Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Commander Sgt. Major Bob Dean is very much alive!

There are proably hundreds of hours of online interviews with Bob Dean. Here's 7-minutes.
Over the past 24 hours Facebook has been buzzing with the sad news that Bob Dean had died. But he is still quite alive! Last night I was suspect of the news and I searched around and couldn't find any reliable reports. I saw a few more announcments this morning. I thought it must be true. I even wrote a blog post this morning about meeting Bob, who I thought was a wonderfully kind man. That short essay is posted below. I just now changed a few words to reflect that he's still with us!

I very briefly met Bob Dean in 2009. He was at the UFO Congress when it was still in Laughlin Nevada. He was quite the celebrity within that crowd so he was always surrounded by a group of people, everyone eager to talk with.

There came a point when I saw him sitting alone in the midst of the flurry of the conference. I politely approached and asked him if I could ask a few questions.

He graciously pointed to the chair next to him and I sat down. He wore an ascot and was smoking a cigar. I felt like Luke Skywalker meeting Yoda. I said I was new in this field and thought I might have had some UFO experiences and I was hoping for any advice he might offer.

He replied with that deep slow voice, "Be very careful my good man. You are standing before Pandora's Box, and once opened, it can never be closed again."

At that point I had been looking hard into my own experiences so I said something like, "Well, its a little too late for that."

I explained that I was taking my first steps into these waters. I was beginning my own research, dealing with my own memories, and it had been really confusing for me.

He told me, "Here's my advice in these matters. Keep a very open mind..." Long pause, "... and keep your bullshit meter set on high."

He is quite a radiant guy. Since then I've followed him through interviews on line. In the last few years I've noticed that he isn't shy about telling the world he was getting old and looking forward to finally going home.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

What Sparks My Imagination by Mac Tonnies

Click on the image above for better viewing
This is a 3rd grade writing assignment composed by Mac Tonnies. He would have been eight years old at the time. This scan was sent to me by Mac's mother. It might take some squinting, but it is worth the effort. His teacher, quite correctly, wrote: "Great job!" in red pen.

written essay

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

X-Files and the Evolutionary Triad

Alan Greene from SyncBookPress put out a video last week after episode two of the X-FIles re-boot. There were some things in that episode that harkened back to a post from 2011 titled: The Evolutionary Triad. THe implication might be that the script writers looked at my blog.

Also: There is great interview with Alan below, and more HERE.

Saturday, January 30, 2016


word play

Thank you Suzanne Gyseman.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Whitley Strieber praises The Messengers

It’s a wonderful book… because its a book that advances us in consciousness—it advances us—it takes us from where we were before we started reading it to a new place in terms of understanding the close encounter experience. I can name, just on the fingers of one hand, the number of books that actually do that.
—Whitley Strieber, January 2016

Author Whitley Strieber
This quote above is from Whitley Strieber on his latest Dreamland interview. We had an hour long conversation about my book The Messengers. I was shocked at the strength of his compliments. I was a bit nervous leading up to this interview. He seemed to perceive the deeper ideas in my book, perhaps with more clarity than myself.

This is a full hour interview. The first half hour is free, but you need to be a paying member to hear the second half.

I transcribed some of what he said during the interview. These quotes are powerful stuff (another one below) and he said things that left me humbled.

Coming up in just a few weeks is the release of The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained, by Whitley Strieber and Jeffery Kripal. This book (like my own) features a bright yellow owl eye. And, it uses the of owl as a potent symbol in framing inexplicable events. I cannot put into words the excitement I have for this upcoming book! (interesting article HERE)

Listen to my audio interview with Whitley HERE.

And Jeff Kripal HERE.

Or listen on the players below.

