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The Strange Case of Whitley Strieber

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If you grew up in the 1980s, you were probably traumatized by the work of Whitley Strieber—the author whose work inspired the ultraviolent werewolf movie WOLFEN (1981), the prurient vampire movie THE HUNGER (1983), and the supposedly true-to-life alien abduction movie COMMUNION (1989).  That’s right…. Strieber not only wrote about terrifying otherworldly creatures; he claims to have actually encountered them.

The author’s real-life horror story began one night in December 1985 when he was awakened by a peculiar noise.  He opened his eyes to see a small inhuman creature rushing toward his bed.  The next thing he knew, it was morning and he was feeling disoriented and angry—but he didn’t know why.  A few months later, he recalled (under regressive hypnosis) a series of terrifying events.  His memories became the basis for the 1987 bestseller Communion, in which Strieber asserted that he was abducted and physically assaulted by unknown Visitors.  What has haunted him ever since that night is the never-ending search for meaning: Who were these Visitors?  What did they want from him?  Were they trying to tell him something?  Maybe warn him about something?

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Communion posed the questions, and subsequent books offered speculative answers.  In 1988’s Transformation, Strieber embraced mystical philosophy, aligning himself with occult figures like George Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky, and concluding that the important lesson to be drawn from his experience was about overcoming fear.  “Fear confuses us and holds us back,” he wrote.  “It is our primary obstacle.  Successful confrontation with it is the breakthrough that leads to understanding.”  It was still too soon for understanding, but he presented a compelling theory about the existence of a half-world between the demonstrably-real world we live in and the intangible world of thought and imagination.  In essence, he suggested that fictional creations may have more physical substance than we normally assume.  He cited his own fiction as his example.

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In 1978 Strieber published his first horror novel, The Wolfen.  The book is about a pair of NYPD detectives who stumble upon a secret society of ancient wolf-like creatures.  The author describes these creatures as “serene in their deadliness,” “not even a little human but… clearly intelligent,” with pale gray eyes and a “cruel beauty.”  A minor character in the novel, a scientist named Carl Ferguson, concludes that they are not mythical werewolves (half-human, half-wolf) but rather a “completely separate species,” “a virtual alien intelligence right here at home.”  While studying them, Ferguson recovers a repressed memory of a childhood encounter with them, and concludes that not only have the Wolfen existed alongside men for many thousands of years, but they have also been with him personally for his entire life.  This discovery prompts a profound awakening to a new perception of the world around him.  Ferguson reflects: “Throughout all of history mankind has been living in a dream, and suddenly we’re about to discover reality.”

In 1981 Strieber published his second horror novel, The Hunger.  This one is about an ageless female vampire (a member of “another species, living right here all along”) named Miriam Blaylock, who feeds her insatiable hunger by creating vampire lovers.  Her latest target is a scientist named Sarah, who will soon become fascinated by her own transformation into a vampire.  As she develops super-human senses, Sarah reports “somebody or something moving with her, walking as she walked, breathing as she breathed.  Something not quite of this world.”  She hears “a stirring in the air all around her, like the sound of enormous wings.”  Is it a bird?  A plane?  A UFO?   Strieber doesn’t offer an answer, but he does provide a glimpse of Miriam in her true form as she promises to show Sarah the “secrets” of “the kingdom.”  Here’s the description: “The eyes were not pale gray at all, but shining, golden, piercingly bright.  The skin was as white and smooth as marble.  There were no eyebrows, but the face was so noble, so much at peace that just seeing it made Sarah want to sob out the pretty passions of her own humanity and have done with them forever.”

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More than one observer noted the similarities between Strieber’s descriptions of werewolves and vampires and his description of The Grays, the alien race depicted on the cover of Communion—prompting some readers to assume that Communion was just another work of fiction, sold to gullible readers as nonfiction.  Strieber emphatically denies that Communion was a hoax, but concedes that his imagination has played a significant role in his experiences with the unknown.  As to the specifics of that role, he is uncertain….. Did his early horror novels in some way predict what would happen to him in 1985?  Did they perhaps even cause what happened to him in 1985?  Did they help to feed an elaborate self-delusion… or did they make him aware of something that is usually hidden but demonstrably real?

In his 1995 book Breakthrough, Strieber offered a new theory: “Imagination can become a time machine.”  Like Carl Ferguson in The Wolfen, the author now claimed to have recovered repressed memories of early childhood encounters with his Visitors.  They came, he concluded, to teach him how to time-travel.  In his books he is doing just that, using imagination to prompt readers to overcome their fears of the unknown.  Those who can grant only limited reality to such worlds of imagination will inevitably regard Strieber’s work as—at best—a series of extended metaphors and allegories, but the author himself cautions us not to dismiss horror fiction too quickly.  Often, he suggests, worlds of imagination overlap with our own.

In 1987 director Philippe Mora, who helmed the film adaptation of COMMUNION (as well as THE HOWLING 2 & 3), had an experience that suggested how close these two worlds can be.  While visiting Strieber’s cabin in upstate New York, Mora had particularly vivid nightmare that he described as follows: “I had the experience of lights blasting through the bedroom window, lights blasting under the crack under the door of the bedroom—I tried to turn the light on in my room, and I couldn’t turn it on and I was pushed back into bed.  […] Then I remember being outside the guestroom door, in the kitchen area, and the whole cabin lit up—every opening, every exterior opening, the whole thing was lit up with moving lights.”  In the morning, he told his host what he’d seen.  In Transformation, Strieber reflected: “What happened to him?  A vivid dream because of where he was sleeping?  I wouldn’t deny the possibility.  But I would also think it foolish to consider that the only possibility.”


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Hitler’s secret bunker with photographs and coins discovered in Argentina

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Secret hideouts that were supposedly intended for Adolf Hitler have been discovered 600 miles north of Buenos Aires, Express reports.

It is alleged that even the Fuehrer of Nazi Germany after the end of the war in 1945 could have lived in the found refuge.

Former U.S. Special Forces soldier Tim Kennedy and CIA veteran Bob Baer told Express that Hitler’s likely hideout is 600 miles north of Buenos Aires. There are legends among the locals about why three buildings were built in a remote region of Argentina.

It is reported that archaeologists found during excavations a common photo of the leader of the Nazi Reich Hitler and his Italian colleague Benito Mussolini. Also, archaeologists allegedly found a box with gold coins minted in Germany in 1940, as well as a photograph of a child in Nazi uniform.

According to declassified FBI documents, the Nazi dictator planned to hide in an Argentine bunker in case of defeat, but did not manage to leave Germany – the Soviet army captured Berlin, and Hitler himself committed suicide. Hitler’s corpse was found burnt on the ruins of the Reich Chancellery in May 1945. The FBI studied the theory that a double died in Berlin and Hitler took refuge in Argentina. However, a dental study published in 2018 refutes this theory and confirms the death of the dictator in Berlin.

Today, any artifacts associated with Adolf Hitler acquire immense commercial value. Hitler’s telegram to Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner , written a few days before his suicide, was put up for sale at an auction in the United States. The owners planned to bail out up to $ 80 thousand for it.

The corner yellow house, in which Hitler was born and spent his childhood, will finally come into full ownership of the state. The Austrian edition of The Local names the amount of the transaction: for an empty house in Branau am Inn, the owner will receive 810 thousand euros. The Gerlinde Pommer family owned the yellow corner house in the town of Braunau am Inn on the German border for almost a century, either selling it or buying it back. The building is unremarkable, except that it was there that on April 20, 1880, Clara Hitler, the wife and part-time niece of Alois Hitler, gave birth to her first son, Adolf.

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We’ve been deceived for 40 years. NASA scientist told how they found life on Mars

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His name is Gilbert Levin, now 69. And when he was 26, he was the main explorer of the Martian surface, at least in the USA.

Gilbert Levin was not initially interested in any planets other than his own. He received his degree in environmental engineering, worked in the Department of Health and was involved in air pollution control.

Once, he invented a unique method to check water, food, and in general everything for the presence of harmful microbes – a radioisotope method: you need to put some radioactive compounds in the tested environment and see what happens. If the desired bacteria are present, then they will eat these compounds and emit radioactive gas, which will certainly be fixed. 

This know-how turned out to be cosmic. The fact is that it allows you to search not only for certain pathogenic microbes, but also for microbes in general. NASA was very interested and invited the young scientist to their place. They said that there is an idea to check for sterility on Mars.

Gilbert Levin.  Photo © Dr Gilbert V Levin - Research on Mars
Gilbert Levin. Photo © Dr Gilbert V Levin – Research on Mars

Later on, the talented engineer prepared the famous “Vikings” for solving the problem of the century. The first device – Viking 1 – landed on the Red Planet on July 20, 1976. Viking 2 followed on September 3 of the same year. 

They were in different places: one on the plain of Chris, this is the western hemisphere, and the second – already on the plain of Utopia, much to the right and to the north.

Both conducted an experiment by Dr. Levin: they put on the Martian soil, so to speak, food for potential bacteria – organic matter labeled with the natural radioactive isotope carbon-14. That is, if there is someone there, he will definitely swallow the bait and metabolism will begin. 

The first Viking slipped “food” into a sunlit place, the second – in the shade, under a stone. Such manipulations were carried out several times. The results were…positive, in both places. Four of the first six tests showed that the metabolism has gone.

