his experimental band, The Interdimensional Vortex League (once named America's "most underground band" by Europe's hip arts magazine, "Blitz"), and began making small, ethnographic documentaries about unusual tribes, subcultures, and personalities. His 25-year study of modern Texans, "Multislack," is due out in 2012.

Colvin's work has been seen or heard in all 50 states, and in several foreign countries. His writing has been featured in various magazines, including Paranoia, Inside the Grassy Knoll, The Stranger, and D'Art, the arts journal for the Church of the Subgenius. Colvin's unique career has been studded with various mind-blowing, synchronistic events, some of which allowed him to study with, or work with, some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th Century, including Nam June Paik, Lee Friedlander, Keith Haring, Dennis Hopper, David Lynch, Robert Anton Wilson, Laurie Anderson, Daniel Johnston, Vito Acconci, Bruce Bickford, and the Butthole Surfers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 3 May 2014
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This is essentially a collection of essays and talks by Keel in the Sixties and Seventies that somehow manages not to appear (too) dated and builds into a persuasive argument supporting the theory of UFOs as part of an interdimensional phenomenon. I’ve been a fan of Keel since he published Operation Trojan Horse and there is nothing in this collection to shake my position. Old material admittedly, but well worth revisiting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart of the Matter 16 Sep 2013
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My introduction to Forteana was due to the stacks of those curious publications of the 1950's and 60's- the so called 'Men's' magazines my Dad had. These were not prurient fleshy rags, and the only thing 'manly' about them were the plethora of WW2 stories about the romantic skills our American GI's had to sway Axis vixens to our side. Titles such as 'Men', 'True', 'Saga', et al, were rich sources for stories on Bigfoot, UFO's, mysterious disappearances, and other mind expanding topics. These articles represented the best of that first generation of Fortean writers, Vincent H. Gaddis, Ivan Sanderson, Donald Keyhoe and of course, John A. Keel (1930-2009).

Following UFO studies from the mid-60's to present, one fact is clear, only three authors truly understood the para-physicality/folkloric roots and psychological dimensions of the phenomena- John Michell, Jacques Vallee and Keel. This is the collection Keel fans have been waiting for, a collection of those early and later writings by Keel from these magazines. Andrew Colvin is to be commended for this effort. Keel possessed a knack for placing himself in the right place at the right time to observe these sociological events first hand, writing with an engaging journalistic, 'you are there' quality brings the people and events to life for the reader. Keel's 'Mothman Prophecies' has become a classic of its kind and remains required reading for all budding forteans.

Though focused on primarily the UFO phenomena, this collection offers a wide range and variety of subject matter. You will find his concise summation of the encyclopedic Ummo series of events that captivated European UFO circles for a decade. Reading these articles after 40-50 years the insights and suggestions they pose remain startlingly astute. Keel is among just a hand full of researchers today, who rise above the new age rubbish and nonsense that passes for paranormal studies today. Keel's day of recognition may be arriving, along with Mr. Colvin's work, Anomalist Books has republished his 'Operation Trojan Horse' and will also soon offer his 'The Eighth Tower' an elusive and rare book which I've not had the pleasure of reading.

Keel remains one of the most important writers on our 'haunted planet' and offers pertinent clues to the mysteries that surround us. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable to read and easy to digest. 25 Nov 2013
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A lot of enjoyable information about the terrestrial origins of UFO's and their nefarious activities.
Pros: loads of information
Cons: No pictures.
Overall: A+++
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic John Keel 23 Mar 2014
By L. Giliberto - Published on
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If you like John Keel, you will love this. A collection of various writings by him, on many different topics. Recommended for Keel fans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Truth, probably not what you expect 27 Mar 2014
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Epic, having experienced this phenomena this book made it make sense. ETs are actually part of the super-spectrum of the earth and have been here forever and are recounted in many cultures but often in different guises. John Keel has done a real service with this book. Warning, reading it seems to be a little psychoactive.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Infromative 2 July 2014
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Its an good compendium of John Keels writings and opinions however it would have helped if they could have been arranged in chronological order.
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