Monday, September 13, 2021

an owl flies over me FOUR times

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There's a nice park across the street from where I'm living, and I walk there almost every evening. Tonight on my way back home I saw this scene (the image above) and I thought, “That has a cool look to it.” I stopped and pulled out my phone and as I took a photo, a set of huge white wings flapped right over me. 

A big owl flew from right to left, inches above my head. It landed in a tree in the dark off the edge of the road. I moved closer and got a very faint view of a barred owl. I thought this was a nice sighting, and didn’t think much of it. Then I walked to the middle of the street and took a few more pics, and as I did it flew over me again, this time from left to right. It landed in a tree on the other side of the road, and I approached in the hopes of seeing something. It was too dark, but I sensed it was right there. I walked back, and when I got to the spot where I'd taken the pictures, it flew over me again! It landed on the same branch where I’d seen it in the darkness.

I thought, “If I pass this way one more time, crossing over the spot where I’d taken the photos, it’ll happen a forth time.”

So I turned around and walked back, and it did it again, floating silently just inches above my head. 

This big owl flew over me FOUR TIMES!

I had the sense I could walk back and fourth all night and this thing would fly above my head each time. I didn’t, I walked home. But, I gotta say—wow!


Saturday, August 14, 2021

Off World Link—the best audio interview I've ever done!

Yes, that's O-W-L!

I've done a lot of interviews since publishing my first owl book six years ago, and I feel that this is the very best one! I think it had a lot to do with the calm focus that the hosts brought to their show.

  audio show linked HERE  

Rupert and Nicola were open and eager to explore some of the most elusive aspects of the overall mystery. They shared there own stories, and this allowed for a much deeper conversation. A joy for me, and hopefully you too!

Off World Link hosts Rupert and Nicola

Friday, July 9, 2021

long interview on Koncrete

over two and a half hours long

I'm the featured guest on Koncrete, a popular video podcast series. This interview got over four thousand hits in just six hours, and that's a lot compared to most of the interviews I've done. 

The host saw the recent article from VICE, and it prompted him to reach out to me. 

This was an unusual interview for me. Danny, the host, is quite new to the subject of UFOs and I think my research and experiences might've been a bit too far-out for him. I'm not really interested in speaking about these issues unless I can dive into the deepest waters. In hindsight, I feel like I might've steered the talk to the more challenging aspects of the mystery—I really went for it.

One of the issues with doing video interviews on youtube, is that the comments can be pretty hostile. I am not the usual kind of guest he has on his show, and I feel like I overwhelmed his audience.

Also, we aren't drinkin' beer—it's canned water!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Zelia Edgar just posted a book review of The Messengers

video book review

Zelia Edgar just posted a book review of The Messengers, and I'm humbled by her kind words.

Zelia's excellent site is Just Another Tinfoil Hat, and I can highly recommend her informative videos of obscure and bizarre cases from paranormal history—linked HERE.

I did a wonderful interview with Zelia last year on The Unseen, linked HERE.


Monday, May 31, 2021

THE MESSENGERS, updated in 2020

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The new cover art for THE MESSENGERS features a subtle change for ease of differentiation! 

In the fall of 2020 I took over the rights for two of my books, and I'm now self-publishing 'em. This was a really important moment for me, and this new responsibility feels right. 

I spent a lot of last fall cleaning up the text of The MessengersThe back cover of this book reads: "New edition, revised and updated for 2020." There were some lingering typos, and now they're all scrubbed! I added a few short accounts, and cleared out a few redundant passages. I feel strongly this is now a much better reading experience. 

The companion book, Stories from The Messengers, has also been revised, although there were very few typos to clean up. 

Both these books are now published under the imprint: Beneath the Stars Press. Just so you know, there isn’t an office tower in Manhattan with multiple floors full of busy editors under that name. I made the it up, and it’s all me. When reviewing the books I was aware at how many accounts involve me sleeping out alone under the stars. Thus the name.
The spine of the new books feature the publisher logo

Here is an excerpt from the final page of the recently revised book:

About the updated 2020 edition
This book was an obsession poured onto the page. Its creation wasn’t a conscious decision, it was more like being pulled downstream. I’d been writing a lot on my blog about owls and UFOs, and those posts were all-consuming. That chapter of my life was a blur of listening to people and trying to document their experiences, as well as my own. I never said, “I will write a book,” it was more that I woke up one morning and said, “Oh, I guess I’m writing a book.”