His book, The Messengers... it’s a terrific book, filled with information. And I think of it, in effect, as a communication from the visitors because they are speaking in a natural language by giving us experiences that are connected with owls. And you can lean a lot about what they think of us, and what they want us to think of them, by reading this compilation. It is the only one in the world like it, there is nothing else like this. It’s never been done before. I think it’s very important and I think there is a lot to learn from it.
—Whitley Strieber, January 2016


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Owl book reviewed on Mysterious Universe

tidy art direction from Austrailia
Ben and Aaron at Mysterious Universe spent over 40 minutes of their podcast excitedly talking about The Messengers. It is funny as an author to hear other folks re-telling accounts from the book. The did a very good job, but they got a few minor points wrong. Beyond that, it was fun to hear them enthusiastically applaud the book—especially with their thick Australian accents!

They talk a bit about the book in the opening, but it isn't until the 28:30 time count that they focus on it completely. Their commentary on the book then runs to end of the show.

Also, my 2013 interview with Ben and Aaron linked HERE.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Rolling Synchronicity

Just got an email from someone who had SO many sychronicities while reading The Messengers, he had to write a blog post about it! (linked HERE) He even numbered the events. Here is number eight:
On 1-2-2016 I was driving and it was dark out, around 8PM. There were tall trees on both sides of the road. At the top of some trees I see something really strange that gets my attention. There was this lucid transparent image kind of floating. My first reaction was the movie Predator because it looked exactly like this.

I was watching it in disbelief when I notice an owl fly in front of a tall lamp post. It's wings were wide open as it landed on top of the lamp post.

Friday, January 22, 2016

audio reading from The Messengers

This is my voice (the author) reading from the book The Messengers. I read the foreword, as well as two short sub-chapters. It runs about 17 minutes. I took it upon myself to read aloud and record it as a short audio file because of my voice. I've had a chest cold over the last week or so, and my normally squeaky voice is much lower. Add to that, I played with the garageband sound equalizer and sort of went overboard. 

 17 minute audio excerpt from The Messengers linked HERE 

Just so folks know, there is an audio book in the works, but there's no foreseeable date for it's availability. Also, I will not be reading my own work. I am terrible at this. What you are hearing on this MP3 might sound okay, but I spent hours editing my own mumbling. I'll leave audio books to the professionals!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

audio interviews linked

I’ve been playing promoter for the book. There are now quite a few Podcast interviews where I talk about The Messengers. Here is an ongoing list  from the last month. Be careful and don’t try to listen to all of these, you’ll end up hearing me telling a bunch of the same things over and over. I try to mix it up a bit, but I end up answering the same questions.

This list is in random order.

      1.  The Richard Dolan Show with Richard Dolan

      2.  Dreamland with Whitley Strieber

      3.  The Paracast with Gene and Chris

      4.  Cosmic Passport with Elizabeth Anglin 

      5.  Becoming a Cozmic Citizen with Don Daniels 

      6.  UFO Podcast with Martin Willis

      7.  Radio Mysterioso with Greg Bishop

      8.  Grimerica with Red Pill Junkie (and crew)

      9.  Phantoms and Mosters with Lon Strickler

      10. UFO Audit with Erica Lukes

Please know, this list will get longer as I add more interviews

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Stories from The Messengers — a companion book

cover art in progress
The Messengers has been available for over a month. I wanted to let readers know that there is a follow up in the works, a companion book to be titled Stories from The Messengers

I have been collecting these strange owl stories for the last few years, and some of them were just too long to put in the initial volume. It would be unfair to the people who’ve experienced these baffling life events to edit down their stories. These longer accounts have a complexity that require that they be told completely. The Messengers is just shy of 400 pages, and it would have been irresponsible to cram a bunch of long complex stories into an already long book. 

Anne Strieber, the late wife of author Whitley Strieber, had a simple way of evaluating the truth of a UFO report. She said, if it’s not weird, I don’t trust it. This was her BS detector, and I think its valid.
Within these longer stories is a confusing collision of overlapping experiences. A mess of twists and turns, and all of them weird. Things feel mixed up with threads running off everywhere in a tangled knot of implausibility. Synchronicity spills over the edges like an unattended sink. For me, this kind of chaos is a sign to trust the event as legitimate. The more complicated the interwoven details, the more valid it seems. This all becomes a shaky form of proof that something truly paranormal is unfolding. 
I’ve been referring to this frenetic pattern as the paradox syndrome. A paradox is an attempt at sound reasoning, but the conclusion appears unacceptable. A syndrome is a group of related or coinciding things, events, and actions. I don’t understand why it works this way, but all the messy threads must tie into some core event, and the challenge is not to get lost in the mayhem. And when there is an owl tied to one of these threads, I pay very close attention.
This next book will read like a collection of short stories with this paradox syndrome as its central theme. A lot of it is already written (although unpolished) so it is a matter of cleaning it up for publication. There is no set date on the companion book, but it’s on my desk now, my mission for the short term.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

