John Keel

John Keel (1930-2009) wrote several classics of Fortean literature* dealing with UFOs, cryptozoology, poltergeists and various other anomalous data. He came from a newspaper and radio background and brought that charismatic energy to his research, often playing a role in the events he described. His approach to these subjects changed drastically over time. Originally Keel backed the nuts-and-bolts theory that says UFOnauts are natural, fleshly denizens of some other solar system [Zeta Reticuli?] -- popularly termed the Extra-Terrestrial Hypothesis. Eventually -- like his contemporary, French researcher Jacques Vallee -- Keel began to notice that other sorts of unexplained phenomena occurred in tandem with UFO flaps. For example, cases where poltergeist-like activity occurred in the homes of UFO witnesses preceding and/or following the UFO event. This approach lead to the idea that perhaps UFOs and abduction experiences, bigfoot and dog-man sightings -- that all these things are modern manifestations of the same principle that revealed itself as ghosts, fairies, angels, demons and gods in the past [also supported by Vallee in Passport to Magonia].

* The Mothman Prophecies, Our Haunted Planet, Disneyland of the Gods


  1. I've always liked Keel's term ultraterrestrials. I think I use it with regularity on the blog.

  2. Patrick Harpur's Daimonic Reality has been, for me, the definitive work on this subject.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation, rainswept! I'm always on the lookout for interesting Fortean lit.