Once started, I gave myself over completely, and before this book was finished, I knew there would be a second. That companion book, Stories from The Messengers, came out in 2017. After that came Hidden Experience in 2019. These follow-up books were more formal in their creation, and I learned a lot about writing in the process.

In early 2020 I began working with Michael Hacker, the voice artist who read The Messengers as an audiobook. This meant going back through the initial manuscript and finding the points where it addresses “the reader” and changing those to “the listener.” During this review, I’d catch an awkward phrase, clean it up, and keep looking. At some point, I started at the beginning and scrutinized every sentence. When done, I started again with a more determined eye. 

I’ve had experiences with owls that’ve played out like dreams, and I’m not alone. I’m now friends with a lot of the people in this book, and their experiences have continued. Some of these new developments are  in this second edition, but otherwise it’s essentially the same book that was published in 2015. 

The text has been streamlined, some points have been clarified, and a few stories have been told more completely. I feel strongly it’s now a better read.

I am astonished at the power of the experiences told within these pages. It has been an honor to give life to so many amazing stories. I am enormously proud of this book.

—Mike Clelland, September 2020


Saturday, May 22, 2021

audiobook sample from THE MESSENGERS

This is an excerpt from my recently published audiobook of The Messengers. It was narrated by Michael Hacker. The foreword was written and read by Richard Dolan. And the introduction and conclusion were read by me.

This is Chapter Nine, titled Back to Back Reports, and this might be my favorite chapters of this big book.
Over 15 hours of audio

I am happy to offer up this sample, so you can get an insight into the tenor of the book. I will be posting more samples as a way to promote this audiobook, and these will be easy to find here on my blog.

  get the audiobook HERE  

The audiobook can be purchased on, the iTunes store and amazon. If you like the book, please leave a review on Amazon. In this new era of publishing, authors are dependent on these reviews.

I need to thank Michael Hacker for his wonderful narration. I sought him out because he has read a long list of audiobooks by John Keel and Brad Steiger, two of my heroes in this fascinating corner of publishing. 

This book, The Messengers was a monumental project for me, and it consumed years of my life. It was a blurry time of obsession and dedication, and it was also a time of magic. The book was written in a synchronistic cloud, and that's not an exaggeration. It feels like something outside myself was at play in the writing process.

I have two other companion books, and these make up a sort of trilogy. I am enormously proud of The Messenger series, and each is available in print, in kindle, and as audiobooks.


Friday, May 21, 2021

THE MESSENGERS now as an audiobook


THE MESSENGERS, my first book on owls and UFOs, is now available as an audiobook. A lot of people have been asking me if there's an audio version, and I can now say YES!

  audiobook linked HERE  

 I'll be adding some audio samples here on my blog, and this’ll happen very soon.

The book was read beautifully by Michael Hacker. He has read a long list of other books by such luminaries as John Keel and Brad Steiger. I loved his story telling skills, and sought him out to read my book. We worked closely on the project, and he captured the eerie mystery in the many accounts that make up over 15 hours of narration. I am immensely proud of this audiobook.

Please know, I plan on actively promoting this audiobook heavily in the upcoming weeks. You’ve been forewarned.

For a short while, I’m offering my blog readers a free audiobook—and this is part of my promotional push. The only catch is that you’ll need to have a membership to So, you get a FREE audiobook by simply contacting me! My email linked above by clicking the “contact” button. Limited time offer!

It’s a wonderful book… because it's 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, author of Communion
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“I would characterize very few UFO books as beautiful, but this one is.”

    —Richard Dolan, author of UFOs and the National Security State

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 I get a strong sense that Mike Clelland was guided to write this by the UFO intelligences and I think the reader will get that. This is the first time I have seen this level of both a book and its author being inextricably linked to the phenomenon itself since Strieber and Communion. Communion was clearly more than just a book; I believe the phenomenon intended it to be written, published, and read on a large scale. I think Mike’s book is another example of this.

    —Nick Redfern, author of Men In Black


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

two articles feature my ideas about owls and UFOs

Illustration By Natsumi Chikayasu

My research was recently featured in the online magazine VICE. I had an excellent conversation with journalist Tamlin Magee, and from his questions I knew he had read my book, and took my ideas seriously. 

This lead to a follow up article in THE STAR, a rather dubious UK tabloid. All they did was pick the most sensationalistic bits from VICE, and then post these in a way that got nearly everything wrong. Oh well. 

The VICE article is recommended, and pretty much every sentence in THE STAR made me cringe.

Excerpt from Tamlin Magee’s article:
It all began after Clelland saw owls circling overhead for an entire hour during a 2006 camping trip. Familiar with a supposed UFO-owl link, Clelland intuitively felt there was something mystical, otherworldly, or even alien to the animals above. Moved by the events, Clelland eventually connected owl sightings to disturbing alien abduction experiences of his own, spurring him to post a call for any strange owl anecdotes on his website. 

To his surprise, the stories streamed in, tying the birds to UFOs, abductions, "missing time," and other strange phenomena. Meanwhile, owls began to manifest themselves to Clelland "in a flurry of weirdness," for instance, appearing to hover at eye-level before fluttering away as he rode his bike through his small Idaho town. Now, he's collected thousands of accounts, with at least one landing in his inbox every day. 

"That people are actually having experiences that imply contact with some sort of non-human intelligence is strange enough," Clelland writes in his book. "Adding owls into the mix makes it all the more bizarre. Like a performance on a stage, the owl is playing a small role in the grand drama. The part it plays is a riddle begging to be solved." 


Tuesday, April 27, 2021


Earlier this month I felt feverish and couldn’t get warm, so I took a hot bath and went to bed. The next morning I felt better, but still had achy joints. I went to a nearby drug store, took a test, and two days later on Easter Sunday, I got an email that was positive for the antibodies. At that point, the symptoms of fever had subsided, but I was fatigued for the next few days. I was dog-sitting for my sister in North Carolina when I first noticed my wrists ached—this was the day she and her husband left for two weeks. So I was all alone in a lovely home (with a sweet dog) for my time of isolation. It was easy. 

 I was very fortunate and I know it.


Friday, March 26, 2021

books for sale — signed copies from THE MESSENGERS series available!

The first in a trilogy

Get a signed copy of any book in my MESSENGERS series! I have a handful of extra paperback books and I’m happy to be offering ‘em to you a super reduced price of $15 each. That's 40% off the retail price



I'll add $3 shipping for one book, $4 for two, and $5 for three. 

Please contact me thru this site, or HERE.

I'll need your address and info, and I’ll send you my PayPal info. 

I posted this offer last week on Facebook, and just shipped off a tidy load of signed books at the post office. 

Peace and Strength,
Mike C

Thursday, March 11, 2021

dream of doorways and stairs

I had a dream just before waking, and I should've written it down earlier because now it's a bit foggy.

I was in a sort of lobby or hallway with glass doors and staircases. It seemed like an empty municipal building or school, and it was night. The interior seemed fluorescent lit and there was a door between the lower staircase and the next higher staircase. The window in the door had that security wire mesh grid in the glass.

I was at the doorway trying to help a woman through the door, and she might've been in a wheel chair, I'm not sure. It was a bit awkward and slow going, but we were making forward progress on the steps and through each of the doors. 

It feels like I either made a speech, or had the thought, that this was about achieving some higher state of mind. I said something like this: 
Sometimes you're only three seconds away from crying, and there is a poetry in this, and it's something all of us can access. All we need to do is make the smallest effort and allow it to happen.
I saw this as something like a state of mind for healing or achieving inner peace. I should say that all the staircases were heading upwards. What little I remember seems quite simplified, and the actual narrative and mood of the dream was very subtle and nuanced. It was just a short snippet of a dream, but it was terribly beautiful.

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Today is the eighth anniversary of my sleeping under the stars in southern Utah. I awoke three times that night; first was seeing a large round structure on a nearby hill, second was hearing coyotes, and third was sitting up to try to understand a strange light behind the at my feet bush. This was part of my confirmation event.