short review for The Messengers

Absolutely fascinating. New insights, ideas, I cannot put this book down. Just when I think its covered everything, the next page will delve into another insight that shakes me to the core. A must read for anyone interested in the contact experience.
This is an anonymous review from Amazon. Reading these glowing words left me humbled. The other reviews posted are equally supportive, and this means so much to me.  I am so grateful people are enjoying this book.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

David Bowie, owls and Labyrinth

Owl enters during a bedroom abduction
The barn owl looks very much like a gray alien
There is a curious set of events that play out in the 1986 film Labyrinth. Early on in the story a child is taken from his crib by small beings. There is a white barn owl watching through a window during this "bedroom abduction" scene. That owl later transforms to David Bowie.

Labyrinth was a fantasy directed by Muppet creator Jim Henson, with George Lucas as executive director. Teenager Jennifer Connelly confronts Jareth the Goblin King (Bowie) in a puppet filled dream realm. Bowie certainly resonates an alien after Ziggy and The Man Who Fell to Earth, and he does so again as an owl "watcher" in the bedroom abduction scene.
Enter Bowie
1986 was also the year that Whitley Strieber wrote the book Communion. This book is the first popular reference to owls out a window at the moment of alien abduction, that is is if you don't count Labyrinth. And Bowie also stared in the film adaptation of Strieber's book The Hunger (1983). Strieber has speculated that the vampires in The Hunger were his own subconscious metaphors for gray aliens.

Both Connelly and her little brother could be seen as UFO abductees. Both transported to another realm against their will. There is ample evidence that these experiences run in families.

The movie, including its title, is awash in mythic imagery and names—and this was obviously intentional by the filmmakers. In the tradition of the quintessential myth, the heroes journey, Connelly is tested by Bowie in a puppet filled giant maze. Like Jennifer Connelly, there is another J.C. who gets tested in a mythic book, this time by the Devil while alone in the desert.

What seems unintentional was the association of the owl and UFO abduction. I feel strongly that this arose out of the script unconsciously.
movie poster with owl and Bowie
image from a satirical site
The final scene shows Jennifer Connelly back home in her Muppet filled bedroom, with the David Bowie owl looking into her window. This is a somewhat creepy way to end a children's movie. The image above comes from a site that urges the viewers to turn Labyrinth into an audience participation event like The Rocky Horror Picture Show (another movie, according to Bruce Rux, with a metaphoric theme of UFO Abduction).

More about Labyrinth and its (rather accurate) depiction of the Fae Folk from author Joshua Cutchin, HERE.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

interview with Richard Dolan on the owl book

audio interview from Dec 7, 2015

Richard Dolan is perhaps the one person on earth (besides myself) who has been immersed in my book. He is both the editor and publisher, and this means he has read and scrutinized each sentence. This sets him up to do a really penetrating interview. Nothing fluffy here, we dig deep.

Also, I have done a bunch of other audio interviews and I will put the links to these up on this site soon!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Nick Redfern reviews The Messengers

Nick Redfern posted a review of my book The Messengers at the Mysterious Universe site. Nick read the book twice while doing the initial editing for me last summer.

This is a wildy positive review. It's the kind of appraisal that any author might only dream of getting. That Nick has said these things leaves me deeply humbled. I am grateful and his glowing words will keep me pressing forward in times of uncertainty.

