Now that Whitley Strieber has come forward to talk with Jeremy Corbell and George Knapp, taking benefit of the present UFO infatuation to hawk his typical woozy stuff, it made me recall the evaluate I wrote of Strieber’s later guide, The Key. I’m questioning how a lot of Whitley’s wacky claims Corbell and Knapp even learn about. Do they nonetheless assume that Strieber is credible?
By the way in which, on this interview posted June 27, Whitley says, “I believe we’re proper on the sting of the reality popping out, I believe we’re very shut” to UFO Disclosure. Let’s add this to the lengthy, lengthy listing of Disclosure predictions. Possibly this time he’ll be proper? 😂
( My evaluate of Strieber’s guide, The Key – A True Encounter. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin Group 2011. ISBN 978-1-58542-869-4. 256pp, $15.95)
Reprinted from The Skeptical Inquirer, July/August, 2011
He Sees Useless Folks
In 1987 Whitley Strieber, already well-known as a author of fantasy and science fiction like Wolfen, The Starvation, and different tales printed the supposedly non-fiction guide Communion about his ongoing encounters with ET-like beings he calls “the guests.” It was on the New York Instances bestseller listing for a lot of weeks, adopted up by Transformation in 1988, after which by quite a few different paranormal-themed books, some admitted to be novels, others not. Think about if Steven King had written a masterful horror novel, however claimed that the entire ghostly goings-on actually did occur to him, though he may supply no proof of any of it. That’s the place we stand with Strieber.
|Whitley together with his late spouse, Ann Strieber, in 2012.
In The Key, Strieber writes, “my expertise between 1985 and 1993 with creatures that seemed to be alien was related to a shocking facet impact, which was simultaneous contact with the useless, who would seem together with the guests, and never as ghosts.” What a pity he didn’t point out these useless individuals when he wrote about “the guests” in Communion or Transformation.
The Key begins in 1998 when Strieber says that, late one evening throughout an extended and grueling guide promotion tour, a mysterious man unexpectedly knocked on the door of his lodge room. In opposition to his higher judgment he let the person in, who proceeded to interact Strieber in “the perfect dialog I’ve ever had,” described as “deeply, profoundly new” and “richly textured.” What did this ordinary-looking man, who got here to be known as “The Grasp of the Key,” must say? Gems like “The energetic physique has a spin, or vibration. This will go infinitely quick. It could actually attain past the pace of sunshine, and exit time altogether.” Or, “All being contains all parts of the earth, and thus all are a part of all our bodies. We’re the consciousness of the planetary stage that it has spent all of its life evolving, every and all of us.“ The Grasp would appear to be on the quick path to a Nobel Prize in physics, apart from being disqualified by his admission that he was useless.
There’s additionally some darkish conspiracy about Mars that’s solely hinted at in statements like “Mars was murdered by you.” As for crop circles, they’re “two dimensional portraits” created by useless individuals. The Grasp additionally warned “Heat being retained close to the floor by greenhouse parts leads to cooling aloft. An enormous and very highly effective convection can come up that leads to a storm so nice that it modifications the local weather completely. The subsequent ice age will start quickly, and it will result in the extinction of mankind.” Strieber is the co-author of the ridiculous eco-disaster novel, The Coming International Superstorm, together with Artwork Bell, the late evening conspiracy speak present maven, from which was made the film The Day After Tomorrow.
As you would possibly surmise from a talented storyteller, The Grasp walks out the door, and disappears mysteriously into the evening. Say what you need about Strieber’s credibility, however he does know tips on how to flip a wonderful phrase, and the way to boost a narrative. Nonetheless, Strieber, the Grasp’s ventriloquist, comes throughout as a fairly crazy and preachy social activist, however because the late George Adamski absolutely realized, no one would care about his political statements until they really got here from the Venusians. And nonetheless preachy, no less than The Grasp isn’t as long-winded as John Galt.
Strieber had extra to say about seeing Useless Folks when he spoke to the Worldwide UFO Congress in 2012.
Streiber returned to the theme of contact with the useless that he first started to advertise in his guide The Key. Useless individuals, he says, costume in a brown monk’s cowl, “Jesuit clothes.” A few of the guests assume it’s potential for mankind to Evolve, whereas others apparently aren’t so optimistic. That’s the reason the guests are so cautious and stealthy. Afterward, mankind will probably be modified fully, and are available face-to-face with the useless. Strieber nonetheless says he doesn’t know precisely who “the guests” are, however he is aware of that The Useless play a big position.
(This guide evaluate additionally seems on my Debunker web site, together with one other piece describing my Close Encounter with Whitley Strieber in 1988.)