More on this experience in a post titled:

Monday, January 25, 2021

The Mandala—an exploration on Speaking of Jung

I was the guest on Speaking of Jung, a remarkable podcast run by Laura London. We were joined by Jungian analyst Dr. Kenneth James, and the focus was the overlap of UFO contact and the symbolic "story elements" that seem to arise within these elusive events. These ideas were explored through a Jungian lens. I told of my "night in the tent" experience from 2010. This involved an irrational feeling of terror, and then seeing a floating mandala in the tent. It was the role of they mythic symbol that was the centerpiece of the episode. 

What emerged was a remarkable conversation, with a curious thread of healing that ran through the overall points of the dialog. Thank you Laura and Dr. James! This interview is highly recommended.

  SPEAKING OF JUNG: Episode Q13, January 25, 2021 

  linked HERE  

Beyond the powerful content, Laura's site is worth visiting because of the beautiful layout. I know what it means to create something tasteful for a personal website and a podcast. Listen up people, this is how it should be done—it's glorious!

Laura and I spoke last week for my podcast series The Unseen, and we spoke about Jung and hid book Flying Saucers, A modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky. Laura discussed Jung's book, and also shared some of her powerful life events. This equally remarkable episode is linked HERE

illustration using Procreate for the iPad


Saturday, January 2, 2021

Carl Jung and the mytho-poetic layer of the psyche

From episode 75 of the podcast series SPEAKING OF JUNG:

Jung had a unique record of self-investigation, self-inquiry, and self-scrutiny—in which he is attempting to explore his fantasies through the visionary method of active imagination, visual images in a waking state, and then writing them down. He determined that these fantasies came from the mytho-poetic layer of the psyche, which he later came to call the collective unconscious.

This transcription came from Professor Sonu Shamdasani and host Laura London in dialogue on The Black Books. These were the personal journals of Jung from 1913 to 1932, and much of the ideas and introspection later became The Red Book.

The reason I am posting it is because I absolutely love the phrase: mytho-poetic layer of the psyche. This is beautiful, and I resonate so strongly with how it frames my own experiences and research.

The opening text is a quote of sorts, it was actually spoken by both Sonu and Laura, and they read nicely as one flowing paragraph. The term “fantasy” is used because this was how Jung framed his internal narratives. 

Below is the Amazon description for the boxed set of 


In 1913, C.G. Jung started a unique self- experiment that he called his “confrontation with the unconscious”: an engagement with his fantasies in a waking state, which he charted in a series of notebooks referred to as The Black Books. These intimate writings shed light on the further elaboration of Jung’s personal cosmology and his attempts to embody insights from his self- investigation into his life and personal relationships. The Red Book drew on material recorded from 1913 to 1916, but Jung actively kept the notebooks for many more decades.

Presented in a magnificent, seven-volume boxed collection featuring a revelatory essay by noted Jung scholar Sonu Shamdasani―illuminated by a selection of Jung’s vibrant visual works―and both translated and facsimile versions of each notebook, The Black Books offer a unique portal into Jung’s mind and the origins of analytical psychology.

The Black Books 1913-1932: Notebooks of Transformation by C.G. Jung, Edited and introduced by Sonu Shamdasani


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Stories with Sapphire and Owls (with Mike Clelland)

I spoke with Sapphire Sandalo for her amazing podcast series, Stories with Sapphire. This audio was recorded last April, and it came out today. She edits heavily, underlays her own music, and uses her own voice more as a narrator than an interviewer. There are thousands or paranormal podcasts, and I have to say her show really stands out as something wonderfully creative and professional. 

This episode is only 27 minutes long, yet she manages to capture the subtleties and complexities of my owl research. Well done Sapphire!

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Richard Dolan reads the foreword to The Messengers

Author and historian, Richard Dolan
The audiobook for The Messengers is due out very soon. Richard Dolan wrote and read the foreword, and I am sharing it here. 

The audiobook should be available before the end of the year, and I will be promoting the book when it goes online. This is nearly seventeen hours long and features the voice of Michael Hacker.