  Link to the review HERE  

Nick writes:
As Mike Clelland skilfully demonstrates, the UFO-owl issue is a real one. It’s not, however, an issue that can be explained in simple terms. The entire situation is multifaceted, requires an open mind to appreciate it, and is fascinating, uplifting, and disturbing in equal measures. This is a very important book on an enigma-filled topic that – finally – has the extensive treatment it deserves. And it may very well radically change your thoughts on the real nature of the UFO enigma. And also on what passes for reality itself.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

owl on Christmas morning (updated)

eerie cell phone image of an owl
I received an interesting comment from a fellow named Robert, it arrived on Christmas morning. It was on the post about the missing text in the owl book (below from Dec. 19). These are the kinds of accounts I have been receiving since the publication of the book. His is not the only one, but it is a good example—and he has a photo!

Below is a slightly edited excerpt of his original comment to me.
Mike, even before I found you and your blog, I had been aware of the connection with owls and UFOs—maybe it was from Strieber, I can't remember but I know it was years ago. Well I discovered your blog and was fascinated when you brought the idea back into my awareness. So, two days ago I was listening to The Paracast, and Gene and Chris and Gene announced your new book was out and they hoped to get you on. I thought, cool. So today, Christmas eve, I went to my nieces back patio to smoke a cigarette and listen to a new podcast. Well, it was Where Did The Road Go and they brought up your new book and one of the guests said something to the effect, ‘Oh wow, I'm probably going to start seeing owls everywhere.’ (paraphrasing here). Again I thought how weird to be hearing about Mike's new book, I must get it soon. 
Okay, so this morning, Christmas day at 5 a.m., I walked out on aforementioned patio to smoke and I shit you not—an owl landed five feet from me, stared at me for a few seconds, then gracefully, calmly hopped up onto the little decorative fence and continued to stare at me. I didn't scream or even gasp, I just heard myself say, "Hey Mr. Owl, do you have something to tell me?" Since I had my phone, I slowly walked to within a few feet of this magnificent animal. It let me take a picture! I swear this all happened over the course of like 30 hours. I mostly just feel like, how cool, a little bit of grace and awe from the universe! Synchronicity indeed. But what exactly do I take away from it? Not sure, but I suddenly feel the need to pay a little more attention to my life. Thanks, Robert.
close up of the same photo

New text added December 27th 2015

Robert saw another owl! It happened early this morning.

Here is the message from Robert (excerpt edited slightly):
I stepped out to the back patio off the living room to smoke. The owl, once more, landed on her neighbors patio fence. Since my niece was sitting in the living room and I had only closed the screen door behind me, I said through the screen,"Hey, my owl is back come see.” 
She jumped, phone in hand, and joined me. I didn't change position and told her, I'm going to stand still but the owl may let you get pretty close, just be slow in your approach. I heard her say, "Hey bird, you're so pretty.”  I said please take a picture with your good phone and I'll pass it along to Mike. So she did and here it is [see below]. ... She's very tolerant of her crazy uncle and his "owl" thing, but tonight she was floored by the experience from a place of "I can't believe this magnificent wild creature let me get so close."

Robert’s first owl sighting was early in the morning on Christmas day in Louisiana. The day before, at about 1:45 a.m. a police officer was attacked by an owl that flew into the open window of his car patrol. It happened about 100 miles away in the suburban town of Covington Louisiana. See a TV report of this weird news story HERE. My first thought when I heard about the cop with the owl in the car was “Uh oh!”
Barred owl in a cop car in Louisiana (Dec. 24)
Here's a rundown of all this:

        ~ Cop gets attacked by an owl (Dec. 24)
        ~ Robert sees his first owl (Dec. 25)
        ~ Mike posts about Robert's owl sighting with picture (Dec. 26)
        ~ Robert sees that owl again with picture (Dec 27)

All this happened during a full (or nearly) moon on a holiday noted for an unusual star in the sky heralding a new era of love and forgiveness. And, my missing time event happened on a suburban street named Covington.

Robert ended his most recent email with this: "I've had about as much synchronicity as my tired brain can handle for a bit!"
Barred owl on the same fence in Louisiana (Dec. 27)