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Photo © NASA

But the sensation did not last. A week later (and its very interesting): both one and the other “Viking” again cast the same rod – and nothing. Therefore, the scientific community shrugged their shoulders and said: well, this was probably some kind of chemical process, not biological, in two different places. The project was closed and decided not to return to it

Twenty years pass. By that time, Mars Pathfinder had visited Mars, and it showed that the climate on the Red Planet was once much better, warmer and more humid. Meanwhile, on earth, they found “black smokers” – hydrothermal springs around craters, in which microorganisms feel great in completely unthinkable conditions. 

Levin, in collaboration with another researcher – Barry Digregorio – publishes the book “Mars: the Living Planet“. Scientists insist that all possible chemical options are actually not so convincing.  The world again greeted it with disbelief.

A few years later, Opportunity arrives on Mars and sends, for example, this picture. Please note – this is still not some paranormal site with fake stories, this is the official Mars Exploration rovers site with the NASA logo, and appears in the address bar. 

2004 year. Sol 182. This means the 182nd day of the rover’s work on the surface.

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Photo © NASA

A similar apparatus was captured in another “sol”. The media compared these balls to mushrooms with raincoats, but NASA preferred berries, namely blueberries, only for a memorable association, because in fact, as they say in the space agency, this crop consists of a mineral called hematite, a type of iron ore.

These loose, BB-sized, hematite-rich spherules are embedded in this Martian rock like blueberries in a muffin and released over time by erosion.
Image caption published by NASA

These loose balls, rich in hematite, about the size of an airgun bullet, are embedded in the Martian rock like blueberries in a muffin and are eroded over time.

Well, okay, what about this for example? This is already Curiosity and 2016. Is this also some kind of hematite? Or did the rover have a screw unscrewed?

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Photo © NASA

It is also worth recalling , perhaps, about the Martian blotches, very similar to terrestrial stromatolites – these are the kind of structures that cyanobacteria build.

In short, we have: positive results of a widely used microbiological test, confirmation by the results of control studies, coincidence of results in two Viking landing sites, failure to find a non-biological explanation

Gilbert Levin, Principal Investigator of the Viking Program

More than forty years have passed since the time of the Vikings. Life on Earth goes on as usual – ordinary people look at mushrooms and screws with curiosity, if not with horror, well-informed skeptics do their job. They swear. Refute. Just not less, the well-informed Gilbert Levin throws a very simple challenge: prove that there is no life on Mars.

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A mysterious metal monolith found in the Utah desert canyon

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A mysterious metal monolith was discovered from a helicopter in a remote part of the US state of Utah. It has not yet been possible to unravel the secret of the origin of the mysterious artifact. A helicopter pilot and his passengers discovered a strange monolith in remote Utah among the red rocks while counting from above the bighorn sheep, according to The Guardian.

The structure, about 3 meters high, seemed to be stuck in the ground. It was made of some kind of metal, the radiance of which was in stark contrast to the huge red rocks surrounding it.

“It was the strangest thing I encountered there in all my years of flying.”

Bret Hutchings, hELICOPTER PILOT

The Utah Highway Patrol has posted photos of the rams and the monolith on the Internet.

Helicopter pilot Bret Hutchings told local news channel KSLTV, “It was the strangest thing I encountered there in all my years flying.”

Hutchings flew on behalf of the Utah Public Safety Department, which assisted wildlife officials in counting bighorn sheep in the southern state.

“One of the biologists noticed this when we accidentally flew over it,” Hutchings says. – He’s like, “Hey, stop, stop, turn, turn!” And I thought, “What?” And he was like: “There is this thing – we have to go see it!”

According to the pilot, the silvery object appears to have been artificially created and seemed to be dug into the ground rather than falling from the sky.

“I’m guessing this is some new wave artist or something, or, you know, someone who was a huge fan of 2001 Space Odyssey,” the helicopter pilot said, questioning the object’s alien origins.

The monolith and the entire surroundings are reminiscent of the famous scene from the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film in which a group of monkeys collide with a giant slab.

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The demeanor of two crew members, dressed in jumpsuits resembling sci-fi suits, who were forced to climb each other’s shoulders in an obvious attempt to peer over the rectangular cuboid, only reinforced the impression.

“We kind of made fun of that if one of us suddenly disappeared, the others would try to run away,” Hutchings says.

According to The Guardian, the bighorn sheep lives in some of Utah’s harshest and most remote areas and survives in adverse climates. Fearing that amateur researchers would disappear into the wild while searching for the monolith, the flight crew did not reveal its exact location.

Some observers have likened the monolith to the plank sculptures of artist John McCracken, who lived in New Mexico and New York before his death in 2011. And the artist Liam Sharp expressed people’s admiration for the discovery of no more than 270 symbols, placing the words on the portal: “I like it. I imagine that this is a work of art, but what if it is not? “

Meanwhile, the Utah Department of Public Safety is businesslike and reminds that it is illegal to install structures or art without permission in public areas, “no matter what planet you are from”.

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