Thursday, April 02, 2015

A new version of "UFOs, Alien Abduction and Contact: The Parapsychological connection"

I will be lecturing at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club this Saturday 4 April at the UFOR NSW group meeting from about 2.30 pm. While the title of my talk is the same as the one I gave to UFOPRSA at Campbelltown in March and to APIR in November 2014 there will be substantial differences in the talk I give to UFORNSW. Hope to see you there. 
I will also be bring copies of the latest Ufologist magazine which features an article/column by me entitled "The Cosmic Tornados of OZ" as well as the last of the various rare duplicate books from my personal library for sale. I will put photos of these in the comments section below shortly. The group has also got John Lodge a contactee giving a talk.
At my lecture this Saturday afternoon at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club I will also be bringing copies of the latest Ufologist magazine which features an article/column by me entitled "The Cosmic Tornados of OZ" as well as the last of the various rare duplicate books from my personal library for sale. Once these are gone thats it folks

Monday, March 16, 2015

THE MISSING OFFICIAL UFO FILES OF OZ

This is an introduction to a long term exercise of preserving what I have captured between 1982 and 1984 of RAAF DOD official files that were destroyed by a decision taken by the RAAF - 8 years of RAAF UFO sighting files from 1974 to 1982.
Following this exercise at my new dedicated blog: http://thelostufofiles.blogspot.com.au/?view=flipcard

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A TALE OF TWO (OR ONE) UFO AUTHORS OF THE HOUSE OF HORWITZ - HOLLEDGE & HERVEY

Australia's first 3 books on flying saucers or UFOs emerged from the publishing house Horwitz:
The first was in 1965: "Flying Saucers over Australia". Oddly on the cover it indicated "by James Holledge" and on the title page the book is indicated as "compiled by Stephen Holledge".
The 3rd UFO book in OZ was by Michael Hervey: "UFOs over the Southern Hemisphere" in 1969.
Up until recently I thought that the 2 books were by 2 different authors.
Both "James (or Stephen) Holledge" (apparently living from 1922 to1998) and "Michael Hervey" (born 1915 or 1920 and passing away apparently in 1979) were very prolific authors. 
Some of Holledge's books:





Some of Hervey's books:




I was checking out both authors in a bit more detail.  
Holledge doesn't seem to have any history outside of his stint with Horwitz and this limited information is well covered in Andrew Nette's great site "Pulp Curry":
Michael Hervey certainly had a colourful history beyond his time with Horwitz.  Born either in 1915 or 1920 as Mark Hockman, then later Mark Hoffman, finally changing his name to Michael Hervey before he moved to Australia. Hervey's early background is fleshed out a bit here:
but Juri Nummelin did not know much of Hervey beyond his transition to Australia.  Using Trove establishes he was a very prolific short story writer and an occasional long form writer.  
I found that Hervey did a 10 part series for the Argus newspaper in Melbourne from October to December 1953 entitled "Notorious Women".  James Holledge has a Horwitz book first published in 1962 called "Notorious Women"!  Another title by Holledge was "Australia's Wicked Women." During the 1960s through Horwitz Holledge comes out with a book called "Crimes which shocked Australia!"  In about 1978 through Cassell publishing Hervey came out with a book called "Violent Australian Crimes" (another about the same time by Hervey was titled "Famous Australian Crimes") 

Here is a picture of Michael Hervey around 1969 promoting his UFO book:
(1969 - Horwitz (Australia) & 1975 - Hale (UK))
All this certainly got me thinking.  
Hervey apparently in latter days for writing dining reviews got into some hot water. This received media coverage in local newspaper reporting in Sydney.  Back in 1954 or so he had a court appearance re-using stamps - major crime, woo ...?  His name changes and prolific writing fit well with the Horwitz writer template.  Maybe Holledge's name was used by whoever was operating at the time?  I never came across a picture of Holledge.  Maybe there was an explanation for that.  Perhaps he was a pulp author name for use in the Horwitz stable of writers?
How certain is the biographical information on Holledge (1922-1998)? Not much it seems. There seems to be uncertainty with Hervey, at least with his birth date.
Was Hervey Holledge? 
If anyone wants to weigh into this minor book author mystery (certainly those who may be better informed about the possible separate or connected lives of James Holledge and Michael Hervey?) I would love to hear from you.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The full "UFOs, Alien Abduction & Contact: The Parapsychological Connection" lecture at Campbelltown onMarch 11, 2015

Back in November 2014 I gave an abbreviated version of this talk to a full house AIPR conference in North Sydney which was very well received. Now here is an opportunity to get the full story in a powerpoint lecture with Q & A (question & Answers) time over an evening at the March meeting of the UFOPRSA organisation in Campbelltown. Join me from a journey into the real Twilight Zone on the evening of Wednesday March 11th, 2015: